Our Cohort 4 student, Matt Smith, attended the 37th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) which took place from the 4th-9th May 2019 in Glasgow.

CHI is possibly the largest academic conference in its field with nearly 3000 submissionsHuman Factors In Computing 2019 and over 3100 attendees. This was the first time the conference had come to the UK. The conference is world renown and a personal publishing target. The conference is sponsored by huge industry names such as Google and Microsoft.  Matt provided us with a write up about his experience at the conference.

What I did:

I took part in a workshop that explored how technology can misused/ used for evil means. The paper can be found here:

https://chi4evil.wordpress.com/accepted-workshop-papers/

Furthermore, I attended many of the huge number of tracks including:

  • Dimensions of Interaction
  • Designing for Public Spaces
  • UX Methods

Finally, I took part in two training courses:

  • Design for Wellbeing - Tools for Research, Practice and Ethics
  • Intro to the Human Body: Wearability and Human Factors of Wearable Systems

Who I met:

I met several leading academics, such as Professor Mark Blythe, Professor Rafael Calvo, Dorian Peters, Assistant Professor Audrey Desjardins and, briefly, Professor Hiroshi Ishii (head of the MIT Media Lab), as well as many PhD students.

Other activities:

The conference also included a diversity lunch, a Birds of a Feather group lunch, a number of networking parties and meals, a trip to the Glasgow Science Centre and chance to try out technology demos.


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