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CHI 2012 Conference


For Immediate Release:
Rosemary W. Stevens
Ace Public Relations, Palo Alto
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5 -10 May 2012, Austin Convention Center

AUSTIN, TX -- (24 April 2012) Innovative uses of technology to improve
health and well being will be examined by leading researchers and
developers at ACM’s Conference on Computer-Human Interaction,
(CHI 2012) May 5-10, at the Austin Convention Center.  "As technology becomes intertwined with health care and health promotion, we have an even-greater responsibility to ensure that our designs are useful, usable, and universally accessible. The CHI conference addresses this challenge at all levels--from foundational research to innovative prototypes to experience reports from the field", explains Dr. Joseph Konstan, CHI 2012 General Chair and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Developed by researchers from Northeastern University, Microsoft
Research and MedStar Institute for Innovation, Using Mobile Phones to
Present Medical Information to Hospital Patients
provides a way to
improve communication between hospital patients and their care team.
"The awareness that hospital patients have of the people and events
surrounding their care has a dramatic impact on satisfaction and
clinical outcomes. However, patients are often under-informed about
even basic aspects of their care," observes Laura Pfeifer Vardoulakis of
Northeastern University. "We think that mobile devices can be used as
real-time information conduits to improve patient awareness and
consequently improve patient care." Additional presentations addressing
health management include:

A Transformational Product to Improve Self-Control Strength: The
Chocolate Machine
, presented by researchers from the University of
Koblenz-Landau and Folkwang University of Arts, Germany, provides an
innovative way to learn self-control.  The Chocolate Machine improves
self-control, enabling behaviors people find worthwhile, but difficult
to do on their own.

Best Intentions: Health Monitoring Technology and Children, presented
by researchers from Indiana University and University College London,
provides suggestions for development of health monitoring technology
intended to enhance self-care in children without creating
parent-child conflict.

Designing Intelligent Orthotics and Prosthetics, a presentation by
Hugh M. Herr, of MIT Media Lab, will close the conference.  Dr. Herr
notes, "My primary research objective is to apply principals of
biomechanics and neural control to guide the designs of wearable
robotic systems for human rehabilitation and physical augmentation.
When well designed and properly customized to the individual, these
devices not only traverse physical limitations, but also become very
much a part of the wearer's physical self."

About the CHI Conference

Featuring over 900 works, the CHI conference is the premier worldwide
forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of human-computer
interaction. CHI 2012 welcomes works addressing research on all aspects
of human-computer interaction (HCI), case studies of interactive system designs, 
proof-of-concept innovative systems, and presentations by experts on 
the latest challenges and innovations in the field.  In addition to a long-standing
focus on professionals in design, engineering, management, and user experience; this year's conference has made special efforts to serve communities in the areas of: Health, Sustainability, Digital Arts, Games and Entertainment, and HCI for Kids. For complete information about this year’s conference, consult the Advance Program.

Originally a small conference for psychologists interested in user
interface design, the annual CHI conference has grown to include a
very diverse participant group such as interaction designers, computer
scientists, engineering psychologists, developers, performing artists;
and to deal with larger problems such as the organizational
integration of technology, and the use of technology in the home
rather than office settings. This year’s conference marks 30 years of
research, innovation and development in the field of Human-Computer
Interaction and is expected to draw more than 2500 professionals from
over 40 countries. The experience at CHI 2012 offers innovative
opportunities for interacting with future technologies.

Conference Sponsors
Organizations contributing to the financial support of the conference
include Champion Sponsors Autodesk; Bloomberg; eBay; Google, Inc.;
Microsoft Corp.; the National Science Foundation (NSF) and SAP.

About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest
educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing
educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share
resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the
computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership,
promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical
excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by
providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development,
and professional networking.

CHI 2012 is sponsored by ACM’s Special Interest Group on
Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI). The scope of SIGCHI consists
of the study of the human-computer interaction processes and includes
research, design, development, and evaluation efforts for interactive
computer systems. The focus of SIGCHI is on how people communicate and
interact with a broadly-defined range of computer systems. SIGCHI
serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among computer scientists,
human factors scientists, psychologists, social scientists, designers,
educators, and practitioners involved in the design, implementation,
and evaluation of interactive computing systems. Over 5,000
professional members of the SIGCHI community work together toward
common goals and objectives.