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forUSE 2002 | First International Conference on Usage-Centered Design
25-28 August 2002 | Portsmouth, New Hampshire
A Conference on Usage-Centered, Task-Driven, and Performance-Centered Design
for Software and Web Applications
Conference Theme: Design that Works
Conference Chairperson: Larry Constantine, Constantine & Lockwood, Ltd.
Program Chairperson: James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New
Industry Liaison: Helmut Windl, Siemens AG, Germany
Usage-centered design is coming of age as a proven, scaleable, and flexible
approach for designing world-class user interfaces. Interest in this and
related systematic techniques for user interface design has been growing
rapidly around the world.
forUse 2002 will be the first conference of its kind devoted exclusively to
usage-centered, task-driven, and performance-centered design for software
and web-based applications. The conference will feature keynote and invited
presentations by leading figures in usability and user interface design
along with a full complement of tutorials and short presentations.
In addition to proposals for regular presentations (1.5 hours), we are also
seeking proposals for special sessions (also 1.5 hours), such as panels or
demonstrations, as well as full-day tutorials (6 hours) on both basic and
advanced topics related to the conference focus. Presenters will get free
registration for the full conference, publication in the proceedings, and
publicity on the conference Web site. In addition, each regular session will
earn a stipend of $500, and each all-day tutorial will earn $1500.
The emphasis throughout the conference will be on practical application and
real-world experiences. We are particularly interested in reports by
practicing designers and developers describing actual project experiences
and lessons learned but will also consider research reports and conceptual
papers that emphasize application in the real world.
Presentations should address or be related to one or more of the core topics
of the conference. Topics of interest include but are not limited to such
* usage-centered and task-oriented design
* systematic and model-driven user interface design processes, methods, and
* performance-support and performance-centered design
* task models and task modeling
* use cases, scenarios, task cases, and stories in user interface design
* user roles, personas, user profiles, and user modeling
* abstract prototypes and user interface content models
* innovative visual and interaction designs supporting use and work
* patterns in user interface design and usability
* product usability, utility, and usefulness in real-world practice
* user interface design, task efficiency, and user effectiveness
* model-driven user interface design
* usability and user interface design in agile and lightweight processes
* usage-centered design and XP (extreme programming)
* integrating usage-centered design with UML and the Unified Process
* programming and software engineering of usage-centered designs
* cost-justification and ROI in user interface design
* making the business case for usability and user interface design
* teaching user interface design
* usability in embedded, wireless, and special applications
* software and paper-based tools for usage-centered design
Proposals (by email only, mailto:submissions@...
) should include:
(a) proposed title
(b) type of session (regular, tutorial, panel, demonstration, etc.)
(c) 300-500-word abstract
(d) 100-200 author biographical sketch
(e) full contact information for all presenter(s), including all email
Multiple presenters and multiple proposals from the same presenter(s) are
Preliminary decisions on program content will be made early in 2002; the
precise conference planning schedule along with further details will be
released in December.
Watch for more details at www.forUse.com/2002/