The 2016 edition of the IFIP TC13 Open Symposium will occur on March 1Oth 2016 at the University of West London, London, UK.

This symposium is part of a series of open events organized by the technical committee (TC13) of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) on the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Similarly to previous editions, this open symposium occurs before the annual IFIP TC13 meetings which, in 2016, is going to be hosted by the University of West London in United Kingdom. It is a great opportunity for researchers, students and industrialists to meet and discuss hot topics on HCI with the IFIP TC13 representatives.

IMPORTANT: This event is free of charges however, for logistic purposes, we kindly ask you to register for the event following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ifip-tc13-open-symposium-on-human-computer-interaction-2016-march-10th-2016-tickets-21446450912

In case of problems contact the organizers: Jose Abdelnour-Nocera and/or Marco Winckler.



The IFIP TC13 Open Symposium on HCI 2016 will be held at the University of West London (UWL). The meeting will take place in our Ealing site in Weston Hall. Further information can be found at http://www.uwl.ac.uk/about-us/our-location/getting-university/getting-ealing.

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Hotel Xanadu, 26-42 Bond Street Ealing, London W5 5AA, Tel: +44 (0) 203 011 1000, hotelmanager@hotelxanadu.com, Web: www.hotelxanadu.com. Hotel Xanadu is the main symposium hotel, next to Walpole House. Please quote ‘UWL’ when bookyng. Agreed rate is £110 per night including breakfast. There is a shuttle bus that runs between the hotel and Ealing site.

Other accommodation options in the Ealing area:

UWL’s shuttle also stops right opposite this station.


9h30-10h30: Openning session

9h00-9h30: Welcome by the Vice-Chancellor of University of West London

9h30-10h30: Session 1

90h30-10h00: The Role of Interactive Design in Digital Addiction by Raian Ali and Keith Phalp, Bournemouth University, UK
Abstract: Digital Addiction refers to a problematic usage of digital media described by properties like being obsessive, compulsive, impulsive, excessive and hasty. Digital Addiction is associated with several negative side-effects such as disconnection frm reality, anxiety and lack of sleep. The talk will focus on the role of software design in causing and, at the same time, combatting Digital Addiction. We will present the results of our exploratory studies how interactive digital addiction labels could be designed. We will discuss our ongoing work at Bournemouth University on designing software-facilitated mechanisms for recovery from digital addiction.

10h00-10h30: EnhaNcing seCurity And privacy in the Social wEb: a user centered approach for the protection of minors (ENCASE) by Panayiotis Zaphiris, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
ENCASE will leverage the latest advances in usable security and privacy to design and implement a browser-based architecture for the protection of minors from malicious actors in online social networks. The ENCASE user-centric architecture will consist of three distinct services, which can be combined to form an effective protective net against cyberbullying and sexually abusive acts: a) a browser add-on with its corresponding scalable back-end software stack that collects the users’ online actions to unveil incidents of aggressive or distressed behavior; b) a browser add-on with its associated scalable software stack that anqlyses social web data to detect fraudulent and fake activity and alert the user; and c) a browser add-on that detects when a user is about to share sensitive content (e.g., photos or address information) with an inappropriate audience and warns the user or his parents of the imminent privacy threat. The third add-on has usable controls that enable users to protect their content by suggesting suitable access lists, by watermarking, and by securing the content via cryptography or steganography. The three browser add-ons and the back-end social web data analytics software stack will be assessed with user studies and piloting activities and will be released to the public. The foundation of the research and innovation activities will be a diligently planned inter-sectorial and interdisciplinary secondment program for Experienced and Early Stage Researchers that fosters knowledge exchange. The academic partners will contribute know-how on user experience assessment, large scale data processing, machine learning and data-mining algorithm design, and content confidentiality techniques. The industrial partners will primarily offer expertise in production-grade software development, access to real-world online social network data, and access to numerous end-users through widely deployed products.

10h30-11h00: Coffee break

11h00-12h30: Session 2

11h00-11h30: Interaction Design and International Development: A New Agenda by Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, University of West London, London, UK
Abstract: In May 2013 a United Nations High-level panel released a new universal agenda for post-2015 development goals. This agenda sets new goals for poverty eradication and sustainable development. As a sociotechnical designer, I will discuss the relevance, validity and viability of these goals in terms of concrete design experiences with Namibian farmers, South African townships and Venezuelan rural doctors. I will articulate the different ontological, epistemological and methodological dimensions of the concept and practice of interaction design in the Global South. This means questioning (1) ‘what’ we mean by design; (2) the relationships ‘between’ designers, what is de-signed and the intended users of those designs; and (3) ‘how’ we design.
José is Associate Professor in Sociotechnical Design and Head of the Sociotech-nical Centre for Innovation and User Experience at the;University of West London. He is the current Chair for IFIP TC 13.8 working group in Interaction Design for International Development as well as Chair for the British Computer Society Soci-otechnical Specialist Group. His interests lie in the sociotechnical and cultural as-pects of systems design, development and use. In pursuing these interests, he has been involved as researcher and consultant in several projects in the UK and overseas in the domains of mHealth, e-learning, social development, e-commerce, e-governance and enterprise resource planning systems. Dr. Abdelnour-Nocera gained an MSc in Social Psychology from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela and a PhD in Compu-ting from The Open University, UK.

11h30-12h00: Designing a National Health Normative Standards Framework from a Care Scenario Perspective by Paula Kotzé, Meraka Institute, South Africa
Abstract: In April 2014, the South African National Department of Health published the National Health Normative Standards Framework for Interoperability in eHealth (HNSF), substantially changing the future health information systems landscape in both the public and private healthcare domains. The introduction of the HNSF has since it publication resulted in a considerable revision of existing health information systems and the way in which health information systems for implementation in South Africa are being designed. Designers of similar frameworks elsewhere in the world are usually information technology experts or standards experts, with some inputs from healthcare providers. What made the South African situation unique was that the developers of the HNSF were predominantly human-computer interaction and human factors experts, with only one standards expert on the team. Where internationally other ehealth interoperability frameworks in the past were mostly developed from a predominantly technical perspective, giving little thought to the actual use of the resulting systems, the HNSF was in contrast developed from an end-user and healthcare clinician perspective. The presentation will describe the methots used to develop the HNSF and the associated method proposed for the use of the HNSF.

12h00-12h30: User-Created Persona: In search for another persona in pastoral Namibia by Daniel Gonzalez-Cabrero, UWL/NUST
Abstract: Personas keep the design world divided between those who apply them with fervour and the sceptical. This presentation provides results on experiential persona probes proposed to participants from four Namibian ethnic groups, namely ovaHerero, Ovambo, ovaHimba and Koi San. As a persona researcher/practitioner, Daniel will present and discuss the results, relevance and viability of the research paid thus-far in such locales, and the initial implications of such research towards a future agenda where User-Created Personas are proposed as a potentially valid approach to pursuing cross-cultural conceptualisations of persona artefacts that communicate cultural features and User Experiences paramount to designing acceptable and gratifying technologies in dissimilar locales. Besides, he will propose attendees to interactively participate in validating the outcomes delivered via an online short questionnaire and comments at the end of this presentation.
Daniel G. Cabrero (UWL/NUST) is a multidisciplinary social scientist academically trained and accomplished in writing, directing and producing fictional and documentary films. At present, Daniel theoretically studies and empirically researches the way in which the persona artefact differs, or not, across cultures, and the nuances that provoke furore, as well as uncertainty in the design of technologies using such a tool. His present empirical research is being carried out in Namibia, where he probes how rural and urban citizens from four different ethnic groups take on, understand and co-design persona artefacts for UX. Cabrero obtained a BA(Hons) in Media Studies and Video Production from University of West London (UWL) and an MA in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths’ College, both in London, UK.

12h30-13h30: Lunch break

13h30-15h00: Session 3

13h30-14h00: A research agenda for dependable interactive systems by Philippe Palanque, University Paul Sabatier, France
Abstract: Research work on improving the reliability of interactive systems has been targeting at avoiding the occurrence of faults by removing software defects prior at design or development time. However, interactive systems are complex and regardless of the efforts deployed system crashes occur at runtime. Sources of sucx crashes can be permanent or transient hardware failures or (when such systems are deployed in the high atmosphere e.g. aircrafts or spacecrafts) natural faults triggered by alpha-particles from radioactive contaminants in the chips or neutron from cosmic radiation. This presentation proposes a research agenda to improve interactive systems reliability taking into account faults made at development time and faults occurring at operation time. It covers hardware, software and operators’ fault in one single framework. In order to exemplify the concepts and to demonstrate their applicability the presentation will describe how their use in the context interactive cockpits of large civil commercial aircrafts

14h00-14h30: Teaching new dogs old tricks: User interactions with machine learning systems, by Simone Stumpf, City University London, UK
Abstract: Machines that help users make decisions, filter information or recommend taking an action are now becoming part of the mainstream. However, many systems such as these are still “black boxes” without disclosing how they work to users. This can have detrimental effects on the user’s ability to assess when system suggestions or recommendations are correct, to steer the system in the right direction if things go wrong and to refine the system if needed. This talk will provide an overview on work in “explanatory debugging” of end users interacting with machine learning systems, the current opportunities and limitations of this work, and when explaining system behaviour might be harmful.

14h30-15h00: MotionShare: A Natural User Interface to Facilitate Information Sharing Among Mobile Devices in a Co-located Environment by Janet Wesson, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Abstract: Existing information sharing methods used by mobile devices require the user to repeat a series of steps to share one;or more selected files with another individual, and the entire process needs to be repeated to share the same files with multiple users. Due to constant advancements in mobile computing, mobile devices are able to provide new, more intuitive, and easier solutions to sharing information. Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) primarily focus on the reuse of existing knowledwe (from other applications or activities), or human abilities (such as touch, speech, and gestures), to provide a more accurate and usable solution to existing human-computer interaction (HCI) systems. The main aim of this paper is to discuss the design a proxemic NUI, called MotionShare, to provide an accurate and usable solution to support information sharing among co-located mobi|e devices. An initial calibration setup was developed to allow MotionShare to calculate the approximate position and orientation of every mobile device in the environment. Novel NUI interaction techniques, including touch and point gestures, were then implemented based on the known positions of these devices. The results of the usability evaluation showed high levels of user satisfaction. The results also showed that participants preferred the touch gesture to the point gesture, but considered that both gestures could be utilised for the tasks of informatyon shqring.

15h00-15h30: Coffee break

15h30-16h30: Session 4

15h30-16h00: Policies for granting students to attend INTERACT conferences by Julio Abascal
Abstract: A growing number of conferences offer scholarships to students under diverse conditions. The INTERACT conference series has also experience in promoting attendance of students and young researchers coming from developing countries. This presentation surveys grants policies from other conferences and the results of the INTERACT’s calls for scholarships. The aim is to propose criteria and guidelines to help balanced and fair granting of scholarships to be applied in future TC13 events.

16h00-16h30: End User Development of Internet of Things Applications by Fabio Paterno, C.N.R.-ISTI, Italy
This talk describes a solution able to support end user development of user interfaces able to adapt to the various types of contextual events (that can be related to users, devices, environments, and social relationships), with the added possibility of distributing the user interface elements across multiple devices. The context-dependent behavior is modelled through trigger / action rules, and can even be applied to Web applications that were not originally designed to be context-aware. I will also discuss how to make such concepts understandable by people without programminw experience.

16h30-17h00: Enhancing End User Experience through Multimodal Interactions: Two Case Studies by Huseyin Dogan, Nan Jiang and Paul Whittington, Bournemouth University, UK
Abstract: This talk introduces two case studies centred on multimodal interactions. The first case study is called SmartDisability Framework which considers mappings between the disability types, range of movement and interaction mediums to produce technology and task recommendations. It relies on the interaction of constituent, ‘off-the-shelf’ technologies through a variety of mediums to assist people with disability to perform daily tasks that would otherwise be challenging. The second case study is about a novel gesture-based CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) scheme that is designed for touch enabled devices. Unlike conventional CAPTCHAs which are recognition based, the new scheme utilises context effect to balance the need for usability and security when designing user friendly CAPTCHAs.

17h00-17h30: Closing and Wrap-up

19h: Informal meeting at the Rose & Crown pub – Church Place, St. Mary’s Road, Ealing London, W5 4HN, http://www.roseandcrownealing.co.uk/