23 - 27 NOVEMBER 2009

OZCHI is Australia’s leading forum for research and development in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction. OZCHI attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines including user experience designers, information architects, software engineers, human factors experts, information systems analysts, and social scientists.

The main conference will be from Wednsday 25 to Friday 27 November 2009, and will be preceded by two days of Workshops, Tutorials and a Doctoral Consortium on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November 2009. OZCHI will take place back-to-back with HFESA 2009: scheduled to run from 22-25 November 2009. The venue for both conferences is the ICT building of the University of Melbourne, 111 Barry St, Parkville.

We are very excited to announce the following keynote speakers for this year’s OZCHI conference:

– Bill Moggridge, Co-founder of
– Patrick Hofmann, Head of User Experience, Google Australia
– Yvonne Rogers, Director, Pervasive Interaction Lab, Open University, UK

Conference Theme

The 2009 conference theme is Design: Open 24/7. Accessibility, inclusivity and dissolving boundaries are core to the Open 24/7 theme for the design of human interaction with and through digital technologies. The integration of digital technologies into our everyday life allows for a seamless transitioning between open and closed, work and leisure, public and private. Open implies participation and collaboration across traditional borders between individuals, organisations and disciplines. OZCHI 2009 provides a forum to discuss all aspects of openness, open borders, open participation, open source and open architecture.

Theme-related submissions have addressed these topics:

– Open always-on real-time ubiquitous and pervasive designs
– Open design and universality versus situatedness, contextualisation and personalisation
– Open source for design – design for open source
– Open mind – new ideas, concepts and approaches from outside HCI
– Beyond open – never closed: design for escapism

Conference Topics

Submissions in all areas of HCI are being encouraged. In addition, were invited authors to address any of the following topics:

– Augmented Reality
– Context and Location Awareness
– Education and HCI
– Health Care and HCI
– Innovative Design Methodologies
– Smart Service Delivery
– Sustainability
– Universal Usability and Accessibility
– Urban Informatics
– Tangible User Interfaces
– Visualisation Techniques
– Working across Cultures

Industry Case Studies

Industry Case Studies demonstrate how user experience professionals have applied human-computer interaction to create practical solutions to commercial situations. Presentations may include areas such as: challenges faced in implementing methods and techniques; development of new or improved techniques; or incorporating usability into an organisation.

Demos & Posters

Demonstrations and posters provide an attractive way to showcase real outcomes of human-computer interaction research and development. These sessions offer a platform to share ideas, concepts and work-in-progress face-to-face with the OZCHI community in a way that a paper presentation cannot.

Workshops & Tutorials

Workshops and tutorials are half day or full day sessions prior to the main conference program on 23 and 24 Nov 2009. Workshops are a chance for people with common interests to meet for a focused and interactive discussion. If you are working in an emerging area in HCI, consider organising a workshop as an opportunity to advance the field and build momentum. OZCHI workshops might address basic or applied research, HCI practice, new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, management and organisational issues, or HCI education.

Each workshop should generate ideas that give the HCI community a new, organised way of thinking about the topic, or ideas that suggest promising directions for future research. Some workshops result in edited books or special issues of journals; you may consider including this goal in the your workshop proposal.

Tutorials are full day or half day events designed to offer participants the opportunity to learn about specific HCI related concepts, methods and techniques. They are one of the best means of conveying introductory and advanced instruction on specific topics to an interested audience. Tutorials are a significant attraction to delegates and provide exposure in depth and breadth to HCI topics. We welcome both research and industry tutorial submissions. Tutorial submissions (max of 2 pages, OZCHI format) should include a clear list of outcomes for participants.


Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is scheduled prior to the main conference program on 24 Nov 2009. The Doctoral Consortium offers PhD students a special forum where they can present, discuss and progress their research plans with peers and established senior researchers.