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What:     27th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
When:    From Monday 7 December until Thursday 10 December
Where:   Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.    

A national conference looking at how technology can contribute to our human-ness is being held at the University of Melbourne.

OzCHI is the annual conference for the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) and Australia's leading forum for the latest in HCI research and practice.

HCI is the study of how people interact with computers and to what extent computers are or are not developed for successful interaction with human beings.

At this conference called Being Human, speakers will cover issues such as using technology to prevent older patients from falling out of their hospital beds, development of games for people with physical disabilities and trialling the use of tablets in Australian courts.

Associate Professor Frank Vetere, Director, Social NUI in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne said HCI aims to generate knowledge about the use and design of information and communication technologies for human wellbeing and social benefit.

“OzCHI attracts a broad international community of researchers, industry practitioners, academics and students. Participants come from a range of backgrounds, including interface designers, user experience (UX) practitioners, information architects, software engineers, human factors experts, information systems analysts and social scientists.

This year’s guest speakers include Abigail Sellen a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge where she manages the Human Experience and Design Group and Elizabeth Churchill, a Director of User Experience at Google.

Ms Churchill is an applied social scientist working in the areas of human computer interaction, computer mediated communication, mobile/ubiquitous computing, and social media.
 
During the conference, winners of the student design challenge will be announced. Student teams from around the world will have 24 hours to develop a solution for a given HCI research problem.