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UPA German Chapter Organizes Usability Professionals Track at Mensch & Computer 2003


The German Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association has organized a "Usability Professionals' Track" to feature presentations on practical issues in usability and human-computer interaction (HCI) at Mensch & Computer 2003. Mensch & Computer is the largest German HCI conference.

Matthias Peissner, member of the board of the UPA German Chapter , explained that the German chapter has members in about 10 local groups around the country. This organization allows for both local networking and a way to bring the small number of professionals together into one chapter. This gives them more public presence than a group of small local chapters could have to "strengthen the professional profile of usability engineers in Germany, to foster the awareness for usability in the industry and the public." More information on the German Chapter of UPA is available at http://www.gc-upa.de.

The goal of the UP Track is to "bring as many practitioners as possible to join and actively participate. Practical topics and experience-sharing will be the main focus, ." according to Peissner. "The goal of usability - products that are useful and easy to use - is important for anyone working in HCI," commented Åsa Granlund, the UPA Co-Director of Chapters. "Cooperative events with other organizations are a good way for UPA chapters to expose more people to the work of usability professionals."

Mensch & Computer will be held September 7-10, 2003 in Stuttgart, Germany. More information on the conference and the Usability Professionals' Track is available at http://www.mensch-und-computer.de/mc2003.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 1800 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. Many usability professionals hold advanced degrees or training in psychology and related fields. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Communicates and shares information about skills and skill development, methodology used in the usability, tools, technology, and organizational issues.
  • Presents the viewpoints of the profession to the public and other interested parties.
  • Educates the general public about the profession.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
email: office@upassoc.org
web: http://www.upassoc.org

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