People and Computers XXVI
The submission system for the conference is now open. To submit your
paper go to the submissions page on the website.
HCI 2012 is the 26th Annual Conference of the Specialist HCI group of
the BCS, the BCS Interaction SG. Since its establishment in 1985, the
conference has become the leading annual HCI conference in Europe. As
well as being a leading venue for dissemination, the conference has a
history of nurturing research careers- many of the leading HCI
researchers published their early papers here and it is recognised for
helping students and new academics as much as being a leading forum for
established researchers. We want to carry on this well-established
tradition into 2012.
This year we have returned to the founding theme of the conference:
“People and Computers”. This is to encapsulate and highlight the growing
diversity of our field of HCI in one event. Technology is now common in
all walks of life and HCI practitioners and researchers have more areas
of impact than ever before. We want the conference to reflect this
growing importance and diversity.
The City of Birmingham has undergone a transformation over the past few
decades. It now boasts more canals than Venice, a plethora of riverside
restaurants, bars and cafes, a range of cuisine from around the world,
coupled with a compact city vibe. Recently the New York Times listed it
as one of their top 20 places to go in 2012.
Birmingham is easily accessible by road, rail (Birmingham New Street
Station) and air (Birmingham International Airport). It is also well
located for extending your stay, whether you plan a city break to
explore the centre, or a short trip into the countryside to
Stratford-upon-Avon, Wales, the Peak District, or the rolling Chilterns
The main conference will be held at the IET at Austin Court, a
purpose-built facility in the centre of town within walking distance of
major hotels, restaurants, bars and nightlife of the city.
Socially, the conference will build on its reputation for the liveliest,
friendliest place to meet other HCI researchers. The conference dinner
will be held at the Botanical Gardens, complete with outdoor spaces,
tropical hothouses, exotic birds and beautiful parkland.
We encourage submissions that focus on human interaction with technology
and computer systems. Whether your work is at the fundamental end of the
spectrum (theory, design, or principle), or at the practical end
(evaluation, product, or impact) we are interested in encouraging
high-quality submissions to the conference.
The dates for submission for each paper track are:
• Full Papers:- 30th March 2012 (Notification:- 31st May 2012)
• Short Papers, WiP & Alt-HCI:- 15th June 2012 (Notification:-27th July
Relevant topics areas include but are by no means limited to:
• Persuasive Technology
• Mobile Interactions
• User Experience
• Touchtable interactions
• Affective Computing/Interactions
• Usability Engineering
• Child Computer Interaction
• Interaction Design
• Recommender Systems
• Brain Computer Interfaces
• Technology and Culture
All tracks will be peer reviewed by an international panel of leading
researchers. Papers will be published in the BCS e-WIC repository and in
the ACM Digital Library.
In keeping with the BCS HCI ethos, early career researchers are
especially encouraged to submit to the main conference, whilst those
still undertaking PhDs should consider applying for the doctoral
consortium, a training and supportively critical forum to discuss your
To recognise outstanding contributions to this years conference and to
nurture the HCI researchers of tomorrow we will have best paper and best
student paper awards, which will be judged by the reviewers and
announced at the conference dinner.
HCI 2012 News and Views:
We want to hear what are saying about HCI 2012. This year we have made
twitter a major part of our website through the HCI 2012 Twitter Chatter
banner. All tweets will be displayed on the site so people can see the
community’s views, opinions and comments about HCI 2012.
The conference twitter feed is also the way to keep one step ahead with
news about HCI 2012, just follow @hci2012. To share your tweets use the
Our website http://www.hci2012.org also has up to date information on
submissions, venues and other relevant conference news.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Birmingham!