Winter School by Colombo ACM SIGCHI Chapter : Sri Lanka from 2nd-4th Jan 2024

Winter School  by Colombo ACM SIGCHI Chapter: Connecting South Asia to collaborate and develop research interest in HCI


Human-Computer Interaction is very much underrepresented in South Asia, with fewer opportunities for continents to interact as a coalition. This Winter School will bring together HCI interest researchers, students, academia and the industry in South Asia to discuss and educate about the potential of HCI as a field; HCI research methods, conducting HCI studies, writing papers and publication venues including the travel grant opportunities from SIGCHI. We aim this winter school for undergraduate students, graduate students and aspiring industry practitioners, academia in the South Asian Region. The sessions will provide education about SIGCHI’s wider goals – Promoting the expansion of HCI both globally and locally by bringing in new people to the field, and keeping the HCI field intellectually, technically, and creatively alive.

Speakers and Organizers

Dr. Neha Kumar

Associate Professor,

Joint with School of Interactive Computing and

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Georgia Tech,


Associate Professor,

Human-Computer Interaction Group

Computer Science Department

Stanford University,


Dr. Anirudha Joshi



IIT Bombay,


Dr. Thilina Halloluwa (Organizing)

Senior Lecturer,

University of Colombo,

School of Computing,

Sri Lanka

Dr. Nova Ahmed


North South University,


Dr. Naomi Yamashita

Distinguished researcher at

NTT Communication Science Laboratories and

Visiting professor at

Kyoto University,


Dr. Dilrukshi Gamage (Organizing)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tokyo Institute of Technology,


Dr. Ding Wang

Snr Researcher



Workshop Program

Time Agenda Item
9.00 AM – 9.15 AM Winter School Inauguration – Welcome by the Colombo SIGCHI Team
9.15 AM – 10.00 AM Introduction to SIGCHI and its global representation by Prof. Neha Kumar
10.00 AM – 10.30 AM Tea Break
10.30 AM – 12 noon Human Computer Interactions – Foundations and Frontiers by Prof. Michael Bernstein
12.00 PM – 12.45 PM Participants’ 3 mins Introduction to their Research
12.45 PM – 1.30 PM Lunch
1.30 PM – 3.30 PM

Understanding the HCl methods by Prof. Anirudha Joshi

3.30 PM – 4.00 PM Tea Break
4.00 PM – 5.30 PM

Overview to industry research relating to HCI by Dr. Ding Wang

Time Agenda Item
9.00 AM – 10.00 AM Reading, Writing and Reviewing HCI Papers by Prof. Anirudha Joshi
10.00 AM – 10.30 AM Tea Break
10.30 AM – 12 noon Positioning your research with Qualitative Findings by Prof. Nova Ahmed
12.00 PM – 12.45 PM Participants’ presentation – Open questions and feedback by the resource persons
12.45 PM – 1.30 PM Lunch
1.30 PM – 3.30 PM Human Centered AI by Prof. Michael Bernstein
3.30 PM – 4.00 PM

Tea Break

4.00 PM – 5.30 PM Conducting your HCI research – Approaches by Prof. Neha Kumar
Time Agenda Item
9.00 AM – 10.00 AM Designing your HCI research by Prof. Michael Bernstein
10.00 AM – 10.30 AM Tea Break
10.30 AM – 12 noon Mixed Methods research by Prof. Naomi Yamashita
12.00 PM – 12.45 PM Mentoring through small groups – Feedback (Resource person’s individual feedback)
12.45 PM – 1.30 PM Lunch
1.30 PM – 3.30 PM HCI methods – in depth by Prof. Anirudha Joshi
3.30 PM – 4.00 PM

Tea Break

4.00 PM – 5.30 PM

Vectoring and Velocity: How to get unstuck from your projects by Prof. Michael Bernstein

5.30 PM – 6.00 PM

Final remarks and Goodbyes

End of Winter School


Accepted Participants

Amrut Bhagwat Vishwakarma Institute of Technology India
Mohammad Ashfaq Ur Rahman Independent University, Bangladesh Bangladesh
Laya Jimmy India
Dr Ganesh Bhutkar Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India India
Ayush Shailesh Kurapati Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India India
Nuzhat Jabeen Haque North South University Bangladesh
Manoshi Das Turjo Design Inclusion and Access Lab (DIAL), North South University Bangladesh
Muhtasim Ibteda Shochcho Independent University Bangladesh Bangladesh
Kaveh Bazargan Allameh Tabataba’i University Iran
Ananya Prashant Kasi University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA
Farhan Ahmed Fahim North South University Bangladesh
Dasuni Ganepola General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Sri Lanka
M.P.Pinindu Chethiya   Sri Lanka
Nethma Tharushi Dewmini Dharmasiri General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana Sri Lanka
Dileesha Sandamali Fernando   Sri Lanka
Indrajith Ekanayake University of Kelaniya, Informatics Institute of Technology Sri Lanka
Hewa Kankanamge Dilki Sewwandi University of Colombo School of Computing Sri Lanka
Danujaya Liyanage University of Colombo School of Computing Sri Lanka
BMU Kavya Sandeepani Ekanayake General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Sri Lanka
Mukundadura Dulina Banmitha Perera University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka
Shinthujen Inpagaran University of Colombo School of Computing Sri Lanka
Mohamed Izzath University of Colombo School of Computing Sri Lanka
Mohamed Rifkhan Mohamed Ashfak University of Colombo School of Computing Sri Lanka
Aseka Warnakulasooriya
Sri Lanka

Call for Participation

To attend in Winter School the participants should submit a 1-2 pages light  Position Paper  through submission form ( this is not a peer reviewed conference paper, but a statement regarding your current research idea). The position paper requires the description of participants Current Research Project/or idea of a Project. The position paper should be Double column submission (PDF) in ACM Template (Interim layout) is preferable. Participants should fill the form providing their Area of Interest in Research, Research Motivation, Reason of Attending Summer School and Bio in submission form.  The accepted participants will eligible to attend the summer school and will require to present a poster in a session.

Participants will be selected based on the research idea aligning to Winter School speakers research (please, check their bio pages for recent papers), being a undergraduate or graduate student or participants representing industry or academia from a South or South east Asia. Priority given to South Asian students.


Important dates

Call for Winter School Participation: Open on August 1st 2023

Deadline for submission form: September 30th 2023 [APPLICATION CLOSED]

If you do not need a travel grant or Student/Industry based in Sri Lanka pls submit your application through –

Notification of Acceptance: October 20th 2023 [Notifications for travel grant sent] [Notification for acceptance sent]

Contact: if you did not receive notifications

Registration deadline: October 30th 2023  extended to Dec 10th

Winter School dates : 2nd, 3rd and 4th January 2024 from 9AM to 5PM, at University of Colombo, School of Computing (UCSC, Colombo)


Registration Fee

SIGCHI Student member – Free of Charge

SIGCHI Professional member – Free of Charge

Non SIGCHI student – 3500 LKR

Non SIGCHI academic/ Industry – 5000 LKR

*** Registration Fee should be paid in cash at the Registration desk on the 1st day.
*** If you are not a member we encourage you to obtain SIGCHI membership at nominal fee 10USD for students and 15USD for professionals.

*** Limited number of partial and full travel grants available for Students / Graduate students applying from South Asia – please check our FAQs for details.

Content to be covered

Please refer the agenda above for the detailed program.

    • Human Computer Interaction trends, patterns and significance of ACM SIGCHI
    • HCI Research Methodologies – Study designs
    • Data collection and Analyzing Methods – Quantitative and Qualitative
    • How to write your HCI study and data to specific HCI publication venues – SIGCHI conferences – i,e CHI, CSCW
    • Practical hands on sessions on case studies

Logistical information

Winter School will not be responsible for selected participants’ accommodation and transportation. However, Winter School will provide light meals during the workshop times. We encourage participants to explore our FAQs page for more details and options: Close-by Hotels, How to get to Venue from Airport, Contact details for communications etc.

If you have any question regarding the winter school – please reach Dr. Dilrukshi Gamage via

Local Supporting Team


Head of Team




  • Dilmi Hemangi
  • Kasun Udara
  • Dasun Thathsara



  • Sashmitha Ravindu
  • Samudi Perera
  • Sineth Dhananjaya



  • Vihanga Hansana
  • Chamudi Siriwardhane



  • Asith Amarasekara
  • Gayandee Rajapaksha



  • Sandul Renuja

Supported by

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction



Venue Partner