Cyprus Interaction Lab Training new Researchers in Human Computer Interaction

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Organized by Prof. Panayiotis Zaphiris (Dean of School of Fine and Applied Arts and Director of the Cyprus Interaction Lab, of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts), Prof. David Lamas (Institute of Informatics, Tallinn University, Estonia) and Dr. Effie Lai-Chong Law (University of Leicester, UK) the summer school on Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) took place with big success at Tallinn University, Estonia from the 25th to the 31st of July 2014. Attended by 36 PhD students and practitioners specializing in HCI from more than 20 different countries it gave a chance to all attendees for training, discussions and social activities.

The course was primarily designed to assist PhD students and practitioners to better understand the major research methods in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and allow them to combine and use these methods in order to tackle their research objectives.

The course included lectures from prominent academics and practitioners in the area of HCI (Dr. Duncan Brumby from UCL, Jettie Hoonhout from Philips Research, Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick from TU Wien Austria, Prof. Katrin Niglas vice rector of Tallinn University, Sian Lindley from Microsoft Research) that covered topics like Ethnography, Narrative Methods, Survey Methods, Experimental Design and Ethics.

Throughout the summer school students worked in groups proposing solutions and creative ideas to real research problems. The course was credited with 4 ECTS by Tallinn University through Open University of Estonia.

The summer school was made possible through the generous support of ACM SIGCHI and Tallinn University.

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