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Mobile Community Design
Research and design information for mobile community developers.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Technology to demonstrate social networks

Hi everyone, sorry for the recent delay in posting. We're just getting ready to run a mobile, collaborative, group communication study in Darwin. It's taking forever to plan it, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the results. Look for a paper to be posted on the topic here in the next few months! Here's something else for you to look at in the meantime...


This is another paper looking at how to connect the results of various user data collection schemes and the design of mobile devices. They concluded from a series of focus groups that teens were using the devices to advertise their social networks to others physically present, as well as to maintain social roles within groups, and determine group boundaries. They use activity theory as a framework for discussing some of the results.

Talking ‘Activity’: Young People & Mobile Phones, 2001
Alex S. Taylor & Richard Harper
[Full-text pdf | unformatted text]

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Testing and observation methods for mobile usage

This paper presents a method for observing and analyzing usage of mobile devices using a head mounted video camera and voice recorder. They review a number of other methods including:
- usability testing
- heuristic evaluation
- interviews and questionnaires
- device based data recording
- fixed location video
and reference the problems that these methods have for mobile usage analysis. They indicate that their method may compliment an ethnomethodological approach. Since this paper is a few years old I would imagine the video fidelity problems they discuss have been solved by better video technologies.

A Methodology Using a Microcamera for Studying Mobile IT Usage and Person Mobility, 2001
Gloria Mark, Ulrik Christensen, Michael Shafae
[Full-text pdf] 4 pg.

Monday, June 07, 2004

OZCHI 2004


Supporting Community Interaction:
Possibilities and Challenges

Annual conference of the Australasian
Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group

22 - 24 November 2004

University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia


OZCHI is the annual conference for the Computer-Human Interaction
Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics
Society of Australia. It is Australia and New Zealand's leading forum
for work in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction. OZCHI attracts an
international community of researchers and practitioners with a wide
range of interests, including human factors and ergonomics,
human-computer interaction, information systems, design, software
engineering, artificial intelligence, social sciences and management. We
look forward to your involvement at this year’s OZCHI conference.

NOTE: Some authors have had problems with the Online Paper Submission
system. The system is now working perfectly but it has been decided to
extend the deadline for full papers tutorials and workshops by one week.


Initial Submission
Full Papers/Tutorials/Workshop proposals 18 June 2004
Short Papers/Posters/Demos, Panels and Videos 9 August 2004
Doctoral Colloquium 9 August 2004

Notification of Acceptance
Full Papers/Tutorials/Workshop proposals 9 August 2004
Short Papers/Posters/Demos, Panels and Videos 8 September 2004
Doctoral Colloquium 8 September 2004

Camera Ready Papers
Full Papers/Tutorials/Workshop proposals 8 September 2004
Short Papers/Posters/Demos, Panels and Videos 8 October 2004
Doctoral Colloquium 8 October 2004

Online submission system will be available from mid April, 2004

All mail should be addressed to:
OZCHI2004 Conference Coordinator
School of Information Technology and Computer Science
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, NSW, 2522 Australia

E-mail: ozchi2004@uow.edu.au


We invite contributions on all topics related to Human-Computer
Interaction including technical, empirical and theoretical aspects. In
keeping with the theme Supporting Community Interaction: Possibilities
and challenges', topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Designing for community interaction
* Building social capital online
* HCI support for diverse user communities
* Usability for mobile communities
* Computer mediated communication
* Computer supported cooperative work
* Affective user interfaces and emotion
* Supporting the HCI community: methods, tools & techniques
* User studies and fieldwork including ethnographic methods
* Participatory design and cooperative design techniques
* Ubiquitous computing and smart environments
* Augmented reality and tangible interfaces
* Context-aware computing

In addition, contributions that advance the theory or practice of any
aspect of HCI are welcome.


Full-length papers on original and substantive new work in any area of
Human-Computer Interaction are invited.
* Research papers should describe work that makes a significant
contribution to the state of the art.
* Experience papers should describe broad insights gained from practical
applications of HCI.

All papers will be subject to a double blind review process by an
international panel and evaluated on the basis of their significance,
originality, and clarity of writing. Accepted papers will be available
in the published proceedings. For guidelines and submission details see
the conference web site:


Full Paper submission date: 18 June 2004
Notification date: 9 August 2004
Camera-ready papers due: 8 September 2004


Please follow the detailed instructions in the paper template for these
submissions located at: http://www.dsl.uow.edu.au/ozchi2004/submission

TUTORIALS AND WORKSHOPS: Detailed descriptions of the procedures for
tutorial and Workshop proposals are now available on the website:

TUTORIALS are one day, or half-day events designed to offer a small
number of participants the opportunity to learn about specific HCI
related concepts, methods and techniques. We welcome both research and
industry tutorial submissions.

Tutorial proposals submission date: 18 June 2004.

WORKSHOPS are one day, or half day, events at which participants explore
particular research topics. A workshop should have specific objectives,
raise stimulating issues, and aim to report its activity as a conference
poster or subsequent publication.

Workshop proposals submission date: 18 June 2004.
SHORT PAPERS and POSTERS provide the opportunity to describe new work or
work that is still in progress. Poster sessions provide an interactive
forum in which authors can present work to conference attendees while
short papers are presented as a 15 minute seminar.

Short paper and posters submission date: 9 August 2004.

DEMONSTRATIONS and VIDEOS of original applications and technologies are
encouraged. Peer reviewed demonstrations and videos show early
implementations of novel, interesting, and important interaction
concepts or interface systems. They can also serve to showcase
commercial products not previously described in the research literature.

Demonstrations and videos should be submitted by 9 August 2004.

PANELS: Proposals for panels are also invited. Panel proposals should
indicate the topic of the panel and the proposed members of the Panel.
Panel proposers should contact the proposed members of the panel and
gain their agreement to participate, prior to submitting a proposal.

Panel proposal submission date: 9 August 2004.


The Doctoral Colloquium offers PhD students a special forum where they
will have a chance to present their research plans and discuss them with
their peers and established senior researchers.

Doctoral Colloquium submission date: 9 August 2004.

Conference Co-Chairs:
Peter Hyland, University of Wollongong phyland@uow.edu.au
Lejla Vrazalic, University of Wollongong lejla@uow.edu.au

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs:
Toni Robertson, University of Technology, Sydney toni@it.uts.edu.au
Sandrine Balbo, University of Melbourne sandrine@unimelb.edu.au

Poster & Short Paper Co-Chairs
Penney McFarlane, University of Wollongong penney@uow.edu.au
Anne Fuller, University of Wollongong annef@uow.edu.au

Workshop & Tutorial Chair
Helen Hasan, University of Wollongong hasan@uow.edu.au

Student Volunteer Co-Chairs
Mark Freeman, University of Wollongong mbf02@uow.edu.au
Alison Norris, University of Wollongong aen01@uow.edu.au

Demo & Video Chair
Bob Brown, University of Wollongong bobbrown@uow.edu.au

Exhibits & Sponsorship Coordinator
Lejla Vrazalic, University of Wollongong lejla@uow.edu.au

For more details, visit our web site: http://www.dsl.uow.edu.au/ozchi2004/
or contact the conference organising committee: ozchi2004@uow.edu.au

Friday, June 04, 2004

texting vs instant messaging

Here's a technical paper looking at differences in how people use IM and SMS. Of particular interest is that conversations related to physically meeting other people are much more frequent when using SMS. So mobility affects communication content and purpose.

Saying it all in 160 Characters: Four classes of SMS conversations, 11 pgs
Louise Barkhuus
Anna Vallgårda