Netherlands, Nijmegen

Human-Computer Interaction Studies: Methods and Application

when 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

Using computers to replace partners in interaction research is a fast growing new methodology. This course will provide background, tips and tricks, as well as brainstorm the ethics of this evolving technology.

Researchers have always used newly developed technology to improve their own methodologies. Recently, with the commercialization of Virtual Reality and Chatbots, more and more research groups are replacing confederates and human partners with digital ones. This course will provide an introduction to this emerging technology. We will cover different types of digital agents, such as avatars, robots, and chatbots, including their application in different fields. What are the pros and cons for each option and how can you best implement it for your own research? What things should you keep in mind when designing, and how do you know that introducing a digital partner is the best option for your experiment?

In the second half of the course, we will shift focus from looking at replacing a human with a digital one, to how people interact with machines in general. Not all our interactions are similar to when we interact with another living human. Being aware of these differences, understanding them, and highlighting the questions that still need to be answered, are important factors to know when working with digital agents.

This course is part theoretical, where we discuss the history and different methods of application of human-computer interaction, part practical, where we delve into the how-to’s of each digital partner, and part philosophical, as we discuss the place of digital agents in science. The aim is to arm the researcher with the knowledge to go out and use this method in their own work.

Course leader

Evelien Heyselaar
Post-doctoral researcher
Behavioural Sciences Institute
Radboud University

Target group

Master, PhD and post-doc. This course is designed for researchers interested in conducting human-computer experiments, who want to have a solid background before/while designing their own human-computer experiment.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
•Understand how computers are used as digital partners in experiments,
•Be able to design and execute (where possible) your own basic digital agent,
•Understand the differences between human-computer interaction and human-human interaction,
•Be aware about the gaps in this rapidly evolving field.

Fee info

EUR 550: Normal fee


€ 495 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 468 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 413 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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