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 First International Summer School on
User Interaction in Smart Environment (UISE)

July 5-9 2021, Villa Grumello, Como Lake, Italy



Sponsored by:
Lake Como School of Advanced Studies (LCSAS)
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI)
DEIB – Politecnico di Milano



Our environment is getting smarter and smarter every day, i.e., it is enriched with digital devices that waive themselves into the fabric of the physical space and its objects, making it responsive and adaptive to the user’s behavior and to the change of environmental properties. Users can interact with smart environments in many different ways, such as using gestures, touch, eye gaze, and voice. Thanks to this new technology, new classes of interactive applications are emerging that have the potential to empower users and the quality of their life in many different fields. This scenario raises new challenges in terms of modeling the interaction and shaping the behavior of devices consistently with the characteristics of physical objects and spaces, the actual context of use, the application domain, and the characteristics and needs of the target users. It also requires competences from multiple disciplines, from computer science and engineering, to design, to psychology and cognitive science.

The summer school “User Interaction in Smart Environments” is devoted to PhD students and young researchers, who want to deepen their know-how on recent advances in smart spaces modeling and interaction, and identify new directions for their future research. Given the centrality of the covered themes for the Italian community of researchers working on HCI, the school is promoted by and organized in cooperation with SIGCHI Italy (http://sigchitaly.eu/it/informazioni-generali/), the Italian chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. The proposers are chairs and members of this association.

The summer school will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the novel interaction paradigms in smart spaces and the key design issues involved, present the most advanced related technologies, and discuss the research challenges in the field. These topics will be exemplified in various application domains such as cultural heritage, health and well-being, and education, thanks to the contribution of internationally renowned experts from both academia and industry.

The summer school format will include lectures as well as project-based group work sessions. The invited lecturers are top scholars from major national and international universities and representatives of top-level technology companies: