Featured Workshops

[1] Towards Visualisation Design for the Emergent Users of ICTs

Moderators: Amit Jena, IITB-Monash Research Academy; Seema Krishnakumar, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad; Venkatesh Rajamanickam, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Schedule: 5th-Nov-2020 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon

Visualising data is effective when done right. When people can interpret the visualisation by asking more questions on the information displayed versus how or what is displayed, then we know the visualisation is done right. So to be effective, it is essential to design the right visualisations for the data to allow users to interpret and make decisions based on what they observe.

But data visualisation design is built upon the studies of a highly educated subset of the populations who have easy access to and extended familiarity with Information and communications technologies (ICTs). Lately, the population with access to the internet and mobile technologies have reached a significant number. The workshop will start the conversation on how to design visualisations for the Emergent Users of ICTs, with the objective of understanding the intricacies for such design. The participants will be introduced to the various types of visualisations that we commonly see in our daily life, discuss the pros and cons of each, and try to understand how the Emergent Users of ICTs will interpret these visualisations. From the workshop, we aim to draw design guidelines, open questions and hypothesis that will need further study. Read More.


[2] Emerging Technology Design To Address COVID-19 Specific Challenges

Moderators: Nikhil Welankar, Cognizant Technology Solutions; Mangesh Kulkarni, Cognizant Technology Solutions; Shushant Verma Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Schedule: 5th-Nov-2020 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

The world has been witnessing an unprecedented situation since the last few months due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Most of us had never imagined that the countries would have to declare partial or full lockdown to protect their citizens from the Corona outbreak. This epidemic has severely affected citizens, industries, and governments. Many citizens have lost their jobs, many industries have seen financial losses, and governments are trying their best to protect citizens. Many researchers, scientists, innovators, and medical experts across the world are exploring solutions for this crisis. The goal of our workshop is to explore how emerging technologies such as IoT, AR/VR/MR, Robotics and Drones can address some of the key challenges faced by citizens, industries, and governments in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. We will form multiple teams within the participants and each team will have to select one challenge and one or multiple technologies to address the specific challenge. The outcome from this workshop will be in form of various product or service design ideas to address some of the key challenges. We aim to build a community of design thinkers who will continue to collaborate and exchange knowledge beyond this workshop. Read More


[3] Global Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence Examining Urban AI in the Global South and North

Schedule: 5th-Nov-2020 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Moderators: A Luusua, University of Oulu; Sumita Sharma, University of Oulu; Johanna Ylipulli, Aalto University.

This workshop will examine global and multidisciplinary perspectives on urban AI – a research topic scrutinizing the intersections of Artificial Intelligence(s) and cities, i.e. urban life, spaces, places, and infrastructures. There is an urgent need to form a research community around urban AI, as AI technologies are fast maturing and being infused as parts of urban lives, and being further developed at an increasing pace. AIs have the ability to touch on every aspect of urban lives; yet, far from being value-neutral, urban technologies are fundamentally shaping and shaped by the societal, political, geographical, economical and ecological contexts in which they are created, implemented and used. Urban AI, thus must be contextualized in every way; in this work, one of the main issues is the need to highlight and include various global perspectives, i.e. the Global South and North, in the study of urban AI. In this workshop, we attempt to answer the question: how can we incorporate global perspectives, e.g. those relating to the Global South and North, into the research, design and implementation of urban AI? Read More.


[4] Tools and strategies to teach and learn HCI Online

Moderators: Deepak Ranjan Padhi, IIT Bombay; Pankaj Chavan, IIT Bombay.

Schedule: 5th-Nov-2020 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

The COVID19 pandemic has forced many institutions to close, pushing often unprepared institutions to move “teaching and learning” online. This made the educational ecosystem more challenging especially in “HCI” where the core philosophy is “user-centred”. However, this disruption provides us with an opportunity to reimagine HCI education in an online environment.  This workshop invites educators (from academia and industry) and students to participate. We will discuss the challenges in teaching and learning HCI in an online mode while reflecting upon the best practices of the past. We will construct ideas about how to conduct user studies, interpretation, prototyping and design evaluation in an online mode effectively. We will brainstorm solutions along with a hands-on demonstration of some useful online tools and strategies. Read More.


[5] Teaching HCI in South Asia: Designing inclusive HCI Curriculum

Moderators: Pranjal Jain, The UX Whale; Devanuj Balkrishan The UX Whale; Sayan Sarcar, University of Tsukuba; Dilrukshi Gamage, University of Moratuwa; Rucha Tulaskar, Continuum Managed Services; Suleman Shahid, Lahore University of Management Science; Nova Ahmed, North South University.

Schedule: 6th-Nov-2020 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon

Learning  Human Computer Interaction broadens one’s mind to design innovative technologies that focus on Humans. HCI as a subject  is widely available, accessible and growing interest in Global North with the support of trained professionals and researchers. Although this trend is escalating in Asia Pacific with the demand, exposure and experience, the South Asian context faces challenges not only to populate the demand and interest in the subject, but also when adopting the HCI methods in the curricular which has centered livelihood of Global North. We argue that the HCI curricular for South Aisan Contexts needs much sensitivity to diversity  due to a range of reasons such as varied literacy levels, availability of and access to technology, economic drivers, regional/cultural norms and specifically the “user base” of people. In this workshop, a group of HCI educators and practitioners representing diverse cultural contexts in South Asia will address these challenges by designing an inclusive HCI curricular by understanding the landscape of HCI curriculums offered in the universities and institutions across the region while considering the demanded skills  by key stakeholders. The workshop will invite interested educators and to share their HCI practices, brainstorm solutions which can be commonly adopted and populated in the region. At the end of the workshop, organizers envision establishing a working Group  for Inclusive HCI Curriculum Development Unit (ICDU) which will take sustainable and long term actions to address the challenges in the HCI curriculum for the South Asia region. Read More.


[6] DesignAR Classrooms: Towards Designing Augmented Reality Learning Experiences

Moderators: Pratiti Sarkar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Kapil Kadam, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Schedule: 6th-Nov-2020 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

The emerging technology of Augmented Reality (AR) is being adopted in various domains of education like STEM education, programming and computation, and vocational studies. When designing the AR learning experiences, several design elements, strategies and processes keep moulding based on the different contexts. In this workshop, we are probing the evolution of design considerations for providing AR learning experiences in the new normal scenarios. By bringing together the potential participants, the workshop will address the design challenges and considerations in a way that could bring harmony in the teaching-learning practice through well-defined AR elements, interactions and learning activities. Thus, through different activities, the workshop attendees will work together to (1) probe the evolving affordances, challenges and requirements for AR from physical to online classrooms, (2) analyze the suitable design elements and interactions required for students and teachers, and (3) identify the different ways and techniques to design the learning environment for the different targeted skills of the students. Thus, the overarching goal of the workshop is to bring together the designers, developers, EdTech experts, researchers, teachers and practitioners (though not restrictive), who are enthusiastically contributing towards AR/VR and IndiaHCI 2020. This workshop will be used as an opportunity to widen the research and practice community for designing AR learning experiences. Read More.


[7] Friendships and Romance During a Pandemic: Reimagining the Future Using Critical Design Fiction

Schedule: 6th-Nov-2020 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Moderators: Sumita Sharma, University of Oulu; Marianne Kinnula, University of Oulu; Netta Iivari, University of Oulu; Grace Eden, IIIT-Delhi; Rocio Fatas, Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Critical Design Fiction (CDF) is an emerging design approach for imagining and exploring technological futures, in a variety of contexts and by various people – researchers, practitioners, experts, professionals, and students. CDF allows us to consider, imagine, explore, and speculate on futures that are probable, possible, and even provocative and empowering.

In this workshop, we employ CDF to explore and imagine the future of human friendships and romance amidst a pandemic that has socially ravaged the entire world. Our changing relationship with each other and with technology is a hotbed of innovation, and an opportunity for us to reconsider and redefine human bonding and intimacy. Participants will be introduced to CDF, and during the workshop will work in small teams of 4-6 to collaboratively consider future scenarios. At the end of the workshop the teams present and discuss their work in the larger group. Overall, the workshop aims to ignite innovative, and even provocative, ideas and future scenarios, building on this year’s conference theme of emerging trends in technology design. Read More.


[8] Privacy and the Pandemic in South Asia: Work From Home Culture, Class and Domestic Space

Schedule: 6th-Nov-2020 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Moderators: Pranjal Jain, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore; Pawan Singh, Deakin University; Rahat Jahangir Rony, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Nova Ahmed, North South University, Shanu Shukla, Indian Institute of Management Indore; Tanya Ballal, Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Mohamed Khamis, University of Glasgow; Taiabul Haque, University of Central Missouri.

Work from home in todays’ world holds a different meaning, especially in terms of privacy and their work. There have been so many instances where the privacy of a telecommuter has been breached with or without their knowledge. This workshop aims at collecting stories from telecommuters to understand their work from home experience through the lens of privacy. Workshops provide an opportunity to bring together design researchers, design practitioners in academia, public sector, business and industry for a focused and interactive discussion. The methods that will be used during the workshop include : visual storytelling, theatrical storytelling, speculative design, design fiction among others. Our aim is not just to understand the mindset around privacy in the work from home space but also to convey these ideas to the participants and to develop privacy-first systems. Read More.