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Pawel Wozniak <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 1 May 2017 16:04:45 +0000
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University of Stuttgart and Lodz University of Technology are organising
The Łódź Summer School on Methods in HCI 
July 7-14th in Łódź, Poland

We invite PhD students and advanced Master’s students to attend a summer school focusing on the many methods and tools available in the HCI field.

Registration is now open at

Human-Computer Interaction uses a variety of methods that build upon different related fields of inquiry. As PhD and master’s students have a wide array of methodologies at their disposal, choosing the right method and using it effectively is challenge.  Concurrently, students wishing to pursue a career in HCI come from a variety of backgrounds and are usually experienced in using only a subset of the methods. In particular Eastern European computer science curricula focus more on theoretical and formal methods and feature less constructive and empirical work. The primary aim of this summer school is to provide a comprehensive overview of methods in HCI thus providing students with an awareness of the multitude of valid methodological approaches in the field and practical experience of using these methods.
A secondary goal is to solidify and grow the relatively small Eastern-European HCI community. The summer school will include a series of introductory lectures and extensive practical assignments where students will build and evaluate interactive systems. Established lecturers from the CHI community will first introduce theoretical concepts in the morning and practical sessions will start before lunch, thus focusing on practical applications of the methods. The following methods will be addressed:
Constructive and creative methods:
Paper prototyping: horizontal and vertical prototyping, advantages of lo-fi prototypes, building desktop, mobile and physical interface prototypes
Functional physical prototypes: advantages of high-fi prototypes and physical computing, hands-on introduction to muscle sensing and control
Sketching and storyboarding: sketching methods followed by a practical session on illustrating user scenarios and developing a storyboard
Evaluation methods:
Quantitative methods: advantages and limitations of controlled experiments, introduction to statistical methods, running the experiment
Qualitative methods: ethnomethodology, data collection methods, introduction to qualitative analysis
Mixed-method and in-the wild studies: designing an in-the-wild study and combining data collected from different sources, hands-on work on designing the study.

Leading figures in the HCI area will give a practice-oriented course that will present an overview of tools and methods available to researchers in HCI. Join our school if you want to step out of your methodological comfort zone or when looking for ways to appreciate our field’s diversity.

The teachers of the summer school:
Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University
Erin Brady, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology
Morten Fjeld, Chalmers University of Technology
Niels Henze, University of Stuttgart
Jennifer Marlow, FXPAL
Nicolai Marquardt, University College London
Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart
Stefan Schneegaß, University of Stuttgart
Katrin Wolf, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Organisation chairs:
Paweł W. Woźniak, University of Stuttgart
Andrzej Romanowski, Lodz University of Technology

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Best regards,

Paweł W. Woźniak

Postdoctoral fellow | Akademischer Mitarbeiter
Human-Computer Interaction | Mensch-Computer-Interaktion (MCI)
Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) | Institut für Visualisierung und Interaktive Systeme
Stuttgart Research Center for Simulation Technology (SRC SimTech)

University of Stuttgart | Universität Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 5a
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 (0) 711 685-60153
Fax: +49 (0) 711 685-50055
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