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Participate in a Unique Event
The CHI2004 | ICSID FORUM is the first time these two societies have come together in a formal conference setting.

The FORUM is a unique opportunity to work closely and network with internationally recognized industrial designers and computer-human interaction professionals.

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Come to Vienna
The CHI2004 | ICSID FORUM is an inaugural event designed to uncover commonalities and define intersections between design practices and evaluation criteria among members of our two design communities. This event will forge new ties among our specialists in digital and industrial design.

Jointly sponsored by ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) and the ACM SIGCHI (Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction), the FORUM will stimulate an exchange of ideas with invited speakers, an intensive hands-on collaborative design exercise and presentations of juried Design Sketches. Join participants from academia, industry, studio and laboratory settings in lively interaction!

The FORUM extends over two days as one of the pre-conference activities for the CHI2004 conference. In addition to a presentation from our internationally renowned keynote speaker S. Joy Mountford, the FORUM speakers present design sketches that emphasize the humanization of technology, whether expressed in physical product design or in digital interaction.

The FORUM also will challenge you with an intensive hands-on exercise creating a design solution for a hypothetical problem presented at the FORUM. Working in small groups, professionals from both disciplines will explore how these two communities of practice approach problem solving, learn new techniques and share experiences. We have reserved time for design solutions from the small groups to be shared before the close of the FORUM.

The FORUM promises to be a unique event, with an upper limit on registration. We encourage all who join in the FORUM to stay for CHI2004. To participate in the FORUM, register at the general CHI2004 Conference site.

Forum Facility
Model of Austria Center, Vienna
The FORUM will be held in conjunction with the CHI2004 conference in the Austria Center, Vienna, Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria, Europe.

Learn more details about the CHI2004 Conference Facilities and Services.
For additional details on the Austria Center itself, please visit the Austria Center web site.

Vienna, Austria - Forum Host City
Austrian National Library, Vienna
The FORUM and CHI2004 will be held in Vienna, Austria’s capital, which combines imperial tradition with modern creativity. Vienna is a city full of culture, history, art, music, fun, and much more. Its incomparable wealth of historical treasures, its great traditions and its exciting artistic and cultural scene makes Vienna as a major European tourist destination. Vienna ranks among the worldwide top international conference destinations.

Learn more details about Vienna and the many activities available in the city during the FORUM and CHI2004 Conference.

Forum Schedule
Day 1 (Sunday, April 25)
9:00 Welcome
9:30 Keynote - S. Joy Mountford
10:30 Break
10:45 Introduce Collaboration
11:30 Design Sketch 1
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Design Sketch 2
14:30 Collaboration 2 (work session)

(working groups invited to continue into evening)

Day 2 (Monday, April 26)
9:00 Welcome, Review of Day 1
9:30 Collaboration (cont’d)
11:15 Break
11:30 Design Sketch 3
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Collaboration (cont’d)
15:30 Break
15:45 Presentation of Collaborative work / Evaluation

CHI2004 Conference
Consider registering for the CHI2004 Conference immediately following the FORUM. This year, CHI2004 introduces five special areas:
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • European HCI Research
  • Games
  • Mobile Communications
  • Robotics and Transport
in addition to the premier papers, demonstrations and network opportunities that the SIGCHI Conferences are known for.