Closing Conference of the COST294 MAUSE project
19-21 March 2009, Brindisi, Italy

Under the patronage of Università di Bari,
Comune di Brindisi, Provincia di Brindisi
and Camera di Commercio di Brindisi



Il Congresso Internazionale sui Metodi di valutazione dell’usabilità dei sistemi interattivi (COST294 MAUSE) si svolgerà a Brindisi dal 19 al 22 marzo 2009.
È prevista la partecipazione di circa 60 specialisti internazionali.
Il congresso rappresenta l’evento conclusivo del lavoro del progetto “MAUSE” (MAturation of Information Technology USability Evaluation), sponsorizzato dall’Unione Europea nell’ambito del programma COST (“European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research”), che è uno degli strumenti mediante i quali l’Unione Europea supporta la cooperazione tra scienziati e ricercatori. Al congresso partecipano sia ricercatori europei coinvolti nel progetto MAUSE, provenienti da varie istituzioni accademiche e industriali, sia invited speakers.

La partecipazione al Congresso COST294 MAUSE è per invito. Le persone interessate a partecipare possono contattare la Professoressa Costabile inviando una e-mail all’indirizzo costabile@di.uniba.it, indicando nell’oggetto “Partecipazione a COST294 MAUSE”.

About the COST Action 294 MAUSE
COST294-MAUSE is a 4 year project started in 2005, whose goal is to bring more science to bear on Usability Evaluation Methods (UEM) development, evaluation, and comparison, aiming for results that can be transferred to industry and educators, thus leading to increased competitiveness of European industry and benefit to the public. The COST294-MAUSE Closing Conference will present and discuss the results of the project’s activities. It starts on March 19th 2009, Thursday, at 14:30 and ends on March 21st 2009, Saturday, at 13:30.

In the afternoon of March 19th, the four Working Group (WG) leaders of COST294-MAUSE will present the results of their respective WGs. Discussion forums to address WG-specific issues will be organized.
On March 20th, the program will include presentations by usability specialists from industrial and academic institutions as well as panels to discuss the emerging work on usability.
In the morning of March 21st, some breakout sessions in the form of Research Café will be held to explore the ideas arising from the discussions in the two preceding days.
Committees
Local Organizing Committee
- Maria Francesca Costabile
- Carmelo Ardito
- Paolo Buono
- Rosa Lanzilotti
- Antonio Piccinno
University of Bari at Brindisi, Italy
General Technical Committee (COST294-MAUSE Executive Board)
- Effie Law, ETH Zurich, Switzerland/University of Leicester, UK
- Ebba Hvannberg, University of Iceland, Iceland
- Dominique Scapin, INRIA, France
- Nigel Bevan, Usability Professional Services, UK
- Gilbert Cockton, University of Sunderland, UK
- Mark Springett, Middlesex University, UK
- Christian Stary, University of Linz, Austria
- Claudia Maderthaner, University of Linz, Austria
- Philippe Palanque, LIIHS-IRIT Toulouse, France (Dissemination Leader)
- Marco Winckler, LIIHS-IRIT Toulouse, France (Dissemination Leader)
Venue
The conference will be held at the University of Bari at Brindisi (Via Primo Longobardo, 23, Quartiere Casale, Brindisi). (Map).

The suggested hotels are:
  • Hotel Colonna **** (Corso Roma, 83, Brindisi)
  • Hotel Internazionale **** (Viale Regina Margherita, 22, Brindisi)
Hotels are in the city center and close to the airport shuttle stops.
A motor boat can be used to go from one side of the harbor, where hotels are, to the other side, where University is.

Hotels can be reserved not later than February 25th using the HOTEL APPLICATION FORM (.pdf) (.doc).


If you arrive at Brindisi airport
Brindisi Airport is called "Papola-Casale" or "Aeroporto del Salento".
Airport Shuttle
The shuttle stop is in front of the arrival exit.
The shuttle service:
  • Start: 5.30 a.m.
  • End: 11.45 p.m.
  • Every 15-30’
  • 10’ from/to railway station
  • Tickets are sold both at the airport library (0,80 €) and on the bus(1,50 €)
Taxi
Taxi from airport to downtown costs 20 €. Please, check the price with the driver.
People going from the airport to the workshop venue must tell the driver the following address:
The University of Bari at Brindisi, Via Primo Longobardo, 23, Quartiere Casale, Brindisi

If you arrive at Bari airport
From Bari airport to Brindisi
Shuttle bus from the Bari airport to the Bari train station (about 4,50 €).
Train from Bari train station to Brindisi: from 60 to 100 minutes (it depends on the train) and it costs about 10 €.

The train station in Brindisi is at walking distance from the hotels.

Train timetable:http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/

Airport shuttle timetable: