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Kai Richter <[log in to unmask]>
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                  *** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION ***

                           Workshop on
      "The Many Faces of Consistency in Cross-platform Design"

                          in adjunction with
ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
                        ---> CHI 2006 <---

                        April 22 - 23, 2006
                         Montreal, Canada

           Position papers due (2-4 pages): January 13, 2006



The growing variety of computing devices has changed our digital
lifestyles dramatically. Tasks are no longer bound to one device but can
be performed on whatever device is at hand, depending on situation or

The challenge for user interface design is to ensure that users can move
seamlessly between devices and continue to accomplish their tasks, even
when interaction styles and physical forms change. Consistency, as a key
criterion of usability, seems to be particularly important in this
context, as it can allow users to transfer existing application  
between devices.

At the workshop, participants will discuss the following questions:

- What aspects of consistency matter in cross-platform design?  What
   evidence has been gathered to inform us?  What are the biggest  
- What are the unique problems for ensuring consistency in application
   interfaces that span multiple platforms?
- What are the limits for consistency? When does it help or hinder
   inter-device usability?
- How can consistency be evaluated in the multi-device context and how
   can such measures integrate into the design process?

By the end, we hope to have identified areas of consensus, developed a
preliminary set of guidelines for cross-platform design, and identified
future directions for research.



The workshop will be held as as a two-day event, and we plan to bring
together 15-20 people with a strong interest in the areas addressed  
by the
workshop. The workshop will be focussing on discussion rather than on
technical presentations. All accepted position papers will be published
on the workshop web site in order to enable participants to read all
submissions prior to the workshop. The workshop itself will combine
discussion in small break-out groups and plenary discussions. The main
goal of the workshop is to gain new insights into the topics  
discussed and
to gather and incubate research in the area of consistency in the design
of cross-device user interfaces.

The workshop invites researchers and practitioners from all fields
involved in user interface design such as designers, usability
professionals, psychologists, and engineers and others. Submissions from
all domains are requested.

Interested individuals should submit a 2-4 page position paper in the  
publication format ( to Kai Richter
([log in to unmask]) by January 13th. The paper should address the
author's previous work in this area and express thoughts on one or  
more of
the four outlined questions.

More information can be found at

All workshop participants will have to register for the main conference
(CHI 2006, in order to attend the workshop.



Kai Richter, Computer Graphics Center (ZGDV), Germany
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Jeffrey Nichols, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
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Krzysztof Gajos, University of Washington, USA
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Ahmed Seffah, Concordia University, Canada
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Brad Myers (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Mary Czerwinski (Microsoft Research, USA)
Laurent Karsenty (Intuilab, FR)
Murielle Florins (Universite Catholique Louvrain, BE)
Ahmed Seffah (Concordia University, CN)
Patrick Baudisch (Microsoft Research, USA)
Roxane Neal (University of Washington, USA)



January 13, 2006         Deadline for paper submission
February 6, 2006         Notification of acceptance
April 22-23, 2006        Workshop
April 24-27, 2006        CHI main conference



Kai Richter, [log in to unmask]

see for more information and updates

Dipl.-Psych. Kai Richter
Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung e.V.
64283 Darmstadt, Germany
phone +49 6151 155 609 mail [log in to unmask]
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