2008 Research Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIG HCI), at the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting

Human Computer Interaction in Information Intensive Environments
A Focus on Groups

Sunday Oct. 26, 2008, 8:30am-12:30pm, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

Deadline August 18, 2008

This symposium will focus on the challenges of group and collaborative use of information systems. How do groups of two or more members access and use information, and what technologies best support these activities? While social computing has emerged as a phenomenon among distributed communities, we have yet to fully understand computing at the group level, whether face-to-face or in distributed environments. The following specific questions will be discussed:

How do groups use highly interactive computing technologies to access and use information?
What kinds of social interfaces provide the best support for information interaction within groups?
What is the role of sociability in information access and use?
How do we study and evaluate highly interactive computing technologies for groups?
Is usability the best paradigm for assessment of information systems and interfaces to support group interaction?

The symposium will include: a panel of experts who will discuss the challenges pertinent to group-based access to and use of information; a series of research paper presentations; and a poster session. The symposium will end with an award presentation for the best poster and best paper, and a lunch. We have planned for an extended break and lunch for participants to talk with one another, share insights, and perhaps hatch new collaborations and adventures.

Submissions are welcome in two categories:
1. Research papers: 3-4 pages (1,500-2,000 words)
2. Research posters: 1.5-2 pages (750-1,000) words

In both categories submissions should describe results from completed or ongoing research projects related to the symposium topic. Submissions should be emailed to hci@dal.ca by August 18, 2008; applicants will be notified by September 5th. Accepted submissions will be posted to the SIG website: http://www.asis.org/sig/sighci

Registration for the Symposium:
Participants must register with ASIS&T at www.asis.org for the Symposium. Early registration for ASIS&T ends on September 12, 2008.
Symposium Fees (including lunch): Before September 12, 2008: Members: $85, Non-Members $100. After September 12, 2008: Members: $100, Non-Members: $115

Symposium Co-Chairs
Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University, etoms@dal.ca
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, komlodi@umbc.edu
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, luanne.freund@ubc.ca

Symposium Organizing Committee
Heather O’Brien, University of British Columbia, Canada (Poster Chair)
Brian Detlor, McMaster University, Canada
Rick Kopak, University of British Columbia, Canada
Amanda Spink, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Sandra Toze, Dalhousie University, Canada

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