Courses - Accepted Proposals

Accepted courses for IndiaHCI 2018 are as listed below. These will be during the conference on the 17th and 18th of December. We will soon start selling tickets for these courses. Watch this space for updates.

Accepted Proposals

Course 1: Assistive Technology in India: From Design to Deployment

Sumita Sharma, Markku Turunen, Blessin Varkey and Krishnaveni Achary

This course presents an overview of the process of designing, developing, and deploying assistive technologies, with examples from the work carried out by the course instructors in India. We focus on our work with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in India, carried out at Tamana, an NGO in New Delhi. This includes several gesture-based applications that were designed and deployed for children with autism. Lastly, the course aims to provide practical design drivers for researchers and designers working towards assistive technology design and mainstream technology adoption in an assistive context.

Course 2: 4Es approach to interaction (Embodied, Embedded, Extended, and Enactive): phenomenological and physiological approaches

Vivek Kant and Eric Kerr

The aim of this course is delineate the 4E (Embodied, Embedded, Extended, and Enactive) approach to interaction in terms of its phenomenological and physiological basis. The course will build upon philosophical viewpoints of phenomenology as well as physiological viewpoints of activity theory and ecological psychology. The primary aim of this course is to show that these viewpoints that have already been accepted as part of second-wave HCI still possess fundamental insights about human knowing, acting and being and can be used for addressing modern day third-wave HCI research, in India (and more broadly the global south).

Course 3: So You Want to Do a PhD in Interaction Design

Anirudha Joshi

This 80-minute course is meant for early-career professionals who are interested in pursuing PhD research in interaction design or overlapping areas. In this course, I will provide a brief introduction to research and contextualize design research with respect to interaction design profession. I will show some examples of work by PhD students who have completed or are nearing completion of their PhD and give glimpses into life before, during and after a PhD.

Course 4: How to Write a Paper for India HCI 2019

Anirudha Joshi

This 160-minute course aims to teach participants how to write research papers. It is particularly designed for first-time paper writers in the Indian interaction design / HCI community. It is meant for students and new professionals from the fields of design, computer science, cognitive science, ergonomics etc. In this course, I will cover the scope and the contents of an HCI research paper, the style and structure of writing a research paper, and the paper review process that authors should keep in mind. While this course will focus on writing papers and notes, some learnings from this course could be extended to writing other types of materials such as case studies, posters and demos.

Course 5: Enhancing User Experience through Effective Transitions

Venkatesh Rajamanickam and Arihant Parsoya

With dramatic improvements in display and processing abilities of computing devices, transitions in user interfaces (the visual changes on screen that take place during user interaction) have become an integral part of the user experience. However, most transitions use engaging animations or sophisticated motion graphics merely as a means to dazzle, impress or amaze users. We believe that transitions when employed correctly, can be powerful cognitive devices. They can help users form accurate mental models of complex information and task structures, navigate with ease, anticipate outcomes, and avoid errors. Drawing from time tested principles from the fields of animation, storytelling, and perception studies, this course will teach participants on how to employ good transitions to design effective user experiences.

Course 6: Designing the next great frontier User Interfaces: Learning the principles of Conversational UIs Design and Research.

Ilker Yengin and Gunjan Sobhani

We speak 16,000 words per day on average. We want our technologies to be able to understand our speech. It is predicted that, by 2020, 30% of web surfing will be done without a screen. Using conversation and voice to interact with our daily tools will transform the way we live. We use voice as a user interaction interface, because it is useful when hands/vision are occupied, it provides faster results, it is easier than type on certain devices, it is fun/cool and it avoids confusing menu options. UX design will follow the wave and conversational UI will be another form factor and medium. Conversational interfaces are one of the top three trends in 2017 according to the Gartner. Chabot’s are the early examples of these conversational interfaces that users interact with the service and system via the text based chat interface, usually supported by an AI. We will see more examples of voice-operated conversation chat bot agents in different areas as well. With the emerging trend, chat bots have been adopted by many industries since people prefer to speak to an agent or representative agents. Following these emerging trends, UX designer and researched should explore the conversational UI such as Chabot interaction with users.