Fourth RIEC and ACM SIGCHI Asian Symposium

Research Institute of Electrical Communication

Tohoku University

Sendai, Japan

January 12, 2020

To assure quality of life of people in a society in which the information level has been highly developed, the importance of human-technology and human-computer interaction further increases. The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction, and provides a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest topics. It has been annually held mainly in North America and Europe since 1982, and the CHI 2021 will be held in Japan; which will be the first CHI to be held in Japan. It is followed by a series of CHI in Asia every five years. From such circumstances, this symposium invites active leaders from multiple countries or regions in Asia, who serve as liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asian Development Committee, to discuss ideas that can lead to innovations and to inspire us all. This committee has been working to activate HCI research and practice in Asia, and connect regional activities with the international communities since 2015 with 5 members, and has just been reinforced in 2019 and now it consists of 12 representatives from 10 countries or regions. This symposium would serve for the development of connections among us and regional/local societies through promoting collaboration among Asian HCI researchers and practitioners.

人と情報システムの相互作用について,情報科学,認知科学,心理学,デザイン学等,多岐に渡る分野の研究者や技術者,学生等が世界中から集まり議論する学際的な場として,また,この分野で最大かつ最も権威がある国際会議として,ACM SIGCHI が主催する国際会議CHIがあります.この会議は1982年から毎年,北米と欧州を中心に開催されてきましたが,CHI 2021は初めて日本で開催されます.さらに今後5年毎にアジアで開催される予定が示されています.そこで本シンポジウムでは,このように盛り上がりつつある本分野のアジア地域の今後の着実な発展のため,各国をベースに国際的に活躍されているリーダーで,SIGCHIのAsian Development Committee のメンバーを務めておられる皆さんにお集まりいただき,お話をいただきます.本Committeeは2015年にアジア5か国・地域の5名で活動を開始しましたが,2019年に,10か国・地域の12名に増強されました.本シンポジウムでは,相互理解を深め,人的ネットワークを構築することを通して,この分野の世界的な発展に少しでも貢献したいと思います.

Preliminary Program (Tentative)

Session 1 (13:00 - 15:00)

13:00 - 13:10 Registration

13:10 - 13:30

Yoshifumi Kitamura

  • Professor at Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University.
  • Liaison for Japan and Chair of SIGCHI Asian Development Committee
  • Welcome

13:30 - 14:00

Nova Ahmed

  • Associate Professor at North South University.
  • Bangladesh Liaison for SIGCHI Asian Development Committee
  • Title of the talk:

Challenges and Opportunities in Bangladesh

  • Abstract:

We are an emerging group working on human centered computing where the developing country holds great promises for its great infrastructure for mobile phones. However, there is often design and products available where general people's concerns are not reflected nor they are transferred to policy makers. It is particularly challenging when it comes to preserving personal data of individuals. I want to discuss ethics, internet and future from the context of Bangladesh. I will also share our experience on organizing the winter school for writing research paper.

  • Bio:

Nova Ahmed works with systems, human and the work that lies in between to connect human with computing. She has finished her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and came back to Bangladesh to serve her country. She tries to develop solutions to problems of Bangladesh that require very special attention (e.g., low cost, socially acceptable etc.). In her free time she loves to spend time with her two daughters and Scientist husband!

14:00 -14:30

Bing-Yu Chen

  • Professor at Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Taiwan Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk:

TAICHI and Natural and Tangible User-interactions

  • Abstract:

In this talk, I will first introduce TAICHI, a.k.a. Taipei (Taiwan) ACM SIGCHI Chapter, including the events (ex., Taiwan Night, OpenHCI, TAICHI, etc.), research directions and achievements done by the members (ex., the works presented in CHI, UIST, CSCW, UbiComp, SIGGRAPH/SIGGRAPH Asia E-Tech., etc.). Besides, I will also introduce our recent researches on natural and tangible user-interactions done with the NTU interaction team, such as RFIBricks (CHI 2018), RFIMatch (UIST 2018), PuPoP (UIST 2018), Aarnio (CHI 2019), TilePoP (UIST 2019), and/or RFTouchPads (UIST 2019).

  • Bio:

Bing-Yu Chen received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Information Science from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2003. He is currently a Professor with Department of Information Management, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, and Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia of National Taiwan University (NTU), and also the CEO (Dean) of NTU D-School, the Director of NTU Creativity and Entrepreneurship Program (CEP), and the Associate Director of the NTU IoX Research Center (formerly Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center). He was an Associate Dean and the EiMBA Director of the NTU College of Management (B-School) during 2013-2019. His current research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, and Image Processing. He is a senior member of ACM and IEEE. He has been the Chair of ACM SIGCHI Taipei Chapter since 2018 and a steering committee member of Pacific Graphics since 2011, and was the Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH Taipei Chapter during 2015-2019. He was also the General Co-Chairs of Pacific Graphics 2017 and ACM MobileHCI 2019.

14:30 - 15:00

Manjiri G. Joshi

  • Researcher at Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.
  • India Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk:

Empirical evaluations of Speech input technology and auditory graph representations and, technology for language learning

  • Abstract:

In this talk I will present two evaluation studies in the area of accessibility for visually impaired users and the work on technology for language learning for school-aged children. Text entry remains tedious for visually impaired users. Speech recognition technologies for Indian languages have improved vastly in the last few years and could hold some benefit for visually impaired users. I will present a usability evaluation study with speech input for Marathi. Different mechanisms have been used to make graphs accessible including auditory representation of the data. I will present outcome of a study that compared four mechanisms of auditory graphs. I will also briefly talk about our ongoing work in technology for language learning.

  • Bio:

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee/Tea Break

Session 2 (15:00-18:00)

15:30 - 16:00

Uichin Lee

  • Associate Professor at Dept. of Knowledge Service Engineering, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Korea Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk:

K-CHI Activities and Digital Wellbeing Projects

  • Abstract:

As a chapter chair of SIGCHI Korea Local Chapter, I’ll discuss recent K-CHI activities (e.g., academic conferences and community building efforts). And then I’ll discuss recent research outcomes of my research group related to digital wellbeing. Here, digital wellbeing means people use digital technologies to work productively, facilitate the social relationship, and sustain healthy lives in a balanced way without experiencing adverse side effects such as distraction, dependence, and safety/privacy threats. I argue that user interface research in HCI so far neglected how to design user interfaces that can effectively mitigate such side effects. I will review recent systems design research outcomes for regulating smartphone usage and further discuss the roles of machine intelligence and behavioral economics in designing behavior change systems.

  • Bio:

Dr. Uichin Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and in the Graduate School of Knowledge Service Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He received the B.S. in computer engineering from Chonbuk National University in 2001, the M.S. degree in computer science from KAIST in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from UCLA in 2008. He continued his studies at UCLA as a post-doctoral research scientist (2008-2009) and then worked for Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs as a member of technical staff till 2010. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, and Ubiquitous Computing, with specific focus on building and evaluating intelligent positive computing systems that leverage novel computing technologies with sensing, networking, and computing capability (e.g., smartphones, wearables, and Internet of Things) to better understand and deal with threats to the well-being of users.

16:00 - 16:30

Zhengjie Liu

  • Professor and Director at School of Information Science & Technology, Dalian Maritime University.
  • China Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk:

HCI & UXD in China

  • Abstract:

This talk will introduce the field of HCI in academia and UXD practice in industry in China, including its past development, current status and challenges ahead.

  • Bio:

Zhengjie Liu, Professor at Dalian Maritime University, China, has been working in HCI since 1989. His areas include user experience and user-centered design, focusing on the intersection of research and practice. He founded the Sino European Usability Center in 2000 as the first research center dedicated to usability in China. He is a co-founder of SIGCHI China and CCF TC-HCI. He has served ACM SIGCHI, IFIP TC13 and UXPA on various roles including SIGCHI Adjunct Chair for Developing Worlds and China Liaison in SIGCHI Asia Development Committee etc. He is awardee of ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Service Award (2017) and IFIP TC13 Pioneers Award (2013). More at .

16:30 - 17:00

Suleman Shahid

  • Associate Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Pakistan Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk

Designing for Wellbeing in the Developing Context

  • Abstract:

Over 1 billion people in the world suffer from some form of disability, with its prevalence being much higher in developing countries as compared to the rest of the world. People with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than people without disabilities. These outcomes can be a lack of education, poorer health outcomes, lower employment rates, higher poverty rates and overall effect on their wellbeing. Despite the evidence, not much attention is being given to disabilities; this is where assistive technologies can help. Assistive technologies provide digital aids to help people overcome the challenges they face and now considered as the basic human right. While assistive technologies can be a great help to people with disabilities, their development is particularly difficult in developing countries such as Pakistan. Overcoming these difficulties, we work on the development of assistive technologies for people with disabilities (autism, dyslexia, mental health, dementia) to help them flourish their overall wellbeing. In this talk, I will talk about the design process for assistive products and socio-cultural challenges associated with the development of such technologies.

  • Bio:

Suleman Shahid is working as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS). At LUMS, he directs the Computer-Human Interaction and Social Experience Lab (CHISEL), manages the university’s Usability Lab and is the Faculty Lead for the Facebook Innovation Lab at LUMS, which is Facebook’s first Innovation Lab in Pakistan. Suleman is also the director of the LUMS Learning Institute and the foundation council member of the National Incubation Center (NIC), Lahore.

His research focuses at the intersection of design, technology and wellbeing with applications to (1) assistive technologies (mobile apps and VR/AR systems) to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities (e.g. autism, dyslexia, visual impairment, dementia), and persons with mental health conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression), (2) learning technologies for children and (3) information and communication technologies for development’ (ICT4D) in the areas of education, and health for the next billion users in the emerging markets.

17:00 - 17:30

Keyur Babulal Sorathia

  • Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati
  • India Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk (TBA)
  • Abstract:
  • Bio:

17:30 - 18:00

Chat Wacharamanotham

  • Assistant Professor at University of Zurich
  • South East Asia (Thailand) Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee
  • Title of the talk

Research Artifacts Transparency: Sharing is (not always) caring

  • Abstract:

Several fields of science are currently experiencing a “replication crisis” that has negatively impacted their credibility. Assessing the validity of a contribution via replicability of its experimental evidence and reproducibility of its analyses requires access to relevant study materials, data, and any analysis code. Failing to share them limits the ability to scrutinize or build-upon the research, ultimately hindering scientific progress.

Understanding of how the diverse variety of research artifacts in HCI impacts sharing can help produce informed recommendations for both individual researchers and policy-makers in HCI. I will present the results of a survey sent to the authors of CHI 2018–2019, and recommendations for HCI researchers for navigating the tensions between open research practices vs. concerns in privacy, data protection, and ethics.

  • Bio:

Chat Wacharamanotham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich. His research focus on understanding and building interactive systems to support human scientists in planning their experiments, analyzing data with statistics, sharing the research results, and reading statistical reports. He also leads the Transparent Statistics in HCI community (, that work on guidelines and policies to improve statistical reporting. Chat co-founded Bangkok ACM SIGCHI Chapter, which is the first network of HCI and UX academics in Thailand. He is a liaison for Thailand in the SIGCHI Asian Development Committee. His website is:

18:15 - 18:45 Lab Tour

Technical Visit to the Interactive Content Design Lab, RIEC, Tohoku University

18:45 - Evening Meeting (with Food & Drinks)


Josh (Adi) Tedjasaputra,

  • South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore) Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee

Eunice Sari

  • South East Asia (Vietnam and Philippines) Liaison for ACM SIGCHI Asia Development Committee