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    Today's topics:

    (1) I.S.B. Working Group on Computer Simulation
    (2) E.S.B. Newsletter Editor change
    (3) Handbook on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)


    (1) I.S.B. Working Group on Computer Simulation

    Recently, the International Society of Biomechanics started a "Working Group on
    Computer Simulation" (WGCS), in connection with the satellite symposium on this
    topic adjacent to the XII-th I.S.B. congress in Los Angelos this summer.

    Further details can be obtained from Andrzej J. Komor (WGCS-Secretary) from War-
    saw University, currently on leave at the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
    Univ. of California at Davis, DAVIS, CA 95616, USA, ,
    Telefax INT+1.916.752-6363.


    (2) E.S.B. Newsletter Editor change

    The new editor of the Newsletter of the European Society of Biomechanics is
    Prof.dr. Peter Walker, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Royal National Ortho-
    paedic Hospital, Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex, England HA7 4LP, Tel.
    INT+44.1.954-0956. This year, two newsletters are scheduled, with deadlines /
    newsletter mailing data 28 Feb 89 / 31 March 89 for the first issue, and
    30 Sep 89 / 31 Oct 89 for the second issue, respectively. The following are
    suggested items, with recommended lenghts of half a page (or less),

    News of people, new appointments, recent moves, etc.
    News of your department, recent achievements
    Staff vacancies
    Studentships and fellowships available
    Conference reports
    Notice of future conferences
    Collaboration sought on projects


    (3) Handbook on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

    A rather expensive, but seemingly interesting "Handbook of Human-Computer
    Interaction", edited by M. Helander (SUNY at Buffalo) was announced these days
    by North-Holland in Amsterdam (ISBN 0-444-70536-8). Priced at US $ 258.00
    (D.Fl. 490.00), it contains 52 chapters by 72 authors in xxxiv+1148 pages.
    >From the publisher's brochure:

    "This Handbook is concerned with principles of human factors engineering
    for design of the human-computer interface. It has both academic and practical
    purposes: it summarizes the research and provides recommendations for how the
    information can be used by designers of computer systems. The articles are
    written primarily for the professional from another discipline who is seeking
    an understanding of human-computer interaction, and secondarily as a reference
    book for the professional in the area, and should particularly serve the fol-
    lowing: computer scientists, human factors engineers, designers and design
    engineers, cognitive scientists and experimental psychologists, systems engin-
    eers, managers and executives working with systems development."

    (One might add, applied scientists in our field who wish to integrate biomech-
    anics and kinesiology into clinically and rehabitationally useful and appealing
    systems, from which the clinician or rehabilitationist is not scared away)

    "In the first section, the cognitive and information-processing aspects of HCI
    are summarized. The following group of papers deals with both software and hard-
    ware issues, while the third section is devoted to differences in performance
    between different types of users, and computer-aided training and principles for
    design of effective manuals. The next part provides two important applications:
    text editors and systems for information retrieval, as well as issues in com-
    puter-aided engineering, drawing and design, and robotics. The fifth section
    introduces methods for designing the user interface. The following section exa-
    mines those issues in the AI field that are currently of greatest interest to
    designers and human factors specialists, including such problems as natural
    language interfasce and methods for knowledge acquisition. The last aspect in-
    cludes social aspects in computer usage, the impact on work organizations and
    work at home."

    In short, this handbook seems to address many issues needed in making research
    results in biomechanics and kinesiology practically useful, beyond the indivi-
    dual researcher's labourious way of man-handling large amounts of data and
    data processing methods.


    End of BIOMCH-L 1989/4