HCSE 2020, the 8th International Working Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering, was held virtually due to COVID19 on  1-2 December 2020.

Organised by IFIP WG 13.2 (Methodology for User-Centred System Design) in cooperation with WG 13.5 on Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development), the event was originally intended to be run at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. However, it ended up being an online Zoom meeting hosted by the Software Innovation Campus at Paderborn University (SICP) in Germany.

HCSE aims to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in strengthening the scientific foundations of user interface design, examining the relationship between software engineering and human-computer interaction and ways to strengthen human-centered design as an essential part of software engineering processes.

HCSE 2020 focused on the interdependencies between user interface properties and the question of how stakeholders and developers value diverse user interface properties and how they manage conflicts between them. The program of HCSE 2020 combined three technical paper sessions and a demos & posters session. All sessions contained presentations with associated questions & answers and provided significant time for moderated discussions. Technical sessions were dedicated to the following themes:

  • User-Centred Design Approaches
  • Model-Based and Model-Driven Approaches
  • Software Development Strategies

With almost 70 registered participants, the online edition of HCSE attracted significantly more attendees than the bi-annual physical events in the years before. The annual business meeting of WG 13.2, which is traditionally co-located with the conference, happened on the day before the conference.

The Proceedings of HCSE 2020 are published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, LNCS vol. 12481, under copyright of IFIP. The organisers of HCSE 2020 thank all authors and presenters for their contributions, all participants for the active engagement, as well as Springer and IFIP TC 13 for their support!

For more details about HCSE 2020 visit the conference website.  Further information about the WG 13.2 activities and its members can be found here.