History of SEACHI
- The Beginning
On March 25-27, 2011, Zhengjie Liu and John Karat organised and led the ACM SIGCHI Asia Workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss the landscape of HCI in Asia, identify the key players and how they could work together in the region.
2. Incubation Period
Returning from the HCI workshop, she shared her experience on how HCI researchers and professionals in other regions grow and advance and envision working together with the regional players to build and develop a strong HCI community. However, the road was not always smooth as expected.
First regional events
3. Joining the CHI Conference
We want to be more engaged in the global ACM SIGCHI community as we grow. We realised that participation in the CHI community from Southeast Asia had been very low for many years. Thus, after the success of the regional HCI initiatives, during the planning of CHI 2015, Eunice Sari communicated the idea of having regional symposiums at CHI 2015 to Jinwoo Kim and Bo Begole the general co-chairs of CHI 2015. She thought it was a ripe time to activate a Southeast Asian HCI community that was relatively small and scattered at the first CHI conference in Asia, i.e., Seoul, South Korea.
4. Consolidation and Inclusion
During the ADC meeting in Japan in 2017, Eunice Sari convinced Yoshifumi Kitamura to hold a joint symposium at CHI 2017, combining the Japanese HCI community with Southeast Asia HCI and UX community. The other ADC members were happy to support the event that Eunice named the Asian CHI Symposium (ACS) based on Josh's suggestion and vision to empower Asian HCI researchers and UX professionals. Yoshifumi Kitamura introduced Eunice to Keita Kitaguchi, an early-career researcher from Tokyo University, to realise Eunice's vision, i.e., to organise a combined event, Asian CHI Symposium, to support Japanese and Southeast Asian early-career researchers.
With the experience from previous successful ACS, Josh (Adi) Tedjasaputra and Masitah Ghazali, with the help of Kazuyuki Fujita and other early-career researchers from Japan and Southeast Asia countries, organized ACS 2019 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom, with similar success in terms of growing attendance, higher engagement, and higher submission quality. This year, we thanked Geraldine Fitzpatrick and Steve Drucker for supporting the event and inclusion in the CHI 2019 archival.