Fabio Paternò elected to the SIGCHI Academy

Fabio Paternò

We are happy to announce that Fabio Paternò, one of the founders of SIGCHI-Italy, is among the seven SIGCHI Academy awardees in 2021.

The SIGCHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction. The criteria for election to the SIGCHI Academy are:

  • Cumulative contributions to the field.
  • Impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations.
  • Influence on the work of others.
  • Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGCHI community.

The SIGCHI-Italy community congratulates Fabio for this outstanding achievement, which an important acknowledgement for the Italian research in Human-Computer Interaction.

More information is available in the ACM website

Interact 2021

August 30 – September 3, 2021, Bari, Italy

INTERACT is the International Conference promoted by the IFIP Technical Committee 13 on Human–Computer Interaction. INTERACT is held every two years.
The theme of INTERACT 2021 “Sense, Feel, Design” highlights the new challenges of interaction design. Technology is today more and more widespread, pervasive and blended in the world we live in. On one side, devices that sense humans’ activities have the potential to provide an enriched interaction. On the other side, the user experience can be further enhanced by exploiting multisensorial technologies. Not only the traditional human senses of vision and hearing, but also senses of touch, smell, and taste, as well as emotions are to be taken into account when designing for future interactions.

INTERACT 2021 represents the right venue to debate such new challenges. Another hot topic of this edition is Human-AI Interaction, focusing on the design of human-centered intelligent systems.

Conference proceedings are published in Springer LNCS series and are available in the Springer Digital Library.

COVID 19 information. The aim is to run the conference in Bari. The venue is Hotel Villa Romanazzi Carducci; it is immersed in a park with a lot of space and green along various pathways. There are gardens that frame a modern structure, making it a great place welcome conference participants, taking all precautions to ensure participants’ health safety. The evolution of the pandemic will be carefully monitored and those who cannot travel due to COVID-19 will be allowed to present and participate remotely in the conference.

IFIP – International Federation for Information Processing

IFIP is the leading multinational, apolitical organization in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences, recognized by United Nations and other world bodies. It represents IT Societies from 56 countries/regions, covering five continents with a total membership of over half a million, and links more than 3500 scientists from Academia & Industry. Over 100 Working Groups and 10 Technical Committees.

IFIP aims to develop the science and technology of human–computer interaction (HCI) by encouraging empirical research, promoting the use of knowledge and methods from the human sciences in design and evaluation of computer systems; promoting better understanding of the relationship between formal design methods and system usability and acceptability; developing guidelines, models and methods by which designers may provide better human-oriented computer systems; and, cooperating with other groups, inside and outside IFIP, to promote user-orientation and humanization in system design.

Useful links

CHItaly 2021

27-29 JUNE 2021, BOLZANO, ITALY

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The theme for the 14th Edition of the Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter was defined in summer 2019 as “Frontiers of HCI”. At that time, we were thinking about disciplinary and national boundaries. Little did we know of the many frontiers this hybrid conference would have to overcome to create a safe space for HCI related discussions. To overcome this challenge, CHItaly combines physical and digital events while providing synchronous and asynchronous spaces for dialogue.

So far, CHItaly has physically hosted HCI scholars working in the Mediterranean and other European countries. The aim of CHItaly 2021 is to connect research and geographical areas, so as to explore frontiers and cross-fertilise HCI research in practice. From this perspective, a hybrid conference can become an incredible experimentation space which you are all invited to shape.

To reach its aims, the conference

  1. Solicits contributions from diverse research communities relevant to HCI, such as Science and Technology Studies, Technology Enhanced Learning, Interaction Design and Digital Fabrication, Design and the Arts, besides traditional fields such as computer science, engineering and psychology
  2. opens its physical and digital doors to industry, civic societies and citizens.

The call for contributions for CHItaly2021 and its various tracks is out. For further details and deadlines see: www.chitaly2021.inf.unibz.it

Fabio Paternò named IFIP Fellow

Fabio Paternò

We are glad to announce that Fabio Paternò, one of the senior members of the SIGCHI-Italy group, has been named in the first cohort of IFIP Fellows, the new higher status of the federation in recognition of his substantial and enduring contributions to the ICT industry.

We congratulate Fabio for this very important achievement!

Fabio Paternò is Research Director and Head of the Laboratory on Human Interfaces in Information Systems at the Institute of Science and Technology (ISTI-CNR) in Pisa, Italy. He was recognized for his numerous contributions to Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and also to connected fields such as Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. He has published over 250 papers in refereed international conferences or journals and his book, “Model-based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications” had a huge impact on the HCI community. Italy’s National Representative to IFIP TC 13 (Human Computer interaction) since 1996, Paterno also chaired IIFIP WG 2.7/13/4 (User Interface Engineering) and is a member of IFIP WG 13.2 and 13.3. He was awarded an IFIP Silver Core in 2013.

More information is available in the following websites:

IUI 2020 in Cagliari

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ACM IUI 2020 is the 25th annual premier international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces and it will be held in Cagliari at the THotel from the 17th to 20th of March 2020.

ACM IUI is where the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the Artificial
Intelligence (AI) communities meet, with contributions from related fields such as psychology, behavioral science, cognitive science, computer graphics, design, the arts, and more. Our focus is to improve the interaction between humans and digital technology, by leveraging both HCI approaches and state-of-the art AI techniques from machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, knowledge representation and reasoning.

In addition to the 65 papers, the conference program will include three keynote presentations by Keynote Brad A Myers (IUI4EUD: Intelligent User Interfaces for End-User Development), Margaret Burnett (Explaining AI: Fairly? Well?) and Ana Paiva (Humans and Robots Together: engineering sociality and collaboration), 49 posters and demos, 8 workshops and 2 tutorials. The technical program will be complemented by social events to facilitate informal discussions and networking among the conference attendees and invited guests.

For more information, please visit the conference website http://iui.acm.org/2020/

MUM 2019 in Pisa

MUM 2019, the 18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous
Multimedia, will be held on 27-29 November 2019 at the CNR Area of
Research in Pisa, Italy,  organized by the Human Interfaces in Information Systems (HIIS) laboratory of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa, Italy, in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI.

MUM is a leading annual international conference which provides a forum for presenting the latest research results on mobile and ubiquitous multimedia. The conference brings together experts from both academia and industry for a fruitful exchange of ideas and discussion on future challenges, in a comfortable and effective single track conference format. This year’s conference continues the tradition of innovation and excellence established by previous MUM conferences.

Further information is available at the MUM 2019 conference website.

MUM conference on Twitter

Luigi De Russis appointed Vice-Chair of the ACM Future of Computing Academy

We are very pleased and proud to announce that ACM appointed Luigi De Russis as Vice-Chair of the ACM Future of Computing Academy for the next two years.

Luigi is an Assistant professor at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN) at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and a member of SIGCHI Italy.

In April 2017, he has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM FCA), tasked with becoming “the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically.” In July, he will start serving as Vice-Chair.

Luigi’s website

https://elite.polito.it/people/members/luigi-de-russis

ACM FCA announcement

LudoMi – Multi-sensory Smart Playroom

The inaugural event of the Polisocial 2017 “LudoMi” project will be held in Monday 1st April 2019, the day before the World Autism Awareness Day.

LudoMi is a project funded by Polisocial, the social responsibility program of the Politecnico di Milano, and it aims to create new innovative and inclusive educational services, with a particular focus on children with intellectual disabilities in the Milanese suburbs.

In LudoMi two Magic Rooms have been designed and developed (interactive multi-sensory “smart” play spaces), installed in two schools in the town of Cornaredo. Their experimentation is underway.

Additional description, content and videos are available on the LudoMi project website.

The event program includes:

  • a “workshop for specialists (educators, therapists, researchers and experts in disability and / or technologies for cognitive inclusion and disability) on the theme” Multisensory Spaces and Disability “, and with the patronage of SIGCHI Italy
  • an event for the public, of a more institutional nature
  • demo of the Magic Room

For more details on the event, please visit its page on the project website

Tiziana Catarci among the “InspiringFifty” of 2018

Tiziana Catarci alla premiazione per gli InspiringFithy del 2018

Tiziana Catarci, one of the SIGCHI-Italy founding members, is among the Italian “InspiringFifty”(https://italy.inspiringfifty.org/), 50 women who distinguished themselves in the innovation field and that may be considered as landmarks for the ambitions of younger women (and men). Tiziana has been awarded in Milan on January 22nd.

In the past, Tiziana received other prizes and honors, in particular:

  • In 2017 she received the “Levi Montalcini” association award for the “dissemination of the scientific culture among younger people”
  • In 2017 she became a “Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana” one of the most important merit title in Italy.

The following news discuss the event:

Repubblica:
https://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/2018/12/03/news/innovazione_dalla_scienza_all_informatica_le_50_italiane_piu_influenti_del_2018-213312776/?ref=twhs&timestamp=1543853715000

Business People:
http://www.businesspeople.it/People/Protagonisti/Inspiring-Fifty-50-donne-italiane-tech-108183