University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Summer School 2011

Photo by Böhringer

Our DFG-sponsored PhD program at the University of Konstanz conducts a weeklong
The summerschool contains tutorials and workshops on and poster/oral presentations of all participating students. The general language is English.
This year the summerschool is also open for interested computer science students from all other universities, see below.

Watch what we did on last year's summerschool.



special opportunity for advanced students in computer science

This year we support our program with funding specifically for advanced female master or diploma students in computer science, in order to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering by entering a PhD program like ours. Our funds cover for about 15 female participants.

Therefore we invite the best and interested students, that are advanced or have a completed CS master degree not from before October 2010, to apply for participation at our summerschool this year. If you like to participate, please send us your application as a single(!) PDF to gksekr[at] covering the following topics: Dates:

Voices from past summer schools

Denise says:

I took part in the summerschool in 2009 and enjoyed the program very much. Learning about different topics in the tutorials and workshops and getting in touch with the doctoral students and their research in the University of Konstanz was very enriching. The week allowed me to have a better view of how a PhD study at the university works, the interesting computer science projects going on there and of course, the people behind them. Being able to have a little participation myself, taking part at the poster session with the other invited master students allowed me to discuss my previous work and to learn a few things as well. I also can't forget to mention the leisure activities! They provided a nice opportunity to get to know the participants better and a good way to spend the time outside the conference room. It was a very interesting (and fun) week.


tutorial descriptions

Putting the user in the loop - Methods and techniques from an HCI perspective

by Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer and other members of the HCI group

The tutorial starts with a short introduction why it is important to put the user in the loop when designing interactive systems. A presentation is given on the importance of usability and user experience goals for the design (Part I) and the evaluation (Part II) of interactive systems. We will discuss main usability and user experience goals in detail and how they can be measured. General design principles and guidelines that should be followed during the design of interactive systems are introduced briefly. We will place focus on some selected methods and techniques that are part of the Usability Engineering lifecycle. A practical break out session allows gaining hands-on experience with some specific techniques for generating and evaluating ideas. Part II will cover an introduction into usability evaluation. To start off, we will provide an overview of commonly applicable methods, followed by an outline of a comprehensive evaluation study. This will focus on planning and conducting a study and emphasize a variety of practical topics. During the practical break out session the members of the tutorial will have the opportunity to develop a typical test setting for an experiment. The test setting will be subject to discussion to investigate their advantages and drawbacks afterwards.

information for participants

flyer "Invitation to summer school"

Flyer of the summerschool (small and big version).

time schedule