Call for participation: SICSA Summer School - Inference and Dynamics in Interaction
School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
11th-15th June 2012
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
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
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)
Registration is £250, not including accommodation.
Registration *and* accommodation are free for computing science PhD
students from SICSA institutions.
To apply for a position at the Summer School, please go to: