Irish HCI Conference 2012 – Call for papers

iHCI 2012: 6th Annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference
‘Poetics of Design, Narratives of Use’

Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st June 2012
National University of Ireland, Galway

Conference Website.

Call for Papers
2012 marks the sixth year of the annual Irish Human Computer Interaction
(iHCI) Conference. This year iHCI will take place on Wednesday 20th and
Thursday 21st June at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The conference theme for 2012 is ‘Poetics of Design, Narratives of Use’,
with a focus on discussing, exploring and challenging the role that
different artefacts, perspectives, methods and tools play in the design of
new technologies.

Submissions will discuss the frames, discourses, resources and symbols that
we employ at different stages of the design process, from ideation and
conceptualisation through to the appropriation and evaluation of computing,
across a range of use contexts: artistic, cultural, social, organisational
and educational. The particular emphasis of this year’s conference will be
to look at the broad range of methods – artistic/impressionistic, creative
and scientific – we use to design, implement and evaluate technology, and to
share stories of the design, deployment and evaluation of computing in

Areas for consideration will include, inter alia:
• Creative methods and tools to conceptualise, visualise and communicate
technology design;
• Adaptive and iterative design-based deployment of technologies to enhance
users’ experience in a diverse array of contexts;
• Narrative approaches, methods and frames for eliciting, analysing and
appropriating user evaluation data;
• Storytelling as a framework for the design of meaningful interaction with

Technologies and Topics
We welcome contributions that include, but are not limited to, any of the
following technologies and topics of interest:
• Accessibility & Universal Access
• Collaboration, groupware and social networks
• Context-aware systems
• Education and Play
• Ethnographic and field studies
• Evaluation methods and frameworks
• Evaluation and usability
• Group interaction and mobility
• Human-centred design practices, tools and methods
• HCI Theory and Practice
• Inclusive Design
• Information visualization and presentation techniques
• Interactive Art
• Novel user interfaces, interaction techniques and technologies
• Novel or speculative research practices
• Mobile, Ambient, Augmented or Tangible HCI
• Multimodal interaction and interfaces
• Multi-cultural interaction
• Technologies for Learning
• Ubiquitous, pervasive, and mobile interaction
• User-centred design
• Usability investigation and evaluation
• Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
• Wearable computing, smart clothes, new devices and sensors

Submission Categories
Submission categories are consistent with previous conferences and are as
• Long papers
• Short papers
• Student papers
• Posters/Demos/Showcase
Guidelines for Authors
• Please submit full papers, not abstracts.
• Papers should be anonymised and submitted in either MS Word (.rtf; .doc;
.docx) or alternatively PDF formats.
• Long papers should not exceed 6 pages (approx. 6000 words or less).
• Short papers should not exceed 4 pages approx. 4000 words or less).
• Student papers should not exceed 4 pages (approx 4000 words or less).

All papers should be formatted to the ACM standard. Templates may be
downloaded for use at the following location

Important Dates
Submissions: 30th April
Author Notifications: 21st May
Conference: Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st June

iHCI 2012 Conference Chairs
Fiona Concannon, NUI Galway, Ireland
Sean Duignan, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
Enda Fallon, NUI Galway, Ireland
Tony Hall, NUI Galway, Ireland
Jim Lenaghan, NUI Galway, Ireland
Bonnie Long, NUI Galway, Ireland

iHCI 2012 Program Chairs
Tony Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Julie Doyle, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

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