2014-10-21 Interactive Tour of Carleton University’s Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab

It’s time again for our annual field trip!

In the past couple of years we’ve been to simulation centres at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and Algonquin College’s School of Health and Community Studies. This year, we’re heading to Carleton University to get a look at (and chance to jump into) their collection virtual simulators in the Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab).  

Date: Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; tour begins at 6:30.
Place: Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr, VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor), OttawaON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Registration is required (limited tickets!)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interactive-tour-of-carleton-universitys-advanced-cognitive-engineering-ace-lab-tickets-13337848865

What:

The ACE lab is associated with the Visualization and Simulation (VSIM) Centre, the mission of which is to discover fundamental principles of human perception and cognition and to apply these principles to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems.  Examples of research projects at the ACE Lab include:

  • Aging, cognition health and general aviation pilots
  • Motion cueing and simulator-based flight training
  • Embodied cognition in virtual cockpit training systems
  • Virtual training system for search and rescue operators
  • The VSIM Holodeck project (this is a new initiative).

We’ll open the doors at 6:00pm as usual (room TBD) with some light refreshments and networking. The tour will begin at 6:30pm, so don’t be late! We’ll head to either Mike’s or Oliver’s (the campus bars) afterward for further networking.

Why is this a paid event?

While most of our events are free, we have decided to ask for a small amount to reserve your spot on the tour. We are space limited to 30 participants and want to ensure that those who register will come, rather than taking a spot from someone who would otherwise be there. If the event sells out, please put your name on the waiting list! We will provide refunds up to 48 hours prior to the event, so any vacated spots will be offered to those on the waiting list. Also, if the waiting list is long enough, we could try to put together a second visit to the ACE lab on a different date.

What can you expect to see on the tour?

We will tour the ACE Lab’s simulator infrastructure, including:

  • Full motion (6-dof) helicopter simulator
  • Motion cueing seat
  • Bell 206-type flight simulator
  • Hi-definition 8-channel large scale display system

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone will be able to demo the simulators, but many will have the opportunity!

Will there be a presentation, or just the tour?

Dr. Chris Herdman will present a brief introduction to the VSIM Centre and the ACE Lab.
A general overview of the various projects will be given while touring the facility.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Herdman has been on the faculty at Carleton University since 1988 where he is currently a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, as well as Scientific Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Visualization, Simulation and Modelling (VSIM).  During his 25+ years at Carleton, Dr. Herdman has distinguished himself as a psychologist and inter-disciplinarian, but particularly as a leader in the establishment and scientific direction of the VSIM Centre where he is not only the Director, but also the team’s Principal Investigator.  Dr. Herdman has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing scientific research, attracting approximately $43M in research funding. He is accredited with securing funding of $28.8M for the VSIM Centre, an amount which included not only $14M from Federal and Provincial Government agencies, but also close to $15M from industry partners.  Dr. Herdman’s own research approach is to link basic research in human cognition to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems through the use of modelling and virtual reality simulations.

Under Dr. Herdman’s direction, the VSIM Centre has developed over 20 industry partners from across Canada who are actively engaged in research and development. The Centre is also directly connected to key government agencies and research labs, including the NRC, Transport Canada, and the Department of Defence labs across Canada. As the Director, Dr. Herdman ensures the VSIM Centre is very involved in education and outreach, providing hands-on projects for high school students, sponsoring over 50 public tours and demonstrations (annually) for government research agencies and Federal (and) Provincial government ministries,  as well as hosting diplomats, scientists and officials from all over the world.

Dr. Herdman received his Honours B.Sc. in Psychology in 1979 from Trent University and subsequently a(n) M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Alberta.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00 pm at Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr, VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor), OttawaON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Registration is required (limited tickets!)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interactive-tour-of-carleton-universitys-advanced-cognitive-engineering-ace-lab-tickets-13337848865 

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.

2014-09-16 The Great Fitness Wearable Debate 2014

We have our panel all set up for our upcoming debate: Be it resolved that wearable technology can provide meaningful benefits to all levels of athletes. Come support your view at The Fox & Feather on Elgin St., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:00pm (start at 6:30pm).

Date: Tuesday September 16th, 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).

Register (Free!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-the-great-fitness-wearable-debate-2014-tickets-13005388467 

What:

Love all the latest wearable gear and gadgets?  Are you data infatuated and always looking for more metrics to analyze your workouts? Or are you the opposite and love to go out “au naturel”? Wearable fitness technology has come a long way, and we all know people who love it and those that swear against it.

But is it really beneficial to all levels of athletes?  This two-on-two debate features the team of Ian Fraser (co-owner of Cyclelogik and an accomplished triathlete) and Shane Maley (physiotherapist, cyclist, and skier), battling on the for side of the ring, vs Chris Masson (degree in kinesiology, swimmer, and rower) and Gord Smith (web developer and cyclist) taking a stand against wearable tech. Come watch, cheer, jeer, tweet while some serious fitness enthusiasts duke it out in the Great Fitness Wearable Debate 2014 with YOU the audience acting as judge and jury in determining the outcome.

Free registration is requested, but not required. 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks thanks to The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill!

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 16th, 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.

2015-04-18 CHI 2015: Crossings

CHI 2015: Crossings

April 18-23, 2015

Seoul, Korea

http://chi2015.acm.org

For over 30 years, the CHI conference (pronounced ‘kai’) has attracted the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from businesses and universities to share ground-breaking research and innovations related to how humans interact with digital technologies. The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI conference is the world’s premiere conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, presenting a highly selective showcase of the very best advances across the disciplines of computer science, cognitive psychology, design, social science, human factors, artificial intelligence, graphics, visualization, multi-media design and other disciplines.

The theme for CHI 2015 is “Crossings”: crossing borders, crossing boundaries, crossing disciplines, crossing people and technology, crossing past and future, crossing physical and digital, crossing art and science, … crossing you and me.

Cross into new territory by joining us in Seoul, Korea, one of the world’s most dynamic cities and the center of emerging trends in culture, technology and design. For those who create and evaluate new systems, CHI 2015 will be a central cross-point to find the latest in research and design of the world’s most innovative technologies.

2015-08-09 SIGGRAPH 2015 Xroads of Discovery

The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

http://s2015.siggraph.org

Important Dates:

SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Conference: 09 to 13 August 2015
Exhibition: 11 to 13 August 2015

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

2014-08-14 – 15 Web Experience Toolkit CodeFest 2014

Interested in creating innovative and user-focused solutions? Curious about the Web Experience Toolkit and learning how to use it or contribute to it? Looking for an opportunity to learn, contribute and meet great people from all areas of the Web world?

Join us at Codefest 2014!

August 14 and 15, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario

CodeFest 2014 is a two-day conference on developing innovative and user-centered web solutions, uniting developers, designers and communicators from the public and private sectors to develop innovative and user-centric websites and solutions, including the Web Experience Toolkit. The event will offer attendees a chance to learn from experts in the digital fields, develop new skills in Web management and design, provide an opportunity to experiment and to work with and learn from people they may never otherwise have gotten a chance to meet.

Whether you’re a developer, designer, communicator, content creator or otherwise, we need your expertise!

For more information and to get your ticket today, please visit the CodeFest 2014 website, get your ticket on eventbrite or contact the CodeFest 2014 team at any time with questions suggestions or otherwise.

2014-06-04 Ottawa GovJam

The event: Ottawa GovJam
When: June 4th and 5th, 9 am to 5pm (it’s a Wednesday and Thursday)
Where: The OttawaU social sciences building (120 University… the one with the living wall)
Website: http://www.ottawagovjam.ca/

What is it: 
GovJam is 48 hours to design for the public good. In the two days of the event members, of the public service and private practices sectors will get together to try to define, and find and build solutions to really difficult problems facing large populations across Canada and the world.

The goal is to have a great time while learning how to rapidly identify problems, come up with solutions, and test them to find out if they really might work, without getting bogged down with politics, process and what can’t happen.

Who’s it for: 
GovJam is for anyone interested in having fun while working with other like minded people to address big and tricky problems. Everyone is welcome: designers, developers, teachers, scientists, researchers, policy analysts, marketers, managers, business administrators, engineers… all they need is a desire to learn and have fun!

How can people join in:
Buy a ticket right away on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ottawa-govjam-tickets-11550659333 or go to ottawagovjam.ca.

Who can people get in touch with if they have questions?
Get in touch with us any time!
Twitter; @ottawagovjam
email: ottawa.givjam@gmail.com
on the website: http://www.ottawagovjam.ca/contact/

2014-06-17 Science and Art In Design Research – A Shopify Perspective

Join us for Science and Art In Design Research – A Shopify Perspective, presented by Dylan Blanchard and Alëna Iouguina at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday June 17th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk 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).

Abstract:
Good design is a highly complex synthesis of intersecting domains of the beautiful – the art of quality and the true – the science of quantifiable. How do we take these domains into consideration when creating something that is beautiful, functional, and above all useful? Come hear how two design researchers at Shopify, Dylan Blanchard and Alëna Iouguina, approach this problem and hear some case studies that highlight the difficulties in carefully balancing the domains of art and science.

Bios:

After helping to build out Shopify’s support team of gurus, there’s few who’ve listened and talked to more Shopify merchants. Now Dylan Blanchard listens more than he talks as UX Researcher at Shopify.

Alëna Iouguina is a practitioner and facilitator of biologically informed design. UX Researcher at Shopify and co-founder of Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing.

When and Where:

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

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

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.

2014-05-20 HCI Student Showcase “In Defence of Knowledge” (updated)

Join us for our next event at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill! Graduate students will be presenting their work and ideas in a run up to their thesis defence and seeking input from other HCI practitioners. Each presentation will be approximately 12 minutes long with 3-5 for questions and answers.

Date: Tuesday May 20th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk 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).

NEW presentations from our Student Showcase event that took place on May 20th?

Abstracts & Bios

1. Lulu Davies is a 2nd-year Interactive Multimedia Developer student and an applied researcher specializing in user interface design for Applied Research & Innovation (ARI) at Algonquin College. With a passion of designing intuitive and visually pleasing user interfaces, she has maintained a strong focus in creating effective and innovative user experiences on desktop, web and mobile platforms.

In Lulu’s presentation, she will demonstrate an example of her work during her employment in ARI and share the process the design team went through to arrive at their current prototype. The product you will see in the presentation is a web application that is used for vision performance improvement and is heading for commercial development in 2014.

2. Katie (Dowdall) Taylor is in the process of defending her thesis work for a Master of Arts in Human-Computer Interaction from Carleton University. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Classical Civilizations, Philosophy, and Film Studies. Katie is a generalist and draws on many perspectives to make sense of the increasing entangled digital world.Katie has been attending the CapCHI events regularly and is consistently fascinated by the industry. She is excited to find new areas for exploration after graduation.

Katie’s research interests are in Online Communication Technologies. She is looking at how affordances and design affect use and vice versa. Specifically, she has been analysing a conversation surrounding a real world event that has spread itself across the digital domain involving several interfaces, affordances, media, and platforms for a myriad of purposes. By looking at academic and practical understandings of the use and design of digital communications affordances, Katie hopes to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the longstanding problem. Ultimately the study provided a venue for exploring the nature of digital communication as experienced by users in all its mess and complexity.

3. Sravya Atluri is a recent graduate from the Biomedical and Electrical Engineering undergraduate program at Carleton University. She will be continuing her studies to pursue her Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering this Fall of 2014. Her research aspiration is to integrate aspects of neuroscience and computer science with her biomedical engineering background to contribute to the emerging field of neural engineering.

As a part of her co-op term at National Research Council’s (NRC) Flight Research Lab, Sravya had the opportunity to assist with the integration of a physiological monitoring system in a fixed-wing aircraft. Initial flight trials with this system were conducted to evaluate pilot fatigue and mental workload by measuring and analyzing electrical signals of the brain (through an event-related potential study). The long-term goal of this project is to implement an adaptive automation system in an aircraft environment to monitor and provide neural feedback in conditions with high workload or fatigue. Through this presentation, Sravya hopes to raise awareness of the initiative taken by NRC and to discuss with the HCI community, aspects of the experimental design that can be modified or added to develop a practical and valuable brain-computer interface for an aircraft environment in the future.

4. Jeff Wilson is currently working on his Masters of Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction at Carleton University. Jeff returned to academic life in 2007 after several years of industry programming experience and completed an undergraduate CS degree with a minor in Psychology. He has collaborated on several projects funded by NSERC and the Government of Canada with Carleton’s HotSoft Research Group, including co-authorship of a Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Lecture entitled Surface Computing and Collaborative Analysis Work.

Jeff will be presenting ACH-Walkthrough, an intelligence analysis prototype commissioned by the government as a follow-on project to the Synthesis Lecture. The prototype is based on an analysis technique developed by the CIA called Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) which seeks to reduce cognitive bias when reasoning about sparse or tenuous evidence. The tool demonstrates a blend of web-based interactive visualization techniques supporting live collocated and remote collaboration. Jeff will be discussing some of the prototype’s design goals and challenges as well as feedback from testers in the field.

When and Where:

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

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

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.

2014-04-15 Building a Personal Foundation for Making Innovation Intentional

Join us for Building a Personal Foundation for Making Innovation Intentional, presented by George Watt at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday April 15th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins promptly 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).

Abstract:

To create an environment and culture that fosters innovation we must be deliberate in our actions. We must ensure innovation is captured when it occurs, and that the potential benefits of innovative ideas are fully realized. Success in innovation requires intent, and it begins with you. There are a wealth of great tools and techniques that can help you to innovate, but if you cannot recognize innovation when it occurs, and if you don’t know what to do once you find it, they will never they deliver to their full potential. They may not deliver at all.

In this session George Watt, co-author of “The Innovative CIO“, will disclose some techniques to help you build a personal foundation for making innovation intentional, and share some of the lessons he learned as a successful innovator. Join our discussion April 15th and share some of the lessons you learned, and some of the challenges you face.

Bio:

George Watt — A transformative leader with more than 25 years of experience, George has spearheaded initiatives that have enabled organizations to simplify and automate their complex IT infrastructures, deliver new business benefits, and drive millions of dollars in savings and productivity gains. George has delivered several innovations including one of the earliest private clouds, a lightweight event management agent, and a knowledge base for a neural network-based predictive performance management solution. Many of George’s innovations are now available to CA Technologies customers as product components or features. George is co-author of “The Innovative CIO” and tweets as @GeorgeDWatt.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 15th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

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.