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This week we have two-post docs from UCLIC presenting, Charlene Jennett and Sheila Pontis.
Creativity in Citizen Cyber-Science: All for One and One for All (Charlene Jennett)
We interviewed researchers and volunteers about their experiences of creativity in citizen cyber-science (CCS). Our preliminary results reveal two types of creativity – imaginative self-expression and solving project problems. We conclude that a good project community is important for encouraging creativity in CCS.
Expertise and insight in identifying current and future leaders: an exploratory study on the “Nobel Laureates” problem (Sheila Pontis) More...
Published: May 13, 2013 2:28:23 PM
Despite decades of research and enormous investments by the industry, our most commonly used user interfaces are age-old. For example, the QWERTY keyboard was invented in the 19th century, the menu in the 1950s, and the mouse and touchscreen in the 1960s. I claim that these problems are due to the fact that the space of alternative designs is too enormous to be explored by trial and error. Let us consider the case of designing a menu, one of the most commonly used user interface. The number of possible designs for a menu with 20 items is 20!=2432902008176640000 -- more than there are stars in the observable universe (10 ^ 24)!. Our group investigates computational methods for interface design. The automatization of well-known, recurring problems allows a designer to focus on truly novel aspects. The basis of this work is quantitative behavioral modeling of interaction combined with computational methods for searching the optimal design. Instead of generating and trying out one or only a few instances at a time, the designer defines optimization goals, assumptions about the user and use, and sets constraints, and the computer explores the best designs. We have also developed user interfaces that allow a designer to fluently interact with an optimizer while editing a user interface. Whereas previous work in user interface design has been largely based on trial and error, this approach allows aggressive exploration of millions of user interface designs as part of the design. Research results for keyboards, menu systems, and gestural interfaces are presented as case examples.
Bio: Antti Oulasvirta is a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction, where he leads the Human-Computer Interaction group. He received his doctorate in Cognitive Science from the University of Helsinki in 2006, after which he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Information in UC Berkeley in 2007-2008 and a Senior Researcher at HIIT in Finland in 2008-2011. During his postgraduate studies in 2002-2003, he was an exchange student at UC Berkeley's Neuropsychology Lab and did an internship at T-Labs in Berlin in 2006. Dr. Oulasvirta is an associate editor of International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, and he serves as a subcommittee chair for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. He was awarded the Best Paper Award at CHI in 2011, the Best Paper Nomination at CHI in 2009 and 2008 at CHI, and the Best Note Award in 2011 at MobileHCI. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Computing and Communication at University of Copenhagen.
Group page: http://hci.mpi-inf.mpg.de/
Published: May 7, 2013 3:06:04 PM
We are recruiting to a funded PhD studentship at the moment. The research topic is 'New directions in behavioural change research and technology interventions'. Please see our ad for more information. To apply, please complete the application form and send it along with your CV to Louise Gaynor by Wed 22 May 2013. Interviews will be around Thurs 13 June. More...
Published: Apr 17, 2013 12:11:42 PM
This year's MSc Open Evening will take place from 5pm on Wednesday 8th May at Malet Place, London. This is a great opportunity to meet lecturers and current students. You can also find out about research in the HCI field, computer games research and many other research activities at UCLIC and try out some of our sensing devices (e.g., eye‐tracking, motion capture systems, biosensors). For more information and to attend the UCLIC Open Evening please fill out the registration form by 29 April 2013. Anyone who has already applied will automatically be invited to attend. More...
Published: Apr 17, 2013 12:05:20 PM
UCLIC has redesigned its website. The website is due to be launched in week beginning 22nd April. If you notice any problems with the site, or have any other comments, please contact r.fleck (at) ucl.ac.uk .
Published: Nov 6, 2012 1:48:17 PM
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