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===BCS HCI 2012===
===Birmingham, UK===
==People and Computers XXVI==
Twitter: @hci2012 #hci2012uk

You are invited to participate in HCI 2012, which will be held in the UK's
second city, Birmingham. Birmingham is 19th in the New York Times
45 places to go in 2012

*****Full Papers:- 30th March 2012 (Notification:- 31st May 2012)*****
*****Short Papers, WiP&  Alt-HCI:- 15th June 2012 (Notification:-27th July 2012)*****

=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. It has recently been listed as one of the
45 places to go in 2012 by the New York Times
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 New York
Times travel profile of Birmingham gives some great ideas on how to extend
and enjoy your stay  .

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 below.

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

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
. 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

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

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)

=Social Buzz Chair=
Clare Llewellyn (University of Edinburgh)

Charlie Pinder (University of Birmingham)

Benjamin R Cowan PhD MBPsS
Research Fellow
BCS Interaction SG Committee Member
BCS HCI 2012 Co-Chair:
HCI Research Centre
University of Birmingham
School of Computer Science
Twitter: BCowanHCI

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