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Human-computer interaction research to be focus of conference

The latest research on how humans and computers interact will be the subject of a conference Nov. 10-12 sponsored by the Stanford Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Planned for businesses and other organizations concerned with this topic, the conference is open to members of the public. Due to limited space, advance registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 27. To register on the Internet, go to, or fax a request to (650) 723-0758.

Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 11, and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Room 100 of Cordura Hall, 210 Panama St. Demonstrations of research prototypes in progress will be offered between speakers.

The conference will begin with overview presentations of CSLI research projects at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Margaret Jane Radin, a Stanford law professor who researches the legal dilemmas of cyberspace, will speak on "humans, computers and binding commitments" at 11 a.m.

Byron Reeves, a Stanford professor of communication, will discuss "automated social interaction and Internet commerce" at 1:30 p.m. that day.

On Thursday, Nov. 11, Batya Friedman of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington will discuss "new direction in value-sensitive design: informed consent, online trust and the beginnings of a national research agenda" at 9 a.m. and 11 a. m.

Terry Winograd, a Stanford computer science professor, will discuss "new technologies for interactive workspaces" at 1:30 p.m. B.J. Fogg of CSLI's Persuasive Technologies Lab will discuss "what variables affect web credibility" at 3:30 p.m.

Friday's sessions are devoted to "computational linguistics and natural language interfaces." Speakers will include Stanford Professors Stanley Peters, linguistics, and Chris Manning, computer science. Dan Flickinger and Ann Copestake, senior research engineers on CSLI's LinGO Project, also will speak.

For more information, contact Michele King, at (650) 723-3084 or



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