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COST294-MAUSE Training School 2008

Designing and Evaluating InnoVative Interactive SystEms (DEVISE):
Interdisciplinary Trans-sectorial Training


VENUE: University Residential Centre of Bertinoro (Forli-Cesena), Italy

 DATE: 29th June 2008 (Sunday) -- 4th July 2008 (Friday)



The overarching goal of DEVISE is to improve participants' theoretical 
and practical understanding of emergent design and evaluation methods 
for interactive software and media, as well as techniques and tools 
being employed in different IT-enhanced sectors, through exploring 
differences and commonalities. Reviews of case studies and hands-on 
exercises will be employed as instruments to realize this goal.  Of 
particular significance is to enlighten young human-computer interaction 
(HCI) and software engineering (SE) researchers and practitioners 
through in-depth discussions with their experienced counterparts, 
enabling them to develop a holistic view of the overlapping fields of SE 
and HCI.

For the detailed description about the background and motivation 
underlying DEVISE, please click on:


Participants are expected to:

* become familiar with application domains and some specialised design 
and evaluation methodologies, and to be able to consider their 
generalisation and specialisation across domains and sectors;

* gain knowledge and practical experience in designing and evaluating a 
range of innovative interactive systems with multiple methods and from 
multiple disciplinary perspectives;

* learn how evaluation studies are devised and executed with respect to 
domain-specific as well as other contextual resources and constraints;

* learn how different design and evaluation methods address and trade 
off quality attributes deemed significant for innovative interactive 
systems and development processes, with special emphasis on creativity, 
automaticity, safety, security, usability, reliability and evolvability;

* be inspired by how transdisciplinary approaches derived from 
biological or social sciences, or from the Arts or Humanities, can be 
adapted for designing and evaluating innovative interactive systems;



(1) STUDENTS (max. 30)
PhD students in HCI and SE, who have a reasonable level of knowledge in 
general design and evaluation methodologies and are at the first or 
second year of their doctoral studies, are eligible to apply for the 
Training School. The following documents are required for application:

(i) CV  (1-page)
(ii) Supporting Statement (including rationale for application, relevant 
background, list of publications, etc.) [1-2 page]
(iii) Recommendation letter from a supervisor
(iv) Sources of funding

Please send the above four items (preferably in a single pdf file) by 
e-mail to Effie Law ([log in to unmask]). The format of the filename 
should be: /your surname/-DEVISE.pdf, e.g., smith-DEVISE.pdf

Note that the registration fee for the five-day stay in the residential 
center for a single person (including all meals and an excursion) will 
cost about 615EUR.  Successful candidates may be granted a scholarship 
of a range from 300EUR to 400EUR to cover part of the registration fee. 
However, travel expenses will NOT be funded.



Experienced HCI researchers and practitioners are being invited as 
lecturers. The following HCI experts have confirmed their participation 
or expressed their interest in the School (NB: for up-to-date list, see 
the website):

* Prof. Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University, USA
* Prof. Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University, USA
* Prof. Ann Blandford, University College London, UK
* Dr. Mark Blythe, University of York, UK
* Prof. Gilbert Cockton, University of Sunderland, UK
* Prof. Jan Gulliksen, Uppsala University, Sweden
* Prof. Kasper Hornbćk, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (to be confirmed)
* Prof. Philippe Palanque, IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier, France
* Prof. Avi Parush, Carleton University, Canada
* Mr. Ian Worley, Flow-Interactive, UK


Due date for Application Submission: *Saturday, March 15, 2008*
Notification of Application Result: Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Arrival date: Sunday, June 29, 2008

Departure date: Friday, July 4, 2008 (afternoon)


Effie L-C. Law, ETH Zürich/University of Leicester, Switzerland/UK
Gilbert Cockton, University of Sunderland, UK
Ann Blandford, University College London, UK
Jan Gulliksen, Uppsala University, Sweden
Ebba T. Hvannberg, University of Iceland, Iceland


* The Training School is organized in the name of COST294-MAUSE 
( -- an international EU project researching on 
usability issues
* BiCi (; Leonardo Melandri Programme)

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