About the Forum

The field of HCI has moved on and matured in many significant ways over the past three decades. From Card, Moran and Newell’s early work in defining the field through to Weiser’s vision of ubiquitous computing, one can point to a handful of books and thought-pieces that have defined new and compelling research agendas.  Moving into the 21st century, there are murmurings in the research and design communities signalling the need for a change: a change that puts more emphasis on placing users –people—front and centre in that agenda; a change that is less about pervasive, “smart” computing and more about technology that enables and recognizes human values.

This new agenda raises all kinds of key questions: What is the role of technology in the 21st century, or what would we like it to be?  How as researchers, designers and practitioners should we orient to this role?  What are the key questions for Human-Computer Interaction as we move forward? What are the new paradigms and research agendas that emerge as a result?  What are the human values we are designing for, and what does this mean for the evaluation of technology?

The goal of this forum was to bring to the fore these issues; to uncover and explicate the changes afoot.  By bringing together the world’s leading thinkers in these areas, we discussed, debated and defined a new “human face” of computing.

This event was by invitation only.

  • Richard Harper, Professor of Socio-Digital Systems and Senior Researcher, MSR  
  • Tom Rodden, Professor of Computing, Nottingham University
  • Yvonne Rogers, Professor in Human-Computer Interaction, Open University
  • Abigail Sellen, Senior Researcher, Co-Manager Socio-Digital Systems, MS

'Computer technologies are not neutral – they are laden with human, cultural and social values.  We need to define a new agenda for human-computer interaction in the 21st century – one that anticipates and shapes the impact of technology rather than simply reacts to it.'


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