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APCHI2013 参加報告

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 Nicholas Katzakis(Osaka University)

 APCHI 2013 was held in Bangalore India, between September 24 and
September 27, in collaboration with ACM SIGCHI. This year’s theme was
“Interaction Diversity” to represent the multidisciplinary, multilingual
and multi-socio-economic aspects of research in Human-Computer
 The conference was held in Bangalore’s electronic city, which is host to
a large number of IT companies. As such, compared to the average academic
conference, there was a substantially larger presence from industry.
 The highlight of the conference were the three keynote speakers.
Professor Jun Rekimoto from the University of Tokyo. Prof. Rekimoto
presented his group’s latest research accomplishments, which everyone
found to be very stimulating. His talk discussed the rich possibilities
and distinct challenges in enhancing human abilities with technology. The
topics included design and applications of wearable eye sensing for
augmenting perception and memory abilities, design of flying cameras as
external eyes, a home appliance that can increase your happiness, an
organic physical wall/window that dynamically mediates the environment
etc. The keynote talks by Prof. Alan Dix and Prof. Ravi Poovaiah were also
very stimulating.
 The works presented at APCHI seemed to be quite focused on education and
on the adoption of technology in rural areas, since in India the largest
part of the population lives in rural areas with inadequate access to
computing resources or network connectivity. Also there was an entire
session devoted to industrial case studies, as well as design. Product
design seems to be gaining importance in India.
 There was a small presence from Japan this year. Other than the Keynote
by Prof. Rekimoto, a group from Osaka University presented Mesh-Grab and
Arcball-3D, a set of techniques to control 3D models for presentations and
education using a handheld wand as well as a poster on Plane-Casting, a
similar technique using a smartphone. There was also a paper from the
University of Tsukuba, on Interacting with a Self-portrait Camera Using
Motion-based Hand Gestures. A group from Toyama Prefectural University
presented their poster on a pointing and calling detection system to be
used in nursing situation.
 Next year’s APCHI conference will be held in Bali, Indonesia, collocated
with Ergofuture 2014, a conference on ergonomics.

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