A brief overview of current HCI research in Chile
Francisco J. Gutierrez
Although being located in a remote narrow and long piece of land—certainly resembling the shape of spicy pepper—Chile has been opening to the world as a vibrant HCI research community over the years. Gesture-based interaction models for increasing the involvement of students, cultural-oriented usability heuristics, affective profiles extracted from social media data, and computer-supported cooperation and collaboration in mobile and emergency scenarios are just an example of recent research and development projects being conducted across the country.
Acknowledging the accelerated rhythm of aging we currently experience globally, various research groups are devoting their efforts to better understand how to design and deploy effective technology to promote well-being among older adults and their close family members. In that respect, researchers from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, and the University of Chile, are working on initiatives to promote self-care among older adults, understanding the needs of informal caregivers, and deploying socio-domestic technology to encourage intergenerational interaction. The results of these works have been presented in recent ACM SIGCHI sponsored conferences, such as TEI, CSCW, and CHI.
*I would like to thank Valeria Herskovic, Pedro Rossel, Sergio F. Ochoa, and José A. Pino for their contributions to this blog post.