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People and Computers XXVI
You are invited to participate in HCI 2012, which will be held in the
UK's second city, Birmingham.
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.
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 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.
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
Relevant topics areas include but are by no means limited to:
. Persuasive Technology
. Mobile Interactions
. User Experience
. Touchtable interactions
. Affective Computing/Interactions
. Usability Engineering
. Child Computer Interaction
. Interaction Design
. Recommender Systems
. Brain Computer Interfaces
. Technology and Culture
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
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
Our website http://www.hci2012.org also has up to date information on
submissions, venues and other relevant conference news.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Birmingham!
Russell Beale (University of Birmingham)
Benjamin R. Cowan (University of Birmingham)
Chris P. Bowers (University of Birmingham)
Chris Baber (University of Birmingham)
Andrew Howes (University of Birmingham)
Pat Healey (Queen Mary, University of London)
Aaron Quigley (University of St Andrews)
Per Ola Kristensson (University of St Andrews)
--Work In Progress--
Tom McEwan (Napier University)
Ingi Helgason (Napier University)
Alan Dix (Lancaster University)
Mike Twidale (University of Illinois)
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)
Eugene Ch'ng (University of Birmingham)
Miguel Nacenta (University of St Andrews)
Benjamin R Cowan PhD MBPsS
BCS Interaction SG Committee Member
University of Birmingham
School of Computer Science
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