AMCIS 2005: HCI Track with 7 Minitracks

Track Chairs:

Dr. Scott McCoy, College of William and Mary,
Dr. Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 
Dr. Mun Yi, University of South Carolina, 

Track Description:

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field that has attracted researchers, educators, and practitioners from different disciplines. HCI has gained attention during recent years due to the rapid development and advancement in information and computer technology. To better use advanced technology, we need to better understand users, their tasks within different contexts, and the interplay among users, tasks, and contexts/environments.

In the MIS field, broad HCI issues and research questions have been investigated over a long period of time. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or Human Factors studies in MIS are concerned with the ways humans interact with information, technologies, and tasks, especially in business, managerial, organizational, and cultural contexts. MIS researchers are interested in macro level analyses and issues, and they study these issues in the organizational/business contexts or take these contexts into consideration in their studies.

The high level of interest exhibited by MIS scholars in broad HCI studies has been demonstrated in many ways:

  1. The high number of hits from queries to the ISWORLD Faculty Directory on research and teaching in HCI related areas (see Zhang et al., 2002 in CAIS);
  2. The high level of participation in HCI specific events sponsored by the AIS SIGHCI (please refer to for more information);
  3. The high level of participation in HCI minitrack/track at AMCIS 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. At the last four AMCIS conferences, the HCI in MIS minitrack (which became the HCI in MIS track at AMCIS 2004) was among the most popular ones at AMCIS.

This increasing trend of interest and enthusiasm was exhibited by the large number of submissions and the high level of participation during the last few years. A meta/mega track is necessary so that (1) it is possible to attend to specific research areas within HCI in MIS, (2) more HCI researchers can be involved, play important organizing roles, and make an impact in this area, and (3) the overall reviewing process for submissions in this area can be more efficiently and better managed.

The aim of this track is consistent with the HCI in MIS track/minitrack in previous years at AMCIS. We want to provide a forum for AIS members to acknowledge each other’s work, and to discuss, develop, and promote a range of issues related to HCI in MIS, including the history, reference disciplines, theories, practice, methodologies and techniques, new development, and applications of the interaction between humans, information and information technology. In an effort to bridge academic research and industry practice, both research articles and experience reports are welcome. The track is open to all types of research methodologies (e.g., conceptualization, theorization, case study, action research, experimentation, survey, simulation). We also welcome visionary articles and research in progress papers..

Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies


To continue the AIS SIGHCI tradition, we will have a special issue of a high quality refereed academic journal, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS), to publish the expansions of the best papers from the HCI track. We thank the co-editors-in-chief of IJHCS, E. Motta and S. Wiedenbeck, for accepting our proposal and for their strong support of the importance of HCI research in the MIS discipline. The guest editors for this special issue are Fiona Nah, Ping Zhang, Scott McCoy, & Mun Yi.

Best completed research papers from participating HCI mini-tracks will be considered for the special issue.


Information Technology Systems Accessibility

Eleanor Loiacono
Scott McCoy
Nicholas Romano

Description: Accessibility is the ability of persons, regardless of ability, to easily access information, regardless of form, structure, or presentation. Fifty-four million Americans—nearly one in five—live with some form of disability (cognitive, visual, or audio) that makes accessing information difficult. Though great strides have been made during the past decade to accommodate those with special needs (including the development of numerous assistive technologies), there is still much to be done. For example, as the Internet and World Wide Web become an integral component of daily life, Web accessibility becomes more vital.
Accessibility goes beyond making information available for people with disabilities. Increasing accessibility may in turn increase use of systems by users without disabilities as well. Those with less powerful computers or slow Internet connections may find it preferable to purchase from accessible-friendly websites that require less bandwidth. For example, some might find it beneficial to surf the Web with the graphics function turned off, thus decreasing download time. Given this broad definition of accessibility, a number of research perspectives are expected from such areas as Information Systems, Information Science, Library Science, Education, Computer Science, and Engineering.

Potential topics and research questions that this Mini-track would address includes but is not limited to:

– Accessibility
– Internet and Web Accessibility
– Assistive Technology
– Adaptive Technology
– Accessibility within Workforce
– Usability

Submission guidelines:
1. Submit abstracts via email to the co-chairs by February 1, 2005. This is an important step to ensure that you have submitted your paper to the correct mini-track.
2. Final papers will be submitted via the AIS Review System, deadline is March 1, 2005. See the conference website for details:
3. Copyright Information: Submission of a paper to the conference represents the author’s agreement to allow AIS to publish the paper in any written or electronic format for distribution to all interested parties in perpetuity with or without compensation to AIS and without compensation to the author. The parties understand that the author is granting a nonexclusive license and all copyrights remain the property of the author.

HCI with Mobile Devices (co-sponsored by SIGEBIZ)

Peter Tarasewich
Fiona Nah

Mobile applications are having a profound impact on organizations and individuals. Organizations no longer need to provide every employee with a wired connection to perform their job functions. Individuals can use mobile devices to access the information systems they need anywhere at anytime. But mobility and mobile device use is also adding to problems of information overload. Information management becomes more difficult and complex in mobile environments as well. Since mobile devices can be taken anywhere, the user’s environment can change rapidly from moment to moment. There can also be a significant number of people, objects, and activities vying for a user’s attention aside from the mobile application itself.

Designing effective interaction methods is a challenging part of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and mobile devices make this challenge even greater. Mobile applications require efficient ways to record and access information under circumstances that are often quite different from those where desktop computers are used. The purpose of this mini-track is to provide a forum for examining how people interact with mobile information systems and the devices that are used to access them. Submissions describing original research or case studies related to all information systems aspects of HCI with mobile devices are welcome.

Possible Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Interface design for mobile devices
  • Usability testing methods for wireless applications
  • Securing mobile devices and interactions
  • Field tests of mobile information systems
  • Designing privacy into mobile applications
  • Notification cues or displays for wearable devices
  • Wearable systems and computing
  • Input and output methods for ultra-mobile devices (e.g., watches, rings)

Please contact the Chairs with any questions concerning the suitability of topics for this mini-track. Potential authors are also encouraged to look at the other related mini-tracks sponsored by both SIG HCI and SIGeBIZ at AMCIS 2005.

Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management
(Sponsored by SIGHCI)
Information Visualization and Decision Support (co-sponsored by SIGDSS)

David Schuff
Ozgur Turetken

The abundance of information available to today’s managers makes it essential to efficiently represent, filter, and present information for effective decision making. The rapid advances in hardware and software development have made it possible to present data visually from multiple perspectives. However, the challenge is the design of visualizations such that (1) they are useful in presenting non-numeric as well numeric information, and (2) they are integrated with other components of existing decision support systems.

From that perspective, the topic of information visualization spans several disciplines, including decision support and human-computer interaction. Specifically, the graphical presentation of information applies to an array of topics such as data modeling, interface design, data mining, and data warehousing. This mini-track will focus on the design, development, and use of information visualization, as well as its ability to function as a tool to aid managerial decision-making.

List of Possible Topics

• Techniques for the organization of information (e.g., clustering)
• Visual presentation of data mining results
• Design of visual interfaces that facilitate decision support
• Evaluation of visual interfaces especially from a decision effectiveness perspective
• Application of animation techniques to the presentation of information

For more information, please visit:

Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management
(Sponsored by SIGHCI)
Emergency Response Systems (co-sponsored by SIGDSS)

Murray Turoff
Bartel Van de Walle

Any aspect of the design, development, deployment, operation, or evaluation of emergency response systems are appropriate for this mini-track provided it focuses on the tools, functionality, and/or interface the system provides to human users involved with emergency and crisis response. Also papers that focus on requirements for this environment and/or the impact or relationship of such systems to the behavior of the individuals or organizations involved are equally welcome.

Papers that focus on the underlying technology or hardware of computers, networks, sensors, mobile devices and their improvements in such areas as throughput, accuracy, and security, should be directed to other appropriate sessions. An exception might be any special purpose input/output device for use by respondents to a crisis situation.

This mini-track is concerned with the functionality that Emergency Response Information System provides for those involved in:

– Training for a crisis situation
– Planning for the response to a crisis situation
– Responding to a crisis situation
– Evaluating the performance during and after the crises

Human Computer Interaction Models and Issues in Information Seeking Engines (co-sponsored by SIGSEMIS)

Rick Downing
Joi Moore

For information seeking to be effective, it should perhaps be conceptualized as a problem solving process, rather than a search for key terms. In order to address the problem solving characteristics of information seeking, the user interface in the electronic information seeking environment should provide methods for conducting natural language conversations between the user and the system. Information problems should be addressed incrementally with the system providing feedback designed to help the user narrow or broaden the scope of their search or increase domain knowledge regarding the topic of their search. In this way, the user can incrementally enhance their understanding of both the problem and potential solutions. Thus, search engines of the future should conduct an interactive conversation with the information seeker while incrementally narrowing the search with each conversational exchange and providing an incrementally finer description of the type of information sought prior to beginning the search.

Email spam can be greatly reduced through the use of Bayesian spam filters. These innovative agents learn from both spam email and acceptable email assigning scores to various aspects of the content of each message and determine whether to reject an email message based upon the overall score. Great progress has also been made in the use of both semantic web designs and ontologies. Perhaps it is time to reverse the paradigm from one in which humans query the system to one in which the system queries humans.

Relevance for MIS:
The development of intelligent information seeking engines has broad implications for library information systems, knowledge management systems, database systems used in support of decision support and data mining, as well as for general use in Internet searching.

We are seeking original research that develops, tests, advances, or applies theory, research, and knowledge to all areas of intelligent information seeking technology. Articles with both strong theoretical foundations and significant practical implications are highly encouraged.

Conceptual models, literature reviews, exploratory research, descriptive surveys, methodological studies, applied research, and replications or extensions of past research are of interest if they make an important contribution to human problem solving, intelligent agent, or AI theory, research, or knowledge, and provide insight for academic application or business practice. All types of rigorous methods (quantitative, qualitative, or combination) are acceptable.

Suggested Topics:Some suggested topics are listed below. Questions regarding the suitability of your topic should be addressed to the mini-track chairs.

• human problem solving processes
• intelligent search agents
• artificial intelligence and information seeking
• ontologies and information seeking
• innovative uses of Bayesian filters
• cognitive processes (or constraints) in information seeking
• interactive user interfaces
• semantic web engines
• natural language filters

Submission guidelines:
1. Submit abstracts via email to the co-chairs by February 1, 2005. This is an important step to ensure that you have submitted your paper to the correct mini-track.

2. Papers will be submitted via the AIS Review System, deadline is March 1, 2005. See the conference website for details.

3. Copyright Information: Submission of a paper to the conference represents the author’s agreement to allow AIS to publish the paper in any written or electronic format for distribution to all interested parties in perpetuity with or without compensation to AIS and without compensation to the author. The parties understand that the author is granting a nonexclusive license and all copyrights remain the property of the author.

Personalization Systems

Il Im

Personalization is one of the new phenomena that the Internet has brought to reality from imagination. As personalized services and products are becoming more common on the Internet, the interest on personalization is growing. Many practitioners and researchers are investigating into various issues of personalization. Yet, there is a lot to be known about personalization technologies and their impacts.

Through this minitrack, we aim to examine technologies for personalization, the impacts of personalization, and better ways for personalizing products and services. We welcome empirical research through quantitative or qualitative methodologies including novel conceptualizations of information systems, analytical modeling approaches, case studies of implementations and experimental or prototyping-based studies.

The following topics are indicative of the areas that are of particular interest:

– Personalization technologies such as recommendation systems and intelligent software
– Theories and models for better understanding of personalization
– Applications of personalization technologies
– Impact of personalization systems on users’ behavior
– The impacts of personalization systems on business
– Identifying and implementing users’ various personalization needs
– Best practices of personalization
– Cross-cultural issues of personalization
– Metrics for personalization success

Interface Design, Evaluation, and Impact

Scott McCoy
Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah
Mun Yi

This minitrack accepts HCI papers that do not fall into any of the following minitracks under the HCI track:

1. Information Technology Systems Accessibility;
2. Personalization Systems;
3. HCI with Mobile Devices (co-sponsored by SIGEBIZ);
4. Human Computer Interaction Models and Issues in Information Seeking Engines (co-sponsored by SIGSEMIS);
5. Emergency Response Systems (co-sponsored by SIGDSS);
6. Information Visualization and Decision Support (co-sponsored by SIGDSS).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• The behavioral, cognitive, and motivational aspects of human/computer interaction
• The analysis, design, development, evaluation, and use of information systems
• User interface design and evaluation of the Web for
– B2B, B2C, C2C E-Commerce
– Group collaboration
– Negotiation and auction
• The impact of interfaces/information technology on attitudes, behavior, performance, perception, and productivity
• Design, evaluation, and impact issues for small screen devices and M-Commerce
• User task analysis and modeling
• Information system usability engineering
• Guidelines and standards for interface design
• Interface issues in the development of other new interaction technologies
• Implications and consequences of technological change on individuals, groups, society, and socio-technical units
• Issues related to the elderly, the young and special needs populations
• Issues in teaching HCI courses
• Other human factors issues related to HCI

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