2013-10-04 Carleton University Psychology 60th Anniversary Celebration

Carleton University Psychology Department’s 60th Anniversary Celebration!

To acknowledge this momentous occasion, the department will be hosting a series of events over the weekend of October 4th to 6th, 2013. The festivities will include an opening cocktail reception, past graduate and faculty speakers, lab tours, graduate student poster presentations, a banquet, and a closing day Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for a 60th Anniversary Scholarship. Please save the dates in your calendar and join us.

For more info, events schedule and registration, visit:

http://www2.carleton.ca/psychology/60th-anniversary/

2013-03-19 Avoiding “chartjunk” and “slideuments”: principles for visual presentation of data and findings

Avoiding “chartjunk” and “slideuments”: principles for visual presentation of data and findings

Presented by John Burrett

CapCHI will be hosting our next event on March 19th, again at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday March 19th, 2013
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).

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(NEW) Thanks to everyone who attended this talk! Here is a list of references provided by John:

  • Nancy Duarte – “Resonate” (the best reference from her, especially on the structure and design of presentations) and “Slideology” (older but has more about slide construction); www.duarte.com
  • Stephen Few – “Show me the Numbers” (about the best ways to present data), and “Now You See It” (like Show me the Numbers, but focused more on using the same principles for visual data analysis); www.perceptualedge.com
  • Garr Reynolds – “Presentation zen”, much like Duarte’s stuff, but some additional perspectives; www.garrreynolds.com
  • Edward Tufte – the classic reference is “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”, but anything by him is good.  He tends to go a bit more to the real minimalist end of the spectrum when it comes to data/non-data ink, etc, and is a bit more on the artistic side.  Well worth it, though. www.edwardtufte.com

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Abstract:

The goal of this presentation is to introduce the idea that quantitative facts and findings can be presented, by following some principles, in a way that clarifies and emphasizes the messages in your data. This is done by following some key principles related to how we view and perceive visual information, particularly via data graphics and tables. The presentation also seeks to introduce the idea that verbal/visual presentations, using slides, can also be similarly improved, with an emphasis on avoiding dense wordy slides and designing slides with clarity and flow in mind.

It’s meant to be an introduction to these principles and hopefully a catalyst for analysts, researchers and communicators to learn more.

That offers considerable potential value to government and businesses who should want to communicate clearly, as more and more data becomes available.

Bio:

John Burrett is an Ottawa based consultant in the areas of evaluation, measurement and analysis and in communicating for data based policy development and advocacy.

He has built a successful consulting practice in evaluation and performance management, strategic research and outreach for major government departments and public-good-oriented organizations, as the director of his company, with a major multinational company, and with select partner firms.

John continues developing his practice, studying with leaders in the area of visual analysis and communications and building capabilities with new techniques to measure outcomes and networks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, 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.

2013-02-19 CapCHI Interactionary

CapCHI will be hosting another Interactionary event on February 19th at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill! This great event that gives participating teams from industry and academia a chance to interact and show off their design skills.

Date: Tuesday February 19th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; competition 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).

The Game (the Interactionary explained)
The “Interactionary” is a special event in which 3 or 4 design teams work for a short time on an interaction design challenge in real time, in a competitive and fun format. It provides the participating teams with the opportunity to contribute to the CapCHI community, as well as an opportunity to show off their design process and skills in an event that is sure to draw a big audience and generate a buzz! The session will be entertaining and educational, demonstrating ‘live’ some of the less tangible aspects of team design processes, as well as the more formal elements.
The Rules
At the Interactionary, each team is given 10 minutes to work on-stage on a design challenge. A panel of judges will highlight and discuss what they see as the most interesting and important aspects of each team’s approach. Each team will be scored on a number of categories, including outcome, team communication, and design process. There are rewards for all teams! The audience is also polled for discussion and comment, and to see how their views compare with those of the panel. After the Interactionary, the teams will be expected to assist in providing a permanent record of the event.

Teams

  1. CAE Professional Services
  2. Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  3. Carleton HCI Student team
  4. Carleton Industrial Design Student team

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 19th, 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.

2013-01-15 Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare (Tour/Demo/Presentation)

Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare(Note the new location!)Presented by Martin Brooks and John Spence, Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre RVR Lab

Date: Tuesday January 15th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; tour/demo/talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, located at 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

Our next event on January 15th will be a field trip! We will be meeting at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and getting a tour/demo of the Rehab Virtual Reality (RVR) Lab. The tour/demo will be followed by a presentation at a conference room onsite: “Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare”

Abstract:

Strengthening the coordination, communication and collaboration between healthcare professionals offers hope for simultaneously improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs. This talk will describe outcomes from the Health Services Virtual Organization Project (2009-2012) and a new Collaborative Health Services Project. Focus will be on technology and human behaviour in healthcare.

Bios:

Martin Brooks
Martin Brooks holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. From 1999-2007 he worked at the NRC Institute for Information Technology (IIT) as Founder & Leader of the Broadband Visual Communication Research Program overseeing such projects as LearnCanada, MusicGrid, Participatory Design Studio, and Health Services Virtual Organization. In addition, he was the co-leader of the CRC/NRC VirtualClassroom Program and initiated NRC collaboration with the National Arts Centre and other government departments. As the President of iDeal Consulting since 2007, Mr. Books has been involved in financial engineering industrial research at Apollo Systems Research Corp. and acted as the principal in two CANARIE projects: Health Services Virtual Organization (Simulation Challenge Learning), GreenStar Network (Green ICT).

John Spence
Formerly the Program Manager, Application Technologies, Broadband Networks Technologies Branch, at Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), Industry Canada, Mr. Spence presently is a private consultant and holds Emeritus status with CRC. He has 15 years experience in the design and implementation of broadband technologies to support e-learning and e-health applications. While at CRC, he co-managed the CRC/NRC VirtualClassroom Program. The VirtualClassroom program formed national and international collaborative partnerships to research and develop innovative broadband collaborative learning applications for K-12 virtual learning communities. Along with serving as leader and project manager for various multi-million dollar CANARIE projects, Mr. Spence has extensive experience as an International ICT education consultant and national and international keynote speaker and was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for leadership in the development of the multi party distant education programs.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 15th, 6:00 pm at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, located at 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the tour/demo/presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. However, standard hospital parking fees will be in effect.

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.

Check out the summary from our last Interactionary: http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary, and consider our call for participation: CapCHI Interactionary for February 19th, 2013.