I went to the 2007 Korea HCI Conference

From February 2007 to 2, 5, the HCI Conference was held in Phoenix Park, Gangwon-do, as always, for 8 nights and 3 days.

Like any other year, our team attended the HCI conference. In our team's annual training plan, attending the conference has a content aspect, but it is for the purpose of learning logic, analysis, and inquiry skills that I or other training courses cannot provide. Practice critique while listening to other people's research. You have the opportunity to think while listening to the presentation, and to get out of the office and look at your present among the whole. It's my wish ^^


2007 Korea HCI Conference


In my view, in terms of the contents of this HCI conference, there were not many web-related contents, and there was not much unusual in the aspect of research methodology.

As usual, professors rarely write and publish their thesis as the first author, and most of them were graduate thesis of master's students or duplicate thesis presented at various conferences. This year, I saw a lot of papers in the field of media information, industrial psychology, and computer science.

The good thing about HCI is that it is interdisciplinary, and the good thing is that you can see things approached from different fields, and the bad thing is that it makes you think that HCI is not even a discipline.

As you can still see at any conference, there were many presenters who looked like master's or doctoral students and could only talk about existing research theories or methodologies for 15 minutes. Of course, it doesn't make sense to present 1 minutes of work (research) for a year. However, it will also be important to communicate what you are trying to convey in 15 minutes.


research is fun

I just go into any session with an empty seat in the back, unless there is anything in particular worth listening to. I went to a session with an empty seat, and it was a session chaired by Professor Jinwoo Kim.

The attitude of the presenter presenting the thesis was that he did not want to be blamed for the methodology, etc., and seemed to be proud of his research. However, after each presentation, Professor Jinwoo Kim summarized the significance of the thesis, saying that it seemed like an interesting study.

It has been a long time since I remembered that the thesis is to find out what I am curious about, and that the result itself or the result is very interesting and interesting.

Research is not a job, but something to be curious about and to find out interesting things, and I think it might have been thought of as an additional product of master's and doctoral graduations, filling the number of thesis papers for national assignments, filling the number of thesis achievements by professors, and corporate projects.

I am not a person in the Academy Industry (I thought there were academia and industry in the world, but academia is a term that means academic industry, not pure academia), so I am not a person whose thesis can be counted as a result, but more and more academic papers are becoming professors. It is seen as performance measurement or performance on national tasks.

Whether it's a thesis or work, you should approach it with interest and fun with the power of inquiry, so you should feel the fun of what you discover.



Uninteresting panel discussion

When I go to SIGCHI, I live in a panel discussion room rather than a thesis presentation. This is because panel discussions deal with practical issues.

E.g SIGCHI 2006 에서는 Does Think Aloud Work? Practitioners come out and freely discuss things that are difficult to prove in academia, such as me or persona. or mashup or Managing International User Research me, Expert Design Critique: Xbox 360 It also deals with current issues such as

As a practitioner, the Korean HCI Society has only one panel discussion topic and practical content every year. And the way it's done isn't really fun.

The panel discussion, chaired by Professor Jinwoo Kim every year, is a practical issue and the topic is very interesting.
This week's topic is Web2.0: A Blessing for HCI? Was it a curse?

In 2006, the Internet industry suffered a lot with Web 2.0, and it seems that manufacturing and general companies gradually recognize Web 2.0 as a trend that needs to be done just like when artificial intelligence came out. In that sense, the topic of Web 2.0 panel discussion related to HCI seems to be the best for fishing.

It was interesting to hear the thoughts of each company other than what is commonly known about Web 2.0. Data, people and people are remembered. It seemed that companies other than web companies such as Motorola and Samsung Electronics attached the version as Mobile 2.0.

But the way it went was disappointing. The panel, which hardly changed each time, and the format of taking turns presenting what 5 people had prepared in advance, one topic at a time, made it really uninteresting. At first, the professor gave a presentation and there were 5 topics, but as 5 people gave a presentation once, in the end, there was not enough time, so I could only do 4, and only one question from the audience. I'd rather have a session one by one and call it a presentation. I don't know what they gathered for.

It was good to prepare the topic in advance, but rather, it was just an omnibus presentation.

It is interesting to raise sudden questions or issues from the audience and to fight fiercely between the panelists, but the panel discussions conducted by Professor Jinwoo Kim are so prepared every year that the panel discussions were not fun.

Ah! The conclusion of the panel discussion was that it was a drum.

However, I do not know what HCI is or is it a science, is this really true? This identity is not clear, but can you tell if it is a blessing or a curse in relation to Web 2.0? I thought.

I don't think Web 2.0 is a blessing for anyone doing HCI. Rather, it is a curse.

This is because the purpose of the tool itself, it is also used as a tool in society, and the role of HCI in a situation where business needs to be done through it is ambiguous, and its strength remains as if human ability did not evolve.

When a new concept or trend comes in with the basic skills, it seems to be necessary to have the ability to recognize them and make them mine again. I don't know if that will always be the case.

This year, strangely, while listening to the presentation of the thesis, it seemed that he had to pay attention to finding the problems or significance of the thesis. So, I think that working life also keeps you from thinking about microscopic and specific things like papers and how things affect what. I also wondered if the head used in the Academy of Industry and the industry would be different.

And, as always, I went to this conference with my family, but I couldn't ski and didn't listen to many sessions. However, as it was a team workshop, there were several games in an arm wrestling competition, and I went to Jumunjin in an hour on the newly opened highway to eat sashimi, and also had a farewell party for the retired.


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