The Conference is a networking platform for top computer science researchers, start-ups, as well as the best performing students in the field.During the trip, the group presented posters at a a Human Computer Interaction Across Borders (HCIxB) Symposium and a paper at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
The aim of the HCIxB Symposium was to foster research collaborations and technological solutions to problems across borders. Approximately 3 000 people attended the event, and Dr Anicia Peters, the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, was a co-organiser of the Symposium.
Dr Peters also featured as an invited speaker at the Conference and made presentations on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) work in Namibia and Africa in general.
She previously co-chaired the inaugural Africa Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI) in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016.
Furthermore, Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, the Head of the Computer Science Department in the Faculty, who is internationally renowned for her research in HCI, supervised five students who presented their work during the event.
Ndinelago Nashandi, a lecturer and Master’s student who was part of the group, expressed her gratitude for the mentorship provided by Dr Peters and Prof Winschiers-Theophilus during the excursion.
The Faculty has made great strides in the industry such as establishing the Windhoek ACM SIGCHI chapter, which together with the Kenyan chapter, are the only two in Africa. This milestone achievement was a contributing factor to securing the sponsorship for this trip from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), the Gary Marsden Student Development Fund and other research grants.