Rigor, relevance and impact : the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild

Liu, Can and Alavi, Hamed S. and Costanza, Enrico and Zhai, Shumin and Mackay, Wendy and Moncur, Wendy; Brewster, Stephen and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine and Cox, Anna and Kostakos, Vassilis, eds. (2019) Rigor, relevance and impact : the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild. In: CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, GBR. ISBN 978145035971

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    Abstract

    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.