Human-Centered Computing

Department of Computer Science

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Research

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Teaching

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The TeleHuman2 paper was presented at CHI 2018

The TeleHuman2 paper was presented by Roel Vertegaal at the CHI2018 conference in Montréal. Tim Merritt visited the Human Media Lab in the Summer of 2017 and was welcomed to work on the project. The system and study had already been developed and the collaboration focused on refining the research message and revising the paper. Future studies involving the hologrammatic telepresence system and tactile feedback is among possible future areas of exploration.

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Rikke's paper received Honourable mention award at CHI 2018

Paper: Rikke Hagensby Jensen, Yolande Strengers, Jesper Kjeldskov, Larissa Nicholls, and Mikael B Skov. 2018. Designing the Desirable Smart Home: A Study of Household Experiences and Energy Consumption Impacts. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 18).
Abstract: Research has shown that desirable designs shape the use and experiences people have when interacting with technology. Nevertheless, how desirability influences energy consumption is often overlooked, particularly in HCI studies evaluating the sustainability benefits of smart home technology. In this paper, we present a qualitative study with 23 Australian households who reflect on their experiences of living with smart home devices. Drawing on Nelson and Stolterman’s concept of desiderata we develop a typology of householders’ desires for the smart home and their energy implications. We structure these desires as three smart home personas: the helper, optimiser and hedonist, which align with desiderata’s three approaches to desire (reason, ethics and aesthetics). We use these insights to discuss how desirability can be used within HCI for steering design of the smart home towards sustainability.

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Rikke presented her paper at CHI 2018

At CHI 2018 in Montreal, Rikke presented her paper “Designing the Desirable Smart Home: A Study of Household Experiences and Energy Consumption Impacts”. This was Rikke’s first CHI experience. The paper received an honourable mention award and is one result of Rikke’s collaboration with Yolande Strengers at RMIT.

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GridDrones paper was presented at CHI 2018

At CHI 2018 in Montreal, the Human Media Lab from Queen’s University and Tim Merritt from the Human Centered Computing group at Aalborg University shared the GridDrones system with the CHI community in the form of an interactive demo. Visitors were able to manipulate the swarm of drones by physically grabbing and moving each drone, which would deform the swarm as if they had programmatic surface relationships. This system enables the physical exploration of information and supports social play experiences.

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Maria presented her poster at CHI 2018

At CHI 2018 in Montreal, Maria’s contribution “Diagnostic Agents: Collaborative Interpretation for Cardiac Patients at Home” was accepted and is published as part of extended abstracts. Per requirements, a poster was created and proudly presented at the conference by Maria.

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Grand Challenges in Shape-Changing Interface Research was presented at CHI 2018

In 2017, Tim Merritt participated in the Dagstuhl on Shape-Changing interfaces to discuss with other experts about the state of the emerging field. An outcome of the workshop was this paper presented at CHI 2018 in Montreal. Jason Alexander and Anne Roudaut were the main organisers and driving force behind the paper—the other five authors are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

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Michael, Mikael and Jesper got their paper on the use of ride-sharing platforms accepted at CHI2018.

Passenger Trip Planning using Ride-Sharing Services

Abstract Ride-sharing can potentially address transportation challenges such as traffic congestion and air pollution by letting drivers share their cars unused capacity with a number of passengers. However, even though multiple ride-sharing services exist and HCI research has investigated various aspects of their use, we still have limited knowledge on how passengers use ride-sharing services to plan their trips. In this paper, we study how passengers use existing services to support the activity of planning a trip. We report from a qualitative study where we participated in 5 rides and conducted interviews with 19 passengers about their use and opinions towards ride-sharing services. We found that planning a ride involves comparing individual preferences across a number of services which enabled participants to support finding a trip and handle challenges such as privacy and trust. Further, we discuss these findings and their implications for future HCI research in ride-sharing

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Research seminar

Longitudinal Studies in HCI

Longitudinal studies have been discussed and applied in HCI research for many years, and research has stressed the importance of such studies. But it has also traditionally been seen as somewhat cumbersome and labour-intensive. As a result, the actual role and significance of longitudinal studies in HCI research is still vaguely understood. In this presentation, I will present some interesting findings following a meta-analysis of 97 CHI papers retrieved from the period 1982-2017 in which longitudinal studies. ...

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Student Project

Project 1

Longitudinal studies have been discussed and applied in HCI research for many years, and research has stressed the importance of such studies. But it has also traditionally been seen as somewhat cumbersome and labour-intensive. As a result, the actual role and significance of longitudinal studies in HCI research is still vaguely understood. In this presentation, I will present some interesting findings following a meta-analysis of 97 CHI papers retrieved from the period 1982-2017 in which longitudinal studies. ...

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Research seminar

What’s all the fuss about design theory?

Or, how can we formulate design principles of digital artefacts? Or, why bother? Abstract: Yes, it’ll be abstract. I’ll promise to give one example though.

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Paper

Paper accepted at INTERACT 2017:

Active Involvement of Software Developers in Usability Engineering: Two Small-Scale Case Studies

Nis and Jan Stage have co-authored a short paper that got accepted at INTERACT 2017. Abstract The essence of usability evaluations is to produce feedback that supports the downstream utility so the interaction design can be improved and problems can be fixed. In practice, software development organizations experience several obstacles for conducting usability engineering. One suggested approach is to train and involve developers in all phases of

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Celebrating three years of MobileHCI Lasting Impact Awards

On Saturday 4. March we were joined by our old friend and colleague Connor Graham from Singapore National University for a one-off opportunity to celebrate three consecutive years of MobileHCH Lasting Impact Awards!

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