First British HCI Group one-day meeting on


Monday 30th November 1998

The Huntingdon Room, King's Manor
University of York

Abstracts downloadable as PDF. Published in Interfaces, the British HCI Group members magazine, No. 40 Spring 1999, pp 4-9.


9.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 Opening remarks - Andrew Monk

10.00 - 10.30 Anu Makela, Pia Kurimo & Katja Battarbee
Helsinki University of Technology
Fun is doing it together

10.30 - 11.00 Girish Prabhu, Jack Yu & Madhav Mehra
System Concept Center, Eastman Kodak Co. Rochester NY
Fun user interface (FUI): does user-centred design work in entertainment imaging?

11.00 Coffee

11.30 - 12.00 Chris Johnson
University of Glasgow
Using Cognitive Models to Transfer the Strengths of Computer Games into Human-Computer Interfaces

12.00 - 12.30 Helen Petrie & Julia Francis
University of Hertfordshire
Playfulness, persistence and computer use

12.30 Lunch

2.00 - 2.30 Sharon Springel
CCSR, Cambridge
The Virtual Theatre immersive drama project

2.30 - 3.00 Tom Rogers, Simon Turley, Peter Jagodinski, Mike Phillips & Dan Livingstone
Plymouth University
User engagement and interactive drama

3.30 - 4.00 Patricia Wright, Steve Belt & Ann Lickorish
Cardiff University
Animation, the fun factor and memory

4.00 - 4.30 Christina Hook, Per Persson & Marie Sjolinder
SICS, Sweden
From task-based to fun-based design

4.30 - 5.00 Closing discussion
What makes for enjoyment in the use of information and communication technologies?
An opportunity for members of the audience to contribute their own ideas.

5.00 End of meeting

Why fun?

Why not! While most of the research effort in HCI is aimed at the world of work, leisure is also a large part of people's lives. Computing and communication equipment is now within the price range of a mass market of home users who do not find surfing the web or playing arcade games of more than passing amusement. Educational technologists want their programs to be "edu-tainment". How can HCI help in the design of fun applications?

The papers listed above condider where HCI has something to say about fun, and perhaps more importantly, where HCI has nothing to say. The objective of the meeting is ambitious - to map out a whole new area of HCI research.

The meeting on November 30th

It is intended that this should be the first in an annual series of one-day meetings on this topic that will serve to define a community of HCI researchers and practitioners interested in:

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Personal Technologies


The meeting will be held in The King's Manor in the centre of York and within walking distance of the railway station. York is less than 2 hours from London King's Cross and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh.

The cost

The standard fee is 75 pounds (Students 20 pounds; British HCI Group members 45 pounds). This includes lunch and refreshments, registration and printed copies of the abstracts. We will pay the registration and a contribution towards the travel expenses of one speaker per accepted paper.

Membership of the British HCI Group costs 30 pounds p.a. (25 pounds for BCS members) and brings many benefits including Interfaces Magazine and discounts to meetings and HCI conferences. If you would like to join the British HCI Group at the same time as registering for the meeting (total cost 75 pounds) please mail with your full postal address and we will post you a membership application form.

To register

Please send a cheque payable to "the University of York" and application form to Patricia Lowson at the address below.

Further details of British HCI Group events and how to join this specialist group of the British Computer Society.

Organised on behalf of the British HCI Group by:

Andrew Monk

Department of Psychology
University of York
Tel: 01904 433148, Fax (+44) 01904 433181, Email:

Programme committee:

Steve Draper (University of Glasgow),
Steve Emmott (NCR Knowledge Labs, London),
David Frohlich (Hewlett-Packard Labs, Bristol),
Helen Petrie (University of Hertfordshire).