Doctoral Networking Day

We are inviting applications from HCI doctoral students across the UK to attend the first HCI Doctoral Networking Day held in conjunction with British HCI 2015. The networking day will be held on Tuesday 14th July 2015 with a number of smaller satellite events throughout the conference. The day is designed to give students the opportunity to connect and collaborate with peers in their field, to explore career opportunities in industry and academia across the UK, and to critically reflect upon the work that we carry out as a community in Human-Computer Interaction. We specifically encourage applications from early-stage PhD students, but also welcome applicants in the later stages of their PhDs.

Registration for the Doctoral Networking Day is £149. This includes full access to attend British HCI 2015 (excluding the conference dinner, available for purchase at additional cost). We will also provide on-campus accommodation at reduced rates of approximately £20-25/night. Additional funding for travel and accommodation will be available to support students who can demonstrate financial need. Remember – registration at the networking day will allow access to the whole of the main track conference!

Event Structure

The main day will feature a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations designed to connect and collaborate. As a core activity, participants will be invited to work in groups with a mentor to develop critiques of the highest rated main track conference papers. Participants will present their critiques in conjunction with their critiqued paper’s presentation in the main track of the conference, plus award a Students’ Choice Best Paper Award. Additionally during the day there will presentations and activities designed to inform and generate debate around immediate and future career opportunities, and the day will close with a social event in the evening. Participants of the networking day will also have the opportunity to attend lunches with senior members of the British HCI community throughout the conference. Successful applicants will be invited to present their PhD work within the Works-in-Progress track of British HCI. Submissions will be subject to a more favourable reviewing process that takes into account the career stage of the student.

Application Process

Applications for the Doctoral Networking Day can be made by completing a short application form, and uploading a two-page CV and photo via https://dbinbox.com/BritishHCIDND. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievement, and relevance of their work to the HCI community. Applications are due on March 2nd 2015 at 23:59 GMT. Notifications will be sent out before the end of March to allow accepted students to submit their research to the Works-in-Progress track of the main conference.

Organizers

Dr. David Flatla is a Lecturer and Dundee Fellow at the University of Dundee. His broad research explores augmenting human perception of the world, with a particular focus on colour perception. Dr. Kathrin Gerling is a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. Her research broadly focuses on Human-Computer Interaction, accessibility, and video games. For questions about this event and the application process, please contact us via email at d.flatla@dundee.ac.uk and kgerling@lincoln.ac.uk.

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