Bridging the tales of two continents

Summary: APCHIUX 2015 symposium was a big success.

by Eunice Sari

APCHIUX 2015 Delegates.

During OzCHI 2015, a special collocated symposium on HCI and UX Design targeted to Asia Pacific HCI and UX community named APCHIUX 2015 was held on December 7, 2015. Following previous similar events at OzCHI 2014 in Sydney (Australia), CHIuXiD 2015 in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Asian CHI 2015 Symposium in Seoul (South Korea), this symposium aims to bring forth issues related to HCI and UX in the Asia Pacific region, in the spheres of both industry and academia. Key areas addressed by the symposium include the level awareness of HCI and UX in the Asia Pacific region, and the design, application, and teaching of HCI and UX in a relatively new but complex Asia Pacific context.

The symposium provides a platform for sharing and discussing projects that address the challenges, potential solutions, and innovations towards effective interaction in physical and digital world. Particular topics of interest in exploring the future of interaction design in the Asia Pacific include the Internet of Things, User Experience Design and HCI for Development (HCI4D). Four questions that we aimed to address during the event include the followings:

  • What is level of awareness of HCI and UX in the Asia Pacific?
  • What are the design issues concerning ICT product and service development?
  • How do we apply HCI and UX in the design and development of ICT products and services for Asia Pacific markets?
  • How do we teach and learn HCI and UX in a relatively new but complex Asia Pacific context?

Twenty participants representing seven countries (Australia, Asia, Africa and United States) attended and contributed to this full-day event. Twelve double-blinded externally reviewed papers and one industry case study were presented and discussed during the symposium. The main themes came out from this symposium include big data, healthcare, e-commerce and education. We have all accepted papers are published in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series available from the ACM Digital Library (ISBN:978-1-4503-4041-0), which can be accessed at

APCHIUX 2015 Ladies.

It was quite interesting to find out a trend that majority of the researchers working in Australia, regardless where they originally come from dealt with issues related to healthcare, i.e. aging society, healthcare information, stakeholder collaboration in healthcare project, well-being in a smart home. On the other hands, majority of the researchers working in Asian institutes or organisations presented issues related HCI and UX education and in education, e-commerce and augmented reality. However, two presentations, one from Asia and another was from Australia discussed a common tie between these two distinctive areas, which was on managing and making use of Big Data collected from different ICT tools and systems that we currently have.

HCI and UX are emerging fields in Asia. The providence of mobile technology has provided a significant boost for the development of HCI and UX in Asia. While many people are still struggling to get their ICT tool on their hands, advanced technology like Augmented Reality (AR) has become a part of every day life in other part of the society. A lot of studies on how to educate people about HCI and UX have been done in Asia particularly South East Asia. Aging society, on the other hand, is not an issue in South East Asia like in any other developed countries in Asia and Pacific. Maintaining well-being is still a part of basic every day struggle, so research extension to move it to the next level has not been much developed yet compared to other developed countries in Asia and Pacific.

However, regardless the levels of maturity in HCI and UX, both Asia and Pacific deal with similar problems. The amount of data produced through our interaction with technology has been skyrocketing. The question is no longer how to find data but how to transform the data into information and then useful knowledge for improvement in the relevant field.

Interesting discussions and knowledge exchange have happened during the APCHIUX 2015 symposium. This event is planned to be held every year during the OzCHI 2016 conference, but in the meantime we will continue to develop our shared knowledge and interests built during the event through various initiatives that we will start in the next couple of months.

About Eunice Sari

Dr. Eunice Sari.

Dr Eunice Sari is the Co-Founder and Principal UX Consultant from UX Indonesia. With more than 15+ years of experience working in both academia and industries, she has pioneered a number of forward-thinking and innovative projects, such as user experience for digital products and services, mobile learning, Internet of Things (IoT), service design and online community in order to effect changes in life and improve the bottom line of business in various vertical industries in USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.

She is the Chair of the Indonesia Indonesia ACM SIGCHI Chapter (known as CHI UX Indonesia) for the period of 2014-2016, the South East Asia Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee, the Expert Member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) TC 13 – Human Computer Interaction (HCI) for Indonesia, and the Western Australia Representative for the Human Factors Ergonomic Association Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group (HFESA CHISIG). With her roles, she facilitates the collaboration between academia and industry in the fields of Education, Technology, HCI and UX.