What's New

April 21, 2006: The web site has been set up.
April 24, 2006: Web site first update with information from the SIG.


The document describing the SIG that appears in the conference proceedings is available here

Attending the SIG

The SIG has been scheduled in room 515C in the convention centre where CHI 2006 is held.

Provisional Programme

Monday 24th of April 2006 (from 14.30 to 16.00) (slides here)

List of participants

Name Firstname Affiliation
Wright Peter University of York
Steinhour Wayne Techsmith
Worgaard Mie DIKV
Kerchner Marcia Mitre
Johnson Peter University of Bath
Coughlaw Tim University of Bath
Heinz Guenther Synopsys
Brian Williams Chromatic ???
Maurits Kaptein TNE ???
Moran Oliver TNE ???
Basnyat Sandra University Toulouse 3
Boring Ron Idaho National Laboratory
Bernhaupt Regina ICT&S center, univsity Salzburg
Palanque Philippe University Toulouse 3
Douglas Ian Tsi, Fsu ?
Filgueiras Lucias Universidade de Sao Paulo
Goldin Alex IBM Haifa Research Lab
Xu Shunag Motorola
Markell Williams ???
De Oliveira Maggie Gene ???
Jambon Francis University of Grenoble
Talavera Marina Hewlet Packard
Forbrig Peter University of Rostock
Law Effie ETH, Zurich
Kanther Laurie Teced ???
Furman Irina Rsasecurity ???
Sanou Loé Ensma university of Poitiers
Girard Patrick Ensma university of Poitiers
Caffiau Sybille Ensma university of Poitiers
Zacharias Greg CRA ???
Coventry Lynne NCR
Sands Jamie NCR


CRecent years have seen an increasing use of sophisticated interaction techniques including in the field of safety critical interactive software [8]. The use of such techniques has been required in order to increase the bandwidth between the users and systems and thus to help them deal efficiently with increasingly complex systems. These techniques come from research and innovation done in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). A significant effort is currently being undertaken by the HCI community in order to apply and extend current usability evaluation techniques to these new kinds of interaction techniques. However, very little has been done to improve the reliability of software offering these kinds of interaction techniques. Even testing basic graphical user interfaces remains a challenge that has rarely been addressed in the field of software engineering [9]. However, the non reliability of interactive software can jeopardize usability evaluation by showing unexpected or undesired behaviors. The aim of this SIG is to provide a forum for both researchers and practitioners interested in testing interactive software. Our goal is to define a roadmap of activities to cross fertilize usability and reliability testing of these kinds of systems to minimize duplicate efforts in both communities.

[8] M. Ould, R. Bastide, D. Navarre, P. Palanque, F. Rubio, A. Schyn. Multimodal and 3D Graphic Man- Machine Interfaces to Improve Operations. Eighth International Conference on Space Operations, Montréal, Canada, May 17 - 21, 2004.

[9] Memon A., Soffa M-L., Pollack M. Coverage criteria for GUI testing. Proceedings of the 8th European Software Engineering Conference Held Jointly with 9th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering. ACM Press (2001), 256 – 267

The SIG has been held under the auspices of the Research Training Network ADVISES

and under the auspices of the IFIP Working Group 13.5 on Human Error Safety and System Development