Maria Francesca Costabile received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Aware

We are proud to announce that Prof. Maria Francesca Costabile,  received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award, a prestigious conferment granted to “individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of SIGCHI”.

Maria Francesca is one of the founding members of the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, and served as the first Chair from 1996 to 2000.

The whole group congratulates Francesca for such a remarkable achievement.

Read more on the University of Bari website.

 

Venue announced for CHItaly 2017

The 12-th edition of CHItaly, the biannual conference of the SIGCHI Italian chapter will be held in Cagliari. The conference will be organized by Davide Spano (University of Cagliari) and Fabio Paternò (ISTI-CNR), the program co-chairs will be Carmen Santoro (ISTI-CNR) and Carmelo Ardito (University of Bari). The conference will be held in mid-September 2017.

Agreement between SIG CHI Italy and SIE

The Italian Ergonomics Community (Società Italiana di Ergonomia, SIE) and the Italian chapter of ACM SIG CHI, recognizing the complementarity and the affinity of their interests, signed an agreement in December the 4th, in order to strengthen their common interests in Italy.
The objective of the Italian Ergonomics Community (SIE, www.societadiergonomia.it) is to promote advancements in ergonomics and the study of human factors (due to its anthropocentric focus), the dissemination and the systematization of both the experience and the knowledge about ergonomics, with a close relationship with social, environmental and productive activities where human being live, together with schools and universities.
The agreement aims to define and to support joint initiatives. The first one took place in the last weeks:
  • WORLD USABILITY DAY 2016: the reciprocal participation to the events organized by the two partners (WUD Torino 2014 and 2015, CHI Italy Rome 2015) highlighted the interest in organizing a joint event under the umbrella of the WUD, which will be extended in 2016 both from a geographic and thematic point of view.
  • PROGETTO ITALIA LOGIN: as part of the government strategy for innovation, some members of the two associations have been involved in the management of a community of experts whose aim is to collaborate and share a set of best practices in projects. The aim is to improve the consultation content and efficiency of the online services provided by different government departments and keep updated the usability guidelines.

On this basis, an initial working group was set up with Cristina Gena SIG CHI Italy, Daniela Fogli SIG CHI Italy/SIE, Rossana Actis-Grosso SIG CHI Italy/SIE,  Silvia Gilotta SIE.

The agreement text is available at the following URL (in Italian only): http://sigchitaly.eu/it/convenzione-sie-sigchi/

COOP 2016

COOP is one of the key European conferences on Cooperative Systems, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Collaborative Computing and is affiliated to EUSSET – the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies. COOP 2016 will be the twelfth edition of this biennial conference and will take place in Trento, Italy
The COOP conferences promote the idea that cooperative systems design requires a deep understanding of collective activities, involving both artefacts and social practices, within a context. COOP embraces a wide set of research questions on the design, development, and evaluation of socially-situated technologies. This year, the programme intends to open up to the topic of collaborative design, with a special emphasis on “Making together”.

Mobile HCI 2016

MobileHCI 2016 is the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, which is the premier forum for innovations in mobile, portable and personal devices and with the services to which they enable access.
MobileHCI brings together people from diverse areas which provides a multidisciplinary forum for academics, hardware and software developers, designers and practitioners to discuss the challenges and potential solutions for effective interaction with and through mobile devices, applications, and services. MobileHCI maintains a small number of tracks along with a wide range of other program aspects to encourage the exchange of research results, ideas and future research endeavours.
MobileHCI seeks contributions in the form of innovations, insights, or analyses related to human interaction and experiences with mobility.
The conference proceedings will be published by the ACM and appear in the ACM Digital Library.

Further information at:  http://mobilehci.acm.org/2016/