This year’s conference returns to its foundation theme of ‘People and Computers’, and so has attracted a wide range of HCI work. The BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction is the leading conference of its type in the UK and is one of the top European conferences in the field. It performs a critical role in supporting the development and success of the UK HCI community. As such, the conference aims to provide opportunities for open dialogue and academic debate that is inclusive of our entire community.
This ethos is reflected in these proceedings, which represent a body of work we hope will broaden your thoughts, develop your ideas and deepen your understanding of state of the art HCI research.
Welcome to the proceedings of the 26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group conference on People and Computers, held in the city of Birmingham in the West Midlands between the 10th-14th September 2012. For many people, Birmingham is an unexpected delight - a rich tapestry of shopping, restaurants, bars, and theatres, where daytime commerce mixes with nightlife and entertainment. Interwoven through this are the canals that were the focus of Birmingham’s growth, and alongside which lay the venue for this year’s conference.
We hope that you find these proceedings a delight too: we have a series of rich threads of material that have been woven into a sometimes coherent, sometimes serendipitous collection that we hope will broaden your thoughts, develop your ideas, and deepen your understanding of the state of the art in HCI research.
These proceedings were only made possible through the efforts of all the authors who submitted papers, and we’d like to thank all who took the time to submit, successful or not. All papers published within these proceedings were diligently peer-reviewed and we would like to thank the many reviewers who gave their time to ensure a high standard was set for acceptance. The reviewing process was broad, robust, and, we hope, constructive. As a programme committee, we had a quality threshold for acceptance, rather than a certain number of papers we wanted to see, and we set that threshold high. We owe a great deal of thanks to the programme committee who gave a great deal of time and effort to ensuring that we accepted only the best quality papers in each track.
For those interested in numbers, we had 211 submissions in total, with acceptance rates of 26% for full papers, 25% for shorts, and 40% for work in progress papers. The conference explicitly chose not to have a theme for this year, returning to its foundations of “People and Computers”, and as such has attracted a wide range of work.
The conference also continues to support academics who push the boundaries of HCI research. The AltHCI papers contained within these proceedings were peer-reviewed in an open manner allowing a dialogue between peers to develop. This unique form of review reflects the unique and challenging nature of these papers.
We also aim to support those who wish to open a dialogue on their current work, to gain feedback from their peers or critical review of their progress through the 'Work in Progress' track. These papers are held to the same rigorous standards as the other tracks but with the understanding that the work may be on-going and incomplete.
We hope you find the papers in these proceedings thought-provoking, exciting and inspiring.
The BCS HCI 2012 Chairs