Rigor, Relevance and Impact: The Tensions and Trade-Offs Between Research in the Lab and in the Wild

Can Liu, Enrico Costanza, Wendy Mackay, Hamed S. Alavi, Shumin Zhai, Wendy Moncur

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    As an interdisciplinary field, CHI embraces multiple research methods, ranging from controlled lab experiments to field studies in homes and communities. While quantitative research in the lab emphasizes the scientific rigor of hypothesis testing; qualitative research in the wild focuses on the understanding of the context of technologies in use, and each type of research has a correspondingly different kind of impact. This panel invites researchers with varied backgrounds to talk about the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild, with respect to scientific rigor, real-world relevance and impact. The goal is to enhance mutual understanding among researchers with diverse goals, values and practices within the CHI community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
    ISBN (Print)9781450359719, 978145035971
    Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
    EventCHI 2019: Weaving the Threads of CHI - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019

    Publication series

    NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


    ConferenceCHI 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Impact
    • Research in the lab
    • Research in the wild
    • Research methods
    • Research paradigm
    • Trade-off

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Software


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