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Benjamin Cowan <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:46:17 +0000
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Hi there,

Please Circulate to the CHI list- Apologies for Cross Posting


Ben Cowan

Please Circulate to the NordiCHI list- Apologies for Cross Posting

--HCI 2012--
People and Computers XXVI

You are invited to participate in HCI 2012, which will be held in the 
UK's second city, Birmingham.

--Some History--
HCI 2012 is the 26th Annual Conference of the Specialist HCI group of 
the BCS, the BCS Interaction SG. Since its establishment in 1985, the 
conference has become the leading annual HCI conference in Europe. As 
well as being a leading venue for dissemination, the conference has a 
history of nurturing research careers- many of the leading HCI 
researchers published their early papers here and it is recognised for 
helping students and new academics as much as being a leading forum for 
established researchers. We want to carry on this well-established 
tradition into 2012.

--Conference Theme--
This year we have returned to the founding theme of the conference: 
"People and Computers". This is to encapsulate and highlight the growing 
diversity of our field of HCI in one event. Technology is now common in 
all walks of life and HCI practitioners and researchers have more areas 
of impact than ever before. We want the conference to reflect this 
growing importance and diversity.

--The Venue--
The City of Birmingham has undergone a transformation over the past few 
decades. It now boasts more canals than Venice, a plethora of riverside 
restaurants, bars and cafes, a range of cuisine from around the world, 
coupled with a compact city vibe.  Birmingham is easily accessible by 
road, rail (Birmingham New Street Station) and air (Birmingham 
International Airport). It is also well located for extending your stay, 
whether you plan a city break to explore the centre, or a short trip 
into the countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon, Wales, the Peak District, 
or the rolling Chilterns and Oxfordshire.

The main conference will be held at the IET at Austin Court, a 
purpose-built facility in the centre of town within walking distance of 
major hotels, restaurants, bars and nightlife of the city.

Socially, the conference will build on its reputation for the liveliest, 
friendliest place to meet other HCI researchers. The conference dinner 
will be held at the Botanical Gardens, complete with outdoor spaces, 
tropical hothouses, exotic birds and beautiful parkland.

--Submission Tracks--
The conference will have usual tracks of high-quality research papers, 
written as either Full or Short papers. Full papers should be a maximum 
of 10 pages in length. These submissions should be of original work and 
should not have been previously published. Short papers should be a 
maximum of 6 pages and should be compact short pieces of original work. 
There is also a 'work-in-progress' category. We strongly encourage 
participants to reflect the spirit of the track by submitting 
early-stage, surprising or incomplete results that may be of relevance 
and interest to the community. The submission dates for the tracks are 

Following on from last year we have also included an alt-HCI track. This 
track is for work that highlights a more extreme, unusual and less 
mainstream side of HCI. The more alternative the work is, the better. We 
are looking for high quality contributions that might be highly 
contentious, using atypical methodologies, critical of established ideas 
or focused in an unconventional domain. If your work is alternative, 
controversial and interesting, then alt-HCI is the track for you.

The conference will also host a variety of workshops and a doctorial 
consortium. These will be held on the leafy campus of the University of 
Birmingham, in Edgbaston. A redbrick University and member of the 
Russell group, it offers a pleasant green environment.

We encourage submissions that focus on human interaction with technology 
and computer systems. Whether your work is at the fundamental end of the 
spectrum (theory, design, or principle), or at the practical end 
(evaluation, product, or impact) we are interested in encouraging 
high-quality submissions to the conference.

The dates for submission for each paper track are:
.    Full Papers:- 30th March 2012  (Notification:- 31st May 2012)
.    Short Papers, WiP & Alt-HCI:- 15th June 2012 (Notification:-27th 
July 2012)

Relevant topics areas include but are by no means limited to:
.    Persuasive Technology
.    Mobile Interactions
.    User Experience
.    Touchtable interactions
.    Affective Computing/Interactions
.    Usability Engineering
.    Accessibility
.    Child Computer Interaction
.    Interaction Design
.    UCD4D
.    Recommender Systems
.    Annotation
.    Brain Computer Interfaces
.    Technology and Culture
.    E-Government

All tracks will be peer reviewed by an international panel of leading 
researchers. Papers will be published in the BCS e-WIC repository and in 
the ACM Digital Library.

In keeping with the BCS HCI ethos, early career researchers are 
especially encouraged to submit to the main conference, whilst those 
still undertaking PhDs should consider applying for the doctoral 
consortium, a training and supportively critical forum to discuss your 
research in.

To recognise outstanding contributions to this years conference and to 
nurture the HCI researchers of tomorrow we will have best paper and best 
student paper awards, which will be judged by the reviewers and 
announced at the conference dinner.

--HCI 2012 News and Views:--
We want to hear what are saying about HCI 2012. This year we have made 
twitter a major part of our website through the HCI 2012 Twitter Chatter 
banner. All tweets will be displayed on the site so people can see the 
community's views, opinions and comments about HCI 2012.

The conference twitter feed is also the way to keep one step ahead with 
news about HCI 2012, just follow @hci2012. To share your tweets use the 
hashtag #hci2012uk.

Our website also has up to date information on 
submissions, venues and other relevant conference news.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Birmingham!

--Conference Committee:--

--Conference Chairs--
Russell Beale (University of Birmingham)
Benjamin R. Cowan (University of Birmingham)
Chris P. Bowers (University of Birmingham)
Chris Baber (University of Birmingham)

--Full Papers--
Andrew Howes (University of Birmingham)
Pat Healey (Queen Mary, University of London)

__Short Papers--
Aaron Quigley     (University of St Andrews)
Per Ola Kristensson (University of St Andrews)

--Work In Progress--
Tom McEwan    (Napier University)
Ingi Helgason (Napier University)

--Alt HCI--
Alan Dix (Lancaster University)
Mike Twidale (University of Illinois)

--Doctoral Consortium--
Steve Love (Brunel University)
Leon Watts (University of Bath)

Mirco Musolesi (University of Birmingham)
Bob Hendley (University of Birmingham)

Ginevra Castellano (University of Birmingham)
Hatice Gunes (Queen Mary University of London)

--Interactive Demos--
Eugene Ch'ng (University of Birmingham)
Miguel Nacenta (University of St Andrews)

Benjamin R Cowan PhD MBPsS
Research Fellow
BCS Interaction SG Committee Member
HCI Centre
University of Birmingham
School of Computer Science
Twitter: BCowanHCI

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