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Tue, 13 Jun 2000 14:29:40 +0200
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Workshop on Quality and Validity in HCI Research

Sunday 22. October 2000, 10.00-17.00
At NordiCHI '2000, Stockholm, Sweeden. <>

Organised by:
Olav W. Bertelsen, Dept. of Computer science, University of Aarhus,
Denmark. [log in to unmask], and
Liam J. Bannon, Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems, University
of Limerick, Ireland.

Topic to be discussed

The field of human-computer interaction is highly inter-disciplinary
involving and borrowing from a multitude of incompatible disciplines to
ensure that no means are left out in aiming for the best computer
solutions. In the early years of HCI an overemphasis on criteria for
scientific validity in the involved "basic" disciplines dominated over the
question of practical relevance of research. Today, however, this
disciplining has been substituted by an equally unsound looseness with
respect to method, rigor and theoretical foundation.

Due to the inter-disciplinarity it becomes difficult to ask questions about
the quality of research. The question is to easily brushed aside with
arguments about relevance, or the (political) need for this specific kind
of research.

The workshop invites contributions on the question of validity in various
well-defined parts of HCI, in order to open a discussion on standards for
research in this field. We would like to hear about the criteria and
standards for research in your field and see good and bad examples as
illustrations of the principles.

The aim of the workshop is to nurture the diversity of the field by making
explicit the "rules" in each corner, thus making it possible for others to
appreciate other researchers' work. The aim is not to decide which kind of
HCI research is most appropriate or valid, but to make explicit the
criteria in order to improve research in all sub-disciplines.

Organisation of the workshop

In accordance with the submitted position statements and workshop papers,
the workshop will be organised into themes taking off from the accepted
workshop papers. We will not try to find the one and only criterion for
good research, but uncover the richness of criteria within the field.

We will conclude the workshop by producing a collection of posters
presenting a classification of the approaches to validity and quality
discussed during the day.

How to join the workshop

The workshop has two submission categories: position statements and
workshop papers. The workshop papers will set the agenda for the workshop.
Position statements of the accepted participants, and the workshop papers,
will be made available to the participants before the workshop, for
everybody to be able to prepare. The number of participants will be limited
to 25 in order to enable free, constructive discussion.

Position statements (required):

To join the workshop please send a position statement including, short
biography, field of work/interest and what you would like to be discussed
during the workshop. Position statements should not exceed 500 words, and
must be submitted electronically, by email as plain, unformatted text to
[log in to unmask], not later than 1. September 2000.

Workshop papers:

In addition to the position statements, we invite workshop papers on the
question of quality and validity in various parts of HCI.  We would like to
hear about the criteria and standards for research in your field and see
good and bad examples as illustrations of the principles.

Accepted workshop papers will be presented during the workshop, and
possibly (depending on general quality of submission) published  in a not
yet known printed forum.

Workshop papers should not exceed 5 pages and should be formatted according
to the NordiCHI paper format (see Workshop
papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format. Sent as email
attachment to [log in to unmask], not later than 1. September 2000.

We will notify authors of position statements and workshop papers of
acceptance/rejection by 16. September

Workshop registration fee is 500 SKR in addition to registration for the
main conference, and should be paid through the conference organisation
upon accept of participation.

About the organisers

Liam J. Bannon, Professor at Dept. of Computer Science & Information
Systems, University of Limerick, Ireland. Bannon has been an influential
actor in criticising established assumptions in human-computer interaction
since the mid-eighties, and is one of the pioneers in computer supported
cooperative work. <>

Olav W. Bertelsen, research assistant professor at the Dept. of Computer
science, University of Aarhus, Denmark. Bertelsen's masters thesis (1993)
was an assessment of the possibilities for theory in human-computer
interaction, based on a critique of Card, Moran & Newell. His Ph.D.
constructed a concept of design artefacts, based on activity theory.

Updated information about the workshop:

More information about NordiCHI:

  Olav W. Bertelsen                     email [log in to unmask]
  University of Aarhus                  phone (+45) 89 42 31 88
  Department of Computer Science       direct (+45) 89 42 56 42
  Ny Munkegade 116                        fax (+45) 89 42 56 24
  DK-8000 Aarhus C                       home (+45) 86 10 74 92

                   Street address: Åbogade 34, DK-8200 Århus N.