IUI 2016 is the most interesting conference I’ve attended since starting my PhD 3 years ago. I was amazed to see the diverse specializations covered in the conference. The research topics were interesting, but there was even more to learn from the people and their research methods. I found them to be friendly and brilliant. Being a student volunteer for the IUI 2016 conference was also a very rewarding experience. At first I worried that the activities may cause me to miss out on the interesting bits of the conference. But it turned out to be fun and flexible – I attended all the sessions I wanted to. The student volunteers were fun to work with. Everything was well-organized, and that made it easier to handle the workload (thanks to Dan and Kylie). One of the best sessions for me is the tutorial by Bart Knijnenburg, where he talked about evaluating intelligent user interfaces. The location for the conference was superb and scenic. It was my first time in the US, and the conference made it a memorable experience. Generally, I gained tremendous exposure attending the IUI 2016 conference. I met interesting and fun people, attended engaging sessions with brilliant researchers, validated my research ideas, and I left the conference inspired to do better research. Thank you for the opportunity
Other experiences from students funded by SIGAI travel grants.