Statement from the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) publicly acknowledges that we as organizers, scholars, and teachers fundamentally reject any and all forms of violence against the Black community in the United States and around the world. We acknowledge that White supremacy manifests in myriad ways, from police over-use of force to more subtle mechanisms of exclusion in institutions such as academia, and commit to ensuring we abide by anti-racist ideologies and practices in the future planning of our yearly event. We can always do better. Black lives matter.

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.

SCCI includes a half-day track focusing on sharing research results, theoretical models, and best practices for conveying complex information associated with health and medical contexts.

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.

Conference Committee

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


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