CHI 2002 minneapolis, minnesota USA | april 20-25, 2002
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Demonstrations offer an opportunity to show an innovative interface concept, HCI system, technique, or methodology. Participants are able to view systems in action and discuss them with the people who created them.

Demonstrations Schedule

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Invited Discussions
Wednesday, 24 April

World events sometimes force violent change upon us such were the September 11 terrorists attacks on the United States. The response to these events takes many forms, some of which are based on cutting-edge interactive technology. Thus, the CHI community must play an active role.

CHI 2002 will be presenting two Invited Discussions on issues that already were of significant interest to the CHI community, and which are even more important in today's changed world.

Interacting with Identification Technology: Can It Make Us More Secure? This discussion will focus on national identification cards and biometric technologies, such as face recognition, asking how these technologies can enhance our security and liberties without endangering either. The role that the human-computer interaction community will play in the development of new technologies will be an important element of the discussion.

Strengthening Communities: Tying the Virtual to the Real. This discussion will address socio-technical systems that can build strong communities, that can build trust within a community, and that can resolve conflicts. The discussion will address negative consequences of electronic communications technologies, which extremist groups have used to foster their communities of hate.

Invited Discussions Schedule

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Practitioners Special Track
A new event for CHI 2002, the Practitioners Special Track is a unique opportunity that offers three areas of participation: Extended Interactionary (cancelled), Interaction Design Portfolios, and Usability in Practice. The Extended Interactionary provides several interdisciplinary teams of usability engineers and designers the opportunity to work on an interaction design problem in a competitive and fun format. The Interaction Design Portfolios welcomes participation from professional interaction designers, design educators, researchers, and design students to "show and tell" new developments from the design community. The Usability in Practice focuses on how usability practices have evolved over the past decade by offering sessions that concentrate on the best practices in usability methods.

Practitioners Special Track Schedule

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Panels stimulate thought and discussion about ideas and issues of interest to the human-computer interaction community. Panels typically focus on controversial or emerging issues, allowing speakers and the audience to explore, debate, and reflect on these issues.

Panels Schedule

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Papers present significant contributions by researchers and practitioners to the HCI field, capable of influencing the design lifecycle of current and future interactive systems. Papers are highly refereed and are published in the archival CHI Conference Proceedings and as an issue of CHI Letters.

Papers Schedule

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Plenary Sessions
Plenary sessions are general sessions that open and close the conference. The key event of the session is an invited presentation by a prominent person that supports the conference theme and offers a challenge to people interested in HCI.

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Short Talks and Interactive Posters
Short Talks and Interactive Posters are particularly suitable for exciting new findings, ongoing work that has demonstrated special promise, preliminary results, timely work still in a state to be influenced, or tightly argued essays or opinion pieces. Posters are visual presentations of work and are displayed throughout the conference. Short Talks are presented in traditional technical sessions.

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Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable conference attendees who share a common interest to meet informally for 90 minutes of discussion at the conference. They differ from workshops in that there is no pre-event selection of participants and all attendees may participate. The Special Interest Groups program is available at

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Student Posters
The Student Posters program offers a unique opportunity for students to present their work at CHI and to receive encouragement in their development as HCI professionals. Student posters are displayed during the conference and provide an excellent opportunity to discuss late-breaking and on-going work in an informal setting.

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