Online Talkshow: How to do HCI research if your users are off limits?

How to do HCI research if your users are off limits?


 Working paper: Evaluation in Human-Computer Interaction – Beyond Lab Studies

How to move our research forward, if we cannot interact with people personally? This discussion happens at many HCI groups – ranging from a student project to large multinational collaborative projects.

Upfront – we do not have the answers, but we have ideas and experiences. Hence we do this online event – to share experiences and to learn more.

People around the world are staying at home to protect themselves and their communities from the ongoing pandemic. In a field dedicated to interacting with users, how do we carry out research when we are not allowed to come in contact with other people? What strategies can the HCI community employ to make the best use of their time working from home?

We are bringing together HCI researchers with a variety of backgrounds and expertise to discuss this timely topic, and brainstorm ways to do good scientific work while the world is on lockdown.

Each panelist will start with a statement about the experience (max. 120 Seconds) and then we move into an open panel discussion. We plan to record the session.

When: Tuesday, April the 7th 17:00 to 18:30 (UTC+2)

Where: Online at the following Zoom link


Albrecht Schmidt

Consolidate you experience and knowledge into a vision paper 

Technologies to Amplify the Mind.

DOI: 10.1109/MC.2017.3641644

Anna Maria Feit

Unleash your CS skills and turn the data we already have into actionable knowledge.

Assignment Problems for Optimizing Text Input

Niels Henze

If participants can’t come to the lab, bring the lab to your participants and #StayAtHome

Clear All: A Large-Scale Observational Study on Mobile Notification Drawers

DOI: 10.1145/3340764.3340765

Florian Alt

Your research question needs to (still) define your method - and not vice versa.

Emerging Trends in Usable Security and Privacy

DOI: 10.1515/icom-2019-0019

Ville Mäkelä

There is great potential (and some challenges) in running user studies in virtual reality

Virtual Field Studies: Conducting Studies on Public Displays in Virtual Reality

DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376796 (To appear)


Sarah Völkel

Can MTurk help us out now? Opportunities and pitfalls when using MTurk for user studies

Developing a Personality Model for Speech-based Conversational Agents Using the Psycholexical Approach

DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376210

Antonio Krüger

Rethink your studies - most good ideas survive without them!


Sarah Prange

Implementing interactive surveys to test research prototypes

Luke Haliburton

Get data from users at home with online surveys and Mechanical Turk



Albrecht Schmidt
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Florian Alt
Universität der Bundeswehr München



Albrecht Schmidt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Florial Alt (Universität der Bundeswehr München)

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