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The challenges of designing people-centred technology

  • 17 November, 2006 16:38

<p>International and Australian experts in the field of human-computer interaction will discuss the current challenges in designing people-centred technology when they meet for a conference in Sydney next week.</p>
<p>OZCHI 2006, Australia's major conference on human-computer interaction and related issues, will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney from Monday (20 November) until Friday (24 November).</p>
<p>Conference Chair, Associate Professor Toni Robertson from the UTS Faculty of Information Technology, said rapid developments in mobile communications and interactive technologies had rewritten the script for practitioners and researchers concerned with the usability and usefulness of technology.</p>
<p>"It was not so long ago that designers of information technology assumed that the technology we built would be used within some workplace by a known and relatively unchanging group of users," Professor Robertson said.</p>
<p>"The development and increasing availability of mobile, wireless and sensing technologies have all enabled the growing private use of information and communication technologies and the rapid spread of interactive technologies to all kinds of user domains.</p>
<p>"This shift away from the constraints of technology design for traditional work environments is an exciting and at times confusing development for those of us committed to the various practices of human-computer interaction.</p>
<p>"At the same time, practitioners and researchers in other design traditions, such as architecture, graphic and product design, are increasingly designing interactive technologies as a routine part of their work."</p>
<p>OZCHI 2006 will address issues including social awareness and the cultural issues of IT use, the use and usability of IT systems and understanding users, health applications, mobile computing, multi-modal interfaces and tangible interfaces.</p>
<p>Keynote speakers are Bill Gaver, Professor of Design at the Goldsmiths College, University of London, Genevieve Bell, Director of Intel's User Experience Group and Donna Maurer freelance interaction designer and information architect.</p>
<p>The program also includes a series of industry case studies of design, three panel discussions and 36 short papers presenting late-breaking results and emerging research initiatives.</p>
<p>For more information see the conference website:</p>
<p>OZCHI 2006 is being held at the UTS Haymarket campus on the corner of Quay St and Ultimo Rd.</p>
<p>Further Information:
Associate Professor Toni Robertson,
Ph (02) 9514 1966,</p>
Terry Clinton
Media Officer, Media Branch,
Marketing and Communication Unit,
University of Technology, Sydney,
Tel +61 2 9514 1623, Fax +61 2 9514 1616,
Mob 0419 293 261,
UTS Experts: online at,
U: magazine online at</p>

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