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         Hi all,

Here is a sampling of some of what is happening in the world of CHI Local
SIGs during the month of February:

Chartered chapter in this geography: CHI-SA.

CHI-SA presents  in collaboration with the South African Computer Societya
Seminar on Usability in the South African IT industry. Keynote Speaker:
Joseph A. Konstan (University of Minnesota).
Date and time: 27 February 2002. 9:00 - 13:00 Venue: Auditorium at IBM
Headquarters, Sandton, South Africa.

Americas (outside the U.S.)
Chartered chapters in this geography: Brazil CHI, CapCHI, ToRCHI,
VanCHI, WatCHI (student), and CHI-Mexico. Prospective chapter:

ToRCHI (Toronto) announces their February meeting on Thursday 28 at which
Kim J. Vincente, professor with the Department of Mechanical & Industrial
Engineering at the University of Toronto will speak about Ecological
Interface Design: Progress, Limitations, and Challenges.

WatCHI (Waterloo) will be hosting an information session on research in
online communities. The guest speaker will be Blair Nonnecke, PhD, from the
University of Guelph, Ontario. They also report that in January they had a
tour of the usability labs at Quarry Integrated Communications, a local
marketing/advertising firm.

Chartered chapters in this geography: SIGCHI Austria, BelCHI,
BulSIGCHI, Czech SIGCHI, SIGCHI Finland, Toulouse SIGCHI, SIGCHI Italy,
SIGCHI.NL, Universidade Fernando Pessoa SIGCHI (student), CHISPA,
SIGCHI Romania, and SwissCHI. Prospective chapters: SIGCHI.DK,
German SIGCHI, SIGCHI Norway, Poland SIGCHI, Russia SIGCHI,
SIGCHI Sweden and West Sweden CHI.

SIGCHI Italy (Italy) reports their one day meeting, on on January 25 2002,
held in Ivrea at the Interaction Design Institute ( .

SIGCHI.NL (Nehterlands) will host a lecture by Leonard Verhoef about the
design of the new touchscreen ticket machine of the Dutch national railway
on February 6, at CIBIT (Arthur van Schendelstraat 570, Utrecht) from 19:00
to 21:30. The lecture will be followed by a presentation of the plans for
2002 by the Board and a call for volunteers to help SIGCHI.NL be an active
local community. For more information in Dutch please go to:

RoCHI (Romania) will host on February 18 and 19, 2 talks by Joseph Konstan
(University of Minnesota): "The GroupLens Research Project: Collaborative
Filtering Recommender
Systems" and "Towards Innovative and Interactive Multimedia: Models and
Tools to
Support Authoring".

Asia / Pacific
Chartered chapters in this geography: CHI South India and SIGCHI_NZ.
Prospective chapters: SIGCHI Korea and CHI Bombay.

SIGCHI Korea (Korea) has cooperated in the organization of Korean HCI
annual conference to take place  in Bokwang, Korea, from February 4 to 7.
Almost 1,000 researchers and practitioners are expected to participate in
this conference. Mr. Aaron Markus will give a keynote speech remotely from
the United States via the Internet. For more information please visit:

CHI Bombay (Bombay, India) reports i CHI, their HCI workshop that took
place in January and had as invited speaker Joseph A. Konstan (University
of Minnesota).

United States
Chartered chapters in this geography: BayCHI, LA-SIGCHI, SanD CHI,
DC-CHI, CHI-Atlanta, CHI-Squared, LowellCHI (student), GB/SIGCHI,
(student), Puget Sound SIGCHI, and Milwau-CHI. Prospective chapters:
SIGCHI PGH, Rocky Mountain CHI, ConnCHI, and ISU SIGCHI.
Point of contact: KATCHI.

LA SIGCHI (Los Angeles) has just announced its plans to get restarted.
Anyone interested in
participating and/or helping out please contact [log in to unmask] or
Bernard Chen at +1-310-308-7540.

SIGCHI PGH (Pittsburgh) has announced its prospective beginning. Anyone
interested please contact [log in to unmask] or Bethany Mowl at +1 412.297.8005.

CHI-Atlanta (Atlanta) announces its February meeting on Thursday, February
7th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, at Cyberstarts on the topic: "Globalization: Moving
Away from a North American Centric Approach" with Rita Wuebbeler, President
of INTERGLOBE Cross-Cultural Business Services.

BayCHI (San Francisco Bay Area):
Its February meeting will take place at Xerox PARC Auditorium, 3333 Coyote
Hill Road Palo Alto, on Tuesday, February 12, 7:00-9:30 pm (7:00 to 7:30:
Tea, Coffee, Socializing, Joining BayCHI, ...;7:30 to 9:30  talks). The
invited talks are "Blogging in Public" by Geoff Nunberg, Stanford
University and "Why Start-Ups Might Not Like Fieldwork, Even If It's Good
For Them" by  Victoria Bellotti, Xerox PARC.

BayCHI organizes a dinner before each monthly meeting. This month's dinner
will be at Cafe Pro Bono in Palo Alto. We'll meet at 5:30 p.m. sharp.
Please RSVP directly to Wendee Crofoot at [log in to unmask] or, on
February 12, (408) 654-1023 by 2:00 p.m. the afternoon of the meeting if
you plan to join us.

BayCHI East Bay BOF presents "Designing for Revenue: Using Research to
Fulfill Business Goals" by Jared Spool, on Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
at the Sibley Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley.

ConnCHI (Connecticut) invites for David Woods free presentation on-line
teleconference on "How to Study Cognitive Systems in Context" on Friday,
February 8 from 11-noon.
Information and registration is available at

MOCHI (Southeastern Michigan & Northern Ohio):
February 13th, Wednesday, 7PM-9PM the talk "The Design of Socio-Technical
Practice" by Austin Henderson from Pliant Research. The talk will be at the
School of Information, Ehrlicher Room (West Hall room 411).

February 27th, Wednesday, 7:00PM - 8:30PM he MOCHI Discussion Roundtable
meets to discuss "Interfaces that Give and Take Advice" by Henry Lieberman
at the Tec-Ed, Inc., 4300 Varsity, Suite A, Ann Arbor.

For more information please go to
NYC-CHI (New York City) is co-organizing with NYNMA's DESIGN SIG "Design
Case Studies". This Design SIG will focus on case studies for design. The
presenters, Paul Confracesco (Aaron Marcus & Associates) and Scott Weiss
(Usable Products Company) will give background and information about their
design projects, with time for Q&A afterward. The Design SIG will take
place on Monday 4 February at 6:30 PM at Globix (139 Centre Street) between
Walker & White, south of Canal, east of Lafayette (Subway: NQRW/6 to
Canal). Registration is required and can be done online at

CHI-Squared (Chicago) will meet on Wednesday, February 20th, 6-7:45pm at
DePaul University
  for a panel discussion on "Cost-Justifying User-Centrism. Why are User
Research, User Centered Design, and Usability good for business? And how do
we prove it?" Panelists from a diversity of organizations will comment on
challenges, successes and strategies in advocating for user-focused
research, innovation, design and testing. For more information please

Middle East
Prospective chapter in this geography: IsraCHI.

You don't know where SIGCHI PGH, LA SIGCHI, GMU SIGCHI, RoCHI, BelCHI or
... are? Take a look at the SIGCHI Local SIGs webpage
( to find out and to access more
information about CHI Local SIGs.

Raquel Prates
SIGCHI Local SIGs Chair