Top Human–Computer Interaction(HCI) Conferences

Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), owing to its highly interdisciplinary nature, has its footprints in a wide array of disciplines. Hence, you can find a number of conferences that would be of interest to the HCI folks, that may not be purely HCI in nature. This article talks about some of the top HCI conferences in the world.

South by South West(SXSW) conference is a set of festivals and conferences conducted every year at Austin, Texas (US). The conference has three separate tracks: Film, Music and Interactive. The interactive track of the event draws the HCI crowd. It provides enormous variety in the types of sessions and workshops offered. One can also find people of  different backgrounds here: entrepreneurs, researchers, artists and musicians, professors and students, etc. Last year’s keynote by Seth Priebatsch, CEO of SCAVNGR, was enjoyed by many attendees and the event saw an attendance of over 20,000.

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) is an academic conference on innovations in human–computer interfaces. This year’s edition will be conducted at Santa Barbara during Oct 16–19, 2012. UIST is an event that has a more intimate feel to it with a single track. The conference is described as an ideal platform for having exchanges on research and implementations in HCI. If you are a student, you can also check out the Student Innovation Contest conducted by them annually.

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) is the most popular and respected academic conference in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Organized by ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group in Human–Computer Interaction), the world’s leading organization in HCI, the 2012 edition of this event will be conducted at Austin, Texas (US) from May 5–10. Researchers, practitioners and scientists in HCI and allied fields from different parts of the world attend this event. Selected papers and posters that cover the latest research in the field are presented at the conference. Workshops, case studies and courses are also conducted by industry experts, practitioners and researchers.

Interaction IxDA Conference
Interaction IxDA Conference is the flagship conference organized by Interaction Design Association (IxDA). The conference not only brings members from different chapters across the world but also attracts participants from the interaction design community. The beautiful city of Dublin is the host for the next edition of this conference. This year’s keynote speakers includes Dr. Genevieve Bell, Director of User Interaction and Experience at Intel Labs and Luke Williams, Author, Professor & Fellow at Frog. If you are interested in Interaction Design, then try not to miss this one.

The TEI Conference
Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) is one of the popular conferences for tangible interaction geeks. The event at the conference provide a focus on Interactive Art and HCI Tools and Technologies. Apart from the speaker talks, attendees also get to experience new trends in the field through hands-on studios, art installations and performances. The next edition is scheduled from Feb 19–22, 2012 at Ontario, Canada.

Have you attended any of these events? Do share your experiences in the comments section.

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