Date: May 14th 2014


Join us for our next event at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Four Graduate students will present their work and ideas in a run up to their thesis defence and seek input from other HCI practitioners. Each presentation will be approximately 12 minutes long with 3-5 minutes for questions and answers. So come out and see what state of the art research is being conducted by these students and share your insights and knowledge with them to prepare them for their Thesis defence!

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).

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.

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