The IFIP Working Group 13.2 met from 3-5 September to explore “Methodology for User-Centred System Design” at the University Nice Sophia Antipolis, SophiaTech Campus. The meeting was part of the 7th International Working Conference “Human-Centered Software Engineering” (HCSE).

This edition of HCSE was focused on the interdependencies (overlapping and possibly conflicting dependencies that might occur) between user interface properties (such as usability, ux, privacy, trust, security, reliability, among other). We were also concerned by how stakeholders and developers value diverse user interface properties and how they manage conflicts between them (when a property might degrade the value of another). Our aim was to cover a large set of user interface properties and try to reveal their inner dependencies.  The ultimate goal was to contribute to the development of theories, methods, tools and approaches for dealing with multiple properties that should be taken into account when developing interactive system.

The HCSE 2018 program received contributions from 16 countries featuring 11 full research papers, seven late-breaking results, and posters and demos. The program included five technical sessions, a demonstration session and the inspiring keynote “Functionality, Security, Usability – pick 2” – a passionate argument against false tradeoffs” delivered by Prof. Dr. Angela Sasse, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

All contributions received at least three reviews in each of the two rounds of reviews including meta-reviewing and shepherding. The accepted contributions are published by IFIP Springer in the LNCS series. Similarly, to the previous editions of HCSE, we ran an interactive session where the 39 participants worked together, starting in small groups (as shown in the photo below), on the identification of the dependencies between properties and proposing solutions to overcome possible conflicts. The results were reported in a plenary session where participants were able to comment and to contribute to the ideas.     

WG 13.2 thanks its sponsors: the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Les Bibliothèques Nationales, INRIA, CNRS, tobbi pro, the laboratory I3S, Springer and IFIP TC13, whose support was essential for making of HCSE 2018 a great event! We also would like to thank our devoted members of the program committee who are accountable for the quality of papers selected for presentation at the conference.

HCSE 2018 was indeed a great scientific event which closed the term of Professor Marco Winckler, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, as chair of the WG 13.2 (from 2014-2018) and gave a handover to Professor Regina Bernhaupt, Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), The Netherlands, who was elected as the new WG chair.

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