We are happy to announce a summer school on “Research Methods and Approaches to Text Entry and Other Interaction Techniques” from May 21-25, 2018.
Despite major advances in interaction techniques and context aware computing, text entry is still at the core of our interaction with interactive devices. The text entry research community has advanced considerably in recent years, but there is still a long way to go before we have smooth, fast and consistently accurate entry across various devices from large tablets to smartwatches. Further, while much research has been done for text entry in alphabetical scripts, such as the Latin script, and particularly for English, relatively less research has been conducted on text entry in other writing systems, such as Abugidas (scripts from the Indian sub-continent), Abjads (scripts from West Asia), or the Logographic scripts (from East Asia). In a similar way to text entry, many emerging topics in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research involve conceptualising, prototyping and evaluating novel interaction techniques. In order to conduct research in these topics, the selection of appropriate research methods and rigorous user testing are crucial. At times, new researchers tend to overlook crucial aspects while conducting research, because of which even interesting designs do not mature sufficiently. Furthermore, problems in modelling, user study design or statistical analysis often lead to wasted effort as the results become unpublishable.
An important goal of this summer school is developing research capability. This summer school will provide new researchers with a systematic overview of the common research methods. It will enable experienced researchers to refine their skills, and learn new, alternative methods used in the area. Through lectures, practical case studies and hands-on activities, this summer school will focus on the protocols used in experimental research, the principles of designing and executing experiments, and techniques for hypothesis testing. The participants will have an opportunity to present their ongoing research and get feedback. We also expect that the summer school will trigger collaboration across universities and research groups.
The summer school is open to students and researchers from both industry and academia. Please submit your application to attend the summer school through the online application form. This form requires applicants to submit a statement of purpose (up to 400-words) summarizing their current and future research interests.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from ACM SIGCHI, we are able to sponsor attendance awards for a limited number of full-time students. These awards will cover the registration fee and up to ₹20,000 towards accommodation and travel. These awards will be granted on a discretionary basis depending on need and expected benefit of attending the summer school. Please highlight your need for support on the application form.
The attendance awards will be decided based on the relevance of the SOP to this summer school, their impact potential and their need for financial support. We will make an attempt to get as wide a geographical distribution as possible among the students.
Please note that this support is available only to those who are active SIGCHI student members before the summer school. If the selected student is not a SIGCHI member, he/she must become a member prior to the event.
|Application deadline 1||March 18th, 2018|
|Notification of acceptance for round 1||March 25th, 2018|
|Application deadline 2||April 10th, 2018 (if needed)|
|Notification of acceptance for round 2||April 20th, 2018|
|Summer School||May 21-25, 2018|
Ministry and Government clearances that may be required to apply for visa:
Clearance from Ministry of External Affairs has been received, clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of HRD and Government of Maharashtra is awaited.
Detailed schedule will be updated to the summer school webpage closer to the event.