July 22, 2016;
In June and July 2016, Harald Reiterer and Ulrike Pfeil hosted a research seminar about
Experiments in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at the
University of Konstanz. Within three days
they teached about 15 students working on their bachelor, master or doctoral thesis in conducting
experimental user studies to support them in their research work.
The seminar covered the whys and hows of conducting good experiments in HCI, for example: How do
you build on existing work in formulating research questions and devising hypotheses? How do you
select the right measures that provide evidence for conclusions? How do you narrate findings and
how do you deal with alternative explanations for results? In a practical part the students
presented their own experiments and got detailed feedback.