Degree course/ July 10 – July 17, 2016

The overarching aim of this course is to improve participants’ understanding of significant research methods commonly or increasingly used in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Such enhanced understanding will enable them to select and combine appropriate research methods for their specific HCI projects and to contextualise them without unintended impacts on validity.

The course takes place in Croatia.

The theme of this year’s training school is Ambient Assisted Living.


Day 1 – Monday 11 July 2016

09:00    Registration
09:30    Introductions
10:00    Students form groups and select a project for group work
11:00    Quantitative (experimental) research methods
12:00    Lunch
13:00    Quantitative (experimental) research methods
15:00    Physiology-based interaction: present state and future challenges
15:30    Coffee break
16:00    Group work

Day 2 – Tuesday 12 July 2016

09:00    Introduction to qualitative research methods
10:30    Coffee break
11:00    Introduction to qualitative research methods
12:00    Lunch
13:00    Introduction to qualitative research methods
15:00    Online user behaviour: Analysis, modelling, and simulation
15:30    Coffee break
16:00    Group work

Day 3 – Wednesday 13 July 2016

09:00    Ethics, Questionnaire, and Survey Design
10:30    Coffee break
11:00    Ethics, Questionnaire, and Survey Design
12:00    Lunch
13:00    Ethics, Questionnaire, and Survey Design
15:00    The role of trust in HCI
15:30    Coffee break
16:00    Group work

Day 4 – Thursday 14 July 2016

09:00    Mixed-method approaches: Applications in game-based research
10:30    Coffee break
11:00    Mixed-method approaches: Applications in game-based research
12:00    Lunch
13:00    Mixed-method approaches: Applications in game-based research
15:30    Coffee break
16:00    Group work

Day 5 – Friday 15 July 2016

09:00    Group work
10:30    Coffee break
11:00    Group Presentations
12:00    Lunch
13:00    Group Presentations
15:30    Coffee break
16:00    Closing


Research Methods in HCI is a training school mainly targeting PhD students and practitioners.

Credit points

Participants will be awarded 4 ECTS upon full participation in the course.

Course fee

The participation fee is 400 EUR (300 EUR for students).

Apply for a scholarship.
– The ACM SIGCHI scholarship covers participation and accommodation (bed in a student dormitory) fees.

To apply:
1. Write a motivation letter, including your course registration confirmation letter, a CV, and the contacts of two persons we can ask for recommendations.
2. Send these documents to by 29 May 2016.

Successful candidates will be informed by 31 May 2016.

Accommodation will be in “Paola Di Rosa” Sorority House, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Rooms will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.

Student bed in triple room €25.00 per day
Student bed in double room €30.00 per day
Student bed in single room €45.00 per day


Read more about the course here:

Information regarding the course content and scholarships: Ilya Shmorgun, Tallinn University, Estonia (


Organising Committee
Prof David Lamas, Tallinn University, Estonia
Prof. Panayiotis Zaphiris, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Dr. Effie Lai-Chong Law, University of Leicester, UK
Nuno Garcia, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Local host
Hrvoje Belani, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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