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About the Summer School

The ANU/UniSA Human Computer Interaction Summer School (HCISS) will run from the 5 to 9 of December 2011. Lectures are to be held in the Research School of Chemistry, and laboratory work in the CSIT building, at ANU. This summer school will comprise a crash course in Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction at senior undergraduate/graduate level together with laboratory exercises and guest lectures on special topics.

Anchoring lecturers for the summer school will be:

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Professor Bruce H. Thomas. Bruce is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Computing Research Centre, University of South Australia, and Director of the Wearable Computer Lab. He is nationally and internationally recognised for his contributions to the scientific community and to industry in the areas Wearable Computers, Tabletop Interactions, Augmented Reality, and User Interaction.

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Dr Henry Gardner. Henry is the Director of the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. He has long standing research interests in virtual reality and human computer interaction and is co-inventor of the Wedge virtual reality theatre.

Textbook: "Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction"

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Anchoring lectures in the summer school will be partly sourced from the textbook "Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction" by Jonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser (Weily 2010).
Prior to the commencement of the summer school students will be expected to have purchased a copy of the book to bring with you to the lectures, a limited number of library copies may be available.

Hands-on experimentation and frontier technology

The HCI summer school will feature hands-on experimentation through laboratory exercises. It will hold special sessions on frontier technology for user interaction including:
  • Free-space gesture interaction
    Using systems such as the Microsoft Kinect, modern interface designers are now able to move the interaction region in front of the display. Students at the summer school will engage with building a free-space interaction system and will use it to investigate fundamental principles of human movement and ergonomics.
  • Field-work and ethnography
    Modern HCI techniques for defining system requirements are making increased use of methodologies from the social sciences including anthropology. Students will study and practice techniques for observing potential users in their natural habitat!
  • Eye-gaze and EEG
    Computer vision interfaces can now make use of monitoring users' eye gaze to detect areas of displays of active interest and attention. Modern EEG (electroencephalography) systems can reliably detect users' brain-waves and are beginning to be incorporated into brain-computer-interfaces for commodity applications. Students will study the principles behind and the state of the art of these new interface systems.

Participants in the HCI Summer School will normally have completed at least three years of a tertiary level computer science degree. The summer school will form part of formal coursework for senior level undergraduate and graduate courses at both the Australian National University and the University of South Australia.

Places at the summer school are limited - particularly in the laboratory sessions - and formally enrolled students will take priority. There is some scholarship support available for attendance by students outside of the ACT.

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