Courses & Workshops

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We are conducting several courses and workshops at India's one of most the prestigious conference - "IndiaHCI 2020"

Courses

Over the past few years, there has been a great influx of “voice assistants” in the market. Major players as Apple, Google and Amazon have reported sales in millions of devices with “speech technology”. One of the key factors driving the popularity is that the devices are becoming efficient in interpreting human speech and assist users intelligently. Moreover, leveraging on the advancements in artificial intelligence backed natural language processing, these voice assistants have the potential of reducing the barriers to access technology for many emergent users and those who would prefer voice to interact with ICTs. However, there exists several contextual, social, ethical and technological challenges in designing a successful voice user interface. This course will introduce the audience to a plethora of voice assistants and will foreground few challenges in the context based on our research and practice. The course will conclude with a hands-on-demo of developing a small application.

Schedule: 5th-Nov-2020 from 9:00am to 10:30am

Workshops

The COVID19 pandemic has forced many institutions to close, pushing often unprepared institutions to move “teaching and learning” online. This made the educational ecosystem more challenging especially in “HCI” where the core philosophy is “user-centred”. However, this disruption provides us with an opportunity to reimagine HCI education in an online environment. This workshop invites educators (from academia and industry) and students to participate. We will discuss the challenges in teaching and learning HCI in an online mode while reflecting upon the best practices of the past. We will construct ideas about how to conduct user studies, interpretation, prototyping and design evaluation in an online mode effectively. We will brainstorm solutions along with a hands-on demonstration of some useful online tools and strategies.

Schedule: 5th-Nov-2020 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Learning Human Computer Interaction broadens one’s mind to design innovative technologies that focus on Humans. HCI as a subject is widely available, accessible and growing interest in Global North with the support of trained professionals and researchers. Although this trend is escalating in Asia Pacific with the demand, exposure and experience, the South Asian context faces challenges not only to populate the demand and interest in the subject, but also when adopting the HCI methods in the curricular which has centered livelihood of Global North. We argue that the HCI curricular for South Aisan Contexts needs much sensitivity to diversity due to a range of reasons such as varied literacy levels, availability of and access to technology, economic drivers, regional/cultural norms and specifically the “user base” of people. In this workshop, a group of HCI educators and practitioners representing diverse cultural contexts in South Asia will address these challenges by designing an inclusive HCI curricular by understanding the landscape of HCI curriculums offered in the universities and institutions across the region while considering the demanded skills by key stakeholders. The workshop will invite interested educators and to share their HCI practices, brainstorm solutions which can be commonly adopted and populated in the region. At the end of the workshop, organizers envision establishing a working Group for Inclusive HCI Curriculum Development Unit (ICDU) which will take sustainable and long term actions to address the challenges in the HCI curriculum for the South Asia region.

Schedule: 6th-Nov-2020 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon

Work from home in todays’ world holds a different meaning, especially in terms of privacy and their work. There have been so many instances where the privacy of a telecommuter has been breached with or without their knowledge. This workshop aims at collecting stories from telecommuters to understand their work from home experience through the lens of privacy. Workshops provide an opportunity to bring together design researchers, design practitioners in academia, public sector, business and industry for a focused and interactive discussion. The methods that will be used during the workshop include : visual storytelling, theatrical storytelling, speculative design, design fiction among others. Our aim is not just to understand the mindset around privacy in the work from home space but also to convey these ideas to the participants and to develop privacy-first systems.

Schedule: 6th-Nov-2020 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm