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HCI International News, Number 125, May 2024


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HCII 2024: Conference details

HCI International 2024, scheduled to take place at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC, USA, 29 June - 4 July 2024, will run as a rich 'hybrid' event.

The best contributions will be awarded! The best paper of each of the HCII 2024 Thematic Areas / Affiliated Conferences will be given an award. The best poster extended abstract (in the form of a short research paper) will also receive an award.

The recipient of the 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' for 2024 and Keynote Speaker will be Vicki Hanson (past President of ACM and current ACM’s Chief Executive Officer). Her speech during the Opening Plenary Session will be about “Technological Change for Improving Accessibility”.

The Opening Plenary Session will take place in the evening of the 1st of July, in the International Ballroom oval shaped, as a connotation to the famous Oval Office of the nearby White House. This Ballroom has hosted many Presidents, politicians and other personalities on a variety of occasions. The most well-known event that takes place in this ballroom is the White House Correspondents' dinner which is traditionally held in the evening of the last Saturday in April. The Plenary Session will be followed by the Conference Reception, to be offered in another hotel ballroom, with a full dinner buffet and open bar, giving the opportunity to all conference participants to connect again ‘in-person’.

The Student Design Competition gives to College and University students of all grades an opportunity to present their design idea. All accepted video clip submissions will be evaluated by a seven-member international jury and three awards (GOLD - $1,000; SILVER - $500; and BRONZE - $250) will be announced and conferred during the Opening Plenary Session of the Conference on Monday, 01 July, 18:30 - 20:00 EDT (Washington DC).

The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. The first 62 volumes of the set will appear before the conference and will be updated to include the "Late Breaking Work" volumes, to be published after the conference. Papers will appear in the LNCS and LNAI series, while poster extended abstracts in the form of short research papers will be published in the CCIS series. All volumes will be available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by subscribing libraries, and indexed by a number of services, including: CPCI, part of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science; Scopus; EI Engineering Index; ACM Digital Library; Google Scholar; DBLP, etc.

A Students’ Reception and networking social event, complimentary for registered student participants, is scheduled to take place in the evening of the 3rd of July. It is planned as a rather informal happening with finger food and open bar, giving students the opportunity to get together and exchange ideas in a truly international and multicultural setting.

4th of July 2024: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the HCI International Conference: as the last day of the conference coincides with the US Independence Day and the US traditional festivities of the day, a traditional BBQ is organized at an open-air space of the conference hotel, complimentary for conference participants.

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HCII 2024: Conference Advance Program

The Conference Advance Program is available online. The Conference Program overview has been updated to include, along with the Workshops’ and the Tutorials’ program, the detailed program of the parallel sessions with paper presentations and the posters.

The first three days of the conference (29 June - 1 July) will comprise ‘virtual only’ parallel sessions for paper presentations (with remote only participation), and ‘hybrid’ Tutorials and Workshops (allowing both 'in-person' and remote participation options for participants).

The Opening Plenary Session (evening of 1st of July) and the parallel sessions that will take place 2-4 July will run as hybrid events (i.e., allowing both 'in-person' and remote participation options for presenters and participants).

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HCII 2024: Distinguished Tutorial by Ben Shneiderman

Monday, 1 July 2024
“Generative AI: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”
By: Ben Shneiderman
Dept. of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Lab,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

Abstract: Generative AI Tools, like ChatGPT, Bard, and Midjourney, provide powerful features for users, but also bring substantial dangers. Generating text, answering questions, summarizing documents, and writing code are common text-based applications, complemented by multimedia images, videos, songs, and speech. Generative AI products are often impressive, but sometimes troubling. Potential dangers include errors from “hallucinations”, biased statements, violations of privacy, and copyright infringement. Can these dangers be prevented or mitigated sufficiently to bring commercial success beyond the initial bubble of excitement? This tutorial will address these opportunities and dangers, focusing on applications in education, medicine, and creative industries. We will focus on how HCI researchers and user experience designers can develop control panels that enable users to get what they want more easily and more often. The guiding principles stem from human moral and legal responsibility for the uses of technology. For users, the message is: Generative AI is powerful so learn to use it; Generative AI is flawed, so be careful.

* This Tutorial will be offered gratis to remote conference participants

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HCII 2024: Tutorials' Program

The full Tutorials' Program, which will run as hybrid events, between 29 June to 1 July 2024, offers Tutorials covering a wide spectrum of topics. Below is the full list, with links to each tutorial description and the presenters' brief bio.

Participants that select to attend ‘virtually’ will have the opportunity to register complimentary for the Distinguished Tutorial by Ben Shneiderman, “T13: Generative AI: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” and one additional tutorial of their choice.

Saturday, 29 June 2024





XR Frontier: Exploring the Future of Cognitive Support and Training with Extended Reality
Ryan Ebnali Harari

08:30 - 12:30


Explainable AI for High-stake tasks with Human-in-the- loop
Boris Kovalerchuk

08:30 - 12:30


Design Systems for Better Design, Usability and UX
Elizabeth Rosenzweig

08:30 - 12:30


Designing AI Applications in High Stakes Environments: A Human-Centric Approach to Financial AI
Shirley Anderson, Houssam Kherraz, Ginny Zhao, Emiri Chan

13:30 - 17:30


No Code Machine Learning and Data Analytics
Dvijesh Shastri

13:30 - 17:30


Feeling Data Through Affective Interfaces Using Personality and Semantic Retrieval
Jenna Fizel, Tiange Wang

13:30 - 17:30

Sunday, 30 June 2024





Bridging Cultural Differences for Inclusive Design in a Globalized World
Huatong Sun

08:30 - 12:30


Structural Equation Modeling in HCI Research using SEMinR
Andre Calero Valdez

08:30 - 12:30


Assessing Human Reliance on Artificial Intelligence in Hybrid Decision-Making
Federico Cabitza

13:30 - 17:30


Recent trends in Brain-Computer interface research: from Ultra High-Density grids to low density EEG and fNIRS integration
Katrin Mayr, Angela Natalizio, Guenter Edlinger

13:30 - 17:30


Interaction Design and Evaluation in Digital Games
Pejman Mirza-Babaei

13:30 - 17:30

Monday, 1 July 2024





Distinguished Tutorial:
Generative AI: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Ben Shneiderman

08:30 - 12:30


Rockets, Robots, and AI: Lessons Learned from Science-Fiction Movies and TV for HCI/UX
Aaron Marcus

08:30 - 12:30


How to Design User-Friendly Dashboards
Abbas Moallem

08:30 - 12:30


User experience of and validation for industrial grade AI: Case Studies
Helmut Degen, Christof Budnik

13:30 - 17:30

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HCII 2024: Mentoring Session for PhD Students by Gavriel Salvendy

Professor Gavriel Salvendy has cordially accepted the conference invitation to hold an ‘in-person’ mentoring session for PhD students.

Attendance in the Mentoring Session is open to all PhD student conference participants, but as space will be limited, pre-booking is required by the 31st of May 2024 through the student’s CMS account used for the conference registration.

The Mentoring Session will take place on Wednesday, 03 July 2024, 16:00 - 18:00 and 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

Gavriel Salvendy has been Major Professor to 68 PhD students.

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HCII 2024: Registration

All registered conference participants are entitled to:

  • conference proceedings in electronic format;
  • access to the hybrid Opening Plenary Session and Keynote Speech;
  • participation in all ‘virtual only’ as well as ‘hybrid’ parallel sessions;
  • access to the posters and exhibition area;
  • participation in all advertised open ‘hybrid’ sessions;
  • register for one or more of the ‘hybrid’ Workshops;
  • register for one or more ‘hybrid’ Tutorials (an additional fee per Tutorial is required).

During the on-line registration process, participants will be required to select their preferred attendance method (‘in-person’ or ‘virtual’).

Participants who select to attend ‘in-person’ will also have the opportunity to:

  • enter the conference reception (evening of July 1st);
  • enter all refreshment breaks between hybrid sessions (2 per day, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, between July 2nd and July 4th);
  • enter the 4th of July, US Independence Day, traditional BBQ and festivities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the HCI International Conference (advance reservation is required - space limitations apply)
  • enter the students' networking social event and reception (for student participants only - advance reservation is required).

Participants who select to attend ‘virtually’ will also have the opportunity to register complimentary for:

Detailed information about registration is available through the Conference website.

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HCII 2024: Accommodation

The Washington Hilton Hotel is the conference venue and the official HCII2024 hotel.

Situated in the epicenter of DC's best neighborhoods with easy access to all of the city's top attractions, Washington Hilton offers a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Embassy Row. Visitors are able to experience museums, dinning hotspots, and an eclectic mix of boutique shops, all within walking distance from the hotel.

A number of rooms have been reserved to be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis with special (considerably reduced for conference participants) guest room rate of $199 USD, plus tax, valid for all Conference participants for the duration of the Conference, as well as for 2 additional days, before and / or after the Conference, subject to availability of rooms at the time of the reservation.

Moreover, courtesy of the hotel, this special rate has been further extended beyond the conference period over the long weekend, until Monday 8th of July.

Detailed information about accommodation is available through the Conference website.

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HCII 2024: Exhibition

You are invited to exhibit at the HCI International 2024 exhibition. The HCI International Conference is an ideal opportunity to exhibit your products and services to an international audience of more than 2,000 researchers, academics, professionals and users in the field of HCI.

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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HCII 2024: Tours for participants and accompanying persons to Washington D.C.

At the request of the conference organizers, exclusive tours are organized by the operator of the 'Tours and Transportation Desk' of the Washington Hilton hotel, with a significant discount for the conference participants and their accompanying persons. Bookings can be made directly with the Tour Operator at $49 per person, per tour, plus tax. Participants will be guided through various attractions that speak of the rich past of the US Capital and will enjoy plenty of time for memories and photos. The bus will stop at a number of sites along the way and the guide will accompany and escort participants on and off the bus. The tours last for 3 hours, in a luxury vehicle, with the aid of a professional guide. Pick up and return service from the conference venue on: Tuesday, 2 July 2024, starting at 10:00 am; and on Wednesday, 3 July 2024, starting at 1:00 pm.

Detailed information about the exclusive tours is available through the Conference website.

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HCII 2024: About Washington D.C., the capital of United States of America

Washington, D.C., founded in 1790, was carefully planned and designed to be the federal capital of the United States of America. With a population of more than 6 million in the wider metropolitan area, is a world-class city with iconic monuments and memorials, incredible and free-to-enter museums, political prowess, foreign embassies, historic neighborhoods and revered universities and colleges.

Washington DC is rich in historical buildings and sights, like The White House, the official residence of the president of the United States, the Capitol Building, housing the Congress and the Library of Congress, the largest library complex in the world with a collection of more than 147 million books, manuscripts, and other materials. Nearby there is the National Mall, a large open park including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.

The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, maintains 17 free-to-enter museums in the area including the National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of American History.

Prepare your trip with information available through the Official Visitors Guide of Destination DC, the tourism organization of the city, and their YouTube channel.

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World Usability Initiative 2023 Design Challenge Winners: Awards sponsored by HCII2024

The 2023 World Usability Initiative (WUI) Design Challenge theme was "Collaboration and Cooperation". Submissions were reviewed by an international jury consisting of 9 members, chaired by Gilbert Cockton, Emeritus Professor of Design (Northumbria University) and Computer Science (University of Sunderland). Award winners were announced on World Usability Day, 9 November 2023.

  •  GOLD: Live.Lingo, Athena Vo (Boston College, USA)
  •  SILVER: MCCD Form, Nomeshwari Reddy Thummala (National Institute of Design, Bengaluru, India)
  •  In lieu of a BRONZE award, an Honorable Mention is presented to: Optimens, Federica Masci (KU Leuven, Belgium)

HCI International 2024 congratulates the winners and sponsors the three awards (Gold $1,250; Silver $1,000; and Honorable Mention $750) that will be conferred during the Opening Plenary Session in the evening of the 1st of July 2024.

The three award winners are also cordially invited, with complimentary registration, to present their work in a special hybrid session of the conference (2nd of July 2024).

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Recent News and Articles

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International Journal of Human Computer Interaction (IJHCI)

The Editors are pleased to cordially invite you to submit your papers to the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction (Impact Factor 4.7).

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HCAI Online Workshop Series

A Series of 3 Online Workshops on the 6 Grand Challenges of Human Centered Artificial Intelligence (6CG–HCAI) run as ‘virtual’ events. The 1st Workshop was conducted on Monday, 08 April 2024.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Monday 03 June 2024

At 10 to 11:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time; 1 to 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

More information is available online.

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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 contribute, 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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