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HCI International News, Number 96, July 2019


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HCII 2019: See you soon in Orlando!

We look forward to seeing you soon in Orlando, USA.

Orlando is one of the world’s most visited family destinations, and while its illustrious themed attractions may steal the limelight, there is a surprising amount of things to experience. Orlando has a lot to offer: lovely tree-lined neighborhoods; a rich performing arts and museum scene; several fantastic gardens and nature preserves; and fabulous cuisine.

The conference and exhibition will be held 26-31 July at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, the official HCII 2019 hotel. An impressive number of more than 1900 participants from 74 countries are attending this truly international in scope event, where the work of the world’s foremost leaders in the field is presented.


Information about Orlando:




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HCII 2019: Final Program

The HCII 2019 Conference Program, including paper and poster presentations, is available in the following modalities:

  • On-line at the conference web site
  • As iCal format (.ICS), ready for use with your own calendar applications (such as Apple iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Lighting), and mobile devices running Android, iOS and Windows Phone
  • An application for mobile devices, including maps for the venue

If you wish to keep a copy for your records, a PDF version will be also available for download just before the start of the conference, and permanently after the Conference.

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HCII 2019 Tutorials' Program: Places are still available

Places are still available for the 23 half-day pre-conference tutorials, which will run from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July 2019. The description of each tutorial is available through the Conference website.

For the special deals which are available, please have a look at the Registration webpage.

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HCII 2019: Program Highlights

Keynote speech: Richard H. R. Harper, Co-director, Institute for Social Futures and Professor, School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, will give the Keynote Speech during the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, 28 July 2019, 18:00. The title of his speech will be "Understanding AI, Understanding Interaction: the Future of HCI".

Special Session on "Success and impact of journal article publishing": This session, which will take place on Monday 29 July, 10:30-11:30, will include the following presentations:

  • Germinating high impact journal articles
  • Tips and characteristics for a good journal article
  • What the journal can do to increase the impact of your paper

Special Session on "Seven HCI Grand Challenges": During this session on Monday 29 July, 16:00-18:00, Seven HCI Grand Challenges will be presented: Human-Technology Symbiosis; Human-Environment Interactions; Ethics, Privacy and Security; Well-being, Health and Eudaimonia; Accessibility and Universal Access; Learning and Creativity; and Social organization and Democracy.

Student Design Competition presentations: In the context of the HCII2019 Student Design Competition, eighteen (18) video submissions have been accepted for presentation, as a series of rolling video presentations, at the conference:

  • Monday, 29 July 2019, 16:00 - 18:00, Room: Asia 5
  • Monday, 29 July, 10:00 until Wednesday, 31 July, 16:30 in the Exhibition/Posters/Coffee Break Area at Northern BCDE Ballroom

All accepted video clip submissions have been evaluated by a distinguished seven-member international committee acting as the jury and the three award winners will be announced and the awards conferred during the Opening Plenary Session of the Conference on Sunday 28 July, 18:00 - 19:30, at the Northern AB Ballroom.

Mentoring Session: Gavriel Salvendy has cordially accepted the conference invitation to hold a mentoring session for PhD students with important topics. The Mentoring Session, which will take place on Tuesday 30 July, 16:00 - 18:00, will be addressing the following topics:

  • Development of a high impact PhD Dissertation and its effective dissemination.
  • Transition from a PhD student to industry professional.
  • Transition from a PhD student to successful Faculty

Professor Gavriel Salvendy has been Major Professor to 67 PhD students.

Seminar: Abbas Moallem, San Jose State University, USA, will offer a seminar on “Cybersecurity Awareness of College Students and Faculty”. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 10:30 - 12:30.
The main objective of this seminar is to discuss the cyber security awareness of people and how they protect themselves against cyber-attacks, show trends and discuss possible solutions. The first part of this seminar will review the main results of the surveys administered in 2018 among students and faculty. In the second part, participants will discuss what needs to be done to improve awareness of the general population to protect themselves in cyberspace.

Awards: An award will be presented during the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, 28 July 2019, 18:00, to the best paper of each of the HCII 2019 Thematic Areas / Affiliated Conferences and the best poster extended abstract.

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HCII 2019: Practical Information

Paper and poster presenters can find practical information about their presentations at the HCII 2019 website.

Our website also includes general information about the Conference Registration - Secretariat, the Conference Reception, the Exhibition, Coffee and Lunch Breaks, as well as other information that may be Conference participants might find useful.

The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Papers will appear in Volumes of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Poster Extended Abstracts will be published in Volumes of the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.

In addition to the LNCS/LNAI and CCIS Volumes of the conference proceedings, edited by the Thematic Areas / Affiliated Conferences Program Chairs, additional Volumes will be published just after the conference:

- ‘HCII 2019 Late Breaking Work’ for paper proposals under Springer LNCS series, and

- ‘HCII 2019 Late Breaking Work’ for poster proposals under Springer CCIS series.

These additional volumes will be an integral part of the full set of the HCII2019 Proceedings, and will be indexed by major indexing services exactly like the rest of the Proceedings Volumes.

The Volumes that will be published before the conference, will be available to registered conference participants for download, though their account at the Conference Management System (CMS), just before the commencement of the conference. The Volumes that will be published after the conference will become available to registered conference participants for download though their Conference Management System (CMS) account.

Disney Tickets: According to Walt Disney World although ticket prices changed on 18th of June but, Walt Disney offered us a "Grace Period" to purchase tickets at current pricing until Monday, 15th of July, 4:00pm EST. After this date, new ticket offers and pricing will go into effect.

For more details and purchase of tickets please visit the Disney Ticket Microsite for HCII2019.

Please note that the above site will expire for Advance Purchase Sales on the 25th of July 2019. The site will remain active until 31st of July, but pre-arrival savings will end on 25th of July.

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HCII 2019: Exhibition

You are invited to exhibit at the HCI International 2019 exhibition. The HCI International Conference is an ideal opportunity to exhibit your products and services to an international audience of around 2000 researchers, academics, professionals and users in the field of HCI.

List of current Exhibitors registered so far:

Information about the previous years’ exhibition, including photos of the exhibition hall and exhibitors, are available in HCII News Facebook page and the conference web site.

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IJHCI article: Seven HCI Grand Challenges

A group of 32 experts involved in the community of the Human Computer Interaction International (HCII) Conference series have collaborated to investigate the grand challenges which arise in the current and emerging landscape of rapid technological evolution towards more intelligent interactive technologies. The result of this collaboration is an article published in the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction (IJHCI, Vol. 35 issue 14, pp. 1229-1269), identifying seven grand challenges: Human-Technology Symbiosis; Human-Environment Interactions; Ethics, Privacy and Security; Well-being, Health and Eudaimonia; Accessibility and Universal Access; Learning and Creativity; and Social organization and Democracy. The views and research priorities of this international interdisciplinary group of experts are summarised, reflecting different scientific perspectives, methodological approaches and application domains. Each identified Grand Challenge is analysed in terms of concept and problem definition, main research issues involved, state of the art, associated emerging requirements and future research directions.

Open Access Article: Stephanidis, C., Salvendy, G., et al. (2019). Seven HCI Grand Challenges. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 35 (14), 1229-1269. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2019.1619259.


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IJHCI article: The Role of HCI in the Age of AI

This article, authored by the HCII 2019 keynote speaker, Richard H.R Harper, examines some of the mystique surrounding AI, including the interrelated notions of explainability and complexity, and argues that these notions suggest that designing human-centered AI is difficult. It explains how, once these are put aside, an HCI perspective can help define interaction between AI and users that can enhance rather than substitute one important aspect of human life: creativity. Key to developing such creative interactions are abstractions and grammars of action and other notions; the article explores the history of these in HCI and how they are to be used in the contemporary interaction and design space, in relation to AI. The article is programmatic rather than empirical though its argument uses real-world examples.

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About HCI International NEWS

The HCI International NEWS is a newsletter that contains information about the HCI International Conference, book reviews, news from the field of HCI, as well as links to interesting articles and conferences. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to make a contribution, please contact the Editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem. The opinions that are expressed in this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.

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