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Conferences and Events

Past Conferences 1997 - 2002

UPA has held an annual conference in mid-summer since 1990. Conference proceedings are available for sale in the UPA Store

UPA 2002: Humanizing Design

July 8-12, 2002
Orlando, Florida, USA

UPA 2002 Web Site and Advance Program

UPA 2002 conference logo

UPA's eleventh annual conference attracted a variety of thought-stimulating and practical program offerings, including 21 tutorials, 4 workshops, 2 advanced topic seminars (a new track), 15 poster sessions, 6 special interest group meetings, and 51 presentations and panels.

Approximately 465 usability professionals from all over the world convened for the 5-day event. Fifteen countries were represented: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The conference opened with the keynote presentation "The Domestication of Computers" by Dr. Joel Birnbaum, Special Technical Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Company. The conference closed with the plenary "Context Aware Computing." by Ted Selker, Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab.

One Japanese attendee wrote to the conference organizers following the event, "That was a fabulous and fruitful meeting for me and I can't stop reporting it to my co-workers who could not attend it."

Speaker Handouts for download

UPA 2001: Usability- A Winning Experience

June 25-29, 2001
Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


UPA 2001 conference logo

UPA celebrated it's 10th anniversary conference June 25-29, 2001 in Lake Las Vegas. The attendance demonstrates the growth of UPA and the field as a whole, with more than 525 attendees, more than 300 first-time attendees, and 12 countries represented.

As one attendee noted on his post-conference survey, "Good conference, and good people." Another wrote, "The speakers were very knowledgeable and the subject matter really applied to day to day challenges and responsibilities." Another noted, "I enjoy the different levels of experience in usability. I liked the real-world stories from the presentations."

In addition to the day-to-day topics, attendees were treated to Alan Cooper's Keynote address and Dr. Jakob Nielsen and Dr. Richard Buchanan's closing address. One attendee noted, "Inspired by keynote speaker. Challenged and humbled by Richard Buchannon's speech." And another said, "The Closing Plenary was extremely thought-provoking."

UPA 2000

August 14-17, 2000
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Thank you to the more than 700 people who attended the 2000 conference! This was by far the largest UPA conference ever, as usability gains an ever-broader acceptance in software development and on the web.

UPA 1999 - Horizons to the Future

June 29 - July 2, 1999
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Preliminary Program (pdf)

Conference Overview

Thank you to the more than 400 people who attended the 1999 UPA conference and who helped make it a big success. The conference attracted many new usability professionals and many designers from various disciplines. Presentations from Brenda Laurel ("Balancing Values in Design") and the various invited speakers were particular highlights for many attendees. The conference also provided an opportunity for many old and new friends to meet, especially in The Phoenician Hotel's coral pool and at the Thirsty Camel.

Speaker Handouts for download

UPA 1998

Washington DC, USA

Thank you to the 425 people attending UPA '98 who helped make it a big success. The conference attracted many new usability professionals and many designers from various disciplines. At the conference, we also reached out to corporate and government decision makers as to the importance of usability. The UPA is already looking forward to another excellent conference in 1999. Here are the presentations, in several formats, from the keynote speaker and other invited speakers.

Speaker Handouts to Download

  • Pawan Vora's tutorial: upa95.zip (zipped PowerPoint 95 file, 1.02 MB)

UPA 1997

Monterey, California, USA

The 1997 UPA conference, which took place in August in historic Monterey, California, was a tremendous success, drawing 375 attendees from around the world.

Keynote speaker Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, delivered a side-splitting presentation about his life as a cartoonist, followed by an hour and a half of book and T-shirt signing. Award-winning photographer Dewitt Jones presented a breathtaking slide presentation, encouraging UPA members to keep their eyes and minds open to the world, and always search for "another right answer."

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