HCI4D: Overcoming the Digital Divide

Schedule and location

Wednesday October 14th - Thursday October 15th

SimSpace (room B2031), University of Tampere (Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere, Pinni-B building)


Registration is open September 21st - October 12th.


Professor Anirudha Joshi Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, India
Professor Markku Turunen, University of Tampere, Finland
Researcher Sumita Sharma, University of Tampere, Finland
Researcher Tuuli Keskinen, University of Tampere, Finland
Researcher Pallavi Pal, University of Tampere, Finland


Researcher Juhani Linna, University of Tampere, Finland.
Researcher Sumita Sharma, University of Tampere, Finland.
James Jobin, University of Tampere, Finland.


HCI4D is an emerging sub-field within the Human-Computer Interaction community. It is focused on innovative technological solutions for the developing world, which is yet to experience the current information revolution. Borrowing motivation, goals and development from ICT4D; HCI4D provides a unique perspective by designing for and largely with users from developing regions. It requires innovative and novel approaches to overcome the challenges faced by these users, including but not limited to: low levels of literacy, lack of access to technology, reluctance towards technology adoption and availability of meaningful content.

Through this seminar, we aim to highlight the current HCI4D work towards reducing this digital divide and provide opportunities for dialog between researchers in this emerging field.

Detailed Program

Day 1 - Wednesday October 14th

09:00      Coffee & Registration 
09:30      Prof. Markku Turunen: Welcome and guest speaker intros
10:00      Prof. Anirudha Joshi: Interaction design for emergent users
11:30      Lunch
12:30      Prof. Anirudha Joshi: Text input in Indian languages 
13:30      Coffee
13:45      Tuuli Keskinen: Evaluating the User Experience of Interactive Systems in Challenging Circumstances
14:15      Sumita Sharma: HCI4D for children
14:45      Close

Day 2 - Thursday October 15th

09:00      Coffee & Registration
9:30        PhD Studens and rest of the audience: Open Stage: 5 minute presentations
10:00      Pallavi Pal: Nuclear Energy
10:30      Prof. Anirudha Joshi: User studies - some learnings from the field 
11:30      Lunch
12:30      Prof. Anirudha Joshi: Understanding emergent users 
13:30      Coffee
13:45      Prof. Anirudha Joshi: Understanding emergent users (continued)
14:45      Prof. Markku Turunen: Open Panel
15:45      Close

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain either 1 or 3 credit points.

  • Requirement for 1 credit point is seminar participation on both days and an 5+5 -minute open stage presentation of your research (presentation 5 minutes + Q&A 5 minutes)
  • Requirement for 3 credit points is, in addition to the above, a report (3-5 pages) on any HCI4D application development effort (can be related to domains other than Education as well). Deadline 30th of November 2015.
  • Reports will be evaluated by Professor Markku Turunen
  • Attention! On Thursday's schedule there will be an "Open stage" for anyone who wants to give a presentation about their own research subject. You have five minutes to present your research and then the audience has five minutes for questions about your research. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please contact organizer and state your name and your topic.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for Inforte.fi member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.