German human-computer interaction community meets in Saarbrücken

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German human-computer interaction community meets in Saarbrücken.

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For several years now, the human-computer interaction (HCI) research community from Germany and a number of neighboring countries has been meeting in the run-up to the largest conference in their field, the “Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)”, for a friendly exchange. This year, the so-called “German Pre-CHI” is taking place in Saarbrücken. More than 170 participants from 30 universities and institutions from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands attended event at the Saarland Informatics Campus from April 25 to 26.

The first “Pre-CHI” took place in Oldenburg in 2019. The format was resumed in 2022 after a two-year break due to coronavirus. The idea of the event is to give researchers from Germany and neighboring countries the opportunity to present their papers accepted at the CHI and discuss them in a smaller group. In addition, the event offers an opportunity for younger researchers to gain an impression of the quality of the work presented at CHI and to network with like-minded and experienced scientists. “Everyone, from students to professors, who is interested in HCI is therefore very welcome,” says Professor Jürgen Steimle, head of the “Human Computer Interaction Lab” at Saarland University and co-organizer of this year’s “Pre-CHI”.

The event includes presentations and discussions on 40 scientific papers, 9 posters and two demonstrators and offers many opportunities for informal discussions. The organizers of the 2024 “Pre-CHI” are senior researcher Dr. Martin Schmitz from the HCI Lab at Saarland University, Saarland University professors Jürgen Steimle, Antonio Krüger and Anna Maria Feit, as well as the research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Dr. Paul Strohmeier.


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Background Saarland Informatics Campus:
900 scientists (including 400 PhD students) and approx. 2500 students from more than 80 nations make the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) one of the leading locations for computer science in Germany and Europe. Four world-renowned research institutes, namely the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems,  and the Center for Bioinformatics along with  Saarland University and its three departments and 24 degree programs, together  cover the entire spectrum of computer science.


Philipp Zapf-Schramm
Saarland Informatics Campus
Phone: +49 681 302-70741

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