Statement from the Steering Committee
We are living in complex times. COVID-19 has highlighted distressing disparities in access to healthcare even before the murder of George Floyd spurred the world to action against violence toward Black persons, highlighting that there is still more work to do. We can always do better.
The Steering Committee for the Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) stands against violence of all forms against persons of color. We take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge that we as organizers, scholars, and teachers fundamentally reject racism in its manifold forms—systemic, academic, personal. We also acknowledge that racism manifests in myriad ways, including subtle mechanisms of exclusion. Therefore, we commit to ensuring that we abide by inclusive ideologies and practices in planning our yearly event.
Overview of Symposium
The Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) explores how the design and presentation of complex information affects how humans use it. Information complexity arises from the inherent relationships between context, content, and people using the information.
SCCI seeks to examine these relationships by exploring how design and content choices influence people’s behavior when they interact with complex information in different contexts. As such, SCCI is of interest to fields as diverse as computer science, visual design, technical communication, mass communication, communication studies, and library sciences.
Objective of Symposium
The objective of the Symposium is to bring together researchers and educators in usability studies, user experience design, and information and communication design to:
- Discuss the current state of research in these areas
- Present the results of recent research in these areas
- Collect comments and suggestions on ongoing or future research projects
- Explore opportunities for research partnerships with colleagues working in these areas
- Map prospective research trends in these areas
- Plan research trajectories and discuss conference and publication venues for participants’ work
This focus allows attendees to re-think and address challenges in usability and user experience design.
The conference committee consists of the following members:
- Michael Albers, East Carolina University
- Lisa DeTora, Hofstra University
- Huiling Ding, North Carolina State University
- Daniel P. Richards, Old Dominion University
- Kirk St.Amant, Louisiana Tech University
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