Monday, December 9: Two of our papers got accepted to CHI: "Quantifying Visual Preferences Around the World" led by Katharina Reinecke and "Crowdsourcing Step-by-Step Information Extraction to Enhance Existing How-to Videos" led by Juho Kim.
Thursday, December 5: Our two papers got accepted to ACM IUI: "Adaptive Click-and-Cross: Adapting to Both Abilities and Task Improves Performance of Users With Impaired Dexterity" led by Louis Li and "Active Learning of High-Level Knobs for Synthesis with Gaussian Processes" led by Anna Huang.
Thursday, November 14: Today we ran a panel on Taking Research Out Into the Wild. Main message: engaging broader publics over the internet (either as participants or as collaborators) makes answering entirely new kinds of questions possible and it does not require superhuman abilities or resources.
Sunday, October 27: In collaboration with the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS), we are now accepting applications for 1- or 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships. Consider applying even if you are currently seeking a faculty position. Many schools will let you defer your faculty position for a year and a Fellowship at CRCS is a great way to develop your research agenda and to expand your research network.
Friday, October 25: Our team (led by Mary Regan at UMD School of Nursing) received an R01 NIH grant to study the behavioral and nutritional factors impacting pre-term birth. A key technical enabler of this project is a mechanism, based on our PlateMate system, for scalable nutritional analysis, which will make it possible to track the nutritional intake of 400 pregnant women for several months each.
Monday, October 21: Louis Li presented a poster on his work on Adaptive Click-and-Cross at the ACM ASSETS conference. Adaptive Click-and-Cross combines several adaptive mechanisms (which were previously studied in isolation) to improve the efficiency of computer access for people with impaired dexterity.
Wednesday, October 16: Our paper reporting on an Evaluation of filesystem provenance visualization tools was presented today at IEEE InfoVis.
Saturday, October 12: The first results from the age guessing experiment: 17-year olds are the most efficient clickers. Past the age of 25, we all get slower at a steady rate for the rest of our lives. Read more...
Friday, October 11: I have joined Tony Jameson as a co-Editor in Chief of the ACM Transactions on Interative Intelligent Systems (TiiS). I am helping fill the unfillable gap left by the passing of John Riedl, who was one of the two founding EICs of the journal. TiiS aims to be the primary venue for research that bridges HCI and AI (both broadly construed). Please consider submitting.
Sunday, Sept 22: Reminder: CrowdCamp applications are due on Sept 25! Next CrowdCamp (a two-day hack-a-thon for prototyping novel crowd-powered ideas) will take place at HCOMP'13 and will be lead by a great team: Lydia Childton (UW), Juho Kim (MIT) and Pao Siangliulue (Harvard).
Sunday, September 8: At HCOMP 2013, we will present a demo of Curio, a crowdsourcing platform that connects interested citizens with researchers to help answer important questions in the sciences and humanities.
Read the abstract.
Monday, September 1: Detailed timeline is now available for CS 279: Topics in Human-Computer Interaction Research. The course is designed for first year grads from all areas and for dvanced undergrads, particularly those who wish to do reserach (or write a thesis) in an area related to Human-Computer Interaction. Special focus this year is on human-computer interaction research at scale, i.e., large-scale online experiments, crowdsourcing, and social media analysis. Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30am, in Pierce 100F.
Monday, July 22: on Monday, July 15, John Riedl passed away. John was best known for his pioneering work on recommender systems and social computing. I found John's research particularly admirable because it combined exciting technical contributions with deep insights into social psychology, thus merging the technical and the human in ways that were rigorous, informative and inspiring. Several years ago, John became the founding editor of the ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS), a flagship journal for research combining advances in AI and Machine Learning with rigorous insights into Human-Computer Interaction.
Steven Snyder wrote a more extensive piece in memory of John. If you would like to honor John's memory in a more tangible way, you can donate to a scholarship fund set up by University of Minnesota in John's memory.
Saturday, July 20: At long last, we have published a data set to accompany our 2011 PlateMate paper. The data set contains 16 out of the 18 images we used to evaluate PlateMate's accuracy. The data set also includes the ground truth nutritional info for each photograph, expert estimates, as well as PlateMate's estimates.
Monday, June 24: We are gearing up to launch Curio, a crowdsourcing platform that connects interested citizens with researchers to help answer important questions in the sciences and humanities. Sign up now to receive an early access invitation!
Friday, May 31: More than 500,000 people have participated in experiments on Lab in the Wild.
Friday, April 19: More than 100,000 people have participated in experiments on Lab in the Wild.
Sunday, March 10:
Our SPRWeb paper
will receive a best paper award at CHI 2013 and our paper on predicting first impressions of web site aesthetics
will get an honorable mention. Both will be presented in the Aesthetics and the Web session on Wednesday morning
Tuesday, March 5: A few days ago at CrowdCamp, we have experimented with new ways to elicit creative ideas from crowds by combining techniques from Design, Improv Theater, Crowdsourcing, and AI. Here's our story.
Thursday, February 14: I was selected as one of the 2013 Sloan Research Fellows. Big thanks to my students, postodcs, and colleagues.