2015-04-21 Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems

Following up on last year’s exciting presentation on the integrated soldier system, CAE’s Tab Lamoureux is returning to give us the ins and outs of command and control systems in our next event: Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems.

DateTuesday April 21, 2015 (rescheduled from February 17th)
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1BkZgF4

What:

Command and Control (C2) represents a significant challenge to the Human Factors specialist. While many of us are concerned with the design of ‘things’ to carry out ‘tasks’, C2 represents the collaborative activities of a distributed team with a variety of skills and roles at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Typically, C2 is concerned with the development and maintenance of Situation Awareness to support decision making by the commander. As such, the commander receives all his information and affects the outcome by indirect means.

Challenges facing the HF specialist are many and varied.  They can include problems inherent with the new technologies being integrated into C2 organisations, such as information overload due to the proliferation of sensors, to the propensity of high-level commanders to start micro-managing soldiers, sailors and pilots because they know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. They can also include the procurement processes adopted by the Department of National Defence (DND) which reward a single supplier and thereby encourage lowest-cost compliance and engineering-centric solutions, rather than adopting a market-driven, user-centred process that leads to innovation and effective human-system partnerships.

This talk will discuss some of the issues facing the HF specialist when working on C2 systems. With examples from air traffic control, Naval, Army, Air, and Joint C2 and covering the spectrum of the system design lifecycle from analysis through design to test and evaluation Tab will describe his experiences and what he currently believes his ‘go-to’ solutions are. Until the next project anyway…

Speaker Bio:

Tab Lamoureux is a senior consultant at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions and has over 20 years experience in Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration in complex, dynamic systems such as air traffic control, command and control sensor-weapons systems, and nuclear power generation. Tab’s work has taken him around the world and provided him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of operators in a variety of settings. Tab is currently involved in projects supporting naval gunfire support to army forces ashore, the replacement maritime helicopter, and the development of a simulation training centre for emergency management.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 21st, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-02-17 Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems

Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, our presenter for the upcoming CapCHI Event scheduled for February 17, 2015, has had to reschedule his presentation until April 21, 2015. All other details will remain the same and we hope that you will be available to join us in two months time.

In the meantime, we will be hosting a new event on February 24th, also at The Fox & Feather, titled “Relevant Social Media“. You can read more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-relevant-social-media-tickets-15727924646

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you all very soon. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CapCHIOttawa and on Facebook at facebook.com/capchiottawa.

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Following up on last year’s exciting presentation on the integrated soldier system, CAE’s Tab Lamoureux is returning to give us the ins and outs of command and control systems in our next event: Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems.

DateTuesday February 17th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1BkZgF4

What:

Command and Control (C2) represents a significant challenge to the Human Factors specialist. While many of us are concerned with the design of ‘things’ to carry out ‘tasks’, C2 represents the collaborative activities of a distributed team with a variety of skills and roles at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Typically, C2 is concerned with the development and maintenance of Situation Awareness to support decision making by the commander. As such, the commander receives all his information and affects the outcome by indirect means.

Challenges facing the HF specialist are many and varied.  They can include problems inherent with the new technologies being integrated into C2 organisations, such as information overload due to the proliferation of sensors, to the propensity of high-level commanders to start micro-managing soldiers, sailors and pilots because they know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. They can also include the procurement processes adopted by the Department of National Defence (DND) which reward a single supplier and thereby encourage lowest-cost compliance and engineering-centric solutions, rather than adopting a market-driven, user-centred process that leads to innovation and effective human-system partnerships.

This talk will discuss some of the issues facing the HF specialist when working on C2 systems. With examples from air traffic control, Naval, Army, Air, and Joint C2 and covering the spectrum of the system design lifecycle from analysis through design to test and evaluation Tab will describe his experiences and what he currently believes his ‘go-to’ solutions are. Until the next project anyway…

Speaker Bio:

Tab Lamoureux is a senior consultant at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions and has over 20 years experience in Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration in complex, dynamic systems such as air traffic control, command and control sensor-weapons systems, and nuclear power generation. Tab’s work has taken him around the world and provided him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of operators in a variety of settings. Tab is currently involved in projects supporting naval gunfire support to army forces ashore, the replacement maritime helicopter, and the development of a simulation training centre for emergency management.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 17th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-01-20 CapCHI Lightning Talks

CapCHI presents Lightning Talks at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday January 20th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; showcase begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1xPPOhl

What:

New to CapCHI’s lineup of exciting events, Lightning Talks is a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of Ottawans. Whether it’s about technology, culture, art, or history, there’s someone in Ottawa who has a topic they’re passionate about and we’re going to hear 5 minutes of it.

Come hear from companies such as Jackpine (jackpine.co), Habitat Seven (habitatseven.com), Brew Donkey (brewdonkey.ca), Shepherds of Good Hope (shepherdsofgoodhope.com) and some individuals not representing companies and who are simply “friends of CapCHI”. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll come away from this event having learned something new.

If you’re still not sure what to expect, take a look at Freakonomics’ “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” (freakonomics.com/2014/10/23/tell-me-something-i-dont-know-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast-2/). It gives you a sense of the fun topics that come up when you ask a group of random people to talk about a subject they’re passionate about.

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 20th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-01-23 Global Game Jam 2015 (Ottawa) – Call for Participation, Sponsorship and Volunteering

Dear friends, colleagues and students,

Carleton School of Information Technology will once again host the Global Game Jam, on January 23-25, 2015.

In a Game Jam, artists, programmers, and designers come together to make video games. Each participant works in a small team on a complete game project over the course of a weekend. Global Game Jam is an international event, held at hundreds of sites all around the world resulting in thousands of games made. 

Participation is free and open to everybody. It is a great opportunity to learn about game development, network with enthusiasts and experts, and have a fun challenging time. There is something to do no matter what skills level you have! We provide lab computers with state-of-the-art hardware and software, plus free food 🙂

To register:

  1. Send an email to arya@carleton.ca
  2. Create an account on the Global Game Jam website
  3. Join our Jam Site (Carleton School of Information Technology)

Space is limited and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. Please contact me directly if your company/organization is interested in sponsoring this event. Sponsors can provide food, prizes, workshops, on-site support, development tools, etc, and will have the chance to interact with participants and introduce themselves on our website.

Volunteer positions are also available for Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) students who want to expand their personal network and be involved in a professional event. Volunteering will involve one or more 6-hour shifts starting 3pm on Friday January 23. Volunteers are expected to help with signing in the participants, keeping the labs in an orderly and clean state, distributing food, and other unlikely required assistance. To volunteer send an email to arya@carleton.ca and specify the shifts you are available.

For more information, see our website, or join our Facebook Group to get updates. See photos from previous years on Facebook:

Please share this event with those who may be interested.

UX Architect

Location: Ottawa, Canada

(Ref # 928708)

The UX Architect must be highly skilled at balancing users’ needs, technical constraints, and business objectives while working in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate is an expert in leading the design of complex web applications across multiple product lines and has a track record for making the complex simple. He or she should have extensive experience converting user stories into detailed interaction specifications and/or prototypes that are elegant and easy to use. This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, and a great sense of customer empathy.

For more info and instructions on how to apply, see the UX Architect job listing.

2014-12-09 CapCHI Startup Showcase

Ever wonder what is going on at the leading edge of technology and user experience research and design in Ottawa? Well here’s your chance to see some exciting new companies show off their wares at the CapCHI Startup Showcase!

Date: Tuesday December 9th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1pol2Ig

On Tuesday, December 9th at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, five local startups will present their products and business concepts to a distinguished panel of UX specialists and entrepreneurs. The aim of the event is to get these companies exposed and to provide them with valuable feedback that can help them tweak a product, improve the product roadmap, or simply get some words of encouragement that they’re doing an awesome job.

Come for the product demos and stay for the awesome networking, food, and drinks. Doors open at 6:00pm for networking and the event starts at 6:30pm. There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for post-event networking and some potential hands-on technology demos!

Meet our Startups:

Unified Technology Solutions

Creators of Unified BM, a cloud-based business management platform that enables auto parts companies to manage their   businesses through automation, market and sell their brands online and share data seamlessly with other companies. Companies use Unified BM to create and manage data, sell parts and services online, control data sharing between companies, automate tasks between companies, and track progress.

Presenting on behalf of Unified Technology Solutions will be Sean Maisonneuve, a visionary entrepreneur from Ottawa, Canada, with over 14 years of experience building successful companies.  He is the co-founder and CEO of Unified Technology Solutions, a software-as-a-service development firm that specializes in a cutting-edge cloud-based business management platform called Unified BM.  Sean is also the founder of the online auto parts store Premier Performance.  He is a seasoned cloud IT professional who, in his down time, enjoys expanding his knowledge of history and building high performance cars.

https://www.facebook.com/UnifiedTechnologySolutions?fref=ts

 

Tattoo Hero

Tattoo Hero is the premier software that makes the business of tattooing easy. Founded in 2012, and born out of Startup Weekend, Tattoo Hero wants to be the premier resource for the Tattoo industry. Whether that be through connecting first-time tattoo buyers and collectors to artists and shops on their site, to their SaaS platform that’s currently in production that takes care of the front desk with booking, reminders, inventory, and staffing – Tattoo Hero is ramping up to carve itself a place in this very tightly-knit and vibrant industry.

Presenting for Tattoo Hero will be Brandon Waselnuk, Co-Founder and CEO. With a background in business marketing, strategy, and investment he consistently pushes himself to grow and learn. Also a big supporter of volunteerism and charity he spends time working on large scale issues in the social sector such as; youth unemployment, feeding children, and mental health. As he continues to study Generation Y motivators, behaviours, and methods to engage them.

http://tattoohero.com/

 

Givopoly

Givopoly is your Ottawa Gift Concierge Service. Started by a couple of Ottawa accountants, Givopoly offers a refreshing gift shopping experience that delights both sender and recipient. Givopoly’s concept was born from an idea to create an efficient online marketplace and pair it with great delivery service to help busy friends, family, colleagues and organizations execute thoughtful intentions all year long. Having already partnered with 70+ great local businesses to feature 1000+ affordable gifts, Givopoly is quickly becoming your one stop shop for Ottawa gifts.  Call it your Gifts-On-Wheels.

Presenting on behalf of Givopoly will be Susan Richards, FCMA, a virtual CFO for hire providing risk management, cash-flow, and financing services to entrepreneurs and SME. She is also the co-founder of Givopoly.

http://givopoly.com/

 

Privacy Analytics

Privacy Analytics is an Ottawa-based start-up that provides organizations with enterprise software to unlock health data for secondary purposes. It is the only company to offer its customers software, peer-reviewed methodology, and valued-added services that protect the privacy of individuals when sharing health data – enabling complex analytics and critical research insight.

Presenting for Privacy Analytics will be Vanessa Boothroyd, a recent graduate of Carleton’s Human Computer Interaction program, and current User Experience Specialist at Privacy Analytics. She has graduate research experience with users’ perceptions of online risk and previous work experience doing usability testing for Neo Insight. Best of all, she is a semi-regular attendee at CapCHI meetings!

http://www.privacyanalytics.ca/

 

Personal Neuro Devices

Personal Neuro Devices is a company that stands at the center of brain health, wearable technology, and big data. Their technology allows you to collect brain metrics on their wearables (coming soon!), train your brain with apps like MindMender and Transcend 2, and track your performance and learn about your mind on Introspect.

Presenting on behalf of Personal Neuro Devices will be Tomek Sysak, Director of Marketing.

http://personalneuro.com/

 

Meet our Panel of Advisors:

Scott Smith is a co-founder of Neo Insight Inc., with 30 years of experience in design, strategy, and management. He has conducted user experience testing or evaluation with 100+ small business owners. Scott has been responsible for over $20 million in business cases, many aimed at small businesses. His experience includes business analysis, qualitative research methods, product management, market analysis, and competitive strategy. http://neoinsight.com/.

Mike Mason is the CEO and co-founder of Gladmen. He has played a growth role at more than 5 startups including Guides.co and Magmic Inc. Mike has also project managed apps like The New York Times Crosswords, The Rubik’s Cube App, and several Mattel Projects. He has experience going from $0 to $1M run rate. http://gladmen.co/http://www.magmic.com/.

Scott Simpson, CEO of BitHeads http://bitheads.com/.

AND YOU the Audience!

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2014-12-06 Accessibility Camp Ottawa at Carleton University

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: Doors open at 8:30 am; event begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm

Place: 1125@Carleton (Human Computer Interaction Building (HCI), 4th and 5th floors at Carleton University)

Registration ($20, $30 late registration): http://a11yyow.ca/register/

The 2nd edition of a11yYOW will bring together the capital’s Web industry and the Ontario, Quebec and Canadian governments around the theme of web accessibility.

a11yYOW will feature a mix of speakers and unconference-style sessions, as well as an open panel discussion with representatives from the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec governments on their respective web accessibility standards.

It will be an ideal opportunity to reflect collectively on issues of accessibility with actors of the web industry, experts and representatives of public and private organizations and representatives of various levels of government!

The hashtag for this event is #a11yYOW

Follow us on Twitter @A11YYow

Check us out on Lanyrd http://lanyrd.com/2014/a11yyow/

Join the Meetup group to get updates on future events: http://www.meetup.com/a11yOttawa/

 

2014-12-02 The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0

David Berman will be presenting a public course open to all, called  “The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0” at OCADU Inclusive Design Research Centre in Toronto, Ontario on December 2, 2014.

They are offering a $120 discount to all professional members.

… more information about what David’s presenting:

http://www.davidberman.com/next

and more information on the event overall:

A full-day comprehensive, powerful, and memorable event that explores WCAG 2.0: Web, Office, InDesign, and PDF. Walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make your sites and documents accessible.

…and here’s info on David Berman:

http://www.davidberman.com/about

2014-11-18 User Engagement in Gaming – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2014

CapCHI presents User Engagement in Gaming – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2014 at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday November 18th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1t8fxIK

What:

With November comes World Usability Day and in recognition of this year’s theme of “Engagement”, we will be hosting a panel discussion on engagement in gaming. Gaming has become ubiquitous in our society, where we have witnessed the gamification of everything from mental and physical health, to education, to brand marketing, and improving retail customer loyalty. With all that gaming going on, it’s no wonder that the industry is claiming approximately 1.2 billion people in the world are actively engaging in some form of gaming with global game revenues expected to hit $75.2 billion this year, and growing to $86.1 billion by 2016 (according to newzoo.com).

Please join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill where you can engage with our panel of gaming industry professionals who will be discussing various aspects of user engagement in gaming. The discussion will range from user experience, to marketing, and beyond. Here is a rundown of our panel:

  • Shamima Khan, M.A. (Human-Computer Interaction), B.Sc. (Computer Science), is the Studio Director at Radiant Design Studio where she is responsible for business development, project management and delivery of interactive eLearning applications and games. Shamima brings more than 15 years’ experience in user-centered design, customer research, software development and validation.  She has spearheaded the design and implementation of over 25 web applications and game based eLearning apps with a focus on compelling user experience. Ms. Khan has researched and designed a wide variety of complex systems including instructor-student interactions in online learning environments, usability issues for digital television systems, push-to-talk applications, digital game authoring technology, and mobile technologies for clients such as AMITA, Hivva Technologies, and Nortel Networks. Prior to founding Radiant Design Studio, Shamima worked for CSA, DISTIL Interactive and Entrust.Shamima is joining this event because she’s passionate about UX and education, and believes gamification is not just a buzz word.
  • Ben Kane has been an independent game developer for the past four years, with his most recent project taking him into the world of virtual reality gaming. The game, “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes”, is a co-operative party game where players must work together to defuse a bomb in virtual reality with the help of players in the real world. Ben co-founded a new company, Steel Crate Games, and is part of a team that is working to create what they hope will be the definitive VR party game.Virtual reality is a quickly evolving technology and with it comes a lot of experimentation and learning. Long held assumptions of game development are suddenly no longer valid and game developers are racing to find new solutions. Ben plans to clear the air on the current state of VR game development, including its outstanding challenges as this technology prepares to hit mainstream audiences.
  • Carla De Ciccio holds the position of Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Hibernum where she develops marketing and communication strategies for the studio’s operations and product launches. Before Hibernum, Carla co-founded the Ottawa International Game Conference where she held the role of Chief Operating Officer and developed strategic alliances with some of the largest companies in the video game including Microsoft, Amazon, Ubisoft, Capcom, Square Enix, Playscreen, Warner Brothers and Unity, to only name a few. Prior to that, Carla acted as a community manager and a communications advisor for many start-ups in the tech and digital media industries where she became a specialist in crowdfunding after carrying out multiple successful campaigns on the Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms.Carla holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from the University of Ottawa and brings a unique blend of creativity and result driven strategies to the studio.
  • Finally, our moderator for the panel discussion, Kyle McInnes, is the co-founder of Smoke Labs, a mobile game and app studio with clients as large as Mattel. As a moderator, he’ll bring his experience from a game studio perspective, but also from 5 years as a blogger that covered the game industry and founded a mobile game blog called QuicklyBored.com.

Please join us for this free event at 6:00pm, on Tuesday, November 18th for complimentary appetizers and great networking opportunities. The event itself begins at 6:30pm and we encourage everyone to stay for a drink and continue networking after the event has concluded. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing everyone in our group with 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 18th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

UX Opportunities at SAP

SAP in Vancouver is looking for talented Interaction Designers, Prototypers, and UI Developers who are passionate about design and curious about Big Data and Analytics.  Come join our diverse, fun, and growing UX team.

1: Senior Interaction Designer for Lumira

https://careercenter.sap.com/sap/bc/bsp/rcfuix/flex_ui_ext/saperecruiting.html?jobId=E45B1F8899885CF19A500050568F01DB

 

2: Senior UI Prototyper for Lumira

https://careercenter.sap.com/sap/bc/bsp/rcfuix/flex_ui_ext/saperecruiting.html?jobId=E45B1DA40D29DAF19A500050568F01DB

 

3: Coming soon….  Senior UI Developer for Lumira 

 

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Lots of great benefits including the original “Lunch on Us” card.

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/sap-cafeteria-in-vancouver-expands-to-local-eateries-including-glowbal-and-yaletown-brewing-company-2011-03-17