Usability and Accessibility Conference 2004

Event Details

  • Date: October 26-27, 2004
  • Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

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This two-day conference brought attendees from both public and private sectors up to date on the latest information about testing techniques and technologies and expanded understanding of the value of usability and accessibility evaluation among those who address the public through mechanisms such as the Internet. Attendees selected and enrolled in tutorials and attended presentations across several tracks, including Methods & Tools, User-Centered Design, Policy, Research, and more. Tutorials and presentations revolved around the latest research findings on the relationship between usability and accessibility, return on investment, usability evaluation methods, Web site design, creating commitment to U&A in organizations, and others. Two nationally known keynote speakers offered insights into persuasive communication and research findings on voting and usability.

Program

Day One - Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Pre-conference Tutorial A

Web Usability for Older Adults
Ann Chadwick-Dias, Principal Human Factors Engineer, Fidelity Investments; Donna Tedesco, Usability Specialist, Fidelity Investments; Tom Tullis, Senior Vice President, Human Interface Design, Fidelity Investments

Pre-conference Tutorial B

The Usability Evaluation Experience, Session A
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Technology Architect, Compuware Corporation; Sumanth Muthyala, Usability Engineer, Compuware Corporation

Pre-conference Tutorial C

Corporate Web Accessibility Implementation Strategies
Sarah J. Swierenga, Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, Michigan State University; Jesse L. Walker, Human Factors Psychologist, University of Dayton Research Institute

Presentation 1

Methods and Tools in Designing Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
Mike Paciello, President, The Paciello Group

Presentation 2

Field Research and Laboratory Studies: Partners in Usability
Stephanie Rosenbaum, President and Founder, Tec-Ed, Inc.; Laurie Kantner, Senior Usability Researcher, Tec-Ed, Inc.

Tutorial D

Usability & Accessibility: Driving Web Development through Success Metrics
Tom Brinck, Chief Usability Officer, Diamond Bullet Design

Tutorial E

The Usability Evaluation Experience, Session B
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Technology Architect, Compuware Corporation; Sumanth Muthyala, Usability Engineer, Compuware Corporation

Presentation 3

The Latest Web Usability Findings from Fidelity Investments' Lab
Tom Tullis, Senior Vice President, Human Interface Design, Fidelity Investments

Presentation 4

Information Architecture: From Wire Frames to Business Strategy
Keith Instone, Information Architect, IBM

Keynote Speaker (Day 1)

Oops, They Forgot the Usability: Elections as a Case Study
Whitney Quesenbery, Principal Consultant, Whitney Interactive Design, LLC, President, Usability Professionals' Association

Day Two - Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Presentation 5

Theory and Practice of Community-Based Usability: Reports from the Field
Jeff Grabill, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Co-Director of Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center, Michigan State University

Presentation 6

Strategic User Research: Partnering with Customers to Compete Effectively
Christina Wodtke, Information Architect

Tutorial F

Making the Business Case
Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

Presentation 7

Internet Use in Low-Income Families: Findings from the HomeNetToo Project
Linda A. Jackson, Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Presentation 8

Modern Web Development: Improving Usability, Accessibility, and Efficiency with Structured Semantic Markup and Cascading Style Sheets
Nate Koechley, Senior Web Developer for Platform Design, Yahoo! Inc.

Keynote Speaker (Day 2)

The Art and Science of Persuasion
Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

Presentation 9

The Ethics of User-Centered Design: From Minor Dilemmas to Life or Death
Chauncey E. Wilson, HCI Architect, WilDesign Consulting

Presentation 10

The Role of Accessibility in Human Persuasion
John Eulenberg, Professor, Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences and Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, Director, Artificial Language Laboratory, Michigan State University

Tutorial G

Usability Testing for Accessibility
Mary Grossnickle, Senior Usability Specialist, Human Factors International

Presentation 11

Practical Policy Change Strategies: Infusing Web Accessibility into the Organizational Environment
Charmane K. Corcoran, Information and Accessibility Specialist, Michigan State University

Presentation 12

Moving Beyond "Using to Do": Broadening the Mandate for Usability Professionals to Include Lifestyle Interfaces
Bill Hart-Davidson, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center, Michigan State University