TC13 Open Symposium 2018 – Tallinn, Estonia – March 15th, 2018


The TC13 Open Symposium on HCI is part of a series of events organized by the Technical Committee TC13 on Human-Computer Interaction. This is a scientific event allowing doctoral students, researchers and practitioners to discuss topics that related to Human-Computer Interaction.

This event is free of charges however, for logistic purposes, we kindly ask participants to register here.

Organizers: David Lamas and Marco Winckler.


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This Open Symposium is hosted by the Tallinn University, Narva mnt 29, Tallinn, Estonia. This Open Symposium is hosted by the Tallinn University, Narva mnt 29, Tallinn, Estonia. The meeting will take place in A242, a room on the 2nd floor of Tallinn University’s Astra Building. See Google maps at for details.

Accommodation and turistic information

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10h00 – 11h00 : Morning coffee break and registration

Technical Programme

Morning session (room A242)

11h00 : Opening and welcome by Peeter Normak, head of Tallinn University’s School of Digital technologies, Tallinn, Estonia

11h10 : Overview of IFIP and TC13 by Philippe Palanque, Chairperson of IFIP TC13, University of Toulouse, France

11h25 : An overview of Estonian ICT industry by Jüri Jõema, on behalf of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Tallinn, Estonia

11h40 : ICT University Education – a Priority for Higher Education in Estonia by Peeter Normak, Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies

Abstract: We will first describe the general scheme of development and quality assurance of ICT study programmes in Estonia. A short overview of the institutions and their role in supporting ICT higher education and research is presented. As an example, we discuss more thoroughly ICT study programmes and R&D activities of School of Digital Technologies, with special attention to HCI.

11h55 : The state of HCI education, research and practice in MENA region: a strategic overview by SIGCHI.IR by Kaveh Bazargan, Department of Socio-Technical Systems Management, Faculty of Management and Accounting Shahid Beheshti (National) University (of Iran), Tehran, I.R. of Iran

Abstract: On behalf of Iran ACM SIGCHI (SIGCHI.IR) Chapter officers and fellow members, this talk presents a strategic comparative overview of the state of HCI education, research and practice in selected countries located in the MENA region. Up to date country specific data has been systematically collected and analyzed by a wide spectrum of local, regional and international sources namely: ACM SIGCHI main website, ACM Local Chapter websites, ACM Digital Library, IFIP Open Digital Library, IFIP TC13 website, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2017 statistical indicators, the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) 2016 indicators, the World Economic Forum 2016 indicators and finally the Social Progress Index 2017 indicators. In line with ACM SIGCHI main vision, SIGCHI.IR also aims at enhancing its members’ ability to innovate and understand information and communication technologies for the greater public good and for shaping a better sociotechnical future. This talk concludes with current and future strategic opportunities and specific ethical challenges for HCI education, research and practice in the MENA region countries by providing hands-on experience and sharing lessons learned from successful collaborative research and development projects. The new 2018 ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct emphasizes that “the actions of computing professionals directly impact significant aspects of society. In order to meet their responsibilities, computing professionals must always support the public good”. The very first emphasizes of the Code is on the value of “public good” it is the highest principle and main purpose of updating the 1992 code. A final discussion on how the new 2018 ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, currently undergoing a final drafting process for expected adoption and publication by ACM Council in July 2018, can be used a key pedagogical driver and practical framework to inspire and empower everyone towards a envisioning a better shared sociotechnical future for all the people on our planet including people in the MENA region.

12h10 : A comparative analysis of user participation in forums of massive online courses by Nikos Avouris, University of Patras, Greece

Abstract: Online learning occurs in massive scales supporting life-long learning and self development in recent times. Study of student interaction and engagement in online learning activities, as well study of the social characteristics of the communities developed around online courses, are currently subjects of active research.
The field of learning analytics, proposes various approaches in studying this context and supporting learners. In this talk, we will be reporting on our ongoing research in studying online learning in massive scale, and developing models and tools for effective supporting of learning (Ntourmas and Avouris, 2018). Special focus of this talk is on the findings of a comparative analysis of two communities of learners, one related to a course in humanities and another in technology. Through various techniques including social network analysis and forum analysis, we attempt to describe high level constructs, such as participants’ effective communication, level of critical thinking and their performance according to their level of engagement. The results of these studies are expected to provide feedback to the stakeholders involved, such as course designers, teachers etc, and increase our understanding of the complex interactions that take place in online learning.

12h25 : Session of collective question to presenters.

12h50 : General information and announcements by David Lamas, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia

13h00 – 14h00 : Lunch and Networking Afternoon session (room A242)

14h00 : Neurotheatre as a research tool by Aleksander Väljamäe, Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies

Abstract: Modern theatre is going through transformation where new media and neurotechnologies allow for collective co-creation where spectators become spectActors. A new level of mutual understanding and compassion between performers and spectactors can emerge from a dynamically evolving performance shaped by collective emotional experiences. Our recent neurotheatre performance “Demultiplexia” embraced a number of emerging research topics such as neurocinematics, neurochoreography and collective brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

14h15 : HCI and interoperability by Torkil Clemmensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Abstract: Today, workers use lots of different interfaces during a work day. How do they cope? In this talk, I present some initial observations from teaching the topic of HCI and interoperability. Two important perspectives on HCI of the use of multiple organization wide systems are, first, the socio-cognitive dimensions of interoperability, e.g. information sharedness, operational awareness, communication readiness, adaptiveness, and coupledness, and, secondly, continuity, e.g. the user experience provided by continuity functionalities built into software. The talk present some examples of how master level students at an e-business study program responds to the topic and perspectives. The aim with the talk is to have a general discussion about how to teach organizational perspectives on HCI.

14h30 : Multi-Device User Interfaces: from Responsive Design to Cross-Device User Interfaces by Fabio Paterno, IST-Pisa, Italy

Abstract: Our life is a multi-device experience and cross-device user interfaces can improve its quality. This talk discusses the motivations behind and the characterizing concepts of such user interfaces by looking at the main design issues that have been addressed and the various solutions proposed. By discussing the state of art on relevant systems and frameworks, their main features have been identified and used as the basis for comparative discussion. Such aspects can be exploited by user interface designers and developers to analyse and compare various options when addressing existing and new applications. The analysis provided may inform the design and development of new tools and frameworks as well. A discussion on current research challenges concludes the talk.

14h45 :Model-Based Testing of Graphical User Interfaces by José Creissac Campos, Dept. Informática/Universidade do Minho & HASLab/INESC TEC

Abstract: Applying model-based testing to interactive systems enables the systematic testing of the system by automatically simulating user actions on the user interface. It reduces the cost of (expensive) user testing by identifying implementations errors without the involvement of human users, but raises a number of specific challenges, such as how to achieve good coverage of the actual use of the system during the testing process. In this talk I will briefly describe a model-based testing framework that uses a combination of tools and mutation testing techniques to maximize the testing of relevant user behaviours.

15h00 : The future of funding by Jan Gulliksen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Abstract: We are currently in a changing moment when it comes to funding for research, innovation and education. Trends such as digitalisation and more recently artificial intelligence is changing what type of research we may be likely to get funding for in the future and the field of human computer interaction can potentially have a significant impact on a lot of societal development. The next EU framework program may focus on missions instead of challenges than Horizon 2020 did. Transdisciplinarity is increasing in important and concepts such as citizen science is growing. How can this impact HCI and what would we need to do to make sure our field stays relevant and has the importance it deserves in the future?

15h15 : Session of collective question to presenters.

15h40 : Closing coffe break and farewell