SICSA Summer School in the Use of Inference and Dynamical Modelling in Human-Computer Interaction

Date(s) - 11/06/2012 - 15/06/2012
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

University of Edinburgh Forum

This summer school will focus on the use of inference and dynamical modelling in human-computer interaction. The combination of modern statistical inference and real-time closed loop modelling offers rich possibilities in building interactive systems, but there is a significant gap between the techniques commonly used in HCI and the mathematical tools available in other fields of computing science. This school aims to illustrate how to bring these mathematical tools to bear on interaction problems.

The opportunities for interaction with computer systems are rapidly expanding beyond traditional input and output paradigms: full-body motion sensors, brain-computer interfaces, 3D displays, touch panels are now commonplace commercial items. The profusion of new sensing devices for human input and the new display channels which are becoming available offer the potential to create more involving, expressive and efficient interactions in a much wider range of contexts. Dealing with these complex sources of human intention requires appropriate mathematical methods; modelling and analysis of interactions requires sophisticated methods which can transform streams of data from complex sensors into estimates of human intention.

The programme will consist of a set of lectures delivered by experts of international standing combined with hands-on practical sessions for constructing and working with the techniques covered in the course material.

This school will be suitable for PhD students from a range of fields, especially machine learning, HCI, interaction design and inference.
Although the course will have substantial technical content, no prerequisites are required beyond a background in computer science.

The following speakers are confirmed for the summer school:
Simon Rogers (University of Glasgow)
John Williamson (University of Glasgow)
Thomas Hermann (Bielefeld University)
Per Ola Kristensson (University of St. Andrews)
Lars Kai Hansen (Technical University of Denmark)
Mirco Musolesi (University of Birmingham)

Please check again closer to the time for a programme of events.

The summer school will be held in School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. Activities will take place in the Sir Alwyn Williams Building. [map]

The registration fee is £250. This covers activities and materials. There will be an additional charge for accomodation – we anticipate that this will be approximately £150.
Registration and accomodation are free for PhD students in computer science departments of SICSA member universities. For a full list of SICSA universities, see here.
More information on the registration process will follow soon.

The summer school is jointly organised by the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow and the School of Computer Science at the University of St. Andrews. The organising committee are:
Simon Rogers (University of Glasgow)
John Williamson (University of Glasgow)
Rod Murray-Smith (University of Glasgow)
Per Ola Kristensson (University of St. Andrews)

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