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Google at CHI2012

As part of our ongoing commitment to the broader research community, nearly 70 Googlers are gearing up to participate in CHI: the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, taking place in Austin, TX from May 5-10 (http://chi2012.acm.org/). CHI is the premier conference for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. Technical team members attending will present papers, sit on panels, teach workshops, and perform demos.

We caught up with Staff Research Scientist and Technical Program Co-Chair for +CHI2012, +Ed Chi, who explained why conducting HCI research is integral to providing the best experience for Google product users:

HCI has always been important to Google’s development. We understand that users have choices and they are often only one click away on the web. We follow a simple but vital premise as HCI researchers: "focus on the user and all else will follow." The various HCI and UX research teams at Google are a critical driving force behind gathering insights and then using them to inspire and inform design.

Tune in next week for a special series of HCI-related trivia modeled on “a Google a day” (http://agoogleaday.com). Click below to learn more about HCI research at Google and our upcoming presence at +CHI2012.
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