by Constantine Stephanidis
HCI International 2007, the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction was held in Beijing on 22-27 July, jointly with the Symposium on Human Interface (Japan) 2007, the 7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, the 4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, the 2nd International Conference on Virtual Reality, the 2nd International Conference on Usability and Internationalization, the 2nd International Conference on Online Communities and Social Computing, the 3rd International Conference on Augmented Cognition, and the 1st International Conference on Digital Human Modeling.
HCI International is the worldwide renowned international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of Human-Computer Interaction.
This event was one of the biggest ever organised in the fields related to Human-Computer Interaction and Information Society Technologies, and attracted an unprecedented number of 2300 participants from 76 countries, representing the research and academic communities as well as industry.
The conference programme was organised into 10 thematic areas, namely Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers, Human Interface and the Management of Information, Human-Computer Interaction, Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, Usability and Internationalization, Online Communities and Social Computing, Augmented Cognition, and Digital Human Modeling.
The programme featured one plenary session, 256 parallel paper sessions, 18 tutorials, two workshops, and 371 poster presentations. The keynote speaker was Professor Takeo Kanade, from Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA., USA, and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. His enlightening talk was entitled "Digital Human Modeling and Quality of Life Technology".
This year, HCI International and the affiliated conferences explored a wide variety of new hot topics which reflect and contribute to a paradigm shift towards ubiquitous interaction, intelligent environments and interactive technologies supporting virtually any aspect of human life and activities in a global and social perspective.
The Proceedings have been published by Springer in the LNCS/LNAI series, and consist of 17 volumes containing 1681 papers in total. The Proceedings are also available on-line through the LNCS Digital Library (http://www.springer.com/lncs), readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world.
HCI International 2009 and the affiliated Conferences will be held in San Diego, California, USA, 19-24 July 2009 (http://www.hcii2009.org).
General Chair, HCI International 2007