2011 marks the fifth year of the annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference. This year it will take place on the 8th & 9th of September at Cork Institute of Technology which is located in Cork City in the south of Ireland.
The conference theme for 2011 maintains the strands of interest that were established in the conferences since 2007 and places emphasis on 'inclusivity' both in practice and design. The field of HCI is largely characterised by a convergence of knowledge from different fields into research that is interesting in its process as much as in its practical or academic outcomes. In an increasingly competitive climate for all research the theme for this year's conference underlines a concern for innovation through 'integrated practice' and 'inclusivity in design'.
The 2011 focus resonates with previous conference themes that have reflected an interest in cultures of interaction, innovative HCI concepts, and transferable research while opening boundaries into novel or challenging spaces. While HCI continues to be grounded in the sciences the theme this year opens its call to research demonstrating innovative practice through an integration of disciplines that may include those residing in fields such as the arts, sciences, engineering, and humanities. With respect to the implementation of technologies in and across society and cultures the call this year also welcomes research designed to be inclusive; that is, work that seeks to improve technology for 'use' or extends the experience of technology to a wider scope of 'actors' in society.
As noted in last year's literature the Irish HCI community has grown considerably over the past number of years supported through the iHCI conferences, the establishment of the ACM SIGCHI chapter, and the partnership with industry mediated through groups such as Interaction Design Association (IxDA Dublin) (IxDA Limerick). The 2011 conference, hosted by the Media Communications Department, continues to promote the ethos of reaching out to new areas of practice with the aim of enriching the community with an inclusive scope of knowledge. While continuing the trend of expanding the iHCI community it also endeavours to reach the high quality of organisation and standard of participation achieved by the organisers of the previous conferences.
iHCI 2011 is a local chapter activity of SIGCHI Ireland.