My Experience as a presenter at the 2nd International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2011

Our paper titled as “Interact: A Framwork to Generate Device Specific Smart User Interfaces” got selected to be presented at the International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2011 which was held at Malaysia on 29th of November 2011 to 2nd of December 2011.  The paper was based on our final year project interAct. Pavithra and I went to Malaysia to participate the conference representing our final year project team.
Professor Alan Dix from Lancaster University, UK and Prof. Steve Howard from University of Melbourne, Australia participated as the keynote speakers. There were many participants around the world from various research institutes and universities. We were the only undergraduates there from a foreign country.
I did paper presentation at the second day of the conference under the category “HCI and universal accessibility”.  Luckily Prof. Alan was there when I present the paper and it was the slides from his book I referred during our project to study Human Computer Interaction due to the unavailability of his book in Sri Lanka.
He was so happy about our research and he said he was amazed by our project. Here is the proof. https://twitter.com/#!/alanjohndix/status/142085324108083202 🙂

Prof. Alan talked to us during the lunch and he asked us not to stop by here but take the project further focusing on the mobile area. He also suggested us to read more about HCI and get familiar with the terms and concepts. He also suggested us to read about “Plastic Interfaces” and apply it to interAct. He further added that even a big company like Nokia would find our project interesting and he advised to take the project to the higher level.

A lecturer from University of MARA found the work we did with XML is very interesting and creative. We got comments from many participants and all said our research is very good and they found it interesting. We participated all the conference events “Gala Dinner”, “Conference tours to Putrajaya and Shah Alam” and we could talk to most of the participants specially the international participants. Lecturers from MARA was very kind to us and they even provided transport for us.

Just after the parallel session “Methodologies for User Centred System Design” where I was the session chair.

Conference tour to Putrajaya


We returned to Sri Lanka with lots of contacts and business cards. We participated most of the parallel sessions and learnt a lot. I also got the opportunity to become a session chair in a parallel session. The experience was quite amazing and unforgettable. We are thankful to our project supervisors Dr. Shahani Weerawarana and Mr. Milinda Pathirage for motivating us all the time.

-From the article written for CSE News letter

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Author: Harshani Nawarathna

Sri Lankan woman in Computing

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