Conference Committee

Adriana Betiol Interfacil Usabilidade de Sistemas Ltda
Amy Kidd MathWorks
Brooke Baldwin DIRECTV Latin America
Christian Stoessel Technische Universitat Berlin
Christina York ITHAKA
Christoph Kunz BSGroup Technology Innovation AG
Cliff Tyllick Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Dan Welsh Microsoft
Dan Berlin  Berlin Consulting
Daniel Szuc  Apogee Usability Asia, Ltd.
David Tisserand Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Deborah Sova Perficient, Inc.
Eva Gaumond Oracle
Filip Healy  Amberlight Partners, Ltd.
Gigi Demming Sony Computer Entertainment
Giles Colborne cxpartners, Ltd.
Helga Letowt-Vorbek Mantaray-it
Ilona Posner
Jakob Biesterfeldt User Interface Design GmbH
Jamie McAtee Turner Broadcasting
Janelle Estes Nielsen Norman Group
Jen McGinn Sun Microsystems
Jhilmil Jain Microsoft
Josephine Wong Apogee Usability Asia, Ltd.
Kathrin Hollinger User Interface Design GmbH
Katrim Proschev
Kostanija Petrovic User Interface Design GmbH
Laura Faulkner The University of Texas at Austin
Lorie Whitaker Usability Sciences Corporation
Marek Friedman Digital Ventures
Merryl Gross GE Healthcare
Pam Cote PC Expressions
Rajesh Kalidindi Microsoft Corporation
Rich Gunther Ovo Studios
Robert Skrobe Slingshot, LLC
Robert Gillham R Gillham UX Consulting Ltd
Sandhya Pillalamarri Phillips Design, Phillips Healthcare
Sara Mastro  Mediabarn
Sarah Rink Wilson Fletcher
Sharon Grubaugh SEI Investments
Silvia Zimmermann Inst fur Software-Ergonomie und Usability
Stephen Hatfield PalmTreeTech LLC
Talyah Aviran
Thyra Rauch IBM
Tomer Sharon Google
Tonya Johnson Vanguard


Have questions? Here's who to contact:

  • General info:
    Nicole Tafoya, the UPA2011 Conference Director is ready to assist you with most of your conference questions: registration, logistics, hotel, membership, or association related questions.

  • Co-chairs:
    The Conference Co-chairs, Laura Faulkner & Amy Kidd, deal with the overall conference planning, technical program and co-ordinate the other sub committees.

  • English as a second language:
    The EASL Proofreading Service Coordinator deals with submissions from people who are less confident writing in English. We maintain a panel of English speaking volunteers who help to proofread these submissions before they are submitted. If you would like to volunteer or you are worried about your written English, please get in touch.

  • International liaison:
    The International Liaison Committee is responsible for helping people from all over the world attend the UPA conference. Contact us for advice on travel, visas etc. or if you are a local UPA chapter that wants to get involve or help publicise the conference.

  • Invited speakers:
    The Invited Speakers Committee is responsible for managing the invited speakers process (including keynote speakers). This includes selection, invitation, management of speakers' schedules during the conference. Contact us if you want to speak, are already an invited speaker or have suggestions.

  • Local liaison Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
    The Local Liaison is responsible for providing information about Atlanta and the local areas for people coming to the conference (or interested in coming). Please contact us if you need help with accommodation, planning your stay or any other local information.

  • PR & Marketing:
    The PR & Marketing Committee implements and oversees Marketing and PR activities. We interact with the press and find new ways to raise awareness of the UPA conference. This committee also manages the UPA conference's activity and presence on social networks and the podcasting of conference materials. Get in touch if you have questions or ideas!

  • Proceedings:
    The Proceedings Committee is responsible for developing the conference program and schedule-at-a-glance. Their primary work is to streamline the design of the conference materials to make them usable, readable, and evocative of the conference theme. As longtime conference attendees and committee members, they also provide feedback on the conference schedule, making sure complimentary topics do not overlap, and ensuring that the conference content is well aligned with UPA's overall content strategy, as well as the conference theme.
  • Reviewers:
    The Reviewers Committee oversees the review process and selects reviewers for all conference submissions (presentations, workshops, tutorials, panels, usability fundamentals, experienced practitioner topics, ideas markets, posters) based on information provided in the reviewer survey.

  • Session chair co-ordinator:
    The Session Chair Co-ordinator is responsible for assigning a Chair to each session at the UPA conference. Get in touch if you would like to volunteer to chair a session or have any questions.

  • Sponsors:
    Exhibitors and Sponsors, please contact Nicole Tafoya at this address. Nicole can work with you to determine available 2011 marketing opportunities!

  • Submissions:
    The following Committees are responsible for selecting and planning the various submission types that make up the conference program. They are the main point of contact for people submitting proposals to UPA 2011. Their main functions are to work with the conference committee and submitters, prepare submissions for review, assign reviewers, and to participate in the process of selecting and scheduling sessions for the final program.





    Peer reviewed papers:


    Idea markets:

    Experienced practitioner:

    Usability fundamentals:

  • Volunteers:
    The Volunteers Committee is responsible for building and training a team of volunteers who, before and during the event, will assist the planning committee, speakers/presenters and attendees with conference logistics. If you would like to volunteer or want information about the benefits, please get in touch.

  • Website:
    The Website Committee are responsible for maintaining and updating the conference website. If you are experiencing any problems, have some suggestions or would like to help with the website, please get in touch.