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Computer Human Interaction Conference Offers Valuable Courses On Future User Interface Designs

CHI 2003: Predicting the Future By Creating IT

Fort Lauderdale, FL / New York, NY (11 February 2003) - Thirty six short courses (tutorials) on designing user interfaces to computers and to the World Wide Web will be offered at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Among the highlights of the tutorials are courses on user interface design for the Web, ubiquitous computing and designing for everyday life.

Tutorials concentrating on the Web abound at CHI 2003, reflecting the tremendous interest in the Web, and the idea that most people interact with computers by using the Web. Usability guru Jared Spool will present "Web Sites that Work: Designing with your Eyes Open" and "Web-Site Usability: The Big Picture 2003." These tutorials will explore significant design factors that affect a user's success in interacting with Web sites. Web expert Steven Pemberton of CWI, The Netherlands, will present "Styling the New Web: Web Usability With Style Sheets." Pemberton has been involved with the Web since the beginning, including chairing the first Style Sheets Workshop.

Vision-based interfaces allow pervasive and ubiquitous human-computer interaction systems to respond directly to the visual image of a human user. Trevor Darrell will present "Vision-Based User Interfaces for Pervasive Computing." This tutorial will survey the algorithms and techniques involved in vision-based perception of people, describe what performance is attainable in state-of-the art systems, and also discuss the privacy, freedom and safety implications of this new technology. Darrell leads the Vision Interface Group at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

William Gaver, Senior Research Fellow in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art, UK, will present techniques for developing designs that reflect the idiosyncrasies of everyday life in "Subjective Approaches to Design for Everyday Life." Gaver will show how to conceptualize new products and services that capture a broader range of human values including aesthetic, emotional and everyday cultural values.

The annual CHI Conference is the premier worldwide forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of how people interact with computers. The conference features a six day program full of presentations, tutorials, vendor exhibits and networking opportunities. Researchers, practitioners, educators, and students from around the world join in exploring and creating the future of computer-human interaction. Approximately 2400 professionals from over 45 countries will examine the future of human-computer interaction from April 5-10 in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Broward County Convention Center.

CHI conferences are sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI). In addition to ACM, various organizations in the technology industry support the CHI conference. The CHI 2003 sponsors include: Diamond Bullet, Microsoft, OSDN Slashdot, Unisys, Yahoo! Inc., National Science Foundation, IBM, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, User Interface Engineering, Menlo Technology Group and eLearn Magazine.

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