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Important Dates

Whats’s New

The Engineering community at CHI is closely connected to the EICS conference community (Engineering Interactive Computing Systems), in addition to the UIST and IUI conferences. The last conference EICS 2012 took place in Copenhagen (end of June 2012). It is also connected to the IFIP Working Group on User Interface Engineering. Connections have been made with these group in order to increase the presence of the Engineering at CHI 2013.

Message from the Engineering Chairs

As the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) matures, engineering approaches become more important. Engineering emphasizes the application of scientific knowledge and rigorous design methodology to reliably predict and, thus, help improve the consistency, usability, economy and safety of solutions to practical problems. In HCI, engineering approaches are broad, but have three major areas of development and application: (1) structured methodologies for interactive system design and evaluation that will enable the more rapid, consistent and reliable development of new interactive systems; (2) methods, processes, languages, models and tools to support the application of scientific knowledge of human characteristics to improve interactive systems; (3) new software and hardware technologies that enable effective solutions to design problems. These areas share the engineering values of rigour, appropriate quantification, and a concern for practical effectiveness.

Introduction to the Engineering Community

The community of professionals who share interest in advancing engineering in HCI is broad. We invite you to join us if you are:

  • Software engineers, developers, designers, architects, or managers, who are actively engaged in designing and building interactive systems for any context of use;
  • Researchers in new methods and tools based on engineering principles for producing better quality interactive applications in a way that is more usable, enjoyable, reliable and economical;
  • Researchers who develop methods for predicting or evaluating how human characteristics influence the performance of interactive systems;
  • Researchers in new interaction devices, techniques and their underlying software/hardware architectures.
  • Educators who prepare students for careers related to software engineering and HCI thus combining knowledge from Computer Science and HCI.
  • Software professionals who work on tools and systems for building, designing, and evaluating interactive applications.

The methodical approach of engineering work lends itself well to interchanges between those who work on engineering applications and those who work in engineering research or education. If you see your work as relevant to our Engineering Community there are many types of forums where you can share your results and your experience, learn from others, and participate in lively discussions.

Types of Submission

Please make at least one submission to the many venues of CHI conference to increase the knowledge of important engineering advances in HCI. We look forward to getting to know you at our engineering sessions that will be scheduled in the CHI 2013 conference program. More precisely submission from members of the Engineering Community can take a number of forms.

New activities for the Engineering Community: whether you are new to CHI, or long-time member of the community, we’re looking for new activities to enhance the CHI conference experience for engineering researchers and practitioners. Suggestions and offers of support should be sent to (and will be considered and acted upon by) the Engineering Community chairs:engineering@chi2013.acm.org

Preparing your Submission

You must prepare your submission in the format that is required for each type. Please use the term “engineering” in the title, abstract, or author’s keywords to help us allocate it to appropriate reviewers. You can contact us at engineering@chi2013.acm.org if you have questions about engineering-related submissions. Please check the due dates of your submission type, read the requirements for your submission ideas, and start now.

We hope to see your work in Paris!

Fabio Paterno, CNR-ISTI, Italy
Philippe Palanque, Université Paul Sabatier, France