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Oulasvirta Antti <[log in to unmask]>
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*** 3rd ACM SIGCHI Sponsored Summer School on Computational Interaction
(June 12-17 in Switzerland) ***
*** Registration open ***

Registration is now open to the 3rd ACM SIGCHI Summer School on
Computational Interaction. This year the summer school will be held on the
shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne in Switzerland (organized by ETH Zurich).
The summer school takes place 12-17 June 2017 (Monday through Saturday),
at the Hotel Flora Alpina less than one hour from Zurich. Registration fee
includes lodging, tuition and all meals. This deal is possible due to our
generous sponsors: ACM SIGCHI, Disney Research Zurich, and Nokia. Please
register at


As we enter the post-PC era, new technologies emerge and they bring along
new challenges that the traditional user-centered design approach is not
well equipped to meet. For example, artificial intelligence, wearable
computing, augmented and virtual reality, and custom interactive devices
enabled by emerging digital fabrication technologies pose increasingly
substantial challenges for interaction design. As interfaces become more
sophisticated, an exponentially expanding set of design decisions need to
be made. Manual approaches can only explore a tiny fraction of the design
space. The scope of problems that can now be solved algorithmically, even
on individual PCs, has expanded vastly due to advances in computing power
and increased efficiency of numerical solvers. However, computational
aspects are rarely taught in the context of HCI. Thus, the goal of the
summer school is to teach PhD students and HCI researchers the foundations
of computational tools in the context of user interface design and their
application in interactive systems. This encompasses modeling of
interaction, deriving and engaging with statistical models of content,
automatic learning of preferences and computer-assisted optimization of
interfaces. Applied machine learning and appropriate quantitative
analysis, suitable for real-time, closed-loop interactions will be key
elements of the summer school program. There will be a strong focus on
developing applied skills through practical sessions integrated into the
school program, which will give students practical experience in using
well-grounded, cutting edge analysis, modeling and inference in
engineering interactive systems.

The summer school will be organized around the common themes of:

* Optimization: Solving interaction and user interface design problems by
deriving interface configurations which satisfy constraints and maximize
performance criteria.

* Machine learning & inference: A principled and robust approach to
designing a transformation from input to useful action.

Each of the lecture blocks will have embedded programming assignments
showing how to apply the techniques in concrete human-centered

Summer school students will:

* Learn how to turn emerging technologies into viable interfaces while
adhering to models of human capability.

* Expand their capabilities to build robust interactions across a wide
range of contexts and devices.

* Understand how computational approaches can focus interaction design on
the interesting work of specifying the questions and letting computational
methods resolve the answers.

The summer school will close with a full-day hackathon.


The list of instructors/speakers includes the leading experts in the area
of computational HCI. Since this is the third instalment of the summer
school, we have now established a well thought through and successful
format and curriculum. Each speaker is responsible for a full day of
instruction, dedicated to their area of expertise. Days are divided into
theoretical background (i.e., lectures) and practical hands-on exercises.
For each topic there will be extensive opportunities to practice the
acquired knowledge and to get feedback from the instructors.

* Antti Oulasvirta, Aalto University
* Per Ola Kristensson, University of Cambridge
* John Williamson, University of Glasgow
* Roderick Murray-Smith, University of Glasgow
* Andrew Howes, University of Birmingham
In addition, this year we will have exciting keynote speakers (tbc),
giving students first-hand experience of state-of-the-art research in HCI
and adjacent areas.


* Otmar Hilliges, ETH Zurich  <>
* Christoph Gebhardt, ETH Zurich <>


The summer school will begin on Monday, 12 June and close with an exciting
one-day hackathon on Saturday, 17 June. There will be a mix of lectures
and hands-on work, with presentations in the morning, followed by
practical development sessions in the afternoon. Students will receive a
written certificate for participation.


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