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HCI Reading Seminar

General Information

Meeting Time & Place: Wednesdays from Noon - 1pm, in the College of Computing, room 102.

In a relatively informal discussion format, we will cover topics in HCI that are of general interest. Each week, one or two people will volunteer to lead the discussion.

Readings will either be included on this page as links or will be made available a week in advance.

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Link to the Body of Knowledge in HCI

HCC 1 Class & link to readings

DateTopicDiscussantsPapers and/or seminar materialsCitation
8/23SchedulingKent LyonsN/AN/A
8/30Design ProductSabina Karkin & Nithya SambasivanGentner-Nielsen_The Anti-Mac Interface.pdfCommunications of the ACM 38(8): 70-82.
9/06Computer-mediated mentoringBrenda Reyes & Deidrick Caperspeertopeermentoring.pdf
9/13no class
9/20The Computer for the 21st CenturyOgechi Nnadip94-weiser.pdf09-91 Scientific American
9/27Internet Use and Psychological Well-BeingPavani Yalla & Sarah WilliamsRoutineUsesOfInternet-final.pdf
10/04Women and Online GamingPam Griffith & Nils Beckwomenandgaming.pdfConvergence, Vol. 9, No. 1, 21-46 (2003)
10/11no class
10/18no class
10/25Collective Creation and Sense-Making of Mobile MediaJames Clawson & Sunyoung Kimchi2006-mgroup.pdfCHI 2006
11/01Post-WIMP User InterfacesJin Ah Chon & Craig TashmanDesigning Post-WIMP UI's.pdfCHI 2000
11/08Making Work VisibleDeidrick Capers & Craig TashmanSuchman's Making Work Visible.pdfComm. of the ACM, Sept, 1995
11/15Groupware and Social DynamicsJames Clawson & ???CACM1994.pdfCommunications of the ACM,1994
11/22Improving Multitasking Efficiency with Peripheral Information DesignBrenda Reyes & Zhigang Huamatthewsmultitasking.pdfCHI 2006
11/29A Pattern Approach to Interaction DesignPavani Yalla & Nils BeckBorchersInteractionPatterns.pdfAI & Society 2001
12/06Promoting universal usability with multi-layer interface designOgechi Nnadi & Sunyoung Kimmulti-layer interfaces.pdfACM conference on Universal usability, 2003

Past Seminars and Papers

Spring 2006 Seminar ScheduleWho is who?Interesting Things to DiscussPotential mobile reading papers

Date/BBTopic/BBDiscussants/BBPapers and/or seminar materials/BbDiscussion/b
1/11SchedulingKent LyonsN/AN/A
1/18Mobile HCI overview and the txtBoardYelena Nakhimovsky and James Clawsonkjeldskov-graham MobileHCI 2003.pdfandp1705-ohara.pdfThe first paper is a catagorization of mobile HCI research and the second paper looks at mobility and situated displays.
1/25Attention Saving in mobile HCIJahmeilah Richardson and Ji Soo Yip909-ho.pdf,MobileFeedbackFinal.pdf"Human attention is the scarce resource" by Herbert Simon in 1967. This old quote is still applicable in mobile HCI.
2/01Parameter Mapping & Gestural Control of MusicSeungyon and Celeste"Neural Network for Mapping Hand Gestures to Sound Synthesis Parameters" :P.Mod.pdf
(Optional reading : "The Importance of Parameter Mapping in Electronic Instrument Design" :hunt.pdf)
Metaphor and Mapping : Exploring the input behavior for mobile device from musical instrument/performance
2/08Controlling and Building Art with Mobiles Zach Pousman mobilenin-scheible.pdf and
mobileart-lorstad.pdf (optional)
MobiLenin / Interactive Street: Can mobiles be used to control the environment for art / entertainment purposes?
2/15What's HCI?a href=""Giovanni Iachello/a/html
Paternalistic technology
Interaction design is still an art form.: ergonomics is real engineering by Don Norman, Interations 13:1 p. 45
Is HCI homeless?: in search of inter-disciplinary status by Jonathan Grudin, Interactions 13:1 p. 54 br You can get both through the GT Library:> Databases -> Computing -> Computer Science -> ACM Digital Library -> login -> Magazines -> Interactions -> Current Issue -> get PDFs
2/22Usability and Mobile ApplicationShivam Goyalmobile.pdfUsability Testing of Mobile Applications: A Comparison between Laboratory and Field Testing
3/01Who's in control? James Clawson
Paternalistic technology
Examins issues of control in sensor rich environments
3/15RFID and Consumers: Understanding Their MindsetCeleste Buckhalter-Pittman consumers' views and prior knowledge of RFID tags
4/12Introducing wearable force sensors in martial arts. Chi, E.H. (PARC)Yelena NakhimovskyWearableForceSensors_MartialArts_PervasiveComp05.pdf, from July-Sept 2005 issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing (also available through GT Library)Discusses the technical implementation, evaluation, and contextual issues such as effects on activity & gaining the trust of the athletes and judges – What effects does this system have on the sport and judging? How applicable are the developed evaluation metrics to other sports, or indeed to other situations?
4/19The Future of Mobile Device Research in HCISeungyon Lee16_wobbrock.pdf "The Future of Mobile Device Research in HCI" CHI 06 A workshop paper for CHI 06 - "What is the Next Generation of Human-Computer Interaction?"

Past Seminars and Papers

Fall 2005 Seminar Schedule

Date/BBTopic/BBDiscussants/BBPapers and/or seminar materials/BbDiscussion/b
24 AugustSchedulingN/AN/AN/A
31 AugustDesign-Oriented HCIChris SkeelsDesign-Oriented Human-Computer Interaction.pdfThe term "design" seems to get thrown around alot, maybe even haphazardly. I'm pretty sure we don't all mean the same thing. Particularly in the context of doing research, what role does design play? Can you be both a designer and a researcher? Aren't there different goals for each? I picked the readings to motivate a discussion on these sorts of questions. The first is a 2003 CHI paper, the second is a follow up 2005 NORDES paper by the same author. The second is 5 pages and easy to digest once you've read the first.
31 AugustSupplemental ReadingChris SkeelsWhy Research-Oriented Design Isn't Design-Oriented Research.pdf 
7 SEPT Zach Pousman and Chris Plaue NameVoyager/a This is the technote version of the InfoViz paper. br /br /Check out the Visualization: a href=""BabyName Wizard Name Voyager/abr /br /Martin Wattenberg is a researcher in the a href=""Reinventing Email Group at IBM Watson/a. His personal site has a href=""some more cool-viz-toys/a.
14 SeptemberAccounts and representationAras Bilgena href=""Accounting for System Behaviour: Representation, Reflection and Resourceful Action/a 
14 SeptemberSupplementAras Bilgena href=""Towards a New Model of Abstraction in Software Engineering/aHow Kiczales talks about the concepts outlined in Dourish's paperbr/About Aspect Oriented Programming at a href=""AOSD/a, a href=""AspectJ/a and a href=""Wikipedia/a
21 SeptemberInfo VizNick Diakopoulosa href=""Knowledge Precepts for Design and Evaluation of Information Visualizations/a This is the journal version of the InfoVis 2004 Best Paper. It elucidates analytic gaps in using infovis tools for higher-level analytic tasks. It then introduces a framework for design and evaluation of info vis systems.
28 SeptemberSocial NetworkingSusan Gov and Sheena LewisFriendster and Publicly Articulated Social Networking.pdf 
5 October Ed ClarksonDeveloping Privacy Guidelines for Social Location Disclosure Applications and Services.pdf 
12 OctoberInfoVisMario RomeroInformation Visualization and the Challenge of Universal Usability.pdfandThe Challenge of Information Visualization Evaluation.pdfThis week we'll be discussing two 2004 Information Visualization papers by Catherine Plaisant. Ben Shneiderman chose these papers for the introduction of his Information Visualization Spring 2005 class at the University of Maryland. The papers offer a quick and current overview of Information Visualization and they present a summary of challenges regarding universal usability and evaluation in the context of InfoVis.
19 OctoberCancelledN/AN/AN/A
26 October Shivam GoyalMan-Computer Symbiosis.pdf 
2 NovemberFuzzy UIMatt McKeonPhysical Embodiments for Mobile Communication AgentsFun paper from UIST 2005, where the authors make stuffed animals that answer your mobile calls. However, I believe that beyond the immediate wow factor, there are some interesting issues raised by the paper. What are some of the pitfalls of creating highly emotionally / culturally charged user interfaces? What about when we try to create UIs that flow naturally into everyday human social interaction?
9 November Susan WycheMaking by Making Strange - Defamiliarization and the Design of Domestic Technologies.pdf 
16 NovemberInteraction in 4-Second Bursts: The Fragmented Nature of Attentional Resources in Mobile HCI Kristin Vadas and Nirmal PatelInteraction in 4-Second Bursts - The Fragmented Nature of Attentional Resources in Mobile HCI.pdf 
23 NovemberOpen DiscussionN/AN/AN/A
30 NovemberInfovisAndy CoxVizster - Visualizing Online Social Networks.pdfandprefuse - a toolkit for interactive information visualization.pdfSuccessful infovis systems are often one-off and domain-specific, requiring significant development efforts. This has hindered the proliferation of mainstream infovis systems, despite their demonstrated benefits. prefuse (presented at CHI '05) is one attempt to address the need for toolkits/frameworks/infrastructure to make powerful infovis systems easier to build. Vizster (presented at InfoVis '05) is an example of a system built using prefuse, and it is conveniently based on the Friendster paper we covered in September. The discussion can focus on either paper or a combination.
7 December Ralph Ware, Brandon Yarbrough, and Sheena LewisAvailability and Interruption in Research Management.pdf 
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Fall 2002 Seminar Schedule

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