IFIP TC13 Open Symposium on HCI

Tampere meeting

University of Tampere, Finland - March 4th, 2015  

Location: Paavo Koli Auditorium, Pinni A building


This symposium is part of a series of open events organized by the technical committee (TC13) of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) on the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Similarly to previous editions, this open symposium occurs before the annual IFIP TC13 meetings which, in 2014, is going to be hosted by the University of Tampere in Finland. It is a great opportunity for researchers, students and industrialists to meet and discuss hot topics on HCI with the IFIP TC13 representatives.

This event is supported by SIGCHI Finland. SIGCHI Finland aims to promote increased knowledge of and greater interest in the research and design of human-computer interaction (HCI), including related topics like usability, user experience and interaction design. The association facilitates communication and networking amongst the professionals and students of HCI. The activities consist of several seminars per year, a lively email list, a yearly student thesis competition, and participating in organizing conferences and other events - a recent example of this was NordiCHI'14.

Registration: This event is free of charges however, for logistic purposes, we kindly ask you to register at http://doodle.com/7g397he59hgybdyx.

In case of problems contact the organizers for further information: Kari-Jouko Räihä and/or Marco Winckler.


Time ScheduleAgenda
10h15-11h30Welcome and brief addresses by TC13 and SIGCHI Finland chairs
10h30-11h30 Session 1: Session 1: Local and cross-cultural viewpoints
Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere (session chair)
Anirudha Joshi
Daniel Orwa (University of Nairobi) and Pontus Johnson (Royal Technical Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)
Jari Varsaluoma (Tampere University of Technology, Finland) -> Slides available in PDF format
11h30h-12h Questions raised during the interactive discussion based on Session 1

@ Jari Varsaluoma
  • Does mobile math include local language spoken in Tanzania/south Africa?
  • How many of your findings would be the same if the system was used in e.g. Finland?
  • Microsoft Maths: Are the pupils really learning or playing? Any assessment of knowledge gained
  • Learning math involves three steps: 1. Stating a problem, 2. Solving a problem and 3. Analyzing and judging the results. In the school we mainly traditionally practice 2, but that is actually where we can get help from the software. Did you see if the Math software helped the users with 1. or 3.?
@ Anirudha Joshi
  • Speaking of maturity, what would a Design Maturity Model look like?
  • How easy is it to justify investments in usability/UX in India?
@ All presenters in Session 1
  • How is multidisciplinary HCI research supported in India, Kenya, Finland?
  • How is multilingualism supported by the eHealth system in Africa and in India?
  • Interesting that mobiles are the thing in Africa, the question is if there is a difference in how advanced functions the users use in Africa compared to the western world?
  • How different is Kenya from India when it comes to Digitalization and why?

12h-13hLunch break
13h-14h Session 2: Design and evaluation
Thomas Olsson, Tampere University of Technology (session chair)
Patrick Tchankue Sielinou, Janet Wesson and Dieter Vogts
Pedro Campos & Torkil Clemmensen -> Slides available in PDF format
Katri Koli (LeadIn, Finland) -> Slides available in PDF format , the case studies can be found at http://leadin.fi/cases/sandvik/ and http://leadin.fi/cases/vacon/
14h-14h30 Questions raised during the interactive discussion based on Session 2
@ Janet Wesson
  • Did you give the calls / messages or were these natural calls that people got on their own?
  • Do car manufacturers develop anything similar and, if they do, do you as an academic feel challenged to be faster than them?
  • What happens when there is more post-phoned calls/messages? System/user determines the order?
  • Did the participants drive the same car? If not, could this affect the level of ambient noise?
  • What happens when the number of post-phoned calls/messages is increasing continuously?
  • Have you noted if it is the cognitively demanding task of talking or engaging in a conversation or if it is the physical interaction with the technology that is the main problem? I personally think that it is the cognitive task of engaging in a conversation that is the tricky thing.
@ Pedro Campos
  • What kind of design and evaluation challenges are there in domains/activities where the ICT is "just a tool", and the user's focus is on the activity itself?
  • From your description, Pedro, work sounds like something very static. Isn't work changing and developing when you introduce new technology. You are talking a lot about work analysis – I would like to see more of work design...?
  • One aspect of designing future work scenarios involving novel interaction technologies that I have observed is that you're not only designing the human work interactions, you're often redesigning and redefining the work process and context itself.
  • How do you think the results would be if subjects were using the Bluetooth connectivity available in modern cars today?
  • Will you share the presentation on HWID with us?
@ Katri Koli
  • Interaction design for 30 years - so how do you do it? How is it different from what happens typically?
  • Do the companies working in these kind of traditional fields value improvements in user experience? ROI of UX?
  • Katri, did you follow more traditional contextual design process (as the methods suggest) or did the process follow more agile or lean UX style?
  • Is the main business of LeadIn still in office work or in the challenging contexts?
14h30-15hCoffee break
15h-16h Session 3: Accessibility
Markku Turunen, University of Tampere (session chair)
Zdenek Mikovec -> Slides available in PDF format
Julio Abascal -> Slides available in PDF format
Tomi Heimonen (University of Tampere, Finland) -> Slides available in PDF format
16h-16h30 Question raised during the interactive discussion based on Session 3
@ Zdenek Mikovec
  • How did you determine the state or level of stress?
  • For recovery segment, how did you decide on the 15m? Why not 10?
  • There are obvious safety issues with the city navigation experiment, how did you deal with those?
  • A few questions to study with blind people: what was the purpose of the navigation (a nice walk in town, or busy hurrying to a meeting). Also, the streets seemed very empty of people?
  • How are route descriptions generated (e.g., spatial model and natural language generation) in the navigational app for blind?
@ Julio Abascal
  • Julio, the interface seemed wonderfully clear. Have you evaluated how users without cognitive disabilities feel about it?
  • Nice film, but who made the music?
@ Tomi Heimonen
  • Is it realistic to expect that there are no human moderator in a social network app if cognitive disabled users are involved?
16h30-17hClosing discussion and Wrapup

Obs.:Interactive discussions are to be based on questions and comments posted by the participants using a web browser during the talks.



The workshop and meeting will take place at the School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere. An arrival guide is available at http://www.uta.fi/sis/en/contact/arrivalguide/.


There’s a wealth of hotels available; see http://www.tampereconventionbureau.fi/accommodation/hotel_map/. Sokos Hotel Villa (number 23 on the map) and Holiday Inn (number 8) are closest to the meeting venue (number 32) and can be reached in less than 10 minutes by foot, but most of the hotels are within convenient walking distance. They can be a bit more expensive (€ 80-110) than you might be prepared for. There’s also a hostel (number 37) close by, and cheaper hotels (Hotel Mango, 43 and Hotel Ville, 44) a bit further away. A new landmark, high-rise hotel Tampere Torni provides a view over Tampere.


Tampere is served by a couple of airlines: SAS and Finnair are the major airlines, but Ryanair also flies to Tampere from several European cities. See the pages of Tampere Convention Bureau for links. All routes are not operated every day, especially during weekends. It is also quite convenient to fly to and from Helsinki. A direct and frequent bus connection from the Helsinki airport takes 2.5 hours. The Tampere bus station (marked on both of the above maps) is easily reached by foot from the meeting venue and most hotels. Train is equally convenient, especially if you want to spend time exploring Helsinki.

VISA issues

Citizens from EU and many other countries don’t need a visa. You can check the situation for your country at http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=15720&contentlan=2&culture=en-US. If you need a letter of invitation to get the visa, contact Kari-Jouko Räihä.

Expected weather

Best advice is to keep an eye on weather forecasts. Long term averages predict temperatures from -10 to 0 degrees C (see http://www.tampere.climatemps.com/march.php). However, last year was extremely warm (http://www.accuweather.com/en/fi/tampere/134771/march-weather/134771), so this year could be equally cold…



Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere, Finland

Last update: January 11th, 2015