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Conferences and Events: Past UPA Conferences

UPA 2005: Bridging Cultures

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Every day we encounter different cultures through our families, our workplaces, and our communities. Contrasting cultures can create rich learning experiences, but they also create the potential for miscommunication and misunderstandngs. As usability professionals, we are uniquely qualified to "be the bridge" between cultures. - Caryn Zange Josephson, Conference Chair

The conference proceedings are available for sale in the UPA Store. Handouts and presentation slides are posted here when supplied by the presenters.

Keynotes and Invited Speakers

Conference Blogs and News Reports

The Idea Market - Afterthoughts

Ever feel that the best part of a conference happens between sessions? Ulf Andersson did. So he devised a new format for conference sessions called an Idea Market. Attendees are free to roam from one idea station to the next, until they find a topic that they are interested in. Multiple "activators" stir up lively discourse on a variety of topics in a highly interactive, fluid session.

Wednesday – Methods & Skills

Friday- Accessibility & Internationalization

Advanced Topic Seminars

Pawan Vora and Jose C. Castillo Acrobat PDF FileUsing Patterns to Design Usable Interaces for Web Applications (Advanced Topic Seminar)
Avi Parush Acrobat PDF FileExpanding Our Toolkit: From Descriptive Techniques to In-Depth Analyses (Advanced Topic Seminar)
Lada Gorlenko Acrobat PDF FileLong-Term (Longitudinal) Research and User Experience Design (Advanced Topic Seminar)

Presentations and Posters

Panelists: Carol Barnun, Jon Innes, Lyle Kantrovich. Facilitator: DeeDee DeMulling  Usability Perspectives Panel: Building a Usable Organization
Agnieszka  Bojko Eye Tracking in User Experience Testing: How to Make the Most of It
Fred Conrad A laboratory evaluation of six electronic voting machines
Lucie Jolicoeur and Stéphane Boucher Implementation of User Interface Standards in the Context of a Financial Institution Web Site (French and English)
Lori LeDoux Acrobat PDF File Extreme Makeover: UI Edition
Erica Olmsted and Margaret Gill In-person usability study compared with self-administered web (remote—different time/place) study: Does mode of study produce similar results?,
Rally Pagulayan Usability Analysis Visualization to Improve Communication and Trust
paper, presentation
Mark Safire Defining a Product Vision using Remote Research Methodologies
Thomas S. Tullis, Ellen Connor, Lori LeDoux, Ann Chadwick-Dias, Marty True, & Michael Catani A Study of Website Navigation Methods


Ron Butpakdi, Jeff Patton, Thyra Rauch Agile Usablity: Challenges and Strategies for Using User-centered Design and Usability Techniques in Agile Development
Duane Degler, Michel Biezunski, Tom McCann Promoting User Experience in the Semantic Web
Kathleen Straub, Sarit Arora Integrating Usability into Global Development Teams
Dan Engleberg, Ahmed Saffah, Lisa Battle Requirements in User-Centered Design and Software Engineering: Tools for Bridging Design Cultures
Mary Theofanos, Whitney Quesenbery, Carolyn Snyder, David Dayton, Jim Lewis Acrobat PDF File Reporting Formative Test Results
Ron Perkins, Chauncey Wilson Defining and Prioritizing Usability Problems: Can We Create a Rating System That Works


Conference Committee

  • 2005 Conference Co-Chairs: Caryn Josephson, Delight 'DeeDee' DeMulling
  • Conference Advisor: Diane Wilson
  • Advanced Topics: Chauncey Wilson, Eugenie Bertus
  • Exhibits: Dave Metropolis-Rundus
  • Idea Markets: Deborah Hinderer Sova, Hank Henry
  • Invited Speakers: Joe Bugental, Nathalie Barthe
  • Local Liaison - Montreal: Alain Robillard-Bastien
  • On-site Conference Volunteers: Joi Roberts, Pam Cote
  • Panels and Presentations: Debbie McConnell, Carol Smith
  • Peer-Reviewed Papers: Satyam Kantamneni, Laura Downey
  • Posters: Merryl Gross
  • Printed Program Design: Allen Rotz, Melanie Datz
  • Publicity: Kate Caldwell, Bula Barua, Jennifer Bombach
  • Reviewer Coordinator: James McElroy, Daniel Engleberg, Bill Albert
  • Session Chair Coordinator: Catherine Courage
  • 10-Minute Talks: Chauncey Wilson, Joi Roberts
  • Tutorials: Carl Turner, Charlotte Schwendeman
  • Usability Fundamentals Panels: Cia Romano
  • Workshops: Caroline Jarrett
  • Web Site: Gary Macomber, Brenda Heuttner, Kelly Berg, Jeremy Harrington


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