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S19:Interaction Design for Environmental Information Systems

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Daryl Hepting, University of Regina, Canada
Steven Frysinger, James Madison University, USA (contact:


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Usability analyses
  • Decision psychology
  • Task analyses (including, for example, decision support)
  • Validation of ICT tools
  • Human-computer interface design
  • Human performance evaluation


Environmental Informatics (or Enviromatics) is a maturing subject with interdisciplinary roots. The application of information and communication technology (ICT) to the environment is emerging as one of great importance as the health of our planet gains priority on research agendas. Modelling is an important aspect of enviromatics, but it is not the only one.

Ultimately, environmental information must be put into people's hands so that they can make decisions. How best to involve stakeholders, so that they can access the information they need and put it to use in a satisfying manner, remains a topic of inquiry. Underlying the larger benefits of enviromatics as a tool for policy decisions, is the architecture that enables those decision making processes. To maximize the value of the enviromatics infracstructure, interaction design must be an integral part of the architectural plan. How do we best employ metaphor in educating users and influencing their mental models? What are the ethical concerns involved and how can they be addressed? This design helps the user to improve the quality of the information that is produced, presented, and used.

Contributions are sought for a special session on human factors in enviromatics. We will seek to put work on interaction design and human computer interaction into the specific context of enviromatics, with the goal of understanding how to draw on and apply existing knowledge to enviromatics so that efforts are focused on refinement and adaptation instead of reinvention.


Thursday 10
Time Title Authors Place
9:30 - 9:50 'Interaction design for rural agricultural sensor networks' K. Walker, A. Kabashi, J. Abdelnour-Nocerac, K. Ngugid, J. Underwood, J. Elmirghani and M. Prodanovic A6102
9:50 - 10:10 'Graphical User Interface Design for Climate Impact Research Data Retrieval' M. Wrobel, T. Nocke, M. Flechsig and A. Glauer A6102
10:10 - 10:30 'On the Design of an Immersive Environment for Visual Mining: Challenges and Results from an Early Study' E. Mozaffari, A. Seffah, A. Blakney and R. Naghshin A6102
10:30 - 10:50 'Reclaiming Garbage: Interaction Design for Participation' M. Rijsberman A6102
11:20 - 11:40 'An Analysis of Interface Quality for Decision Support' T. Maciag and D.H. Hepting A6102
11:40 - 12:00 'On the Role of Reflection and Representation in Environmental Decision Support Systems' T. Maciag and D.H. Hepting A6102