A Course at CHI 2019

Most CHI attendees would agree that an experiment (i.e., user study) is the hallmark of good research in human-computer interaction. But what constitutes an experiment? And how does one go from an experiment to a CHI paper?

In this two-session course, attendees learn how to conduct empirical research in human-computer interaction (HCI). This course delivers an A-to-Z tutorial on designing a user study and demonstrates how to write a successful CHI paper. It would benefit anyone interested in conducting a user study or writing a CHI paper. Only general HCI knowledge is required.

trade-off between internal and external validity

Design an Experiment

Formulate testable research questions, learn the parts of an experiment, and design an experiment to answer research questions using the scientific method.

participants in a user study

Participate in a User Study

Take turns acting both as participant (i.e., perform tasks while data are collected) and as investigator (i.e., instruct the participant, administer the tasks, collect and record data).

chart with error bars and F-stat

Analyze Empirical Data

Present data using charts, ANOVA tests, and linear regression. The instructors provide an easy to use ANOVA tool, and describe accompanying statistics.

structure of a CHI paper

Write a CHI-Styled Paper

Learn how to write a CHI paper. This includes how to best organize and present experiment results, tips for writing style, and pitfalls to avoid.