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Looking Forward to CHI 2006

We are all very excited about the great program planned for CHI 2006. In this article, Gary Olson, Chair of SIGCHI 2006, shares some of the highlights.

Two Major Innovations

In response to extensive feedback from conference attendees, the CHI Conference has been restructured to have four days of technical sessions (Monday through Thursdays) with courses included as part of those technical sessions. During these four days, attendees will have a variety of research sessions (papers, notes, and works-in-progress notes), invited plenary talks, panel sessions, demonstrations, and many other formats. Courses, in particular, are an updated version of tutorials with topics covered in varying lengths (from 90 minutes to a full day). Topics range from web design and usability engineering to the art of public speaking and a guide to international usability studies. Best of all, courses are included as part of the basic registration fee (with a nominal materials charge for course notes). The four-day format has other advantages--we will be adding a job fair reception to help job-seekers meet prospective employers. And to begin each day we'll have a "one-minute madness" preview to give you a chance to decide how to make the most of your day. Workshops will continue to be offered before the main conference.

Our second innovation is a new focus on HCI Communities. We have identified six communities to focus on for CHI 2006:

* Research
* HCI Education
* Usability
* Design
* Engineering
* Management

Each community has been represented in the conference planning and has helped to recruit content for the conference.

A Few Highlights

While I know that each attendee comes away with a different idea of the "best session" or "most valuable use of time," many of our long-time attendees talk about specific plenary talks and panels that they remember years or even decades later. I'm pleased to give you a quick preview of our plenary talks and panels:

Scott Cook, founder of Intuit, will deliver the conference opening plenary address, talking about User-Centered Design's role in innovation.

Cartoonist and author Scott McCloud will deliver the conference closing plenary address on the topic of Digital Comics.

In between will be panels on: Mashups, Tagging, Human-Information Interaction, Think-Aloud (does it work?), Agile Methodologies, Personas, a critique of the Xbox 360, and other topics!

We Hope to See You There

Whether you're looking for the best in HCI Research, professional skills, networking and employment, or just a chance to catch up on the field, CHI 2006 is the place to be.

CHI 2006
April 24-27, 2006
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Early registration (with substantial discounts) ends February 27th. Register now!!


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