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

ACM SIGCHI Winter School: 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

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,


Anirudha Joshi



IIT Bombay,


Thilina Halloluwa (Organizing)

Senior Lecturer,

University of Colombo,

School of Computing,

Sri Lanka

Nova Ahmed


North South University,



Naomi Yamashita

Distinguished researcher at

NTT Communication Science Laboratories and

Visiting professor at

Kyoto University,



Dilrukshi Gamage (Organizing)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tokyo Institute of Technology,


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 –  [Deadline  7Th October]

Notification of Acceptance: October 20th 2023

Registration deadline: October 30th 2023

Winter School dates : 2nd January , 3rd January 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

**** We will update the detailed agenda once we finalize the 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 – Closer 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