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"Olav W. Bertelsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Olav W. Bertelsen
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    HCI 2006: ENGAGE
    11-15 September 2006
    Queen Mary, University of London
    The 20th British HCI Group conference in co-operation with ACM.

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to contribute to
the program at next year's HCI2006 People and Computers XX, by proposing
a panel in line with the conference themes.

Deadline: 3rd February 2006

A good panel will be entertaining, stimulate thought and discussion on
some controversial, emerging or significant issue. To run a panel
typically requires 3-5 panellists and a facilitator. There is a
variety of formats possible and we are happy to receive innovative
proposals that involve the audience actively in the discussion. There
are many possibilities, so be inspired by the conference themes and
see how best you can engage the audience!

For HCI 2006 panel submissions should be made by the first
deadline. Thus, we hope to get a selection of well prepared sessions
that can be promoted in the early program. Whilst this year's earlier
deadline may require a little more work just now, we hope to use the
time after the deadline to refine and work on proposals so we can produce
some fine sessions of significance, or indeed, entertainment!

Submissions should include the following:

1. A covering letter stating the primary contact through which all
    communication will be directed and explicitly confirming that all
    panelists have been consulted in the production of the proposal and
    have agreed to attend if the panel is accepted. This letter may also
    add further details about the way the panel will be run, emphasising
    any audience involvement.
2. A two-page paper prepared using the format for Volume 2 of the
    conference proceedings, containing a title, contact details for the
    moderator and all panelists, an abstract, an introduction to the issue
    by the moderator and a position statement from each panelist.
3. A 30 word summary that introduces the panel.

Dates in 2006:

3rd February   Deadline for submission of panels

28th March     Notification to authors of panels

21st April     Camera ready copy needed for panels

23rd June      Early registration deadline

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your ideas. We will be
happy to help you find panel candidates, or refine you plans on formats.

If you would like to sponsor a panel session on a topic, then once 
again, please
contact the chairs to discuss how we might facilitate that, or contact the
conference sponsor chair, Helen Petrie, at [log in to unmask]

Adrian Williamson
Graham Technology plc
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Olav Bertelsen
University of Aarhus
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The six themes have been developed in consultation with members of the
HCI community. Submissions to the conference should engage with one of
the themes below and respond to the theme's question so that the
sessions at the conference can foster lively and challenging
debate. There are many ways to cut each category: theories, practice,
novel interaction paradigms, and so on. Our aim is to bring together
different points of view on each topic for lively and coherent
discussion at the conference.

1. Enthralling experiences: what draws people in?
       - Performance, aesthetics, emotion, and creativity ? powerful
         engagement can be a means or an end.
2. Interactions in the wild: how does technology breach boundaries?
       - The border between chaos and control changes as interactions
         leave the desktop and go mobile.
3. Connecting with others: what happens around and through technology?
       - Interacting with colleagues and friends is helped and hindered
         by the connecting technology.
4. Mind, body, and spirit: how does diversity impact?
       - People are different, so interactions should span age, ability,
         culture and gender.
5. Interactions for me: what improves my experience?
       - Technology can be dehumanising but it can also improve working
         and social life enormously.
6.  At the periphery: how can we create ambient engagement?
       - Disappearing technologies, such as ubicomp, mixed media, and
       ambient intelligence, still engage us even though we can't
       directly interact with them.

*** Proceedings ***

Volume 2 of the proceedings will be included in the BCS electronic
Workshops in Computing digital library.

*** Electronic submission and format ***

Submissions should be made electronically through the conference
submission and reviewing system. Submission details will appear on the
website in January 2006.

11-15 September 2006
Queen Mary, University of London
The 20th British HCI Group conference in co-operation with ACM.


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