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Toronto, Canada, 17 - 22 July 2016
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T19: How to: Designing Experiments, Working with Metrics and Human Participants

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 14:00 - 17:30

Gisela Susanne Bahr (short bio)
Florida Institute of Technology, USA



Establish and refresh your intellectual and practical knowledge of what lies at the core of science: the experiment. The tutorial gives answers to why experiments are central to HCI, how to design and evaluate them correctly and important guidelines to observe when working with human participants.


The tutorial covers the following using lecture, examples, and hands-on exercises:

  • Epistemology and empiricism: theoretical foundations.
  • Classic and quantum based measurement theory
  • Quantitative, Qualitative and Comparative measures
  • Metric selection, development and validation, including eyetracking and eeg.
  • Design of studies for evaluations
  • A glimpse into the wonderful world of statistics
  • Working with humans: Safeguards, Ethics and how-to limit Deception

Target Audience:

new and experienced HCI researchers;
suitable for ambitious beginners!

Bio Sketch of Presenter:

Dr. Bahr enjoyed a successful career in television news and multi media production before she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology specializing in human cognition. She worked closely with Donald F. Dansereau, Ph.D., who is internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to the fields of applied experimental cognition and educational psychology. During her active duty from 2003 - 2006, Dr. Bahr served in the U.S. Navy as a uniformed scientist with the designation of Aerospace Experimental Psychologist. She led the Human Systems Integration of the PMA 205 Common Distributed Mission Training Station (CDMTS), acted as principal investigator of a federally funded project, and supported DARPA program directors based on her expertise in multivariate statistics and experimental methodology. Currently, Dr. Bahr holds a faculty appointment in Biomedical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, where she continues her work in Human Computer Interface and interaction research and design. She collaborates closely with computer scientists and engineers in her primary research area: human cognition. Dr Bahr's applied experimental research specializes in cognitive tools development and perception afforded cognition in human computer interaction. She is the director of the Cognition Applied Research Lab (CARL) at Florida Tech.

Dr. Bahr earned her second Ph.D., in computer sciences in 2014. Her interests are relational databases and computational complexity, and in particular, artificial memory. She is also the editor in chief of the Journal of Interaction Science, a highly successful Springer open access journal with over 50,000 accesses and article downloads in 18 months.

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