Human Factors International Sponsors Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) 2008 International Conference

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 General News
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NEW YORK, June 16 Human Factors International (HFI), theglobal user experience design leader, today announces its "platinum"sponsorship of the 2008 Usability Professionals' Association InternationalConference. Held from June 16-20 in Baltimore, the conference is the premierannual event of the burgeoning usability profession. Moreover, Dr. SusanWeinschenk, who has spent over 30 years in usability and human factors, willattend the conference as an "invited speaker," a rare level of recognition forusability sector professionals.

Dr. Weinschenk will present brief remarks at the event's Welcome receptionon Tuesday evening, and then on Thursday, June 19 at 8:30a ET, she willdeliver a keynote presentation entitled, "Who are We Designing For? - TheGenerational Dilemma." During this presentation, she will examine theprovocative question, "is the homepage dead," in the context of herexploratory research, insights, and existing literature on generationaldifferences in attitudes, expectations, habits, and use of technology.

As part of its sponsorship, HFI also will host a Hospitality Hour onWednesday, June 18, from 5:30p - 6:30p. At that time, conference participantswill meet HFI's new Chief of Technical Staff for Asia/Managing Director of HFIGreater China, Jianming Dong, PhD. Dr. Dong will share his insights into theChinese market, user demographics, and characteristics of usability design.

In addition to Dr. Weinschenk's presentation retracing the death of thehomepage, other featured HFI usability experts, presentations, and posters atthe conference include:

"Card-Sorting and Cluster Analysis for Information Architecture Design"

Date/Time: Monday, June 16, 6:30p - 9:30p.

Intensive tutorial with Jianming Dong, PhD, Chief of Technical Staff forHFI-Asia/Managing Director of HFI Greater China, and others.

Will provide participants a highly regarded method to determine howtargeted users organize the content and functionality of a website so that itmay be structured in the most meaningful way for them. (Dr. Jianming Dong isthe developer of the EZSort system.)

"Winning at the Politics of Usability"

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18, 10:30a - 12:00p.

Panel with Dr. John Sorflaten, HFI, and others.

Despite jumping on the usability train, many organizations marginalizetheir usability experts and thereby fail to derive substantial benefit. Thesession provides tangible, proven strategies for getting usability moxie whiledisarming organizational politics.

"Interdisciplinary Usability: Take the Next Step to Persuasive Design"

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18, 10:30a - 12:00p.

Tutorial with Spencer Gerrol, HFI, and others.

Just because users can complete their tasks on your site does not meanthey will. Through case studies, advanced methods will be taught that motivateusers to explore, discover, interact, and return to your site by making itmore persuasive and engaging.

"Future of the User Experience (UX) Industry: Niche or Not?"

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18, 3:30p - 5:00p.

Presentation by Lyle Kantrovich, HFI, and others.

Addressing the foundational questions that will allow UX professionals andthe industry as a whole to work as a "holistic practice" instead of"fragmented fiefdoms."

"Designing a Successful Eye-Tracking Usability Study Step-by-Step"

Date/Time: Thursday, June 19, 10:30a - 12:00p.

Presentation by Andrew Schall, HFI, with Anne Washington.

How to plan for, design, and implement a successful eye-tracking usabilitystudy, including choosing participants, planning sessions, and preparing foranalysis.

About Human Factors International (HFI)

Human Factors International (HFI) is the world's largest companyspecializing in usability and user experience design, helping cl

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