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Most Important Things You Should Know
- The HCIL coordinator is Rashida Bandy <email@example.com> (in 2117B as of 9/2017). Please introduce yourself and ask to be added to the mailing lists (and tell her a few words about you and who you are working with). She will need your information and photo to add you to the HCIL student webpage.
- The hcil (at) cs.umd.edu mailing list is used to broadcast local HCIL lab announcements.
- The hcil-students (at) cs.umd.edu list is used to reach the students who are working with HCIL faculty - and typically have a desk in Hornbake
- This [[ https://wiki.umiacs.umd.edu/hcil/%7CHCIL Wiki]] covers lots of info, like how to print, etc.
- To edit the wiki pages: you have to login with your main campus credentials. Remember that the information is public and can be found by google (so for example do not put links to your draft paper)
- Come to the HCIL BrownBag, every Thursday 12:30-1:30. See the wiki for the schedule. Plan to present your work there as well. When we have a sponsor, there is free food!
- Every year at the end of May we organize the HCIL Symposium. Every one of you will present their work and help organize the event. Exceptionally in 2019 it will be in April...
- The HCIL website is hcil.umd.edu. In the future, make sure your work is mentioned there.
- Students: Parking lot 1 is your first choice, then lot 9 / 11 / 6.
- Projector in the lab's big room: High quality and High res projector + good quality sound. 2 ways to connect: RGB or HDMI (better). Controls to turn on/off the projector itself are on the wall above the red sofa. There is a remote but useful ONLY in RBG mode to change aspect ratio. HighRes/HighLuminosity projector 1920x1200 – 4000 Lumens EPSON 5450WU . Be careful that the cables do not get trampled and broken.
- Calendar: we have a calendar... go back to the home page and you will find link to it
- the doors of the lab should remain closed. Especially the door of the big lab room. If you prop the door open: you are responsible for closing it (as soon as possible) - and you become responsible if anything gets stolen after hours (it has happened)
- Security: never leave your laptop unattended. Keep doors closed after hours. The iSchool sets the time at which the main glass doors automatically lock (night and weekend). If needed your advisor can request swipe-in after-hour access for you.
- If the lab looks empty when you leave? then turn off the lights (switches are next to the big glass doors) and double check that the doors are closed
- Please tidy the sofas after you use them. We are all responsible for keeping the lab looking good.
- How do I do X? If it is not answered below, start by asking the HCIL coordinator, or your advisor (and once you find out, you can add it to this page :)
- If you want a desk: Ask your advisor to request it. We can only assign desks to grad students working with HCIL faculty, but others are welcome to use the lab, tables, unassigned desks, etc. Some cubicles have locks, some have “bring your own lock”, others have a built in lock so ask for a key from the iSchool office. Assigned desks are reviewed on a semester basis. Remember that there is a “use it or you may lose it” policy, i.e., if you don’t use your desk and we need more space for new students, we might ask you to share - or give up - your desk.
- Shared desks: Some desks are marked as “shared desks” (as of Sept. 2015, they are the ones next to the printers, on both sides (east and west) of the 2nd floor). You are welcome to use them as much as you want (if you do not have an assigned desk), on a 1st come 1st served basis, for each visit. Of course you can also use the tables and sofas elsewhere in the lab. We know that chairs move every time there is an big event in the lab, so you may have to go find one in the big lab. Be considerate and also leave the space neat when you leave.
- Room for impromptu small meetings: 2108 (near the bathrooms) has a nice small room on the right of the computers with a big whiteboard wall.
- The big HCIL room/lab is our main shared space - with priority to the HCIL folks. Everyone can use the whiteboard wall (under the screen), and the smaller board by the window. Take photos when you are done, as everyone is allowed to erase everything on the wall. You can have informal work meetings there anytime you want (just expect people to walk in and out to get to the Hackerspace/fridge/coffee/calendar). If you do use this space, make sure to clean up after yourself as it is a communal and heavily used space by all members of the lab.
- Other meeting rooms can be reserved via the iSchool (see Daisy or the receptionist on the 4th floor).
- The printers are for HCIL use ONLY. Ask your advisor how to get paper for the printer, as it depends what department you are in. The HCIL cannot buy paper for everyone. Use color only when absolutely necessary. And use the b/w printer whenever you only need black ink (it’s cheaper). Please print duplex (double-sided) if at all possible. See the page on printing for more info.
- The HCIL coordinator will need to add you to the HCIL website faculty or student page. Take the initiative to send info and a photo to the coordinator.
- When you make your work available online with a webpage, tell the HCIL coordinator so we can link to it from the main HCIL website
- Room 2108 is a iSchool room with a bunch of Mac in open access for iSchool students. Try the generic "student" account. You'll need a USB key to access/save your files if they are not accessible on the web.
- TODO: Add something about papers and TRs
- You don’t have to wait for Thursdays to eat with us! There is often people eating together around 12:30 . Come find us! We are most often in the lab but if it’s nice outside we will go outside on Hornbake Plaza to eat.
- For organizing fun outings there is a special smaller list, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can add yourself to this list here: https://mailman.cs.umd.edu/mailman/listinfo/hcil-play
- After you use the main lab (big room), please make sure to clean up after yourselves. This goes especially for the black table. This space is used twice a week (Tu/The) throughout the year for Kidsteam, a group of adults and kids who design kids' tech together. The table is used for snack each Kidsteam day, so please be sure to clean up after yourself.
- We have our own little sink, fridge and coffee machines in the main lab, but WE have to keep the sink area clean by ourselves. The building cleaning staff will not touch it. The same goes for the fridge! Please don’t leave old gross food in the fridge!
- HCIL does NOT have a budget for coffee and other such supplies so in general we use a “bring your own” method, or get together with other HCILers with similar needs to share the cost. HCIL makes the supplies leftover from events to everyone. Please only use what is next to the fridge, NOT what is in the cabinets, as it is reserved for special events.
- Can I come to the brownbag even if I don’t officially belong to HCIL?
- I am not part of HCIL, can I be on the mailing list?
- Yes, but you might find that there are a lot of emails.
- And you might find you want to be part of the HCIL after all . . .
- I'm preparing a brownbag presentation and I'm a student and an HCIL member. Is there a slide template I could use?
- You could try to extract one from one of the presentations here: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/pubs/presentations/
- ADD YOUR QUESTIONS HERE (and we will answer here)