Representatives of CHI Local SIGs and of organizations considering
becoming affiliated with SIGCHI as CHI Local SIGs will be gathering at
CHI 2001 in Seattle Washington (USA) during the first week of April
for a mix of meetings. The foci of some of those meetings:
o Local SIG operational issues;
o the formation of a European federation of HCI organizations;
o student chapters and student subgroups of chapters;
o SIGCHI's tutorials-to-go program;
o being affiliated with SIGCHI without being a Local SIG.
Members of CHI Local SIGs will be able to sport ribbons on their
conference badges advertising their chapter, and anyone interested in
CHI Local SIGs will be able to learn lots by visiting the Local SIGs
booth in the exhibit area.
Here is a sampling of more of what is happening in the world of CHI
Chartered chapter in this geography: CHI-SA.
Americas (outside the U.S.)
Chartered chapters in this geography: Brazil CHI, CapCHI, ToRCHI,
VanCHI, WatCHI (student), and CHI-Mexico.
Brazil CHI became a chartered chapter on March 29.
CapCHI's next meeting will present, "Highlights of CHI 2001 -
Anyone, Anywhere." Date: April 17.
ToRCHI's meeting April 19 will feature Gary Perlman talking on
"First Do No Harm: The Internship of Dr. Search (A Search Results
Asia / Pacific
Chartered chapters in this geography: CHI South India and SIGCHI_NZ.
Prospective chapter: CHI North India.
CHI South India's conference on software usability in March (India's
first) drew around 150 professionals. Lakshmi Narayanan, Susan
Wolfe, and Rashmi Sinha were among the featured presenters.
Chartered chapters in this geography: SIGCHI Austria, BelCHI,
BulSIGCHI, Czech SIGCHI, Toulouse SIGCHI, SIGCHI Italy, SIGCHI.NL,
Universidade Fernando Pessoa SIGCHI (student), CHISPA, and
SwissCHI. Prospective chapters: SIGCHI.DK, SIGCHI Finland, German
SIGCHI, SIGCHI Norway, Poland SIGCHI, SIGCHI Romania, Russia SIGCHI,
SIGCHI Sweden, and West Sweden CHI.
SIGCHI.DK: April 17, CHI 2001 1/2 - what happened at CHI in Seattle.
SIGCHI.NL holds an evening meeting on 10 April when Robin van
Kralingen en Gijs de Ridder will give presentations about Mobile.
HCI SIG of the Norwegian Computer Society is considering becoming
affiliated with SIGCHI as SIGCHI Norway.
STIMDI (the Swedish interdisciplinary interest group for human
computer interaction) is planning to become a CHI Local SIG.
SwissCHI's next event: April 26: "Review of the CHI 2001 Conference"
by Markus Stolze and Michael Richter.
Chartered chapters in this geography: BayCHI, LA-SIGCHI, SanD CHI,
DC-CHI, CHI-Atlanta, CHI-Squared, LowellCHI (student), GB/SIGCHI,
MOCHI, TwinCHI, KC-CHI, GatewayCHI, NYC-CHI, TriCHI, BuckCHI,
CHIFOO, PhiCHI, CHI-Austin, Lone Star CHI, NUCHI, GMU SIGCHI
(student), Puget Sound SIGCHI, and Milwau-CHI. Prospective chapters:
Rocky Mountain CHI and ConnCHI. Point of contact: KATCHI.
BayCHI's program April 10 starts with a half hour of viewing models
of user/customer experience, drinking tea/coffee, networking, and more,
then continues with a panel on "Modeling 'Experience'" featuring Audrey
Crane, Sandy Speicher, Harry Saddler, Carrie Yury, and moderator
Richard Anderson. BayCHI-East will meet April 17: "Making Machines
Fit for Human Comsumption," Jef Raskin. (BayCHI-North met during late
March with a presentation by Gitta Salomon on "Interaction Designers in
Rocky Mountain CHI will be meeting Thursday evening April 26.
Speakers: Leysia Palen (CU Boulder) and Marilyn Salzman (Genomica);
topic: "Welcome to the Wireless World: Problems Using and Understanding
Mobile Telephony." (The March meeting featured Nancy Shepard talking
about her rapid prototyping and field testing experiences and ideas.)
ConnCHI met in March for presentations by Jill Grossman ("Usability
Do's and Don'ts: Life Lessons Learned from Modem's Usability Evangelist")
and Sacia Friedman ("Beyond Keyword Search").
CHI-Squared will meet on April 18th to discuss "Highlights of CHI
The April 26th meeting of CHI-A will take place in the Center for New
Media Research and Education at Georgia Tech. Dr. Janet Murray,
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Information Design
and Technology Program, will provide an introduction that will be
followed by the presentation of thesis projects by graduating students.
GB/SIGCHI's next meeting will be the evening of April 10. Program:
LowellCHI's meeting April 19 will be a field trip to PictureTEL. There,
Betsy Comstock will talk on "Developing Visual Collaboration Projects."
(This event is limited to 25 people.)
CHIFOO's next meeting: April 18. The panel "Overcoming Barriers to
Usability" will feature Chris Hale, Kelcie Anderson, and others, and will
be hosted by Jon Meads of Usability Architects, Inc.
CHI-Austin will meet April 9 at Trilogy to discuss the reorganization
of the chapter. Annette Priest is acting as the interim chair during this
time of transition.
MilwauCHI next meeting is April 3. Speakers: Mark Bender, Visual
Designer at Northwestern Mutual & Heidi Thorgersen, Visual Designer
at marchFIRST; topic: "Color."
You don't know where CHIFOO, GB/SIGCHI, ToRCHI, CapCHI, SIGCHI.DK,
CHI-A, CHI-Squared, or ... are? Take a look at the SIGCHI Local SIGs
webpage (http://www.acm.org/sigchi/local-sigs/) to find out and to
access more information about CHI Local SIGs.
SIGCHI Local SIGs Chair
Richard I. Anderson
phone: +1 415 383-5689 x2
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