CFP: Interaction Design for Environmental Information Systems (Session F4) at iEMSs 2014, San Diego, California, USA, 15-19 June 2014

29 Nov 2013 - 5:48pm
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Interaction Design for Environmental Information Systems (Session F4) at the 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling & Software (iEMSs 2014), San Diego, California, USA, 15-19 June 2014.

Organizers: Daryl H. Hepting, Steven Frysinger, and Markus Wrobel 

Environmental Informatics (or enviromatics) is a maturing subject with interdisciplinary roots. The application of information and communication technology (ICT) to the environment is emerging as one of great importance as the health of our planet gains priority on research agendas. Modelling is an important aspect of enviromatics, but it is not the only one.  In order for all citizens to participate in decision-making, both the collection and utilization of environmental data must be democratized. Cloud-based platforms that support visual analytics to explore global-scale databases in personally meaningful ways; mobile solutions that allow effective participation in citizen science and contribution to international databases; and handheld solutions to interacting with local data are some examples that can help to achieve the goal. Underlying the larger benefits of enviromatics as a tool for policy decisions is the architecture that enables those decision-making processes. To maximize the value of the enviromatics infrastructure, interaction design must be an integral part of the architectural plan. From a citizen’s perspective, can ICT help with specific decisions and with placement of those decisions in an appropriate context for action? We seek to put work on interaction design and human computer interaction into the context of enviromatics, with the goal of understanding how to draw on and apply existing knowledge to enviromatics so that efforts are focused on refinement and adaptation instead of reinvention. Topics include, but are not limited to: usability analyses; decision psychology; task analyses (including, for example, decision support); validation of ICT tools; human-computer interface design; and human performance evaluation. In each of these, we encourage consideration of various platforms, from mobile smartphones to the cloud.

Abstracts may be submitted for either oral or poster presentation. Accepted submissions for oral presentation will be followed by a request for a six-page journal-quality technical research paper that will be refereed and peer-reviewed by session organizers and ultimately published in the conference proceedings. To submit your abstract, please visit the conference web site:

Please submit abstracts by 31 December 2013.

iEMSs 2014 is the official biennial conference of the International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, sponsors of the high impact journal, Environmental Modelling & Software. iEMSs 2014 is co-sponsored by The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the host organizations, Brigham Young University and Berkeley Lab. The theme for the conference is “Bold Visions for Environmental Modelling” and we hope to see a lot of exciting new and “bold” visions presented at this meeting. The conference is organized around a series of themes, streams, and sessions. 

Key streams include:


  • Cyberinfrastructure and Cloud Computing for Environmental Modelling
  • Integrated Environmental Modelling
  • Climate Change Modelling
  • Environmental Modelling Uncertainty Issues
  • GIS and Visualization
  • Environmental Modelling for Health and Human Issues
  • Software and Model Design
  • Data Mining and Algorithms for Environmental Modelling
  • Applications of Environmental Modelling

If you have questions about this session, please contact Daryl Hepting (  If you have questions about the conference, please contact the conference convenors, Dr. Dan Ames and Dr. Nigel Quinn (


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