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TAMODIA'2005 - For Work and Beyond

4th International Workshop on
TAsk MOdels and DIAgrams for user interface design

Gdansk, Poland, 26-27 September 2005


TAMODIA'2005 is the fourth in a series of workshops focused on different forms of models,
diagrammatic and formal notations, and analytic frameworks used to understand human tasks and
activities with computers and technology.

Understanding and modelling user tasks and activities has always been a central part of HCI
research and practice.  This has involved techniques borrowed from related areas such as software
engineering, theoretical computer science and cognitive science, as well as specialised notations
and methods developed to address the unique features of human-computer interaction.

Notations used range from textual and graphical forms to more interactive, multimodal and
multimedia tools.  Submissions are equally welcome from those studying notations and modelling
frameworks themselves, or the ways in which these fit within the interaction design process.

As well as addressing areas traditionally associated with task modelling such as office work, safety
critical interfaces, or web workflows, we would also like to encourage submissions that explore
domains at the edge of these: understanding of physical workplaces, tangible, ubiquitous and
pervasive computing, games and entertainment, technologically augmented artistic installations
and  performance, virtual and augmented reality, and domestic and public environments.

Running just before TAMODIA'2005 will be the national conference of the Polish HCI community
and tutorials open to both conferences will run on the Sunday between them.

Conference Chair:
    Marcin Sikorski,  Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
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Program Committee co-Chairs
    Alan Dix, Lancaster University, UK
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    Anke Dittmar, Universit t Rostock, Germany
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The conference is hosted in Gdansk.  Situated between several major cultures and often at the
boundaries of empires, it has sometimes been a flash point of conflicts, but also a melting pot of
new ideas, including the origins of the Solidarnosc movement.  We hope the conference will
similarly bring together researchers from different academic areas and from different countries to
stimulate one another and produce new insights.

Gdansk is situated on the edge of the Baltic with beautiful beaches, forests and lakes as well as
many historical places to visit and the unique Kashubian culture, tradition and crafts.

It is easy to get to Gdansk: there are direct flights to Gdansk from London, Copenhagen,
Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Warsaw, and intercity trains from Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and


We seek high-quality, original papers that address the theory, design, development, evaluation of
ideas, tools, techniques, methodologies in (but not limited to) the following areas:

Understanding tasks and non-tasks:
   * Allocation of tasks   * Cognitive task models
   * Information access and navigation models (including web)
   * Models and frameworks for non-work domains: arts, games, the home
   * Navigation models and analysis for physical and virtual environments
   * Understanding opportunistic, situated and non-planned activity
   * User affordances   * User interfaces for very complex or exceptional tasks
Notations and diagrams:
   * Diagrams for task representation: textual, graphic, animation, video
   * Software engineering models and techniques applied to task-based design:
     data-flow diagrams, dynamics diagrams, Petri nets, semantic nets,
     statecharts, static diagrams, state transition diagrams, UML models, etc.
Process and method:
   * Derivation of UI from task: systematic processes and methods
   * Early requirements for task-based design
   * User-task elicitation   * Task-based design
   * Predictive task models   * Properties of tasks   * Simulation of tasks
   * Task analysis   * Task models: analytic and empirical modelling
Tools and visualisation:
   * Sketching and gesture-based tools for UI design   * Visual programming
   * Visualization of models involved in UI design process


Long paper submissions (up to 8 pages ACM format, approx 6000 words) should present high
quality, original work within the topics of the conference. They should highlight general scientific
contributions of the research and practical significance.

Short papers (up to 4 pages, approx 3000 words) can present preliminary results, reports of work
in progress and also overviews of laboratories or groups with significant work within the scope of
the workshop.

Demonstrations and Posters of highly visual material may accompany any paper and in the case of
short papers may be a more appropriate presentation method than a short oral slot.  If authors
would like to present a demonstration or poster alongside or instead of an oral presentation they
should include a short (up to 1 page any format) informal sketch or description of the intended

Both long and short papers should be written in English and authors should follow the formatting
instructions on the TAMODIA web site.

Deadline for Submissions:  May 20, 2005
Notification to Authors:   July 4, 2005
Final Versions due:        July 25, 2005
Workshop in Gdansk:        Sept. 26-27, 2005

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