Brown Bag Lunch Schedule
The HCIL has an open semi-organized weekly "brown bag lunch (BBL)" on every Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm in HCIL (2105 Hornbake, South Wing). The topics range from someone's work, current interest to the HCIL, a software demo/review, a study design, a proposed research topic, an introduction to a new person, etc. The BBL is the one hour a week where we all come together--thus, it’s a unique time for HCIL members with unique opportunities to help build collaborations, increase awareness of each other’s activities, and generally just have a bit of fun together with free food every week.
To sign up for a session, send an email to BBL student co-coordinator Arunesh Mathur (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Daniel Pauw (email@example.com). In the email, briefly describe the topic and preferred dates.
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Fall 2014 Schedule
New iSchool Professor in Infovis (link)
Ubiquitous Analytics: Interacting with Big Data Anywhere, Anytime
|09/11/2014||All new students!
New student introductions!
The students presenting are: Chris Musialek, Deok Gun Park, Seokbin Kang, Jonggi Hong, Sriram Karthik Badam and Majeed Kazemitabaar.
|09/18/2014||Moving the cubes!
||Resisting the cookies is futile.|
CS PhD Student: (link)
UIST2014 Practice Talk: Tohme: Detecting Curb Ramps in Google Street View Using Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science (link)
Measuring Password Guessability for an Entire University
We fill this gap by studying the single-sign-on passwords used by over 25,000 faculty, staff, and students at a research university with a complex password policy. Key aspects of our contributions rest on our (indirect) access to plaintext passwords. We describe our data collection methodology, particularly the many precautions we took to minimize risks to users. We then analyze how guessable the collected passwords would be during an offline attack by subjecting them to a state-of-the-art password cracking algorithm. We discover significant correlations between a number of demographic and behavioral factors and password strength.
We also compare the guessability and other characteristics of the passwords we analyzed to sets previously collected in controlled experiments or leaked from low-value accounts. We find more consistent similarities between the university passwords and passwords collected for research studies under similar composition policies than we do between the university passwords and subsets of passwords leaked from low-value accounts that happen to comply with the same policies.
Professor, University of Southampton (link)
Exploring the role of HCI as an agent of cultural change: from health as a medical condition to health as shared, social aspiration.
CS PhD Student
ASSETS 2014 Practice Talk: Design of and Subjective Response to On-body Input for People With Visual Impairments
For users with visual impairments, who do not necessarily need the visual display of a mobile device, non-visual on-body interaction (e.g., Imaginary Interfaces) could provide accessible input in a mobile context. Such interaction provides the potential advantages of an always-available input surface, and increased tactile and proprioceptive feedback compared to a smooth touchscreen. To investigate preferences for and design of accessible on-body interaction, we conducted a study with 12 visually impaired participants. Participants evaluated five locations for on-body input and compared on-phone to on-hand interaction with one versus two hands. Our findings show that the least preferred areas were the face/neck and the forearm, while locations on the hands were considered to be more discreet and natural. The findings also suggest that participants may prioritize social acceptability over ease of use and physical comfort when assessing the feasibility of input at different locations of the body. Finally, tradeoffs were seen in preferences for touchscreen versus on-body input, with on-body input considered useful for contexts where one hand is busy (e.g., holding a cane or dog leash). We provide implications for the design of accessible on-body input.
Assistant Professor, iSchool (link)
|Citizen Science at Scale: Human Computation for Science, Education, and Sustainability|
Assistant Professor, UMD College of Journalism (link)
Computational Journalism: From Tools to Algorithmic Accountability
|11/06/2014||Susan Winter & Diane Travis
||BS HCI specialization: Emerging undergraduate program|
iSchool PhD Student
|Audience Performer Collaboration|
Principal Scientist & Director Mobile Research, Yahoo!
Yahoo Labs – Mobile Research
|11/27/2014||No Brown Bag for Thanksgiving break.|
|12/11/2014||-Holiday Cookie Exchange|
Cookie exchanges involve people making a certain number of cookies (e.g., 6 bags of 6 cookies each) and bringing them in with a card describing the cookies. They all get lined up and then each person can take six bags of whichever types of cookies they want.
Past Brown Bags
The following are the past Brown Bag schedules.
|Jan 30||Helena Mentis
New UMBC HCI faculty member
Tracking the Body in Healthcare
|Feb 6||Catherine Plaisant and Michael Gubbels||Reviewing CHI '13 best videos|
|Feb 13||Beverly Harrison
Research at Yahoo Labs
|Feb 20||Karyn Moffatt
HCI Professor at McGill Univ.
Accessible Social Technology
|Feb 27||Romain Vuillemot|
|March 6||Megan Monroe
The Talk Talk
|March 20||No Brown Bag. Spring Break.|
|March 27||Jessica Vitak
Assistant Professor in iSchool
HCIL faculty member
Privacy Management in the Digital Age
While regularly used for interpersonal communication, relationship maintenance, and information sharing, newer communication technologies such as Facebook and Twitter have also created significant tension between individuals’ desire to maintain privacy and to be engaged participants in online communities. Problems arise due to the increasing diversity of users on these sites, a lack of privacy management knowledge and/or skills, and the often-changing privacy standards of the sites themselves. Rather than proactively engaging this complexity, many users employ reactive privacy management strategies—until something bad happens to me, I won’t worry about the information I’m sharing. Understanding how people conceptualize privacy and how that conceptualization influences behavior is increasingly important in today’s networked world, as individuals—and information—are now connected in more ways than ever before. The affordances of social media distinguish them from other communication channels, both on- and offline, with content being easier to search and archive, while people and content are more highly linked within systems. Thus, the consequences of employing more reactive strategies are far-reaching, with potential impacts on personal relationships, financials, work, and beyond. In this talk, I’ll highlight some of my recent findings on this topic as well as overview my expected research trajectory for the next few years in this very active space.
|April 3||Chris Imbriano
CS Ph.D. Student
Inclusive Design Lab
Talk and discussion about GitHub and why the HCIL may want to adopt it.
In this talk, Chris (and others) will lead a talk and discussion about GitHub. Generally, Chris will give an overview of GitHub and facilitate a discussion about why the HCIL might want to adopt GitHub in some way, perhaps by making an "Organization" entity under which projects can be created and students, faculty, and others in the HCIL can check in their code.
|April 10||Vanessa Frias-Martinez
Assistant Professor in iSchool
From Digital Footprints to Social Insights
The pervasiveness of cell phones, mobile applications and social media is generating vast amounts of information that can reveal a wide range of human behavior. From mobility patterns to social connections, these signals expose insights about how humans behave and interact with their environment. While a lot of work has focused on analyzing behaviors, relatively little effort has been dedicated to understanding ways in which such findings could be useful to decision makers in areas like smart cities or public health. In this talk I will discuss two projects: (1) AlertImpact, an agent-based framework that uses geo-referenced cell phone data to model the impact of the preventive actions implemented by the Mexican government during the H1N1 flu outbreak and (2) TweetLand, a method to automatically identify urban land uses and landmarks (point of interest) using tweeting patterns.
|April 17||Alex Pompe
Senior Technical Advisor at IREX
Bridging ICT4D lessons from the NGO sector towards academia (Slides)
Abstract: ICT4D professionals in both the academic and NGO areas stand to benefit from greater collaboration, awareness, and transparency of experiences. However, often at conferences both groups are frustrated due to a lack of common understanding and misconceptions. This talk will present a number of case studies from IREX's ICT work in a variety of regions focused on providing open discussion and discourse so that lessons from all development practitioners can be lent towards improving processes on both sides of the table. The talk will also include discussion of internships and job skills in the ICT4D sector from an NGO employer's perspective.
|April 24||Matt Mauriello
HCI CS Grad Student
|CHI2014 Practice Talk: Social Fabric Fitness|
|May 1||No Brown Bag. CHI 2014 from April 26 to May 1.|
|May 8||Michael Gubbels, Human-Computer Interaction Master's Student
Jon Gluck, Computer Science Ph.D. Student
Kent Wills, Computer Science Master's Student
Introduction to 3D Printing in the HCIL (Slides)
Graduate students will lead an interactive discussion of 3D printing and a tutorial on how to use the printers in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.
|Jan 31||John Gomez|
|Feb 7||Ben Bederson||Tools for synchronous crowdsourcing|
|Feb 28||Lisa Anthony (Host: Leah Findlater)||Gestural Interaction for Children|
|March 7||Awalin Sopan||Wrong Patient Selection Problem|
|March 14||Michael Smith-Welch? (Host Jon Froehlich)||Kids, Programming, and Makerspaces|
|March 21||Spring Break (No BBL)|
|April 4||Ben Bederson, Jon Froehlich, Leah Findlater||HCIL Discussion: Activities, BBL, email lists, etc.|
|April 11||Urah Oh, Anne Bowser||CHI Practice Talks: (1) Urah Oh (full paper) and (2) Anne Bowser (full paper)|
|April 18||Megan Monroe, Kotaro Hara||CHI Practice Talks: (1) Megan Monroe (full paper) and (2) Kotaro Hara (full paper)|
|May 2||CHI 2013 (No BBL)|
|Th, Sept 5||No Brown Bag. Rosh Hashanah.|
|Th, Sept 12||Jon Froehlich
Assistant Professor in CS and HCIL faculty member
|Th, Sept 19||HCIL/HCI Graduate Students facilitated by Michael Gubbels and Tak Yeon Lee||Talk/Discussion||
The goal of this session is to provide several students at various points in their academic programs
, but especially new students, with a chance to talk about (1) their interests, (2) the projects to which they've contributed, and (3) those they'd like to do. Our hope is that this will allow new students to introduce themselves and convey their interests in a way that helps them find others with shared interests and form working relationships on projects with professors and other students. Students will have 5–8 minutes to introduce themselves and their interests, their previous and current projects, skills and expertise, and their future interests in HCI and the HCIL. Hopefully, this will help new students connect with professors and other students with whom they share interests and can work together on research projects. Following talks will be about 10 minutes for discussion with the presenting students (perhaps for asking them to join a project team).
|Wed, Sept 25||Jonathan Donner||External Speaker||
Everybody’s internet? :Designing for mobile-centric internet users in the developing world
Within 5 years, wireless broadband services will cover 85% of the world’s population, and data-enabled mobile (cellular) devices will outnumber personal computers and tablets. This talk, taken from a book in preparation, details the growing importance of ‘mobile-centric internet use’ in the developing world, raising questions and challenges for design. A breathlessly optimistic narrative has proclaimed the mobile phone the device which will finally close the ‘digital divide’, but the digital world does not run exclusively on mobile handsets. To guide policy and technical investments in socioeconomic development— I argue that it is better to reframe and view the mobile handset as one piece of a person’s digital repertoire, which also might include PCs, telecentres, TVs, tablets, and other devices. In the talk and in the book I revisit some of my previous studies in three domains of socioeconomic development: microenterprises and livelihoods, citizen journalism, and secondary education. Across each, I celebrate the transformational potential of the mobile phone. Yet, in each case, I use the “digital repertoires” lens to raise concerns, identifying how the capacity to generate, produce, and curate information may remain concentrated among those with better resources to secure digital tools, and the skills and incentives to use them. The person with $30 basic data-enabled phone and the person with a smartphone and a state-of-the-art $1000 desktop computer both can connect to the internet; however, it is not the same internet. Yet these persistent digital stratifications can be reduced if technologists, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers work to ensure that constrained digital repertoires enable not only coordination and consumption (which phones already do well), but also contribution (which they do less well). From natural user interfaces to language support to bandwidth pricing, there are concrete ways in which more empathetic design and policy can help a greater proportion of the world’s inhabitants be more productive with their ICTs.
Jonathan Donner - Researcher, Technology for Emerging Markets, Microsoft Research
Jonathan Donner is a researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group (TEM) at Microsoft Research. For the last decade, Jonathan has published research on the remarkable growth in mobile telephony in the developing world, focusing on its implications for socioeconomic development and inclusion in the informational society, as well as its uses in everyday life. His projects at TEM include Microenterprise Development, Mobile Banking, Citizen Journalism, Mobile Health, and Youth and New Media. His research provides rare perspective on design and mobile HCI issues for those who want to build applications for the fastest growing group of internet users in the world: “mobile centric” internet users. Prior to Joining Microsoft Research, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and worked with Monitor Company and the OTF Group, consultancies in Boston, MA. He is the author, with Richard Ling, of Mobile Communication (Polity, 2009), and co-editor, with Patricia Mechael, of mHealth in Practice: Mobile Technology for Health Promotion in the Developing world (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012). His research also appears in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, The Information Society, Information Technologies and International Development, The Journal of International Development, and Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University in Communication Research. Jonathan is based in South Africa and is a visiting academic at the University of Cape Town’s Centre in ICT4D. He is currently working on a new book, provisionally titled After Access: Mobile Internet in the Developing World. Further details on Jonathan’s research are at www.jonathandonner.com and via twitter as @jcdonner
|Th, Oct 3||Ed Cutrell||External Speaker||
Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group at Microsoft Research
The Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group at Microsoft Research India seeks to address the needs and aspirations of people in the world's developing communities. Our research targets people who are just beginning to use computing technologies and services as well as those for whom access to computing still remains largely out of reach. Most of our work falls under the rubric of the relatively young field of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD or ICT4D). By combining a variety of backgrounds and training, we are able to engage deeply with some of the complex problems associated with poverty and scarce resources. Our goal is to study, design, build, and evaluate technologies and systems that are useful for people living in underserved rural and urban communities around the world. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the recent work in the group, focusing on projects that explore modalities and interactions specifically designed for the unique contexts and users we’re working with:
|Th, Oct 10||Marshini Chetty
Assistant Professor in iSchool and HCIL faculty member
HCI and Networking - Taming the Internet One Bit at a Time
|Th, Oct 17||Kotaro Hara
CS PhD Student
CS PhD Student
|ASSETS'13 Practice Talks||Talk 1: Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations With Google Street View|
Talk 2: Follow That Sound: Using Sonification and Corrective Verbal Feedback to Teach Touchscreen Gestures
|Th, Oct 24||Makeability Lab
Jon Froehlich's research group in the HCIL
|Discussion||Reflective discussion of experience exhibiting projects at Silver Spring Mini-Maker Faire.|
|Th, Oct 31||Jen Golbeck
Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies, Affiliate Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department, Affiliate in the Center for the Advanced Study of Language, and HCIL Director
|Work In Progress Discussion||HCI and Cybersecurity|
|Th, Nov 7||Bryan Sivak
Chief Technology Officer at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Bryan Sivak's bio
Bryan Sivak joined HHS as the Chief Technology Officer in July 2011. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Previously, Bryan served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he has led Maryland’s efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government. He has distinguished himself in this role as someone who can work creatively across a large government organization to identify and implement the best opportunities for improving the way the government works. Prior to his time with Governor O’Malley, Bryan served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created a technology infrastructure that enhanced communication between the District’s residents and their government, and implemented organizational reforms that improved efficiency, program controls, and customer service. Bryan previously worked in the private sector, co-founding InQuira, Inc., a multi-national software company, in 2002, and Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided one of the world's first Natural Language Search engines available on the web in 1998.
|Th, Nov 14||Erica Estrada
Lecturer, Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(Tammy Clegg, contact)
|External Speaker/Design Charette||Design Thinking|
|Th, Nov 21||June Ahn
Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies and College of Education (joint appointment), and HCIL faculty member
|Work In Progress Discussion||Video Games, Blended Learning, and Large-scale Education Reform|
|Th, Nov 28||No Brown Bag. Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.|
|Th, Dec 5||Shannon Collis
Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maryland
Discussion of creative work in digital media and computational arts.
Shannon Collis is a Canadian artist currently residing in Baltimore, MD. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Collis is also completing research at Concordia University in Montreal in the area of Digital Media and Computation Arts (Fall 2013). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, where she teaches Digital Foundations and Print Media. Her studio practice focuses on creating installations and interactive environments that explore various ways in which digital technologies can transform our perception of audio and visual stimuli. Her work has been exhibited across North America as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia.
|Th, Dec 12|
Learn more about the BBL student (co-)coordinator position.