In October 2011, the fall school of the “evangelische Akademie Tutzing took place in Munich (Germany) on the topic “Schöne, neue Technikwelt” (eng. beautiful, new technology world“. I gave the opening talk on „The Interdisciplinary Challenge of Human-Machine Interaction Research“ and moreover organised a workshop together with my colleague Dr. Angelika Peer from the Technical University Munich (Germany). The topic of the workshop was Human-in-the-Loop and Elderly Technology and we tried to elaborate theses topics from a user-centered, technology-centered, and product development-cetnered view.
Very late, but better than never, I want to give some information on the GENUINE project, which recently started in July 2011.
GENUINE stands for Gender Inclusive Design in der User Interface Entwicklung and is funded by the FFG (Austrian research funding). However, it is not considered a “traditional Gender HCI” project. GENUINE rather analyzes if there even is a significant difference in handing UIs between men and women and if other factors like age, education, and previous experience are able to explain possible differences better than the factor gender. The results of the analysis provide the basis for a list of criteria for a gender-inclusive UI design, as well as a model for model-based UI development. The GENUINE project is a cooperation between the Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit, of the ICT&S Center/University of Salzburg, the Institute of Computer Technology at the Technical University Vienna, and the Koordinationsstelle für Frauenförderung und Gender at the Technical University Vienna.
If you are interested in further information and capable of German you can find the website of the project here.