Call for participation in the
Second one day workshop on
Information Retrieval and Human Computer Interaction

11 September 1998

Glasgow Interactive Systems Group
Glasgow Information Retrieval Group
University of Glasgow Computing Science

Contact: Mark Dunlop and Chris Johnson (chairs)

Following on from the success of the first HCI&IR workshop in 1996, this workshop will present work in progress and completed work in areas addressing issues between the classic fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Retrieval (IR).

The following work will be presented:

It is intended to publish the proceedings of the workshop. Further details are available from the workshop organiser (author information at

The workshop will be held on Glasgow University's main campus - a short underground journey from the City centre (see below) and will start at 1030 with coffee from 1000. The standard fee for the workshop is 50 (students, HCI Group / IRSG / BCS members, and speakers 40 - proof of status will be required). This includes registration and printed extended abstracts. To guarantee registration please e-mail Mark Dunlop in advance of the workshop.

To Register:

The workshop is jointly organised by the British HCI Group and the British Computer Society's Information Retrieval Specialist Group.

Workshop chairs: Mark Dunlop and Chris Johnson.
Programme committee: Susan Dumais (Microsoft), Mark Dunlop (Glasgow Univ), Jonathan Furner (Robert Gordon University), Jan IJdens (Sharp), Chris Johnson (Glasgow Univ), Jane Reid (Glasgow Univ), Ian Ruthven (Glasgow Univ) and Tony Rose (Canon).

Mark Dunlop and Chris Johnson

Directions to The Workshop

The workshop will be held within the Computing Science Department at the University of Glasgow (17 Lilybank Gdns, phone 0141 330 4256).

Glasgow has two main city centre rail stations (served by ScotRail, Strathclyde Transport, Virgin and GNER) - the most likely to come into is Glasgow Central which is also the hardest to find the underground from (but its not that bad) the other is Glasgow Queen Street.

If you're arriving by air there are two airports: Glasgow International which is about 15km west of the centre and Glasgow Prestwick which is nowhere near Glasgow but is used for some cheap flights. The best flights to Glasgow are by EasyJet, British Airways and British Midlands from London and KLM UK from Amsterdam. Ryanair fly to Prestwick (someone has to!). From Glasgow airport its under 15 pounds in a taxi to the dept (Lilybank Gardens, off Great George St, off Byres Rd) or you can bus to the city centre, or you can bus into Paisley and get a train from their - bus is probably easier. Then get to an underground or rail station and follow details below. From Prestwick, there's a train to Glasgow Central.

Driving from the airport...

M8 to junction 25 then take Clyde Tunnel cut off, go through the Clyde Tunnel using the left lane. There is an immediate left turn, skip this, but fork left afterwards (about 100m after exiting the tunnel). Then fork right and stay in that lane - you swing up and over the road you were on then swing round and onto the A814 to the City Centre and SECC. The road continues up over a junction and the speed limit changes to 50MPH, take the next cut-off onto the B808 heading for Partick. You have to do a shimmy at this junction but are basically heading for a road parallel and left of the one you have come off (near enough straight on but left a bit). Follow the B808 to traffic lights and carry on straight - you should now be in Byres Rd. If not, stop and ask someone for Byres Rd - everyone (except the first person you ask!) knows where it is. Once in Byres Rd continue up to traffic lights junction with University Avenue, carry on North until just after Hillhead Underground station (on your right) then turn right into Great George Street. Lilybank Gdns is on your right about 300m up Gt George.

Glasgow Central to St Enoch Underground

Get off your train and head to the main concourse area. Looking left to right you should see some shops, the ticket offices, a big exit, John Menzies, a bar, a wee exit, the gent's loo, and Casey Jones burger bar. You should take the exit between the bar and the gent's loo. This takes you down onto a main road which you should turn right down. Carry on down passed HMV & Virgin to a main cross roads with MacDonalds, Dunkin' Doughnuts, Kentucky Chicken and Pizza Hut (useful place for a quick snack this junction!). Cross the junction until you are outside Pizza Hut and then carry on passed the main doors of Woolworths and GAP(the road with Pizza Hut and Kentucky Chicken marking the ends). Just passed GAP is an opening with a large Underground station - this is St Enoch.

Queen Street to Buchannan Street Underground

Much easier than above, get off your train and head to the end of the platforms. Turn right and go passed the ticket offices. Go out the doors at the end into a taxi rank and go diagonally forward to the right to get to a moving pavement into the Underground.

Underground to Hillhead

That about says it, there are only two choices of "line" - both follow the same route but in opposite directions. You should get off at Hillhead.

Hillhead Underground to Comp Sci.

Come out the Underground and turn right, then first right into Great George St and go up passed a lovely wooden toy shop, a car park and a bit of garden. The row of terrace houses is Lilybank Gardens and Computing Science entrance is the furthest away (No 17).

Mark Dunlop and Chris Johnson.