The 6th Summer School on Computational Interaction was held at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. It took place between the 13th June and the 18th June 2022 (Monday through Saturday) and was organized by the Saarland Informatics Campus and the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics.
This summer school taught HCI students, researchers, and industry professionals computational methods and their application in user interface design, interactive systems, user modeling, and more. Each day featured one or two outstanding researchers who shared their expertise on a technical topic and advised attendants in practical hands-on sessions — always in relevance to HCI.
For the first time this year, on the last day, attendants got the chance to develop entrepreneurial skills and learn how to translate their research expertise into business ideas and ventures.
See below for impressions of the summer school.
Themes & Topics
We put together a remarkable program that features the leading experts in the area of computational interaction. Each day was dedicated to a specific topic and was divided into theoretical background lectures and practical hands-on exercises. For each topic there were extensive opportunities to practice the acquired knowledge and to get feedback from the instructors. See here for more details.
- Bayesian Inference:
John Williamson, University of Glasgow
- Deep Learning:
Luis Leiva and Bereket Yilma, University of Luxemburg
- Computational Rationality and Reinforcement Learning:
Andrew Howes, University of Birmingham
- Interactive and Explainable AI:
Nikola Banovic, University of Michigan
Antti Oulasvirta, Aalto University and Alexandra Ion, Carnegie Mellon University
- From Research to Ventures:
Coaches from German Entrepreneurship
This year we invited exciting guests, giving students first-hand experiences of state-of-the-art research in HCI and adjacent areas.
We are happy to announce the start of the 6th Summer School on Computational Interaction at @Saar_Uni, organized by the computer science department and the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics.— Saarland Informatics Campus (@SIC_Saar) June 13, 2022
For more information: https://t.co/eSSdhYsbWS@annafeit @HCI_Saarland#cixschool22 pic.twitter.com/NidIKCECiP
Today we're kicking off the 6th summer school on computational interaction which happens @Saar_Uni @SIC_Saar this whole week. We're starting off learning about Bayesian HCI from @jhnhw see the full program here and join us next year! https://t.co/37ar25WZLw#cixschool22 pic.twitter.com/p02LYPJ6bv— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 13, 2022
2nd day of the #cixschool22 summer school on computational interaction @SIC_Saar @Saar_Uni Today we learn about deep learning methods for HCI from @luileito and Bereket Yilma from @uni_lu. Fingers crossed I'll finally get the details 🤞😬 pic.twitter.com/9FcLVL5aKB— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 14, 2022
That’s a wrap up! 6 Days of intense workshops with great company and amazing lecturers. Thank you @AnnaFeit for being such a wonderful host. #cixschool22 pic.twitter.com/jsjygLXV3c— Hai Dang (@ItsHaiNotHi) June 19, 2022
Last teaching session of this year's #cixschool22. Learning about geometric optimization and the secrets behind the fancy metamaterials of @alexiiion pic.twitter.com/noRyEIuUXM— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 17, 2022
Our fourth day at the #cixschool22 ends with an awesome panel by @RealityLabs with the whole team telling us about the computational input methods and interfaces they are developing for XR. Really exciting stuff! pic.twitter.com/qolVwHCKRH— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 16, 2022
Day 3 of the #cixschool22 summer school @SIC_Saar @Saar_Uni. Andrew Howes is telling us about the fascinating approach of computational rationality to user modeling. Main assumption: interaction is a direct consequence of the bounds imposed by human cognition and the environment. pic.twitter.com/37iepEYX4j— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 15, 2022
New #technologies bring new challenges - At #cixschool22 our team for HumanE #AI Net helped participants strengthen entrepreneurial #skills.— German Entrepreneurship (@GEntrepreneur_) June 23, 2022
Thank you to hosts Prof. @AnnaFeit
and Prof. Jürgen Steimle!#cixschool22 #computerscience #hci #summerschool #excellence pic.twitter.com/wecae1OKqD
Amazing finale at the #cixschool22— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 18, 2022
Timo and Chiara from @GEntrepreneur_ teach us how to develop research ideas into business cases.I'm amazed how much of our knowledge from user-centred design we can apply but also how many of the start-up methods are applicable to research (1/n) pic.twitter.com/iLSlfxu9IO
VR is here to stay and @da_lind is arguing that the killer application is in health care.What about mixed reality?Many open challenges remaining but a key one is to make it easier for creators to develop good MR interaction.Automatic adaptation is a crucial component #cixschool22 pic.twitter.com/WnKDpi8R5R— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 16, 2022
Another fascinating guest talk at #cixschool22 by Dietrich Manstetten from @BoschResearch on Modeling people's driving behavior (with or without support from AI) and giving us an overview of the diverse HCI research Bosch is involved in. pic.twitter.com/WDzCbvt95R— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 15, 2022
Day 5 of the #cixschool22 @amrgomaaelhady trying to guess the two favorite colors of Jennifer Matthiesen. According to @oulasvirta he's approximating a function over the color space and find the optimum based on the feedback he gets from guessing, just like a bayesian optimizer. pic.twitter.com/PFf5CFGzwI— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 17, 2022
Great talk by @geri_fitz on YOUR good academic life at #cixschool22 If you don't feel mentally and physically good, we don't do good research. Define your VALUES! It is not about saying no, but about saying yes to your values, yourself, to do better research. Thanks #academia pic.twitter.com/t9JMAWQRI9— Beatrice Vincenzi is at CIXSummerSchool (@Beatrice_vince) June 13, 2022
Such an inspiring impulse talk by Geraldine Fitzpatrick @ChangeAcadLife on "*your* good academic life" at the #cixschool22 summer school. So many take aways and seeds for reflection, I just wanna highlight a few (1/n)— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 13, 2022
Excited about day 4 at #cixschool22. Great discussion about AI explainability, interpretability, fairness, trust. Thank you @nikola_banovic for the interesting reflections. pic.twitter.com/0a1sbTtpbD— Beatrice Vincenzi is at CIXSummerSchool (@Beatrice_vince) June 16, 2022
Day 2 of #cixschool22 summer school on computational interaction @SIC_Saar @Saar_Uni— HCI Lab - Saarland University (@HCI_Saarland) June 14, 2022
Today we showcased some interactive demos of our research to the participants together with @sensintgroup. Happy to finally do demos in person again! pic.twitter.com/xdmLKCOHIq
Very engaged discussions on day 4 of the #cixschool22 summer school about problems of explainability, interpretability, trust, bias ..... in AI and ML systems enabled by @nikola_banovic pic.twitter.com/ViLZF44uC9— Anna Maria Feit (@AnnaFeit) June 16, 2022
All smiles from me, demonstrating the research I’ve been doing on novel feedback for singers through #biosignal #sonificafion for the #cixschool22 summer school on computational interaction 👩🏼💻🎶 @sensintgroup @HCI_Saarland @SIC_Saar https://t.co/U4icMz3S6i pic.twitter.com/89g33fhOqa— Courtney Reed (@courtneynreed1) June 16, 2022