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=== TwinTide Autumn Training School: Research Methods for Human-Computer 
Interaction (TUTOREM) ===

Date: 6th – 9th November 2012 (arrival on 5th November)
Venue: Hotel Kompas, Bled, Slovenia 
(http://www.kompashotel.com/index_en.php)
Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/compsci/people/elaw/tutorem/

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 14th September 2012

MAIN GOAL:
The overarching goal of TUTOREM is to improve participants’ 
understanding of significant research methods commonly or increasingly 
used in the field of HCI. Such an enhanced understanding will enable 
them to select and combine appropriate research methods for their 
specific HCI projects and to contextualise them without unintended 
impacts on validity. While we recognise the importance of theories that 
inform the development of research methods, due to the time constraint 
no session is dedicated to HCI theories. Nevertheless, relevant 
theoretical frameworks will be addressed in individual sessions of 
TUTOREM, which consist of lectures, workshops and discussions. In 
addition, student participants will collaboratively work in small groups 
on a mini-project with the topic identified by the School’s lecturers.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:
Participants are expected to:
• develop a succinct overview of existing as well as emerging HCI 
research methods;
• explore the relations between quantitative and qualitative research 
methods and their synergy in different research studies (i.e. 
mixed-method approaches);
• gain knowledge and practical skills for several common, significant 
research methods in HCI, including survey design, statistical methods, 
interviews, and qualitative data analysis;
• learn about research methods with increasing use and interest in HCI, 
including decision-making models, ethnographic approaches, and 
narrative-based methods;
• reflect on critical issues when applying research methods, including 
fundamentals for PhD studies and research ethics;
• expand research network of peers, laying the ground for future 
collaboration;

PARTICIPATION:
PhD students in HCI, who have a basic level of knowledge and skills in 
general research methods, including concepts in elementary statistics 
and experiences in user-based studies, and are at the first or second 
year of their doctoral studies, are eligible to apply for TUTOREM. The 
following documents are required for application:

• CV
• Supporting Statement (i.e., rationale for application, relevant 
background, list of publication, etc.)
• Recommendation letter from a supervisor
• Sources of funding
• Scholarship required (yes or no)

Successful candidates will be granted a scholarship of €300, which 
should be enough to cover the four-night accommodation (double room) and 
main meals during their stay in TUTOREM. Note that travel expenses will 
NOT be funded. All application documents should be sent as a zipped file 
labelled with your last name to Effie Law ([log in to unmask]) by 14th 
September 2012 (Friday). Each application will be reviewed. Notification 
of acceptance will be mailed to each applicant by 21st September 2012 
(Friday). Maximum 30 students will be accepted.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Deadline for application submission: 14th September 2012
Notification to applicants: 21st September 2012
Deadline for registration: 1st October 2012
Date of arrival: 5th November 2012 (after 12:00)
Training school: 6th - 8th November 2012
Date of departure: 9th November 2012 (by 11:00)

LECTURERS:
Prof. Gilbert Cockton, Northumbria University, UK
Dr. Dominic Furniss, University College London Interaction Centre, UK
Prof. Jan Gulliksen, KTH, Sweden
Dr. Jettie Hoonhout, Philips Research
Dr. Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research
Prof. Paul van Schaik, Teesside University, UK
Prof. Bojan Srdjevic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Main Organizers:
Effie L-C Law, University of Leicester, UK/ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Gilbert Cockton, Northumbria University, UK

Local Organizers:
Matic Pipan, Tanja Arh, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

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