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Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Department of Computer Science
Queen Mary & Westfield College
University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
Call for Papers
A Journal of Theoretical, Empirical and Methodological
Issues of User Science and of System Design
Special Issue on
Representations in Interactive Systems Development
Various representations serve diverse purposes throughout interactive
systems development. Representations may be used to support processes such
as analysis of users' work and environment, envisioning and implementing
new work situations and technology and evaluation of usability, work
performance and quality.
In playing a part in such processes, a representation may provide, for
example, an embodiment or model of the object of a particular development
activity. It may provide an historical record of the development process.
It may serve as a channel of communication within or between groups of
stakeholders in the development process.
Representations may take many different forms. Dimensions along which
types of representations may be considered include formal to informal,
general to concrete, exclusive to participative, tool-based to ad hoc,
graphical to propositional.
Questions of interest include: which processes and activities within
systems development may benefit from or require particular representations?
Which form of representation is most appropriate to meet which needs? What
benefits has one form of representation over another, in what
circumstances? Which properties of representations support particular
processes, roles and activities? Who needs to be able to understand and
work with a given representation? What tools and environment must be
provided to support construction and use of a particular representation?
Papers should present the authors' work and ideas on representations and
their uses within systems development, addressing the above or related
Five clear copies of a submission should be sent to Patricia Sheehan, HCI
Administrative Editor, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, 3333 Coyote Hill
Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA. A note should be included that the
submission is for the special issue. For further information see
Information for Authors in the journal or at http://www.parc.xerox.com/HCI.
Deadline for submissions is 19 September 1997. Guest editors for this
special issue are Peter Johnson, Hilary Johnson and Eamonn O'Neill of Queen
Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK.