The 2021 edition of the ACM CHI conference — the premier gathering of human-computer interaction (HCI) researchers – is entirely virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a way, that format suits the field, which explores the myriad ways that technology can enhance human performance and experience while also examining the potential consequences of these innovations. An online conference, while not ideal, shows the power of HCI to preserve and create community in the face of a global crisis.
UChicago CS has firmly established itself within that community, with an emerging group of faculty and student researchers representing the many different corners of HCI. This year, an astonishing ten papers by UChicago CS authors were accepted to the prestigious conference, with one receiving a Best Paper Award (given to the top 1 percent of submissions) and three others receiving Honorable Mentions (top 5 percent). The full roster exhibits the breadth of HCI research at UChicago, covering everything from wearable technologies and virtual reality hardware to new data visualization tools and the security advice given to Black Lives Matter protesters.
As an accompaniment to the main CHI conference, UChicago CS organized its second annual “CHIcago” Symposium, giving students the chance to present their CHI work to each other and a broader audience in advance of the main event. You can watch the full video of the CHIcago Symposium here.