As members of the Computer-Human Interaction community, we would like to
direct your attention to a forum addressing user issues for mobile
communications devices and services.   The next meeting of the Wireless
World Research Forum (WWRF) will take place on March 7-8 in Tempe,
Arizona. We would like to encourage the participation in the forum of
researchers who are leaders in their fields.  We believe the forum has
an important role to play in engendering a common understanding among
industrial and academic researchers, and in influencing research funding
bodies, including the European Commission, DARPA, NSF and others.  Note
that representatives of the EU, DARPA, and NSF are expected to
participate in the meeting.

The forum has developed a book of visions, which is a first attempt to
identify research areas that will be important for the future of
wireless systems beyond 3G.  These visions were formulated in 4 working
groups, the first of which is The Human Perspective of the Wireless
World.   In the Human Perspective of the Wireless World, we are
promoting research areas that strive to understand the users' needs for
future wireless systems and how the users will interact with the
technology as it becomes more complex.  The vision is to define the
technology research by understanding the user, rather than have
technology developed solely from an engineering perspective.

About the WWRF:  The Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) is a global
research forum which was formed in early 2001. The objective of the
forum is to formulate visions on long-term strategic research directions
in the wireless field, involving industry and academia, and to generate,
identify, and promote research areas and technical trends for mobile and
wireless system technologies.  The forum currently has around 60
members, including many wireless manufacturers, wireless operators and
university researchers.

More information about WWRF and the upcoming meeting including the
meeting invitation and call for contributions (Note: the contribution
deadline has been extended to 15 Feburary) can be found at
http://www.wireless-world-research.org.  Please also pass this
information on to interested colleagues.  If you have any questions
about the WWRF, please feel free to contact me.

Regards,
Ken Crisler
Chairman, WG1: The Human Perspective of the Wireless World
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