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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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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! In 2013 the award went to Connor and Jesper for their 2003 paper on research methods. In 2014 it went to Mikael and Jesper for the “is it worth the hassle” paper from 2004 (it was). In 2015 the award went to Dimitrios for his 2005 paper on mobile museum guides. Together these three papers have almost 1000 citations. For the first time all authors were together in the same place, so we brought out the bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon that has been kept in the cellar for this day since Mobile HCI in Munich in 2013.

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