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This course is taught by Lennart Nacke, Director of the HCI Games Group and Associate Professor at the Department of Drama and Speech Communication, Stratford Campus, and Games Institute, University of Waterloo.

About Professor Nacke

Lennart E. Nacke, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor for Human-Computer Interaction and Game Design at the University of Waterloo. He has many years of experience serving on SIGCHI program and steering committees and teaching University graduate classes on HCI research methods. Dr Nacke has co-organized many workshops for CHI over the past five years; he also chaired the CHI PLAY 2014 and Gamification 2013 conferences, served as technical program co-chair for CHI PLAY 2015 and CHI Games and Play subcommittee co-chair for CHI 2017 and is currently the chair of the CHI PLAY steering committee. He has also reviewed hundreds of papers and gotten lots of his submissions rejected from CHI (sometimes for good reasons).

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Intended Audience

This course introduces principles about writing and reviewing for CHI to a largely junior audience. However, this does not mean that this course is not useful for senior CHI researchers, but the primary target audience are junior researchers. Thus, this course is particularly useful for young researchers, ranging from graduate students to postdocs and junior faculty. The expectation for the course audiences is that people have at least tried to submit a paper to CHI before (not necessarily that they have had one accepted), so that they are familiar with basic PCS terminology and the concept of the CHI conference (and CHI research in general).

Course Goals

  • Become a better writer by learning how to avoid unnecessary words and give each sentence a strong meaning
  • Understand the goals of CHI research and what makes a strong CHI contribution
  • Learn how to structure your paper around a compelling research narrative to emphasises your research problem and solution as main drivers
  • Writer better reviews by understanding what is important to have as content for CHI research papers