Brown Bag Lunch Schedule
The HCIL has an open, semi-organized weekly "brown bag lunch (BBL)" every Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm in HCIL (2105 Hornbake, South Wing). The topics range from someone's work, current interests in the HCIL, software demos/reviews, study design, proposed research topics, introductions to new people, 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. There is no RSVP; simply show up!
If you would like to give or suggest a talk, presentation, workshop, etc., send an email to BBL student co-coordinators Austin Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Leyla Norooz (email@example.com). In the email, briefly describe the topic and preferred dates.
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Spring 2016 Schedule
Kickoff to a new Semester!
Come network, make introductions, share what each of us is working on, and learn about the new HCIL website
Please come to our first BBL of the spring and introduce yourself, and share what you're working on in the coming semester. We'll also cover our new HCIL website and ask our community to help us tweak and improve it (so bring your laptops if you can). The first BBL will be for us to network with each other and kickoff a great new semester.
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado CS (link). Host: Jon Froehlich
Printing Pictures in 3D
Associate Professor, University of Michigan iSchool (link) Host: Jessica Vitak
Citizen Interaction Design and its Implications for HCI
Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (link) Host: ???
Working on ENIAC: The Lost Labors of the Information Age
PhD Candidate in Computer Science at UMD (link)
Keshif: Data Exploration using Aggregate Summaries and Multi-Mode Linked Selections
Assoc Prof, School of Information, Univ. of Michigan (link). Host: Ben Shneiderman
All the Data Fit to Print: Newsroom Tools for Generating Personalized, Contextually-Relevant Visualizations (Campus Visualizations Partnership lecture)
Abstract Visualizations can enhance news article content by presenting complex facts clearly and providing contextually-relevant visualizations. By using novel natural language and text mining approaches, our systems define "queries" that encode the article's topic (e.g., "unemployment in CA in March," "global average temperatures in 2012") and the comparisons that are made in the article's text (e.g., differences between states or over time) to guide the visualization generation. Compelling visualizations are relevant and 'interesting'-concepts that are very hard measure, but we address these challenges in the Contextifier, NewsViews, and PersaLog systems, which are meant to help journalists tell their stories more effectively (joint work with Brent Hecht, Jessica Hullman, Tong Gao, Carolyn Gearig, Josh Ford, and Nick Diakopoulos).
PhD Student in Information Studies at UMD's iSchool
StreamBED: Teaching Citizen Scientists to Judge Stream Quality with Embodied Virtual Reality Training
Abstract: StreamBED, a new virtual reality (VR) training environment teaches citizen scientists to make holistic assessments about water quality by allowing them to explore and compare virtual watersheds. The initial design of StreamBED garnered positive feedback, but elicited a need for a comprehensive redesign. This talk poses several questions to understand how training may be redesigned to be more engaging and informative.
|03/17/2016||No Brown Bag for Spring Break.|
|03/24/2016||Daniel Robbins (link)
Visualize getting a job (Campus Visualizations Partnership lecture)
Abstract Everyone hates LinkedIn. While quite useful, its user interface and paucity of visualization tools requires users to infer relationships, rely on short term memory to form mental models, and resort to ancillary tools for tracking progress. Dan will discuss visualization techniques to assist in a typical job search process. These include views and tools to effectively give overviews of professional connections, stay on top of communications, cue up reminders, and generate summaries. To do this, Dan will suggest ways of integrating timelines, faceted search, and social networks, all in the context of mobile design constraints.
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland iSchool (link)
Community-based Data Validation in Citizen Science
Abstract: Technology-supported citizen science has created huge volumes of data with increasing potential to facilitate scientific progress. However, verifying data quality is still a substantial hurdle due to the intended applications of data and limitations of existing data quality mechanisms. The talk discusses results from a paper that received an "Honorable Mention" at CSCW 2016 which investigated community-based data validation practices in an online community where people record what they see in the nature. We also examined the characteristics of records of wildlife species observations that affected the outcomes of collaborative data quality management. The findings describe the processes that both relied upon and added to information provenance through information stewardship behaviors, which led to improvements in indicators of data quality. The likelihood of community-based validation interactions were predicted by several factors, including the types of organisms observed and whether the data were submitted from a mobile device. Unexpected and counter-intuitive results reflect the realities of the material world in which mobile apps are deployed, and suggest implications for design and practice. The talk concludes with discussion of the evolution of recent developments in Federal policies related to crowdsourcing and citizen science.
|04/14/2016||CHI Practice Talks
Kotaro Hara & Elissa Redmiles
Kotaro: The Design of Assistive Location-based Technologies for People with Ambulatory Disabilities: A Formative Study
Abstract (Kotaro): In this paper, we investigate how people with mobility impairments assess and evaluate accessibility in the built environment and the role of current and emerging locationbased technologies therein. We conducted a three-part formative study with 20 mobility impaired participants: a semi-structured interview (Part 1), a participatory design activity (Part 2), and a design probe activity (Part 3). Part 2 and 3 actively engaged our participants in exploring and designing the future of what we call assistive locationbased technologies (ALTs)—location-based technologies that specifically incorporate accessibility features to support navigating, searching, and exploring the physical world. Our Part 1 findings highlight how existing mapping tools provide accessibility benefits—even though often not explicitly designed for such uses. Findings in Part 2 and 3 help identify and uncover useful features of future ALTs. In particular, we synthesize 10 key features and 6 key data qualities. We conclude with ALT design recommendations.
As a first step, we conducted 25 semi-structured interviews of a demographically broad pool of users. These interviews resulted in several interesting findings: (1) participants evaluated digital-security advice based on the trustworthiness of the advice source, but evaluated physical-security advice based on their intuitive assessment of the advice content; (2) negative-security events portrayed in well-crafted fictional narratives with relatable characters (such as those shown in TV or movies) may be effective teaching tools for both digital- and physical-security behaviors; and (3) participants rejected advice for many reasons, including finding that the advice contains too much marketing material or threatens their privacy.
|04/21/2016||Professors Sir Timothy O'Shea & Eileen Scanlon
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University, &
Regius Professor of Open Education, The Open University, UK (respectively)
How New Technologies Can Enhance Learner Autonomy
Abstract: Find out more about the new technology-based approaches for supporting education from the
perspective of learner autonomy. The University of Edinburgh and the British Open University have
made extensive use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including innovative applications
of MOOCs to domains such as real-time political situations and citizen science. While to date,
MOOCs and shared virtual environments have augmented rather than displaced more mature
modes of e-learning, in the future, individual and distributed groups of learners will be able to
become much more autonomous as they take advantage of new developments in data science.
Mathematics and Experimen- tal Psychology from Sussex
University and a PhD in Com- puter Based Learning from
Leeds University. Prior to
assuming academic leadership
positions at the Open
University, Gresham College,
the University of London, and
Edinburgh University, he
worked as a researcher in the Computer Science
Department of the University of Texas at Austin, the
Bionics Research Lab at the University of Edinburgh
and the Systems Concepts Lab, Xerox PARC, California.
His research interests include computer-based learning,
MOOCs, artificial intelligence, and mathematics educa- tion and encompass 10 books, 22 BBC television
programs, and 100+ journal articles. In 2014 Debrett's
and The Sunday Times named the 500 most influential
people in the United Kingdom and listed Tim in the top
30 in Technology.
Director of Research and
Innovation in the Institute of
Educational Technology at the
Open University, UK. She is
also Visiting Professor in Moray
House School of Education,
University of Edinburgh. Previ- ously, she has held visiting
academic appointments at
University of California Berke- ley and the University of London. Eileen has published
extensively in the fields of technology-enhanced
learning and science communication and has been
recognized for exceptional contributions to the fields
of educational technology and public engagement
with the sciences. Her projects have been funded by
The European Commission, The Economic and Social
Research Council, The Hewlett Foundation, The
Higher Education Funding Council for England,
Research Councils UK, and The Joint Information
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland iSchool & Education (link)
Reader in Sustainability and Computer Systems at Bristol University (link)
Host: Jon Froehlich
On the role of gamification in citizen engagement: What is it good for, and what not?
Abstract: Community campaigning groups typically rely on core groups of highly motivated members. In this talk we consider how crowdsourcing strategies can be used to support such campaigns. We focus on mobile data collection applications and strategies that can be used to engage casual participants in pro-environmental data collection. We report the results of a study conducted with Close The Door Bristol, a community campaign that encourages shops to keep doors shut in winter and so reduce energy consumption. Our study used both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the impact of different motivational factors and strategies, including both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.
Specifically we will present analyses of:
Past Brown Bags
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