As part of EUGAIN’s Short Term Scientific Mission program, host institutions propose research themes. Applicants are invited to browse through the following list of available host institution proposed research themes and contact the hosts for more information before applying.
Topic: Gender/diversity issues in Software Engineering
Abstract: Consider current issues like bias as how AI application clasiffy human faces images, or how WhatsApp users were concerned about privacy when Facebook acquire it. Privacy, gender, security are just some examples of human factors that are „implemented” in applications.
Several artefacts from requirements to source code carry information related to human values. We want to concentrate such values that are related to gender and diversity.
The purpose of this research activity is to carry on a systematic literature survey (SLR) to identify and classify which are these human factors and how they have been studied in literature.
Applicant: The ideal candidate will be PhD student, postdoc with an interest in empirical studies, especially in SLR. The candidate is expected to invetigate several collection of publications (ACM digital library, IEEE library) and to produce a SLR containing relevant contribution to Human Values in Software, with a focus on issues related to diversity and gender.
When: 1-2 weeks in Spring semester, anytime between March to June 2022
Resources provided by host: access to ACM digital library, IEEE library
Expected outputs: SLR report on Gender/diversity values in software
Expected contribution of the visit to ‘Gender balance in Informatics’: The produced report is intended to be further developed in a paper at a major conference to raise awareness about good/bad practices related to gender/diversity in SE
Topic: Social Sustainability; Gender in & by IT
Abstract: The continuous adoption and evolution of technology in all aspects and areas of our lives and our environment entails new and complex challenges and asks for interdisciplinary perspective to avoid biases that affect sustainable development. In today’s digital, automated, and globally connected society, digitalization and other technology trends are changing how Information Technology (IT) is conceived, developed, and used. The new development that technology implies and its use by an increasing part of the world population demonstrate that it must be driven by and for all people in society (across gender, culture, nationality, and other kinds of discrimination). However, all over the world, women and other discriminated minorities are underrepresented in technology research, practice, and education. Although the challenge is evident, progress has been invariably slow and addressed from isolated perspectives.
For all these reasons, this research aims to address the interplay of gender perspective regarding technology, in order to design, develop, implement, evaluate, and/or improve new and innovative tools, methods, practices, and/or processes for addressing and achieving social sustainability in and by IT, through a joint work and close collaboration between different stakeholders at the NTNU.
Host: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Applicant: PhD student or Postdoc or Senior researcher
When: To be agreed with the host.
Resources provided by host: “Software for a Better Society”; TDT10 – Gender and Diversity in Software Development
Expected outputs: Scientific Papers; Lectures
Expected contribution of the visit to ‘Gender balance in Informatics’: This research will establish a basis for next generations of socially friendly technologies and development processes. It will have a significant impact on the advance of technology regarding social sustainability and, especially, gender equality and inclusiveness. In addition, this program will build and disseminate knowledge on empirically and scientifically evaluated approaches through top international journals and conferences across the fields of knowledge of computer science and sustainability, attracting international researchers and professionals, as well as international research projects which will give EUGAIN greater access to international knowledge production.
Topic: Human Computer Interaction
Abstract: We are aware that creativity thrives on diversity and this consideration is even more crucial in Human Computer Interaction when looking at the design of usable, useful and used systems, but how can we measure the impact of neglecting diversity on the overall User Experience?
We propose to start from existing literature and studies reporting how male centred design (where designers as well as testers and evaluators are mostly male) results in tools with poor usability and disappointing User Experience (UX). Therefore, we want to elaborate further which of the UX defying dimensions and of the factors contributing to usability better convey the importance of diversity, and whether we need to introduce new criteria and measure to account for gender related differences. We expect to deliver an enriched evaluation framework for assessing the performance of technology and the kind of experience it offers to different users while keeping discussion open in the HCI community and beyond.
Contact: Monica Landoni firstname.lastname@example.org
Host: Faculty of Informatics, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland
Applicant: PhD student or Postdoc or Senior researcher
When: Possibly one month in spring-summer 2022.
Resources provided by host: Available case studies, stories and literature
Expected outputs: Based on existing literature, available case studies and work done on our premises, we will produce evaluation framework to account for diversity and gender. This will lead naturally to a joint publication.
Expected contribution of the visit to ‘Gender balance in Informatics’: We will devise an evaluation methodology that will account for gender issues in the UX so that we can recognise gender-considerate design for all.