Vidhi Jain

The ACM CHI 2017 conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems provided me valuable exposure to trends in HCI technology and the diverse community of people involved in it. I believe that the experience has helped me a lot – in terms of learning, building network and broadening my vision.

I presented my work in Student Research competition on Monday, 8 May 2017 on ‘Symptomatic Diagnosis and Prognosis of Psychiatric Disorders through Personal Gadgets’. By listening to the work of some of the best researchers in the world, I was able to understand the ways to improve my current work methodology. With so many tracks, I could explore a variety of fields and their current trends. I believe this exploration is important for one to creatively contribute to interdisciplinary projects and also wisely choose a narrow area to specialize into for higher studies. I met interesting researchers from various Universities as well as professionals at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Bloomberg – all were happy to discuss ideas, and available opportunities.

I observed that those schools, which provided funding and advisory support, had a large representation. Only a few students from top Indian design institutions were presenting, and that too without any support from their respective institutions. Since there were no immediate senior or faculty as a precedent so far, I wish to encourage participation from the ACM and ACM-W Student Chapter in my campus. I shall discuss with them about the benefits of participation in ACM Student competitions and the scholarships or student volunteering opportunities available for attending such conferences.