HCC 2008
3rd International Workshop on Human-Centered Computing
October 31, 2008, Vancouver, Canada - in conjunction with
ACM Multimedia 2008




Human-Centered Computing (HCC) lies at the crossroads of multiple disciplines and research areas that are concerned both with understanding human beings and with the design of computational methods. Researchers and designers of HCC methods and systems include engineers, scholars in psychology, cognitive science, sociology, and graphic designers, among others. Research in HCC deals with understanding humans, both as individuals and in social groups, by focusing on the ways that human beings adopt, adapt, and organize their lives around computational technologies, and on how the development of computational technologies can be informed by human aspects (culture, social setting, human abilities, etc.). Human-Centered Computing addresses problems that the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) does not generally address.


In HCC the focus is not only on interaction, but also on the design of algorithms and systems with a human focus from start to finish.


This year´s workshop builds on the discussions on the previous workshops on this topic held with ACM Multimedia 2007 and 2006.




Solicited Contributions


The paper format page contains guidelines about page limits, font sizes, and overall page layout. All submissions must be in the ACM style sheet format in English. Papers that do not adhere to the style sheet will be rejected without review.  Proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital library. In addition, we are exploring possible post-workshops publication venues (e.g., a Journal special issue).







1. Research work (8 page maximum)


Research contributions will be presented in poster format, but the proceedings will not differentiate between poster and oral presentations. Topics incluye, but are not limited to the following:


· Human-centered applications in any area 

· HCC data analysis (e.g., exploratory data analysis, methods that consider cultural and psychological aspects of data)

· Machine learning with a human-in-the loop

· User, context, and task modeling

· Ubiquitous computing

· Human interaction modeling

· Social network analysis and human behaviour analysis

· Computing for development

· Ethnographic praxis and user Studies

· Description of artworks or art-related projects


Research contributions must explicitly state, in the abstract and introduction why the work presented is relevant to HCC. Papers that do not meet this requirement will not be reviewed.


2. Position statements and experience papers (8 page maximum)


These works are presented in oral format (10 minutes), may be acompanied by a poster, and may address any of the following non-exhaustive list of topics:


· Computing perspectives from humanist fields

· HCC design methodologies

· HCC perspectives and lessons from the field of HCI

· Research methodologies that involve multiple disciplines

· HCC defiinitions (areas covered by HCC)

· Sample HCC Systems, methods, or approaches and comparisons to non-HCC work

· Core techniques and methods in HCC

· Theoretical foundations of HCC

· Cultural and social issues in multimedia modeling

· Ethnocomputing & diversity in computing

· Experiential and affective issues aspects of computing

· Sociential aspects of computing

· Privacy, ethics and related aspects of computing


Workshop Format


This will be a hands-on workshop with minimum time for presentation and maximum time for interaction:


· Attendees will be divided into small groups

· A particular scenario will be given, such as the one described in Marc Weisers pioneering article, “The Computer for the 21st Century”, available at http://www.ubiq.com/hypertext/weiser/SciAmDraft3.html

· Each group will be given a task (e.g., model context, design a system, etc.) and will be asked to identify the core HCC methods, techniques or processes needed to realize the task

· Groups with similar tasks will compare notes and “defend” their findings in front of the other groups

· Accepted articles will be used as a base to form the groups and guide the discussions





Alejandro Jaimes, Telefonica Research, Madrid, Spain (ajaimes_at_tid.es)

Daniela Nicklas, University of Oldenburg, Germany (daniela.nicklas_at_uni-oldenburg.de)

Nicu Sebe, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (nicu_at_science.uva.nl)