First British HCI Group one-day meeting on


Monday 20th December 1998

The Huntingdon Room, King's Manor
University of York

Abstracts downloadable as PDF.


9.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 Opening remarks - Andrew Monk

10.00 - 10.30 Re:Gossip - A social network of truths and lies
Gossip Workgroup: Ron Wakkary, Technical University of British Columbia;
Jussi Holopainen, Nokia Research Centre, Tampere, Finland;
Kristina Gregers Andersen, ID's, London.

10.30 - 11.00 Perceived novelty of functions - a source of hedonic quality
Marc Hassenzahl
Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, Germany

11.00 Coffee

11.30 - 12.00 Designing for TV based interactivity
Guy Winter, BBC R&D,
Jo Hooper, BBC Interactive, Kingswood Warren, UK

12.00 - 12.30 Joke telling as an introduction and a motivator to a narrative-based communication system for people with severe communication disorders
David A O'Mara & Annalu Waller
Department of Applied Computing, Dundee University, Scotland

12.30 Lunch

2.00 - 2.30 Riding the wave of the reckless explorer
Richard C Thomas
Department of Computer Science, The University of Western Australia

2.30 - 3.00 Learning Computer Science Through Games and Puzzles
Paul Curzon,
School of Computing Science, Middlesex University

3.00 Tea

3.30 - 4.00 Engaging the audience in games, narrative and digital media
Ella Tallyn
University of West England and Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Bristol

4.00 - 4.30 Getting physical: what is fun computing in tangible form?
David Frohlich & Rachel Murphy
Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Bristol

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?

Most of the research effort in HCI and design is aimed at the world of work but leisure is also a large part of people's lives. Fun is set to be a major issue as information and communication technology moves out of the office and into the living room.


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. Come for the weekend and finish off your Christmas shopping in this charming town.

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 Emmott (NCR Knowledge Labs, London),

Anu Mäkelä (Helsinki University of Technology),

Chris Johnson (University of Glasgow).