The training school will be lead by experts in the field of HCI. Lectures will be provided by:

Effie Lai-Chong Law


Effie Law is Reader (associate professor) at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Leicester.  She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Munich (LMU), Germany. Her research domains are human-computer interaction (HCI) and technology-enhanced learning (TEL). Effie has presented and published a number of papers in international conferences, books and journals. She is serving as an editorial board member of several HCI journals such as International Journal of Human-Computer Studies,  Interacting with Computers, Interaction Design & Architectures, and Quality and User Experience.  She is the chief editor of the book entitled “Maturing Usability: Quality in Software, Interaction and Value” (2008, Springer).  Effie has been invited to present to keynote speeches in several HCI scientific events and to teach in several summer/winter schools on the topic of UCD, usability and user experience research.  She has been the chair of two COST Actions on HCI design and evaluation methodologies: MAUSE and TwinTide in which leading HCI experts from many European countries have been involved. She has assumed a leading role in international and national research projects on HCI and Technology-enhanced Learning such as  80Days (game-based learning) and Go-Lab (inquiry-learning based online experimentation).  Through her active involvements in the past and current projects, Dr. Law has gained rich experience and expertise in UCD approaches, in particular design and evaluation methodologies for usability and user experience (UX). .

Geraldine Fitzpatrick


Geraldine Fitzpatrick is Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and heads the Institute for Technology Design and Assessment and the Human Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien. She was previously Director of the Interact Lab at the Uni of Sussex, User Experience consultant at Sapient London, and Snr Researcher at the Center for Online Health/DSTC in Australia. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences to support social interaction using mobile, tangible and sensor-based technologies in everyday contexts, with a particular interest in supporting collaboration, health and well-being, social and emotional skills learning, community building and active engagement for older people.

Jettie Hoonhout


Jettie Hoonhout is a senior scientist at Philips Research in Eindhoven (since 2000). One of her research interests is on user interaction technologies and user centered research methodologies. With regard to the latter interest, she is particularly interested in methodologies that address the ‘affectability’ of products, i.e., methods and tools that support the development process of products and product concepts that are not only functional and usable, but also emotionally appealing and engaging, and thus can increase the motivation to use the product or service. Connected to that is her research interest around food, nutrition, and how to guide people towards smart choices and improved dietary habits. She graduated in cognitive and human factors psychology at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), and after graduation, started working at the Experimental Psychology Department of that University as assistant professor. She was involved in various contract research projects in e.g. the field of process control, HCI, and design of instructions. Next, she worked at the University of Maastricht, at the Psychology Department as assistant professor. Her work involved among other things developing parts of the psychology curriculum, in particular for the cognitive ergonomics program.

Duncan Brumby

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Duncan Brumby is a Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL), where he directs the MSc programme in Human-Computer Interaction. He received his doctorate in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2005, after which he was a post-doc in Computer Science at Drexel University, before joining UCL in 2007. He has published 60+ papers on how people interact with computers (see Google Scholar). Support for this work has come from grants provided by the EPSRC and EIT. He is Deputy Editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and he will be Workshops Chair for CHI 2017. He has previously been an Associate Chair on the Program Committee for CHI 2012-2016, CogSci 2009-2012, MobileHCI 2012-2013, and AutoUI 2012-2014.

Jim Ang


Jim Ang is a Senior Lecturer (equivalent to the North American Associate Professor) in Multimedia and Digital Systems, and Deputy Director of Research in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent. Before joining Kent, he was a research fellow at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City University London, where he completed his PhD in the area of social gaming. His current main research interest lies in the general area of HCI (human computer interaction) with an emphasis on social computing. Specific areas include games and computer-mediated communication; and sensing and Internet of things. He has successfully received a number of UK funding (EPSRC, InnovateUK, CDE) in the area of virtual worlds for assistive living, novel skin-based sensors for healthcare, human activity sensing with wearable technologies. He teaches HCI for mobile, video games and tangible media at Kent.