I recently went to the HCI International conference with the My Music Mosaic team. The conference was six days, and included three days of tutorial sessions (which you can read about here) and three days of presentations.
As part of the keynote of the conference, we got to hear from Hiroshi Ishii, a distinguished scientist in the HCI field.
In his presentation, he talked about his vision of the future. The last decade, he has been an advocate for Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) as an alternative to the current Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). He wanted to bridge the gap between the physical world and the digital world. To do this, tangible interfaces were created to represent the digital information. At the conference, Ishii proposed a new vision: Radical Atoms. In this vision, he wants more flexibility than TUIs offered.
From then on, we were able to present our poster and attend other presentations. This was a really great experience to understand what kinds of things were currently happening in the HCI field.
Showing off our project was an exciting experience. While talking to people, the team quickly realized that we were some of the only undergraduate students there. I met one student from China who had just finished his bachelor’s degree, but mostly everyone was a Masters, PhD, or part of the industry already. That made us feel really proud!
Overall, it was a great experience!