Chalmers Interaction design strengthens collaboration with Singapore

Chalmers has extended its international research collaboration in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), through an agreement with the National University of Singapore, NUS. Among the new commitments is the opportunity for Chalmers students to do their master thesis in Singapore.

Chalmers University of Technology and the National University of Singapore, NUS, have a longstanding collaboration within HCI research. HCI is about improving the interaction between humans and computers by designing and validating user interfaces, in everything from digital services to electronic products.
The cooperation has been successful, and in October this year the parties signed a formal agreement to further extend the commitment. The agreement includes ambitions for exchange of researchers, joint research projects and publications, and network meetings. The collaboration that initially focused on HCI has been extended to adjacent areas, such as Computer Graphics and Software Engineering.
“The project enables for PhD students and teachers to work, share experiences and excel in the two partner universities and operate in two complementary cultures, and, as part of an international research team, to explore this rapidly growing research area”, says Morten Fjeld, Professor of HCl in the Department of Applied IT, and initiator and leader of the collaboration.
Dynamic interface
Several joint research projects have already been realized. In January 2013 a publication was presented where a combination of screens, smartphones and tablets were used to develop enhanced functionality. The tested applications either offer distributed screen display, or distributed control of the application, or both (see video).
"I am extremely pleased with our collaboration. It's really nice to have the PhD students from Sweden and Singapore to work together. We have complementary skills and it's fantastic to work together," says Professor Shengdong Zhao, NUS-HCI lab, School of Computing, NUS Singapore.
“Through collaboration and exchange of expertise between our institutions we seek a top-ranked position in HCI research and education”, adds Morten Fjeld.
The agreement now also offers Chalmers students to stay in Singapore for up to six months and carry out their thesis in a research group at NUS. Accepted candidates will be paid a stipend to cover additional living costs. Link >>
The new extended collaboration has been made possible by funding from STINT.
More information:
Contact Morten Fjeld, Department of Applied IT, Division of Interaction Design.
Photo above:
Visit at NUS on 8th December 2014. From left to right: Ola Olsson, PhD in Graphics from Chalmers, Markus Billeter, PhD in Graphics from Chalmers, Morten Fjeld, Prof. in HCI, Chalmers, KangKang Yin, Prof. in CS, Graphics, NUS, Hua Binh Son, PhD student in Graphics, NUS. Photo by: Eldric Liew, Singapore

Photo: Professor Shengdong Zhao guest lecture during visit at Chalmers. Several researchers from Chalmers have also been giving lectures at NUS during 2014.

Video: It is increasingly common that people own both a smartphone and a tablet, which opens up the possibility for applications that utilize both screens for the best possible user experience.
In a project between Chalmers, NUS Singapore and Microsoft, a number of different dynamic interfaces were tested.


Published: Wed 10 Dec 2014.