Welcome to the Mensch und Computer 2022, 4 – 7 September in Darmstadt

The “Mensch und Computer 2022” (MuC) conference, launched in 2001, is the largest conference series on human-computer interaction in Europe. MuC offers participants from science and industry a platform for contributions and discussions on innovative forms of interaction between people and digital technology, on user-oriented development methods, interactive applications and other topics from the field of tension between users, teams and communities on the one hand and the information and communication technologies used on the other. The aim of the conference is to discuss innovative research results, to promote the exchange of information between science and practice, to stimulate research activities and training, and to sensitise science, practice and the public to the relevance of user- and task-oriented technology design. Mainly English-language technical papers and their publication in the “ACM Digital Library” [1] or the  GI digital library [2] promote the worldwide visibility of the scientific results of the MuC.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Human-Computer Interaction of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI e.V.) and the German UPA – the professional association of German usability and user experience professionals. In 2022, the Technical University of Darmstadt will be the local host of the conference. This is a perfect fit, because the Department of Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022 – as one of the oldest computer science faculties in Germany. In the winter semester of 1971, the first 67 students of the then TH Darmstadt started the new diploma programme in Computer Science, thus laying an important foundation for the founding of the Department of Computer Science on 15 May 1972. This was followed by the first diploma thesis, dissertation and habilitation in computer science in Germany. Today, with almost 4000 enrolled students, the department is one of the leading computer science locations in Germany. In addition to the focus on IT security, artificial intelligence and networked systems, human-computer interaction is playing an increasingly important role in the department, which is also reflected in the orientation of newly established subject areas.

This year’s conference motto “Facing Realities” first of all reminds us of the increasing importance of virtual, augmented and mixed realities (VR/AR/XR) for the interaction between humans and computers. The use of the word “realities” in the plural indicates that with the increasing quality of digital artefacts, the boundaries between digital worlds and the analogue world are blurring so that people can encounter alternative realities. The real and the digitally experienced may no longer be distinguishable, which makes us sit up and take notice in the age of fake news. Therefore, the word “facing” should be understood in a double meaning: on the one hand, we are working on the progress of computer-based or computer-enriched realities into which people enter as users; on the other hand, we must face up to the responsibility of enabling manipulable truths and life worlds with alternative realities. We are pleased if MuC’22 also brings this critical meaning of the word more into the focus of free science and society.

This year, 84 long papers (full papers) were submitted, of which 28 were accepted (acceptance rate 33%). Of the 97 short papers submitted, 46 were accepted (acceptance rate: 47%). However, this year’s MuC does not only consist of scientific talks: 16 demos (out of 21 submissions; acceptance rate 76%), 14 workshops, three tutorials, a doctoral seminar with 10 participants and, for the first time, a Student Research Competition with 6 contributions are also part of the programme. MuC’22 also offers participants a variety of opportunities within exhibitions and demonstrations to present and experience the current state of research and to discuss with like-minded people from research and practice.

We are deeply impressed by the terrific cooperation and involvement of all members of the organising and programme committee. The organisation of MuC’22 would not have been possible without this wonderful teamwork. We would therefore like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s MuC. We wish and are convinced that important impulses will emanate from the conference.

 

Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser & Prof. Dr. Christian Reuter, MuC’22 General Chairs

Prof. Dr. Bastian Pfleging, MuC’22 Technical Program Chair

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kosch & Dr. Andrii Matviienko, MuC’22 Coordination

 


[1] dl.acm.org
[2] dl.gi.de

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