Past Symposia

Schedules and workshop information for past HCIL symposia are available here.

33rd Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tutorials + Workshops

32nd Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tutorials + Workshops

31st Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 29, 2014

30th Annual Symposium

Wednesday, May 22 – Thursday, May 23, 2013

29th Annual Symposium

Tuesday, May 22 – Wednesday, May 23, 2012

28th Annual Symposium

Wednesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 26, 2011

27th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 27 – Friday, May 28, 2010

26th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 28 – Friday, May 29, 2009

25th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 29 – Friday, May 20, 2008

24th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 21 – Friday, June 1, 2007

23rd Annual Symposium

Thursday, June 1 – Friday, June 1, 2006

22nd Annual Symposium

Thursday, June 2 – Friday, June 3, 2005

21st Annual Symposium

Thursday, June 3 – Friday, June 4, 2004

20th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 29 – Friday, May 30, 2003

19th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 30 – Friday, May 31, 2002

18th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 31 – Friday, June 1, 2001

17th Annual Symposium

June, 2000

16th Annual Symposium

Thursday, June 17 – Friday, June 18, 1999

15th Annual Symposium

Thursday, May 29, 1998

14th Annual Symposium

Friday, May 30, 1997

13th Annual Symposium

Friday, June 7, 1996


Registration Now Open!

Register here for the 34th Annual Symposium.
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You may also register on-site for the Symposium on May 25.
Registration begins at 8:15 am.

Registration Information

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and symposium materials, as well as any talks, tutorials and workshops you choose to attend.

  • Industry/Government/Non-UMD Faculty: $190
  • UMCP Faculty & Staff: $115
  • Full-Time Student: $35 (with valid student ID)
  • Press: Free (if covering the event)

Groups of 3 or more attendees from the same organization can qualify for a 10% discount, if registration is completed at the same time.

Symposium, Tutorials, and Workshop

Sessions run in parallel. Please refer to the program for more details.

Tutorial and workshop spaces are limited and must be reserved. Some workshop registrations may require prior authorization from the workshop organizer. Please check the description for more details.

Payment Information

We accept payment by credit card or check made payable to “University of Maryland”.


33rd Annual Symposium – 2016

2016 HCIL Symposium - Selected Photos

32nd Annual Symposium – 2015

2015 HCIL Symposium - Selected Photos

31st Annual Symposium – 2014

2014 HCIL Symposium - Selected Photos

30th Annual Symposium – 2013

2013 HCIL Symposium - Selected Photos


Industry sponsors enable the HCIL to run our Symposium each year. To learn more about sponsoring this event, please visit our Symposium sponsorship page. Thank you for your support!


Air Travel  | Hotel Recommendations

Air Travel

The University of Maryland is served by three major airports:  Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Reagan Washington National (DCA), and Washington Dulles (IAD) with BWI being the most convenient for getting to campus.

Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)

Located just outside Baltimore, this airport is approximately 25 miles north of College Park. Driving time is approximately 35 minutes.

MARC Train service is available from the BWI Rail Station to College Park.

Metrorail bus service is available from BWI airport. Take the B30 bus from outside the airport to Greenbelt Metro station. Then either take the C2 Metro bus to UMD campus, or enter the Metro station and take the Green line 1 stop to the College Park Metro station. To get from the College Park Metro station to campus, follow remaining directions above under Directions by Train.

Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.

Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $45.00.

Reagan Washington National (DCA)

Located in Arlington, Virginia, this airport is located about 15 miles south of College Park. Travel can be slow through downtown Washington, D.C. during rush hours; approximate driving time is 40 minutes.

You can take the Metrorail from the airport. Take the Yellow Line (toward Mt. Vernon Square), transferring to the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), and get off at College Park/U of MD station. Follow remaining directions above under Directions by Train.

Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.

Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $50.00.

Washington Dulles International (IAD)

Located near Herndon, Virginia, this airport is about 35 miles southwest of College Park. Driving time is approximately one hour.

The 5A Metro bus will take you from Dulles airport to L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. From there you will take the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), to College Park/U of MD station. Follow remaining directions above under Directions by Train to get from the College Park Metro station to campus.

Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.

Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $60.00.

Hotel Recommendations

The following hotels are recommended by HCIL members.

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

University of Maryland University College
Marriott Conference Centers
3501 University Blvd.
Adelphi, MD  20783
(301) 985-7303


6400 Ivy Lane
Greenbelt, MD  20770
(301) 441-3700

Hampton Inn, College Park

670 Baltimore Avenue,
College Park, Maryland,
United States 20740
Tel: +1-301-345-2200
Fax: +1-301-345-7201

Courtyard by Marriott

6301 Golden Triangle Dr.
Greenbelt, MD 20740
(301) 441-3311

Quality Inn & Suites

7200 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 864-5820

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

9020 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD, US,
20740 Phone: (301) 441-8110
Fax: (301) 474-7725


All symposium activities will take place in the Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC) on the University of Maryland Campus:

Computer Science Instructional Center
Building 406, Paint Branch Drive
College Park MD 20742-3289



How to get to CSIC from the Route 1 Main Campus Entrance:

After entering campus on Campus Drive, make your first right onto Paint Branch Drive. CSIC is the first building on your right. There is metered parking available in the Paint Branch Drive Visitor Parking Lot, across the street from CSIC. Free parking is available farther down Paint Branch Drive in lots 4 and 9 on your left, as well as lot 11 on your right.

Click map for larger image:

2017 Symposium parking map

Parking Info:
Free parking is available in Lots 4, 9, and 11, which are about a 10-minute walk from the CSIC building. You do not need a permit to park in any numbered lot (except 19) on 5/25/17. Faculty/Staff lots and meters are enforced as usual. Should lots 4, 9, and 11 be full, we recommend using the paid parking or driving to a farther parking lot. Most of the parking lots highlighted in red and green on the campus parking map are free during Symposium. (Do not parking in lots 5 and 19 without a permit.)

Paid parking is available in the Paint Branch Visitor Parking Lot, located on Paint Branch Drive, for about $15/day. The lot is open from 7am – 2am, Monday through Friday. Remember your parking space number, so you can pay at the machine.


8:15 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 Plenary Talks

Niklas Elmqvist
Personalization to Expand Inclusion
Gregg C Vanderheiden, Bern Jordan
Rocking the Research: A Handbook from HCIL’s History
Ben Shneiderman
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:45 Morning Talks

Wearables, the Quantified Self, and Protecting Your Data: Privacy Challenges for Fitness Tracking Devices
Jessica Vitak
Algorithm Tips: Jumpstarting the Investigation of Algorithms in Use by the Federal Government
Nicholas Diakopoulos, Daniel Trielli, Jennifer Stark
Features of Credibility in Social Media Conversations
Cody Buntain
Diversity in Matching Markets
John P Dickerson, Candice Schumann, Jeff Foster, Faez Ahmed, Mark Fuge
Project Sidewalk
Manaswi Saha, Jon Froehlich
Full-Day Tutorials

Introduction to Usability Testing
Bill Killam
10:30 – 5:00
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch  Lunch Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 Communities and Crowds

HCI Community Partners Speak Out: True Stories from the Front Lines
Tamara Clegg, Carol Boston, et al
Panel: 1:00 – 2:00
Science Everywhere: Illuminating Children’s Scientific Ways of Knowing Through Social Media Sharing
Kelly Mills, Tamara Clegg, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Daniel Pauw, Lautaro Cabrera
Crowd Problem Solving Discussions: Successes and Failures
Yla Tausczik, Mark Boons
Crowdsourcing Mobile HCI Performance Experiments
Leah Findlater
Privacy and Security

GeoPrivacy Beyond Coordinates
Grant McKenzie
Staying Safe Online: Kids Edition
Priya Kumar, Shalmali Naik, Utkarsha Devkar, Tammy Clegg, Jessica Vitak
User Interactions and Permission Use on Android
Kristopher Micinski, Daniel Votipka, Rock Stevens, Nikolaos Kofinas, Jeffrey S. Foster, Michelle L. Mazurek
Comparison of Different Hacker/Software Testing Communities
Daniel Votipka, Elissa Redmiles, Rock Stevens, Jeremy Hu, Michelle Mazurek
Usability Challenges in Searching End-to-End Encrypted Data
Wei Bai, Michelle Mazurek, Babis Papamanthou
Challenges in HTTPS Configuration / Certificate Installation for Site Administrators
Yehuda Katz, Michelle Mazurek, Sascha Fahl, Yasemin Acar
Full Day Tutorials (cont’d)

Half-Day Tutorials

Cognitive Science in HCI
Tim Clausner
1:00 – 4:30
Social Media Analytics in the Wake of Crises
Cody Buntain
1:00 – 5:00

Half-Day Workshops

Design Thinking Workshop for YX Specialization (Open to YX Students Only)
Tamara Clegg, Mega Subramaniam, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Amanda Waugh
2:00 – 5:00
2:45 – 3:00 Break  Break Break
3:00 – 3:45 Human Dimensions in HCI

Redesigning StreamBED
Alina Striner, Jenny Preece
Not Just Playing Around: Game Design in the Interaction Design Classroom
Liese Zahabi
Visual Analytics

Using Visual Analytics to Analyze Design Processes
Senthil Chandrasegaran, Karthik Badam, Niklas Elmqvist
Supporting Team-First Visual Analytics through Group Activity Representations
Karthik Badam, Zehua Zeng, Niklas Elmqvist
User Driven Text Mining with Word Embeddings
Deokgun Park, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Niklas Elmqvist
Full Day Tutorials (cont’d)

Half-Day Tutorials (cont’d)

Half-Day Workshops (cont’d)

3:45 – 4:00 Break  Break Break
4:00 – 4:45 Human Dimensions in HCI (cont’d)

Cyberpsychology: State of the Art
Kent Norman
Towards Understanding Human Mistakes of Programming by Example
Tak Yeon Lee
Minding the Human Computer Interface: the Value of Cognitive Science in HCI
Tim Clausner
Visual Analytics (cont’d)

Interactive Topic Modeling
Alison Smith, Varun Kumar, Leah Findlater
Lessons Learned from the EventFlow Project: Successes & Near Misses
Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant
Finding Similar People to Guide Life Choices
Catherine Plaisant, Fan Du, Ben Shneiderman
Full Day Tutorials (cont’d)

Half-Day Tutorials (cont’d)

Half-Day Workshops (cont’d)

4:45 – 6:00 Demo & Poster Session