30 September 2015

Mobile HCI Conference reached new heights in Copenhagen


From August 24 to August 27 Copenhagen was the meeting place for academics, hardware and software developers, designers and practitioners in the field of Mobile Human Computer Interaction at the 17th edition of the Mobile HCI Conference – the leading conference in innovation in mobile, portable and personal devices and related services.

- It’s the first time, the conference has been held in Denmark and it was a big success. We had a growth of 11 % in paper submission compared to the last conference and we ended up with the biggest paper program in the history of the conference with 64 accepted papers - and of the best quality ever, says Sebastian Boring, co-chair at the conference and associate professor at DIKU.

There has been an ever-increasing interest and commitment to the field with 234 paper submissions, 15 demonstation submission, 46 poster submission, 9 industry case submissions, 9 doctoral consortium submission and 11 workshop submissions. 

Sebastian Boring (to the right) and the other general Co-Chair, Enrico Rukzio, Professor, University of Ulm, Germany

The conference consisted, among other things, of 8 workshops in the areas of design for the elderly, mobile vs. wearable, cognition and attention, self-reflection, and collaboration. 

The purpose of the conference was to discuss the challenges and potential solutions for effective interaction with and through mobile devices, applications, and services - and also encourage the exchange of research results, ideas and future research endeavours in the area of Mobile HCI.

- It was a fantastic experience to host the premier conference on mobile human-computer interaction. It absolutely was worth the time spent on organizing it before the actual event - and with such an excellent committee, it was rather a pleasure to set up the conference. The fact that the conference was in Denmark for the first time, and at the same time attracted so many international experts, was a huge success. Denmark, Copenhagen, and DIKU are now even more on the map with respect to mobile human-computer interaction, concludes Sebastian Boring.

Day 1: The first day was held at Aalborg University campus in Copenhagen and consisted of workshops, the doctoral consortium and tutorials - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen

Day 2: The rest of the conference was held in Tivoli Congress Center which was the main conference venue - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen

Day 2: Keynote speaker, Sriram Subramanien from University of Sussex, UK, opened the conference. He is a pioneer in the design and development of shape-changing interfaces - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen

Day 2: Paper session - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen

Day 3: In addition to the paper sessions, day 3 also included the poster and demo session - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen

Day 4: Keynote speaker, Andy D. Wilson from Microsoft Research, Redmond, closed the conference with his keynote on Interactive Projected Augmented Reality. He is a leading expert in sensing technologies for “natural” interactions - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen

Day 4: At the end of day 4, Sebastian Boring and Enrico Rukzio (co-chair) thanked the participants for making Mobile HCI a 'super-exciting conference' - Photo: Copyright © 2015 Søren Knudsen