Chi 2011 - Connecting

CHI 2011 Engineering Community

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Message from Keith & Ruven, Engineering Community Co-Chairs

As the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) matures, engineering approaches become more important. Engineering emphasizes the application of scientific knowledge and rigorous design methodology to reliably predict and, thus, help improve the economy and safety of solutions to practical problems. In HCI, engineering approaches are broad, but have three major areas of development and application: (1) rigorous methodologies for system design and evaluation that will enable the more rapid and reliable development of new interactive systems; (2) methods and tools to support the application of scientific knowledge of human characteristics to improve interactive systems; (3) new software and hardware technologies that enable effective solutions to design problems. These areas share the engineering values of rigor, appropriate quantification, and a concern for practical effectiveness. 

The community of professionals who share interest in advancing engineering in HCI is broad. We invite you to join us if you are: 

  • Software engineers, developers, designers, architects, or managers, who are actively engaged in building interactive software;
  • Researchers in new methods and tools based on engineering principles for producing better quality interactive applications in a way that is more reliable and economical;
  • Researchers who develop methods for predicting or evaluating how human characteristics determine the performance of interactive systems; 
  • Researchers in new interaction devices, techniques and architectures.
  • Educators who prepare students for careers related to software engineering and HCI.
  • Software professionals who work on tools and systems for building interactive applications, including tools for software engineering processes. 

The methodical approach of engineering work lends itself well to interchanges between those who work on engineering applications and those who work in engineering research or education. If you see your work as relevant to our Engineering Community there are many types of forums where you can share your results and your experience, learn from others, and participate in lively discussions.

Please make at least one submission to the forums listed below to increase the knowledge of important engineering advances in HCI. We look forward to getting to know you at our meeting of the special interest group (SIG) for engineering in HCI that will be scheduled in the CHI 2011 conference program.

See you in beautiful Vancouver!

Keith A. Butler & Ruven Brooks Contact us:

Types of Submissions

Submissions about engineering advances are appropriate in any of the following forums. We especially encourage you to submit interesting Case Studies that illustrate how innovative engineering techniques were used in specific projects that have broad implications. We urge you to submit material to one or more of the following forums: 

Preparing Your Submission

You must prepare your submission in the format that is required for each type. Please use the term "engineering"¯ in the title, abstract, or author's keywords to help us get it to qualified reviewers. You can contact us at if you have questions about engineering submissions. We encourage you to check the due dates, read the requirements for your submission ideas, and start now, if you haven't already.

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