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lightning talks | social meetups | ask-me-anything sessions

Lightning Talks

Starting this year, UIST will provide first-time UISTers, young researchers and professionals the opportunity to show a 60 seconds lightning talk at the beginning of the paper sessions. As part of the main program of UIST, the lightning talks will get a strong visibility and are a great opportunity to get to know more people at UIST. The lightning talks should briefly introduce the attendee, their research interest and may be potentially an opportunity to look for internship positions, finding a PhD advisor or simply getting to know more people at UIST.

The target user group includes but is not limited to:

  • Undergrad students
  • PhD Students
  • Research Interns
  • Industry researchers
  • Postdocs

We will assign the lightning talk to a set of paper sessions (approx. 2-3, different time zones) that fit to the submitter's research interest (e.g. a student interested in VR/AR will be assigned to a VR/AR related session). Students should be present in the corresponding session on Discord if other attendees want to get in contact. Only UIST attendees are eligible to submit a lightning talk video.

Additionally, we will make all videos available on the UIST website including contact information.

More information on how to submit your video can be found HERE.

Social Meetups

Research communities coming together are the core of innovation and collaboration, and a fundamental element of a successful conference. This year's UIST will provide an opportunity for members of the research community to socialize in a casual digital atmosphere in the form of “Social Meetups” to discuss their topics of interest.

We invite attendees to organize such meetups centered on research topics like fabrication, virtual reality, or general themes like diversity in academia.

More information on how to organize a Meetup can be found HERE.

Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) Sessions

Ask-Me-Anything sessions are a great way to provoke discussion around research-related topics, share experience about career development in academia and industry, or hear different opinions about how our field should move forward in regards to diversity and inclusiveness. Great AMA sessions raise questions, provoke discussions, and are controversial and innovative.

Topics for AMA sessions include, but are not limited to:

  • Emerging developments in XR
  • Social computing
  • Novel fabrication technologies and physical user interfaces
  • Career development
  • Grant writing
  • Diversity and accessibility
  • How to survive the PhD?
  • How to find postdoc positions

More information on how to organize an AMA session can be found HERE.

List of Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) Sessions

Stefanie Mueller

Applying for Faculty Positions

Stefanie Mueller

Oct 12, 2pm ET

In this AMA, I will answer any questions you may have about applying for HCI faculty positions. The main focus will be on the job market in North America (US, Canada) but we can also crowdsource answers about how job applications work in other countries from the participants of the AMA. I will start the AMA with a short talk in which I will walk you through the faculty job application process step by step, including what application materials are required and how to prepare for the on-campus interview. This AMA is particularly suitable for PhD students and postdocs who will be on the job market in the next 1-2 years, but it can also be helpful for students who are still early on the PhD track to help think about how to focus your time and energy in the next years.

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