ERCIM News No.47, October 2001 [contents]
Workshop on User Interfaces to Data Intensive Systems
by Epaminondas Kapetanios
The second international workshop on User Interfaces to Data Intensive Systems (UIDIS) took place at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, Switzerland, 31 May - 1 June 2001. The two-days workshop has been attended by 24 participants.
The mission of the workshop was to continue the tradition of previous workshops in Interfaces to Database Systems (IDS 1992, IDS 1994, IDS 1996) and the 1st UIDIS 1999. The emphasis, however, has been put to a human-centered way of human-computer interaction, especially, when data intensive systems are concerned. The workshop tried to find solutions to problems such as interaction with high-dimensional spaces, accessing large and semantically difficult to interpret database schemas, understandability of data and user/system interactions, through a variety of 12 accepted papers which have been selected out of 17 submitted papers by the program committee.
In particular, the workshop brought together researchers practitioners in information management systems, computer-human interaction, knowledge based methodologies and visualization. The papers were organized in three sessions which mainly addressed:
The two invited talks addressed the accessing and organizing large information spaces. The first talk put the emphasis on the semantics based (ontological) approach, on the example of contents management for business-to-businsess electronic commerce, while the second talk discussed the use of the parallel coordinates approach as a visualization technique for high-dimensional information spaces. The workshop has been considered a success by the participants and organizers alike. A number of sponsors have contributed to its successful organization: ERCIM; the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM - Special Interest Group Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI); the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; the GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company, and the University of Zurich.