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S19:Interaction Design for Environmental Information Systems

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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.
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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.

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