Leaders of 27 chartered and prospective Local SIGs -- from 11 different
countries -- assembled for a full-day working meeting in Los Angeles at CHI
98 to address what it takes to make the impossible possible in or via a
local chapter of ACM SIGCHI. And many, many others interested in finding
and developing local activities received encouragement from the CHI 98
co-chairs during the plenary sessions and stopped by the Local SIGs booth
to learn more. Many thanks to those who helped make CHI 98 the best CHI
conference ever for Local SIGs.
A sampling (i.e., incomplete list) of more of what is or will soon be
happening in the world of SIGCHI local sigs:
Czech SIGCHI became an officially chartered Local SIG on 28 April 1998.
Les prochaines reunions du IHM Toulouse section locale de l'ACM
SIGCHI: en avril-mai -- Yannick Jestin (CENA), Redouane Berkane (LIS).
SIGCHI Italy has cooperated in the organization of AVI '98, an
international working conference that will be at L'Aquila, Italy, during
May 25-27. A joint event of AVI'98 is the Workshop on Interaction
Agents that will be at L'Aquila on May 24.
SIGCHI.NL presents: WORKSHOP ON THE DUTCH NATIONAL TAX DISKETTE
Tuesday 12 May, 19:00, CIBIT Utrecht. "We can't make it more fun, we
can make it easier" [Interface design for the masses: representatives
from the government tax department on their experiences; evaluation of
the usability (is it really easier?); brainstorming for future ideas
(why not more fun?).]
Porto SIGCHI "announced itself" as a prospective Local SIG.
On Thursday April 30, SwissCHI members reported on their experiences
at CHI 98. The report included words from J. Fackelmayer on the 'Java
based User Interface Design' tutorial and on the Workshop der Local
Chapter der SIGCHI, and words from P. Steiger: 'hands-on'-Uebung
GUI-Design. Their next event: May 28th, Erfahrungsbericht (GUI-Design
für Produktionsstrassen-steuerungen bei der ESEC AG) by Carsten Seibert.
CapCHI's next meeting occurs on Thursday May 21 at 7:00pm, featuring the
Academy Award winning duo Nestor Burtnyk and Marceli Wein speaking on
Interactive Graphics and Computer Animation at NRC in the 70's.
Every year, ToRCHI co-sponsors an all-day workshop with CITO,
Communications and Information Technology Ontario, formerly the
Information Technology Research Centre, ITRC. The next workshop is
Monday 5 May 1998 with Wayne Neale, designer of Kodak's 25,000 page web
site; he will address large scale web design and management.
On Tuesday May 12, BayCHI will feature John Armitage on redesigning the
user interface of a legendary airline reservation system, & Tiziana
Perinotti on localizing software. Location: Xerox PARC.
LA SIGCHI will meet on the third Wednesday of May; topic to be announced.
The next meeting of CHI-Squared is Monday, May 4. Food will be
sponsored by Lucent Technologies and will be available starting at 6:00pm;
the speaker will start at 6:30pm. Topic: Information Visualization;
speaker: Steven Eick. The meeting is hosted by PLATINUM technology and
PLATINUM technology's VREAM Lab.
MaineCHI met on March 25 with a presentation by Arthur Fink entitled,
"Designing = Refining Graphic User Interfaces."
GB/SIGCHI's May meeting: "The Ultimate Perceptual Display: Natural
Scenes," Georges Grinstein. When & where: Wednesday May 27, at MITRE
Corporation, Bedford, MA.
TwinCHI was officially chartered on April 28, 1998. They will meet
next on May 21 (6pm) on the UMN Campus. Tom Erickson will talk about
KC-CHI will meet May 5, 6:30 PM at the Plaza Library with a CHI 98
Conference overview and a presentation of the CHI 98 video program.
GatewayCHI's next meeting: May 6 (7pm), at the usability labs at Edward
Jones. John Harris will be facilitating the meeting, in which attendees
will participate in "mock" usability labs.
CHIFOO will sponsor a talk by Kevin Mullet on Visual Design on May 14
at the Old Laurelhurst Church -- 7:30 pm. They are co-sponsoring the
event with Internet Professionals Northwest.
CHI-Austin will meet Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m. for a panel discussion
of the highlights of the CHI '98 conference. Some of the topics the panel
will discuss include: new and exciting technologies; new design tools;
& new usability evaluation techniques. Attendees will also brainstorm
about future meetings/events.
Further information on all of the above and on more is accessible via
the SIGCHI Local SIGs webpage (http://www.acm.org/sigchi/local-sigs/).
Local SIGs Chair
Richard I. Anderson
Usability/Design/Discovery Adventures, +1 510 524-2421
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