The full slide deck from the course is available here: http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~bhecht/publications/hechtshamma_chigeocourse.pdf (110MB)

A lower-resolution version can be found here:
http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~bhecht/publications/hechtshamma_chigeocourse_small.pdf (9MB)


An 80-minute crash course in modern geography theory and practice for HCI researchers and practitioners. If you do geospatial research or work with geospatial technologies (or are interested in doing either), this course is for you.


CHI 2014, Toronto.

How much

Only $25 w/ registration for CHI 2014! Register here: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1391976


Brent Hecht

Brent Hecht
University of Minnesota
David A. Shamma

Ayman Shamma
Yahoo Labs

Course Description

Thanks to the rise of ubiquitous computing, location-based services, geotagged content, and related phenomena, geography plays an increasingly important role in the work of HCI researchers and practitioners. Through recent efforts to better integrate the geography and HCI communities like last year's workshop on geographic human-computer interaction, it has become clear that a basic introduction to modern geography would help make the geography literature and geography best practices more accessible to those in HCI. The goal of this course is to provide this introduction in a form that is both highly condensed and focused on topics most relevant to the HCI community.

Specifically, this course will include the following: An introduction to the modern discipline of geography and its various branches, such as human geography, physical geography, human-environment interaction, and geographic information science, illustrative ``deep'' dives into three specific areas of the geography literature that are particularly relevant to a CHI audience, and finally pointers for further engaging with the geography literature and identifying best practices.

Participants should expect to leave the course with a high-level understanding of methods for properly analyzing geospatial data and reporting results, the context necessary to better understand the geography literature, and resources for further engaging with geography research and best practices. The course, which has no prerequisites, will be primarily lecture-based but will utilize humor and interactivity.