Student Design Competition
Professionals in the field of Human-Computer Interaction are unique in their ability to impact the quality of people's lives. Tackling real-world problems, HCI researchers and designers - in both academia and industry - face many fascinating challenges in designing usable and enjoyable services, applications, interfaces and environments.
This is the third year of the CHI Student Design Competition. The competition is aimed at meeting three goals:
As in previous years, we invited practicing research professionals to suggest current and socially relevant areas for students to engage with. Our problem area this year was suggested independently by a number of people. Our thanks go to Elizabeth Goodman (Intel Corporation, USA), David MacDonald (University of Washington, USA), Ilona Posner (University of Toronto, Canada), and Madhu Reddy (Penn State University, USA), all of whom suggested a focus on health and fitness.
We invite students to address the following design challenge:
In recent years, nutrition and health are increasingly reported as a problem facing many nations. The World Health Organization states that "malnutrition covers a broad spectrum of ills, including under-nutrition, specific nutrient deficiencies, and over-nutrition; and it kills, maims, retards, cripples, blinds, and impairs human development on a truly massive scale world-wide". Specifically dealing with over-nutrition, the World Health Organization reports the global percentage of obesity in adults is 6%. The US Department of Health and Human Services survey reports 30.5% of adults over 20 years of age in the US are considered to be clinically obese, and approximately 300,000 adult deaths in the US each year are attributable to unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity or sedentary behavior (US Weight Control Information Network). Over-nutrition and poor exercise habits are reported to be linked to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, gall bladder disease, osteo-arthritis, sleep apnea and some forms of cancer. US employers currently lose more than $12 billion per year due to the consequences of obesity, which include increased healthcare utilization, increased absenteeism, as well as elevated health and disability insurance premiums. A UK government report estimated that the national cost of obesity and its consequences in 2002 was over £2.5 billion. A government public health white paper published in the UK in 2004 set out a number of recommendations, including health advice to be made available over the phone, internet and digital TV.
We invite student teams to design a service for personal monitoring of diet, exercise and health for individuals. Solutions need not, but could, address certain groups with specific health needs. Solutions could address educating consumers about processed and pre-packaged foods, or could address teaching children about diet and exercise. Alternatively students could address the needs of a sub-group suffering from some form of malnutrition.
To enter the competition, student teams may present either a concept (i.e., a clear, detailed design specification that can be taken to prototype), or a fully realized prototype. Either way, teams must clearly illustrate their design decisions and demonstrate the human-centered design processes that have been followed.
Teams will be assessed on the exposition of methodology, the originality of design, and ability to communicate the proposed solution to the reviewers and the judges. We strongly encourage consideration of:
Owing to the competitive nature of the Student Competition, CHI 2006 will not provide individual mentoring for potential submissions. Student authors may take advantage of mentoring opportunities with faculty and colleagues at their University as long as it remains mentoring and not active participation by the mentors.
Student Team Requirements
Teams must consist of at least two, but no more than five, students. There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given University.
Submissions are invited from all students at all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to post-graduate. While not a mandatory requirement, it is strongly encouraged that the teams put forward a multidisciplinary, multi-national team.
All members of the team must provide proof that they were students at the time the work for the competition was conducted (see Proof of Student Status below).
Proof of Student Status
To be eligible for the student competition, participants must provide a signed letter from their academic supervisor confirming that at least 50% of their working week is spent following an academic course of study, and that they were not employed within HCI-related industries when working on the team's submission. All students must provide proof of their student status on or before 13 January 2006. Each team must provide one proof package; please do not submit them individually. You may send your Team proof package via regular or courier mail, or email a file containing scanned copies for each team member. Please send these to:
Dr Steven Wall
Department of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
17 Lilybank Gardens
Initial submission requirements; specific requirements and general guidelines
Teams are invited to submit:
1. A short paper (6 pages maximum) submitted in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format due 13 January 2006. This paper must include:
Specific Guidelines for Posters
Each team's short paper and poster submission will be distributed to and reviewed by design and HCI experts. Care will be taken to avoid institutional conflicts.
Teams' submissions are reviewed based on:
Teams will be notified of acceptance or rejection the week of 6 February 2006. All accepted papers are published in the Student Competition section of the CHI2006 Extended Abstracts. You must immediately sign and return the copyright form sent upon acceptance to allow publication of the Student Competition Design Solution in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts.
At the Conference
Following initial submission review, successful submissions will be invited to CHI 2006 to take part in the next stage(s) of the competition.
Poster Presentation: Teams whose initial submissions were recommended for acceptance by reviewers during the review process (see above) will be provided space in the convention center to display posters and discuss their proposed solutions with the CHI 2006 attendees.
A scheduled 90-minute poster presentation event will take place on Monday 24 April 2006, where student teams will be expected to host their posters and discuss their approach, design method and solutions with four expert judges. The judges will have had an opportunity to review the submissions prior to the conference. Judges will select four teams to orally present their proposed solutions during a scheduled CHI presentation session. Poster submissions will be assessed by judges on the following criteria:
Successful teams will be invited to present their design process and solution during a short presentation to the judges and the general CHI public. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes plus a subsequent 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges and audience. Presentations must include:
Presentations will be reviewed by the four Student Design Competition judges. A winning team and two runners up will be selected. Team presentations will be judged based on the following criteria:
All accepted papers are published in the Student Competition section of the CHI2006 Extended Abstracts. In addition, the top three entries to the Student Competition earn a Certificate of Recognition. The winning entry will be recognized during the closing plenary session of the CHI 2006 conference.
Student Design Competition Checklist
Well in advance of the deadline (13 January 2006 5:00 PM (1700) PDT):