Sunday 23rd April, 2023 (1:30 PM – 6:00 PM in Indian Standard Time)

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WS39: Advancing HCI Research and Education within and across South Asia


Sunday 23rd, April 2023

Photo by Ran Berkovich on Unsplash

About Workshop 

HCI4SouthAsia is a strong community of HCI researchers and practitioners who work/will work in the South Asian region (i.e., in and around the countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). We are organizing a half-day online workshop at CHI 2023, titled: “Advancing HCI Research and Education within and across South Asia”.

The primary objective of the workshop is to provide an international platform to showcase – to the ”center” – the research (including and beyond development), challenges, experiential information, and field stories, from (marginal) communities across the South Asian Region, and help to collectively build a vision for the community. We invite participants to join our remotely using a common digital medium. The half-day workshop will include opportunities to present your research, research ideas and collaborate and also to share the challenges of publishing research papers in the field of HCI in the global south context.

Our Keynote Speaker 

Bio: Mohit Jain is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Lab India. He received his Ph.D. in CSE from the University of Washington and a Master’s in CS from the University of Toronto. While pursuing his Ph.D., he also worked as a Senior Research Engineer at IBM Research. His research interests are in Healthcare, Ubiquitous Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, and Global Development. He is a recipient of the Wolfond Fellowship at the University of Toronto, and winner of the DFS Tech Chatbots Challenge by the Gates Foundation, the Aegis Graham Bell Award, the MultiPoint Education Award in the Microsoft Imagine Cup, and two Best Paper Awards and three Honorable Mention Awards.


Our Program 

    1:30 – 1:40 PM IST
    Welcome from the Organizers
    1:40 – 2:00 PM IST
    Opening Keynote
    Break of 5 mins
    2:05 – 2:25 PM IST     Participants’ Presentations on Half-baked Ideas
      5 mins
    Dawn Amber
      5 mins
    Ankolika De
      5 mins
    Sanchari Das
      5 mins
    MD Shaleh Islam Tonmoy
    2:25 – 2:55 PM IST
    30 mins
    Wider Discussion
    Break of 5 mins
    3:00 – 3:05 PM IST     Participant’s Presentation on Submitted Paper
      5 mins     Mahbuba Tasmin
    3:05 – 3:25 PM IST
    20 mins
    Wider Discussion
    Break of 5 mins
    3:30 – 3:45 PM IST     Participants’ Presentations on Published Papers
      5 mins
    Aakash Gautam
      5 mins
    Dasuni Ganepola
      5 mins
    Rumel Mohammed Saifur and Rahman Pir
    3:45 – 4:15 PM IST
    30 mins
    Wider Discussion
    4:15 – 4:45 PM IST
    Organizers: HCI4SouthAsia – Motives Next Steps
    4:45 – 5:15 PM IST
    5:15 – 5:30 PM IST
    Closing Remarks


Call for Participation

We will accept 4 types of submissions. To gauge interest and plan accordingly, we urge the participants to utilize the early deadline.

  • Submit a half-baked idea: Interested presenters will be required to submit approximately 500 words of abstract and the idea’s title. The abstract should cover a research gap or problem statement they would like to address and potential solutions (not necessarily concrete). Their idea should be aligned with the visions and missions of the HCI4South Asia group within the field of HCI.
  • Submit a previously published HCI paper: We will invite participants who have published during 2021-2022 in HCI conferences or journals to share their research findings, methods and challenges faced conducting the research. We will request them to share a draft version of their paper to share with the participants. This will provide an opportunity for other participants to learn about the success and failures of conducting HCI research. The theme, methods, or findings of the research should be relevant to the South Asian context.
  • Submit an already submitted/rejected HCI paper: We will invite participants who have submitted a manuscript to an HCI venue (conference or journal), and the manuscript is under review or got a rejection for the same. We invite them to share experiences of what went wrong or could have succeeded. The presenters will be required to submit approximately 500 words of abstract of their paper. This abstract will be shared with the participants, and the paper should be in HCI and the South Asian context.
  • Submit a nomination to take part as self-nominated or nominated by a South Asian Researcher: In the past, we have experienced that many of the students in the South Asian region are not aware of CHI workshops, nor do they have experience writing papers or engaging in critical discussion for HCI. We will open a specific type of submission where a South Asian researcher can nominate a less experienced (ideally students) to join the workshop without any particular artifact, observe the conversations and presentations, and engage with researchers whenever they feel comfortable. At the same time, this nomination will be further expanded to self-nominations, widening every opportunity to attract early researchers.


Dilrukshi Gamage

Tokyo Institute of Technology,


Pranjal Jain 

Swansea University,

United Kingdom

Pranjal Borah

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati,


Ambika Menon

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology,


Wricha Mishra

MIT Institute of Design,


Muneeb Ahmad

Swansea University,

United Kingdom

Deepak Ranjan

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,


Nova Ahmed

North South University,


Sayan Sarcar

Birmingham City University,

United Kingdom

Suleman Shahid

Lahore University of Management Sciences,




Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,


Asra Sakeen 

IIIT, Delhi,


Selection criteria

Participants will be accepted based on how their responses align with the workshop theme.

Submission Deadlines

  • Early deadline: 1st February 2023
  • Final deadline: 23rd February 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 10th March 2023
  • Workshop Date: 23rd April 2023


Workshop/Symposium Participants – Registration Instructions


If you are not yet registered for CHI, CLICK THIS LINK:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the appropriate category button (Member or Non-Member) to begin your registration.
  2. Register – fill in all the required information needed for registration to attend CHI 2023.
  3. Proceed to the Optional Items page – select the workshop from the list and enter the invitation code AccessW39 at the bottom of the page.
  4. Continue through registration to complete by making a payment and clicking “Submit”. A confirmation email is automatically generated.

If you are adding a workshop or symposium to your existing registration, CLICK THIS LINK:

  1. Scroll toward the bottom and click on the “Already Registered” option. Do not begin a new registration if you are already registered for CHI 2023.
  2. Enter your email address and confirmation code – found in your confirmation email.
  3. Click “Login” to proceed, then select “Modify Registration” towards the bottom of the next page.
  4. Proceed through your registration (“Next” button until the Optional Items page) to add the desired workshop.
  5. Select your workshop/symposium from the list, enter your invitation code and AccessW39 and click “Next” at the bottom.
  6. Follow through to complete the addition by making a payment and clicking “Submit”.

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