Join us

The HCI-RG welcomes students worldwide joining our staff. Next are included the terms and conditions that regulate the duties and rights for all the members of the Human Communication and Interaction Research Group (HCI-RG). Before joining our crew, you should read this document carefully.

European Ph. D. Thesis

Doctoral thesis are the result of successful scientific work performed in any of our research programs. Those thesis are developed under the Spanish regulation for European Ph. D. (Royal Decree 778/1998, April 30, published in BOE May 1, 1998). This means that:

  1. Ph. D. students must participate in at least one research exchange with any other European (non Spanish) research group or institution. The HCI-RG will help our students to arrange such kind of exchange with any of our European partners. However, we do not provide economic funds for such exchanges.
  2. Authorization for the final dissertation must be supported by at least two positive reports coming from researchers from two different European countries.
  3. The documentation of the thesis must include an abstract written in English and part of the final dissertation must also be done in this language.

Our Ph. D. students also must:

  1. Develop and original research work under the guidance of a Ph. D. member of the HCI-RG and under the approval of the Head of the Group.
  2. The research work must be completed in no more than 3 years including Ph. D. courses, or 2 years for students who have already completed their Ph. D. courses.
  3. The research work must be totally or partially published in at least one journal included in the Science Citation Index before the conclusion of the Thesis.
  4. Prior to the Thesis Dissertation, a full working version of the research work must be presented in at least one our local events (conferences on Human-Computer Interaction or our Usability Cafe meetings).

Final Degree Projects

Final Degree Projects implement prototypes of systems that are part of our research programs. The development of such projects plays a crucial role in the initiation to resesearch for our undergraduate students, who are usually recruited among the best students of the School of Computer Science of the University of Oviedo.

Prior to admission, the students must have approved the subjects taught in this School by the lecturers members of this group.

Our research students must:

  1. Develop their Final Degree Project in no more than 9 months or in any case before the official call for projects of July of the the School of Computer Science of the University of Oviedo.
  2. A fully working version of the project must be presented in the Usability Cafe meeting for the month before the official call for projects. The documentation of the project must be submitted to the project manager one week before that Usability Cafe session.
    1. If you opt for the call for projects of June, the project must be presented in the Usability Cafe of May (and its documentation submitted the last week of April).
    2. If you opt for the call for projects of July, the project must be presented in the Usability Cafe of June (and its documentation submitted the last week of May).
  3. The project must be tested using at least 5 different usability evaluation methods. The tests must be done in our Usability Cafe meetings.

What is it expected from a member of the HCI-RG?

All members of the HCI-RG must:

  1. Discuss their latest research work in each edition of our local Conferences on Human-Computer Interaction, as well as in our Usability Cafe meetings.
  2. Learn and apply our Basic Technologies in the development of their projects and prototypes. Document the project using our Documentation Guides.
  3. Complete the assigned research work in the time scheduled. Deadlines depend on the kind of duty to be developed (see European Ph. D. Thesis and Final Degree Projects).
  4. Keep the research secret on every technology, document and any other kind of data developed by the group. Research secrets are protected by the Section 3A, Chapter XI of the Spanish Penal Code.

Members of the HCI-RG should:

  1. Participate in the activities organized by the group along the year.
  2. Share their knowledge with all members of the group, helping other members whenever it is possible or required.

Basic Technologies

Products developed by our group are based on open source tools and free knowledge methods and techniques. This approach allows an easy distribution of our final products. Unless otherwise specified, our technologies should make use of:

Documentation Guides

Thesis and Final Degree Project documentation must be edited using Latex. This editing tool highly reduces the amount of work to be done when compared with other editing packages such as Microsoft's Word. The program code must be documented using Javadoc tags.

Unless otherwise specified, names of classes, methods, database components, code comments and any other kind of programming objects must be specified in English language.

However, the documentation of the project may be written either in Spanish (final degree projects, thesis and scientific articles) or in English (thesis and scientific articles), with the sole exception of the user manual, which must be written in English Language.

Final Degree Project's reports must be documented using the Normas de Documentación de PFC del HCI-RG available in our private files (accessible only by members).

Joining us

Coordination of the research work performed by the HCI-RG is carried out through our private google groups community. This community is for members only.

If you have received and invitation from the HCI-RG research staff to join us, use the following instructions to subscribe to our community. Once subscribed, you will receive further instructions to complete your registration process.

  1. Create an account in gmail. Include your real personal data (including first and last name) and make your profile public available . This process will display your name in the automatic authorization request sent by google to the community's manager. If your name is not displayed in the authorization request, the administrator will reject your petition.
  2. Go to our private google groups community, login in and follow the instructions provided by google.
  3. Once subscribed, you will access to our Welcome Kit document describing the internal working of our organization and the role you will play within it. A reference to this document is included in the signature section of every mail sent to our google groups community.

Please remember: if you have not received an invitation from us, your attempt of subscription will be cancelled.