UIST 2018

31st ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium

Berlin, Germany

October 14-17, 2018

UIST School

Moving Interaction Closer To The Body: Physiology And Beyond

The 2018 UIST School invites young academics to get to know the UIST community and obtain new research skills. Participants of the UIST School will enjoy a week full of exciting talks and hands-on sessions in the vibrant city of Berlin (Germany).

In particular, participants will be introduced to topics evolving around physiological interaction. Apart from introductory lectures, participants will work on group projects. Outcomes of the projects will be presented by participants at the welcome reception on the eve of UIST 2018. The UIST School program is complemented by talks on novel topic in HCI, given by distinguished members of the UIST community.


The amount of information captured in our daily life has become huge and complex. In particular, physiological sensors, integrated with wearable devices as well as with our environment, provide a continuous source of rich information, including but not limited to gaze, heart rate, skin conductance, and brain activity. This enables researchers to build novel, powerful implicit and explicit means for interaction with ubiquitous computing devices, while at the same time empowering users to perceive this information, reflect on it, and share it with others. Understanding and exploiting the opportunities as physiological data becomes widely available is a key challenge that is increasingly important both from a researcher and a user perspective.

As more and more of our perception is mediated through computing technologies it becomes important that the designers and developers of data-heavy applications understand the implications of their designs and implementations. The main purpose of the UIST School is to teach human-computer interaction in the context of complex information systems based on physiological data and to educate students on how to design and develop efficient and enjoyable interfaces that enable the interaction with or based on complex physiological information. .

Schedule (preliminary)

Wed., October 10, 2018
15:00 — 18:00 Participants arrive in Potsdam
18:00 — 22:00 Get together
Thur., October 11, 2018
09:00 — 09:30 Welcome and Introductions
09:30 — 10:30 Lecture: A Motivation for Human-centered Development
10:30 — 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 — 12:30 Lecture: Body signals — sensing physiological information from the body
12:30 — 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 — 16:00 Lab: Physiological Interaction & Start ideation on physiological interactive systems
16:00 — 22:00 Berlin Tour & Dinner
Fri., October 12, 2018
09:00 — 10:30 Tutorial: Data Cleansing and Artefacts
10:30 — 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 — 12:30 Lecture: Social signal processing and emotions in computing
12:30 — 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 — 15:30 Lab: Refine concepts of physiological interactive systems
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 — 17:00 Lab: Concept presentation
Sat., October 14, 2018
09:00 — 10:30 Lecture: Understanding the physiology of Gaze and EEG
10:30 — 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 — 12:30 Hackathon
12:30 — 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 — 15:30 Hackathon
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 — 17:00 Hackathon
17:00 — late Saturday Night in Berlin
Sun., October 13, 2018
09:00 — 10:30 Novel Topics in HCI 1
10:30 — 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 — 12:30 Novel Topics in HCI 2
12:30 — 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 — 15:30 Novel Topics in HCI 3
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 — 19:00 Setup Demos
Evening UIST opening reception

Application Process

We encourage submissions from PhD students working on technical HCI research with backgrounds in ubicomp, machine learning, affective computing, and similar areas. (if you are a master student but plan to continue into a PhD program, please also apply)

There are two rounds of applications for the UIST School. Following the first open call, there will be a second call specifically targeted at participants with accepted work to the adjunct tracks (demos, posters, etc.). Preference will be given to those applicants in the second round, but other interested students are still encouraged to apply. Interested students can apply on or before the application deadline via the following link:


IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for the UIST School, each applicant is required to provide a statement from an academic mentor (supervisor / professor), confirming that they can benefit from participating in this school and that they have basic skills in computer science or related fields (as PDF).

The UIST School organizers will select approximately 30 students for participation in total.


Students who have been accepted to the UIST School need to register for the main conference by the early registration deadline.

Important dates

Application Deadline (first round) July 11, 2018
Notification of Acceptance July 23, 2018
Application Deadline (second round) August 7, 2018
Notification of Acceptance August 10, 2018
Arrival and Get-Together October 10th, 2018
UIST School October 11th-14th, 2018
UIST welcome reception, featuring demos from UIST School October 14th, 2018

Please direct any questions to Florian Alt by sending an email to uistschool@uist.org.