In this section, invited papers contribute to a celebration of HCI Engineering. Celebration here, however, is to be interpreted broadly. Of course, different current approaches to HCI Engineering are all welcome. But also welcome are alternative non-engineering approaches. The latter provide contrasts to, and insights into, HCI Engineering and so may contribute to its development. For more details concerning the origins and the types of papers welcome, scroll down to the end of the section.
- Dialectic Approach to Multidisciplinary Practice in Requirements Engineering Ian Denley & John Long
- A sketch of the ‘conversion funnel’. Can cognitive engineering assist in its design? Peter Timmer
In my website introduction, I suggested that: the ‘John Long Festschrift, the Ergonomics Unit Research and the MSc Reflections constitute (a part of) the past of an engineering approach to HCI’. Further, to bring this past into contact with the present, and indeed the future, of HCI, new papers would be invited to celebrate HCI Engineering.
Celebration here, however, is to be broadly interpreted. Obviously welcome are different approaches to HCI Engineering, since there is no single, consensus approach at this time. Both the Hill (2010) and Dix (2010) papers from the ‘John Long Festschrift’ would be examples and so welcome here. Hill uses HCI engineering conceptions in her research. Dix favours a different and more general engineering approach. Also welcome are non-engineering approaches to HCI. Carroll’s paper, also from the ‘John Long Festschrift’, would be such an example. Indeed, he is highly critical of my own engineering approach. However, Carroll offers contrasts with, and insights into, that approach. The insights could be carried forward into future developments of HCI Engineering and so can be considered to contribute to celebrating HCI Engineering.
The Papers section is at an initial stage of development. Invitations have only just been issued to potential contributors. Unsurprisingly, submissions have yet to be received. In the meantime, examples of papers are needed for at least two reasons. First, potential contributors need to be provided with examples of the sorts of papers, which might be acceptable here. Second, examples are needed to structure the website. To satisfy these requirements, I have ‘invited’, (post hoc) the authors of two existing papers to get the section going.
The first paper is by Denley and Long and is entitled: ‘Dialectic Approach to Multidisciplinary Practice in Requirements Engineering’ (2010). The second is by Timmer and is entitled: ‘A Sketch of the ‘Conversion Funnel’. Can Cognitive Engineering Assist in Its Design?’ (2010). Both papers were submitted; but not published in the ‘John Long Festschrift’, although the former paper was accepted; but withdrawn. Both papers would have been welcome in this section and serve to show the way for properly invited papers. Both papers might be re-written for journal publication; but they would remain of interest here in their original form.
A final note. It is unlikely that authors will write papers for, and only for, this website. Unless, of course, the papers are unpublishable elsewhere (due to their outstanding; but unconventional nature). It is hoped, however, that the website will be the ‘first port of call’ for papers ultimately destined for journal publication. Also, a place for papers with interesting ideas about HCI Engineering that may be at a stage not yet welcomed by more traditional publishers (the case of the two papers presented above). Lastly, authors wishing to contribute to this section; but who have not been invited to do so, should contact me with their proposals.