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News from IFIP WG 13.2 Methodology for User-Centred System Design

From September 3 to 5, 2018, the IFIP Working Group 13.2 on “IFIP Working Group 13.2 on “Methodology for User-Centred System Design” organized in the University Nice Sophia Antipolis, SophiaTech Campus, the 7th International Working Conference “Human-Centered Software Engineering” (HCSE) - http://hcse-conference.org/   This edition of HCSE was focused on the interdependencies (overlapping and possibly conflicting dependencies that might occur) between user interface properties (such as usability, ux, privacy, trust, security, reliability, among other). We were also concerned by how stakeholders and developers value diverse user interface properties and how they manage conflicts between them (when a property might degrade the value of another). Our aim is to cover a large set of user interface properties and try to reveal their inner dependencies.  The ultimate goal was to contribute to the development of theories, methods, tools and approaches for dealing with multiple properties that should be taken into account when developing interactive system. The HCSE 2018 program received contributions from sixteen countries featuring in total eleven full research papers, seven late-breaking results, and posters and demos. The programme included five technical sessions, a demonstration session, and the inspiring keynote “Functionality, Security, Usability – pick 2? A passionate argument against false tradeoffs” delivered by Prof. Dr. Angela Sasse, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. All contributions received (at least three reviews) in each of the two rounds of reviews including meta-reviewing and shepherding. The accepted contributions are published by IFIP Springer in the LNCS series. Similarly, to the previous editions of HCSE, we run an interactive session where the 39 participants worked together, staring in small groups (as shown in the picture below), on the identification of the dependencies between properties and proposing solutions to overcome possible conflicts. The results were reported in a plenary session where participants were able to comment and to contribute to the ideas. We would like to thanks the sponsors the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Les Bibliothèques Nationales, INRIA, CNRS, tobbi pro, the laboratory I3S, Springer and the IFIP TC13 whose support was essential for making of HCSE 2018 a great event! We also would like to thanks our devote members of the program committee who is accountable for the quality of papers selected for presentation at the conference. HCSE 2018 was indeed a great scientific event which closes the term of Professor Marco Winckler, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, as chair of the WG 13.2 (from 2014-2018) and giving the hand to Professor Regina Bernhaupt, Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), The Netherlands, elected as the new chair of the working group in the business meeting organized along the HCSE 2018! Further information about the WG 13.2 activities and members at http://ifip-tc13.org/working-groups/working-group-13-2/    ...

Leon Strous Receives IFIP’s Highest Honour

IFIP’s immediate past president, Leon Strous, has been recognised with the Isaac Auerbach Award, IFIP’s most prestigious honour. Established as a living memorial to IFIP’s founding President, the award is presented to an individual whose service to IFIP exemplifies the Auerbach spirit of dedication and generosity. In addition to serving as IFIP President for six years from 2010 to 2016, Leon has led and participated in numerous committees, forums, steering groups and task forces over his 25+ years of involvement in the global professional body. Most notably, he was Chair of Technical Committee 11 (1995-2007), Chaired the WITFOR Steering Committee (2007), the World Computer Congress Steering Committee (2012), the Membership Task Force and WG 11.5. He initiated the Domain Committee on IoT, was Publications Chair for WCCs 2004, 2006 and 2010, and held leadership roles for various other events over the years. He continues to Chair the IFIP International Liaison Committee, the Domain Committee for the Internet of Things and is a member of the Digital Equity Committee and Technical Committee 11 (Security). Leon is a past recipient of the IFIP Silver Core Award and also holds the Order of Orange-Nassau from his home nation in The Netherlands....

IFIP Shines in Poland

Nearly 500 people gathered in Poznan, Poland for the World Computer Congress (WCC2018) earlier this month.   Delegates came from 45 countries around the world, although the vast majority were from across Europe and in particular, hundreds of Poles took advantage of the opportunity afforded by having the event staged in their homeland. WCC2018 included four keynote talks, 11 invited speakers, 11 parallel conferences, four workshops, an Oxford debate, live Enigma demonstration and link to Bletchley Park and various IFIP meetings, including its General Assembly. With keynote presentations from luminaries including Leslie Valiant of Harvard University, cryptography expert, Jan Camenisch, celebrated data scientist, Wil van der Aalst and Shamila N Sirimanne of UNICTAD, attendees had a unique opportunity to hear from world-leading authorities....

Mike Hinchey Re-Elected as IFIP President

IFIP President Mike Hinchey was re-elected for another term at this month’s General Assembly meeting held in conjunction with the IFIP World Computer Congress 2018 in Poznan, Poland. Professor Hinchey, who is a Director at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, took over the reins as IFIP President in September 2016 with the goal of raising the profile of IFIP and its many achievements by developing closer relationships with other industry bodies, governments and international agencies such as the United Nations. At the same meeting, Professor Max Bramer was elected IFIP Honorary Secretary-Elect....

Journey Back in Time

History of Computing in Eastern Europe [HCEE] – a conference report By Martin Schmitt (Potsdam, Germany), Co-Chair of WG 9.7   The history of computing is not universal, but always locally bound. This principle of the history of technology was at the core of this year's conference of IFIP Working Group 9.7 "History of Computing". Inspired by the Polish conference venue, the group focused on the history of computing in Eastern Europe [HCEE] as part of the World Computer Congress 2018 in Poznan. Speakers searched for an alternative story besides the well-known US-American master narrative, which has repeatedly been critically questioned in recent years. They largely based their presentations on previously unknown material. For the 24th time, the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) organized its World Congress. This year, the organizers chose a historically significant topic "This changed everything". Consequently, working group 9.7 members organised their conference under this motto and asked for changes and continuities in the former Eastern Bloc. Not only the host country was well represented: In addition to historians of computing from Poland, contemporary witnesses, museum directors and historians from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Armenia, Latvia, Germany, the USA and the Soviet Union participated. They provided unique insights into the computerization of Central Eastern European countries. The topics ranged from the disciplinary development of computer science in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, early development of computer technology, knowledge transfer through the Iron Curtain as well as within the Comecon, to questions of personal computers in the 1980s. The concluding panel finally addressed the question of how the history of computing can be presented in museums today. The presentations formed a fascinating panorama of a socialist information age. It is important to evaluate the state of computing in Eastern Europe not only by predefined Western categories, but on the basis of their own right, culture and needs. One among many highlights was Vladimir A. Kitov, a Soviet computer scientist and director of Gosplan's former main computer centre. He offered insights into the state of Soviet computer applications which has been previously difficult to obtain. Through his work for Monolith in the 1980s, a secret research institute of the Soviet military, he was able to present scientifically valuable information about the state of computer technology in the Soviet Union. Also, as an individual he represents a fascinating combination of leading computer research in the Soviet Union: He is the son of the well-known Soviet cyberneticist Kitov and married to the daughter of the great Soviet computer scientist Viktor Gluschkov. The entire program of the conference can be accessed here. The edited volume with the revised and reviewed papers will be published by Springer by early 2019. On the last day of the conference there was a special event on the agenda: A live re-enactment of decoding an Enigma message in Bletchley Park with the help of a replica of the "Bombe". The Bombe was an early electronic computer co-developed by Alan Turing. The replica worked reliably so that messages could be decrypted. The procedure was accompanied by lectures of Alan Turing’s nephew Dermont Touring and Marek Grajek, the director of the planned Enigma museum in Posen. The whole process as well as the lectures were recorded and can be viewed on the IFIP website "Enigma live". Finally, the director of the Supercomputer Centre of the University of Poland invited the conference participants to visit his computer centre. Founded in 1993, the centre replaced the university's own IT infrastructure and has been providing computing power to research institutes, local administrations as well as citizens and small businesses ever since. It is striking how highly standardized the IT infrastructure has become in the 21st century. Data centers in Lugano, Munich or Poznán are almost completely identical in architecture, concept and appearance, even if their technical performance may differ to some extent. The closed, air-conditioned, buzzing rooms of the digital age can be found in all major cities all over the world. It is their usage in a cultural context as well as their adaptation by software that distinguishes their historical impact....

Innovation Arabia 12 Conference

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Innovation Arabia 12 will be held on 25–27 February 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Center, United Arab Emirates.  The overarching conference theme is ‘Building Smart Communities: Balancing Innovation, Change and Transformation’. Innovation Arabia, the annual scientific and professional development conference organized by HBMSU, represents an outstanding manifestation of the University's commitment to generate and share research, collaborative projects, best practices  and success stories. The exhibition taking place at Innovation Arabia 12 offers another unique opportunity for government and private organisations to congregate and explore university-industry links with key. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, in partnership with Index for Conferences and Exhibitions, is now accepting proposals for people wishing to participate in Innovation Arabia 12. Innovation Arabia 12 will explore four tracks: Innovation Arabia 12 will explore four tracks: 1-         Quality & Business Management 2-         Smart Learning 3-         Health & Environment 4-         Artificial Intelligence The university will publish conference proceedings with ISSN including research papers, case studies, posters’ abstracts,  success stories and collaborative research proposals for funding presented at the various sessions of the conference. Papers accepted and presented will be considered for publication in one of the following HBMSU journals: International Journal of Excellence in Smart Learning International Journal in Service Excellence International Journal of Excellence in Islamic Banking and Finance International Journal of Excellence in Healthcare Management International Journal of Excellence in Environmental Management   The best collaborative projects submissions will also be adopted by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University for collaboration. Innovation Arabia 12 will also feature many other activities including awards ceremony, hands-on workshops and many formal and informal networking opportunities including an exclusive Gala dinner. Innovation Arabia 12 will provide an outstanding opportunity to celebrate research excellence and promote professional development of faculty, staff, administrators and learners.  More than that, it will allow participants to foster collaboration which will lead to research and project funding. This kind of opportunity is directly aligned with the HBMSU mission and objectives of growing and disseminating knowledge in key areas such as Quality & Business Management, Smart Learning,  Health & Environment and Artificial Intelligence. For more information, please visit the IA12 website: http://www.innovationarabia.ae/...

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