Autodesk's own Senior Principal Research Scientist, Dr. Tovi Grossman, has been serving as the Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2014 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The CHI conference is the premier international research conference on human-computer interaction. The conference brings together students and experts, researchers and practitioners, scientists, designers and engineers to create new visions of human-computer interaction. The conference this year will be taking place April 26-May 1, in Toronto's convention center, very close to Autodesk's downtown Toronto office. See the advanced program for a description of the event.
According to Tovi, some highlights of the event include:
CHI 2014 features two outstanding keynote speakers: Booker prize winning author, Margaret Atwood; and, leading UX designer, Scott Jenson, who was the first member of the User Interface group at Apple in the late 80's.
The main focus of the technical program will be 465 research papers that were accepted to the conference after a thorough peer review process (23% acceptance rate). The online program indicates which sessions which these papers appear in, and is full of topics such as 3D modeling and interaction; mobile interaction and small devices; online social communities; digital fabrication, hacking and hackerspaces; image and animation authoring; sustainability; design research; programming and development tools; and learning and tutorials.
The conference will also offer 8 panel presentations, 12 special interest group discussions, and 30 courses. There will be 6 "One of a CHInd" courses that will be given by distinguished members of the HCI community such as Bill Buxton (former Autodesker, now Microsoft Research) and Don Norman (author of The Design of Everyday Things).
The exhibition area will feature Interactivity which showcases this year's most exciting interactive technologies and installations. Over 60 hands-on demonstrations, interactive technologies, and stage interactive experiences will be exhibited. There will also be a special Wearable Computing Exhibit, curated by Thad Starner, wearable computing pioneer and Technical Lead on Google Glass.
The final day of the conference has been designated as our "Industry Featured Day," with content specifically relevant to practitioners working in HCI related fields. This will include:
- A plenary talk to open the day by Elizabeth Churchill, e-Bay
- The closing Keynote from Scott Jenson, Google
- A conversation with Susan Dray, leading UX practitioner, past board member of the User Experience Professionals Association
- A Special Interest Group session on managing UX teams
- Practitioner Case studies from companies including SAP, Naver, Google, and NASA
Autodesk itself will be represented at the Conference, serving as a Champion Sponsor, and having 6 papers, 2 Interactivity Exhibits, and 1 Video Showcase entry.
If you are interested in attending the conference, the registration system is now open. Please note that rates go up after March 14th.
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