SIGCHI Summer School
Computational Fabrication and Smart Matter

June 14-18, 2017 | Cambridge MA

This summer school provides 24 PhD students with the opportunity to discuss their research and learn new skills.
There will be a strong focus on brainstorming new research ideas and transforming them into physically realizable prototypes.
We will also include a session on how to apply for academic jobs and will provide feedback for application materials.

The summer school is co-located with the Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF 2017), which takes place on June 12 and June 13.



[more speakers will be announced soon]

Stefanie Mueller
Sean Follmer
Sriram Subramanian
University of Sussex
Juergen Steimle
Saarland University
Robert MacCurdy
Thijs Roumen
(web chair)

Hasso Plattner Institute


Metamaterial Mechanisms
Exploring Content Generation for Shape-Changing Displays Through Accessible Fabrication Approaches
Synchronizing the physical and the virtual worlds
Optimized Design and Fabrication of Robots
A Health Sensing Toolkit Designed for Older Adults to Craft Their Own Devices
Elaboration of an electronic skin based on carbon nanotube piezoresistive films for human-robot social interaction
End-User Development for Intelligible 3D Content Exporation
Toward a more wearable tactile display
Robot Control Frameworks for Arts and Design
Combining Modalities and Technologies for Creating Novel Interactions and Experiences
3D-printed, Electromagnetically variable Material
Rehabilitation Wearable Bracelets for Learned Non-Use in Post-Stroke Populations
Fabricating Interactivity Expedition
Automated Design of Soft Robots
Towards Novel Tools and Technologies to Support Makers in Creating Interactive Design Artifacts
Material-aware computational design of deformable surfaces
Acoustophoretic Mid-air Display
Structural Optimization and Digital Fabrication of Timber Structures
Towards Large-Scale Personal Fabrication
Interaction Styles for Ubiquitous Fabrication
 Integrated Design and Simulation of Tunable, Multi-State Structures Fabricated with 3D Printing
 Towards a new generation of tactile display
 Fabrication-oriented robotic motion planning platform


We encourage submissions from PhD students
working on technical HCI research with backgrounds in
fabrication, shape changing interfaces, robotics, computer graphics,
mechanical engineering, material science and similar areas.
(if you are a master student but plan to continue into a PhD program, please also apply)

Please submit 4 pages (incl. references) in SIGCHI paper format:
(your submission will only be used for internal review and will not be posted online)
Word | Latex Template

The main part of your submission should describe your research.
Please also include a biography and a statement of why you want to participate.

To submit, send your file as a PDF to:

Application Deadline: March 3, 2017 (12:00 PDT)
Notification: March 10, 2017
Summer School: June 14-18, 2017

For students with a SIGCHI membership, we will be able to cover part of the travel costs and accommodation.

Contact us

For further questions, feel free to contact us at:
Credits header image from left to right: Kilobot | Multifab | A 3D Printer for Interactive Electromagnetic Devices | Levipath | PrintScreen