The Fourth British HCI Group one-day meeting
                      "COMPUTERS AND FUN 4"
                    Thursday 29th November 2001
                 The Huntingdon Room, King's Manor
                         University of York

9.30 - 10.00: Registration
10.00: Opening remarks - Darren Read and Mark Blythe

10.00 - 10.30: Who's Line Is It Anyway
Erik Blankinship,  MIT Media Laboratory

10.30 - 11.00 Is verbal humour possible for chatterbots?
Antonella De Angeli, David Cameron*, Graham I. Johnson & Lynne
Coventry. NCR, Financial solutions Division, Self Service Strategic
Solution *University of Cambridge, Department of Psychology

11.00: Coffee

11.30 - 12.00: Tangible interaction tools as a means to create a fun
Marcelle Stienstra: Philips Research (Media Interaction) and University of

12.00 - 12.30: Is a lot of interactivity necessarily a lot of fun and what
makes an Interactive story system a fun place for children?
Mitja Kostomaj : Centre of Advanced Learning Technologies (CALT) INSEAD

12.30: Lunch

2.00 - 2.30: Absolutely Crackers
Alan Dix: Computing Department, Lancaster University

2.30 - 3.00 The Enchantments of Technology
John McCarthy, Department of Applied Psychology, University College
Cork, Ireland.

3.00 Tea

3.30 - 4.00 Measuring Fun Using Demands, Decision Latitude and
Social Support to Measure Fun in  Human Factors Design Petter Bae
Brandtzæg & Asbjørn Følsta: Department of Distributed Informations
Systems, SINTEF Telecom and Informatics, Forskningsvn. 1, 0314 Oslo,

4.00 - 4.30 The Birth of "Another Alice"
Pengkai Pan, Christina Chen, Glorianna Davenport: Media Laboratory,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.30 - 5.00 Closing discussion
What makes for enjoyment in the use of information and
communication technologies?
An opportunity for members of the audience to contribute their own ideas.

5.00 End of meeting

As studies of fun move into the mainstream of HCI research, new
design possibilities emerge. Two of the areas addressed in Fun and
Computers 3 in 2000 were humour in electronic commerce and
smart toys. This year we continue to ask how we might move from
an understanding of users concerns, derived from the world of work,
and notions of task, toward appreciating the multiple instances of
leisure activity and fun.

The meeting will be held in The King's Manor in the centre of York
and within walking distance of the railway station. York is less than
2 hours from London King's Cross and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh.
The standard fee is 75 pounds (Students 20 pounds; British HCI
Group members 45 pounds). This includes lunch and refreshments,
registration and printed copies of the abstracts. We will pay the
registration and a contribution towards the travel expenses of one
speaker per accepted paper.

Please print out and fill in the form at
and send with a cheque made payable to "the University of York" to:
   Jenny Connar
   Department of Psychology
   University of York
   YO10 5DD, UK
   Tel: 01904 433190, Fax +44 (0)1904 433181,
   Email:  [log in to unmask]

   Mark Blythe
   Darren Reed
Programme committee:
   Marc Hassenzahl, UI Design, Germany
   Graham Johnson, NCR, UK
   Andrew Monk, Psychology, University of York