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Rome, Italy: 2 – 4 April 2008

HCIEd 2008 is the annual international conference of Human-Computer
Interaction (HCI) educators. It will be held in Rome, Italy from 2 to 4 of
April 2008 (just before the CHI2008 Conference in Florence).  HCIEd 2008
is run under the auspices of IFIP WG 13.1 on Education in HCI and the HCI
Curriculum and the BCS HCI Group, with the support of IaD School of Tor
Vergata University in Rome and of the CNR, Instituto di psicologia in Rome
and the endorsement of the SIGCHI Italy.

HCIEd 2008 aims at promoting a discussion on the evolution of HCI
education towards a more holistic vision requiring a stronger dialogue
between a variety of disciplines. This is in reaction to the demand of new
curricula to equip practitioners and designers of the future with the
necessary skills to cope with developments in, amongst others, mediated
communication that is increasingly becoming ubiquitous, embedded and
‘wearable’  and tends to be part of complex interactive systems that
populate co-evolving spaces.

It became evident from discussions at HCIEd 2006 and HCIEd 2007 that
future HCI education cannot avoid developing within interdisciplinary
learning environments, capturing the lessons learned in traditional design
schools, stimulating creative innovation as a form of social activity,
whilst at the same time focusing on developing systems meeting the
guidelines and principles of human-centred design. The main focuses of
HCIEd 2006 and HCIEd 2007 have been on inventivity and creativity. Several
experiences, best practices, tools and methods have been presented,
compared and critically discussed. Some reflections and very preliminary
drafts of systematisation of the way in which the design process may be
taught have been proposed. While we wish, as a community, to continue our
exploration of methodologies, tools, best practices and to investigate
solutions to issues that are still unanswered, we also would like to move
a step forward and have an in-depth reflection on the required foundations
of future HCI education. We wish to enrich and integrate our knowledge of
the design processes that are used in the various design domains (process
control, consumer electronics, architecture, product design, fashion
design, software engineering, etc.), by peeling away the domain specifics,
identifying what is universal and what is different, and what common
methods and tools can be identified. We would like to investigate how to
better handle and integrate the border conditions impacting on our domain
(educational policies, social environments, political issues, ethics and
acceptability, role of industry, etc.) and the influence of cross-cultural
issues.  We would like to critically compare learning contexts.  We thus
aim to discuss ‘Architecting the Future’ of the HCI and interaction and
experience design education.

We therefore invite educators, researchers, designers and developers from
a variety of domains to attend and take part in HCIEd 2008:  computer and
information scientists, engineers, product, graphic and interaction
designers, architects, social scientists, ethnographers and
anthropologists, etc.

In 2001 the British Computer Society (BCS) HCI Group started a series of
informal workshops amongst HCI educators. Parallel to this IFIP WG 13.1
started with a similar series of annual HCI education workshops at the
INTERACT Conference in Edinburgh in 1999. In 2006 the two groups decided
to start joint workshops on a more international level and joined hands
with the Interaction Design Centre of the University of Limerick and the
CONVIVIO network to organise HCIEd 2006 in Limerick, Ireland. In 2006 the
event was co-organized in Aveiro, Portugal by IEETA - Instituto de
Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro. In 2008 the event is being
co-organized by the ISIM_garage (Interactive and Multimodal Interfaces and
Systems), a laboratory associated to the IaD School (the e-learning
centre) of the University of Tor Vergata.

Apart from attending, there are two ways to take part in HCIEd 2008: by
submitting a full or a short paper to the conference or by taking part in
the student design contest.

HCIEd 2008 will accept two categories of papers: full papers and short
papers. All papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review

Paper Themes:
Full papers should focus on the scope of the conference as described above
and could address issues related to the foundations of future HCI
education, evaluating current practices or curricula in the context of the
changing nature of HCI education, universal and different design issues
and processes and their possible impact on future HCI education, issues
related to the border conditions impacting on HCI education, etc.

Short papers can be based on case studies or reports of best practices
that may contribute to architecting the future of the HCI education. These
may also report meaningful experiments or techniques in a concise format.

HCIEd 2008 welcomes original contributions from the following (but not
limited to) broad themes:
- Theoretical foundations of HCI, interaction design and experience design
education: reflecting on current or future contexts.
- Studies of the design process in the context of architecting future HCI,
interaction design or experience design education.
- Critical reflections about the influences of border conditions on HCI,
interaction design and experience design education.
- Comparative critical studies on curricula planning and management.
- Exploration of cross-cultural issues that may affect the future
education of HCI, interaction design and experience design.
- Best practices and systematisations of methods for teaching HCI,
interaction design and experience design.
- Proposal for new enabling tools for the teaching of HCI, interaction
design and experience design.

Paper Benefit Statement
In all cases, a paper must break new ground and its contribution must
offer a clear benefit. Authors should develop a 30-word statement of
contribution/benefits related to the papers they submit. This statement
will be used by reviewers to understand aim and details of their paper’s
contribution and will be published in the conference programme.

Paper Format
All submissions should follow the ACM format strictly:

Full research papers must be no longer than 8 pages in the prescribed
format and short papers (posters) no longer than 4 pages, including all
the additional materials such as references, appendices, and pictures.
Full research papers must include a title, sufficient space for the author
names, contact information and affiliations, abstract, keywords, body, and
references. The abstract must be no longer than 150 words and must be
included in the paper; it must clearly state the paper’s contribution to
the conference themes. All references must be complete, accurate and
accessible to the public, formatted in the prescribed ACM format style.

Paper Submission Process
Contributions to all the categories will be electronically submitted
following a procedure to be posted on the conference website:

Submission deadline: 20 December 2007.

Conference Proceedings
Two versions of the conference proceedings will be published. All full
papers and short papers accepted for the conference will be published in
the conference pre-proceedings by Tor Vergata University of Rome – IaD
School as a special issue of the IxD&A Journal. A selected number of
research papers among those presented at the conference are expected to be
critically revised and extended by the authors after the conference and
will be published in a volume of the Springer IFIP Series titled ‘HCI
Education: Architecting the Future’.

The main users of the education process are our students and thus it seems
unreasonable not to involve them in HCIEd 2008. To accomplish this we
decided to create an on-line international interaction design contest for
students. The contest aims not only to select the best design proposals
stimulated by the design brief of the contest, but also to identify the
best design proposals resulting from the use of best practices, methods,
tools and process within a collaborative international and cross-cultural

Participation in the HCIEd 2008 International Experience-design Contest is
free and it is open to bachelor, master and PhD level students.

Details on how to apply will be available soon on the conference website:

Successful applicants will be admitted to the on-line learning environment
LIFE where they will found the design brief of the HCIEd 2008 contest. The
main theme will be devoted to ‘The Design of Liquid Places’. Throughout
the duration of the contest the students will be assisted by expert

A selected number of students will be invited to Rome where they will have
the opportunity to attend HCIEd 2008 for free, present their results and
have a description of their project published in the conference
pre-proceedings. Students will however be expected to pay their own travel
and subsistence costs.

Deadline for application to the student design contest: 30 November 2007.

Carlo Giovanella: Universita di Roma, Italy. E-mail: mifav at
Paula Kotze: University of South Africa, IFIP WG 13.1 and SIGCHI, South
Africa. E-mail: kotze at
William Wong: Middlesex University, BCS HCI Group and IFIP WG13.1, United
Kingdom. E-mail: w.wong at

For any further information please contact the Conference Secretary:
Giovanna Galli.
E-mail: galli.giovanna at

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