2016-04-19 Tour of NRC’s Flight Research Laboratory

It’s field trip time!  

Continuing our tradition of exciting CapCHI field trips, on Tuesday, April 19th, we’ll be heading to the National Research Council’s Flight Research Laboratory. Their team of engineers and research pilots specializes in performance evaluation, stability and control, modeling and simulation, handling qualities, human factors, aircraft operations, aeromagnetics, remote sensing and atmospheric studies. They also develop novel test procedures and equipment where no current solutions exist and provide instruction in flight test techniques and evaluation methods.

This is a unique opportunity to tour the FRL’s hangar where you will see various types of aircraft and hear how they are used for diverse research projects. In addition, we will receive a presention providing us with more details on the FRL and some of their research projects, including the Working and Traveling on Aircraft (WTA) program.

Since our attendance is limited for this event due to site regulations, a $10 registration fee (plus fees) in advance is required to attend. However, we will be providing dinner (something along the lines of pizza or subs) and a variety of drinks (i.e., beer, coffee, soft drinks). Please arrive as close to 6:00pm as possible because food and beverages will not be permitted on the tour/presentation, which begins around 6:30.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Margarita Vinnikov is a Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and is part of the Human Factors group. Her area of specialization is visual perception, eye-tracking and human computer interaction (HCI). She had designed and conducted numerous experiments with human participants to study different perceptual phenomena with the help of gaze-contingent displays and simulations in virtual environments. She completed her PhD in Computer Science from York University and the Centre of Vision Research.

When:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Where:

National Research Council – Aerospace facilities – 1920 Research Road Building U-61, Ottawa, ON K1V 2B1, Canada – View Map

Registration is required (limited tickets!)https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-tour-of-nrcs-flight-research-laboratory-tickets-23308998843 

 

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.

2016-03-15 Interaction Styles for Flexible Displays

Salvador Dali may have given the world “soft” watches in his famous work, “The Persistence of Memory” in 1931, but true flexible displays are on the way to a store near you. Companies such as Samsung and LG have been showing off their prototypes, but have you thought about how we will interact with flexible displays? What new interaction possibilities could they offer? On Tuesday, March 15th, Dr. Audrey Girouard of Carleton University’s Creative Interactions Lab will present some of the many interaction possibilities with flexible displays.

Join us in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill at 6:00pm for networking and complimentary appetizers, with the presentation starting at 6:30pm. Our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10-percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Tuesday March 15th, 2016.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.
Place: 1st Floor “Dining Room” (right hand side of main entrance) 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… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interaction-styles-for-flexible-displays-tickets-22432256483

Presentation Synopsis:

A new generation of displays – flexible displays -will make their way in our homes within a few years, so it is worthwhile to think about how their flexibility and deformability can be exploited to offer new interaction techniques to users. Bending the display to page forward shows particular promise for an e-book reader. In this talk, Dr. Girouard will present innovative research on deformable user interactions and bend gestures, and present various applications of such deformable UIs such as a flexible smartphone, bend passwords and bend as game input.

Speaker bio:

Audrey Girouard is an assistant professor in the School of Information Technology at Carleton University, and leads the Creative Interactions Lab. As a human computer interaction researcher, she specializes in next generation interactions: her work pioneers novel interaction techniques with emerging user interfaces through software and hardware design, development and evaluation. Her research focuses on deformable user interactions, flexible displays, and bend gesture inputs.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00 pm in the 1st Floor “Dining 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.

2015-12-08 Lightning Talks

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for an “unplugged” version of CapCHI. We’re moving away from our usual format to bring you a more casual night of Lightning Talks as we head into the holiday season.

Date: Tuesday December 8th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-lightning-talks-tickets-19598864732

Come for complimentary appetizers during our 6:00pm networking session and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

What are Lighting Talks?

Lightning Talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics in the HCI, UX, and/or Design worlds. The topics are about what interests and excites them outside of their nine to five. Whether it’s about technology, culture, art, or history, there’s someone in our community who has a topic they’re passionate about and we’re going to hear 5 minutes of it. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll come away from this event having learned something new.

Here is our current list of presenters, but there could be some surprise additions:

  • Brett Tackaberry (Technical Director, bv02): Ottawa is a city full of great people doing incredible work. Meeting those people – especially if they’re outside of your field – can be challenging. Brett wants to introduce you to Tech4Good – an initiative bringing together people using technology for social good – and Random Hacks of Kindness – a hackathon for social good. We hope you will be inspired. We hope you will see that your expertise and experience is invaluable and you have a lot to give.
  • Ben Waldman (Creative Director, bv02): A New Definition of ‘Memory’: Did my Parents Drive a Citroën? Our understanding of the human brain is growing in leaps, and while we’re still a decade away from even nailing down the optic process of a mouse, there’s plenty to be excited about — especially for creatives. In a lightning talk that stretches beyond his normal call of duty, bv02 Creative Director Ben Waldman will present some of the interesting finds he’s made in the neuroscience of memory, what it means for creative marketers, and what it has meant to him personally.
  • Ali Arya (Associate Professor of Interactive Multimedia, Carleton University): Marriage changes everything, or how I learned to stop worrying and love kids’ apps! A brief look at my experiences on the subject of family, and my journey from writing bedtime stories with my son to developing an educational app for children.
  • Cornelius Racheriu (Managing Director, Ampli2de and Founder & Co-Chair, CanUX): Wanderlost – As designers, we are on a constant quest for inspiration. However, our daily routines and familiar environment can only inspire us up to a point. Cornelius will make the case for getting lost (mostly) on purpose in an unfamiliar environment while travelling, as an ideal activity that challenges you to break down your own creativity barriers and fuels your imagination.
  • Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Co-Founder, Jumping Elephants): Minecraft: UX HR’s Perfect Tool -This talk by Alasdair Stuart-Bell, father of two avid Minecraft inhabitants, will explore how Minecraft functions as the perfect tool to assess whether UX practitioners are a good fit for your team.
  • Jennifer Fraser (Design Director, Macadamian Technologies): Shaken or stirred: A Study in the Craft of Cocktails – We will take a whirlwind tour through the rise, the fall, and then the resurrection of the craft of cocktails. What led to the celebration and proliferation of this craft, why did it become a lost art and why has it risen again in popularity?
  • Alvaro Vargas (Marketing and UX Design, Government of Canada): What I Learned from A Week on the Camino – These days we are not often put in situations in which we come upon our limits and are given a choice to stop or blow past them. In this brief talk, I will share some of what I learned while walking through northern Spain. 
  • Anna De Medeiros (UX Designer, Electronic Arts): Fake it ’til you bake it – Are we born with our passions, or can passions arise from mastering skills? I’ll share how my love for the culinary arts blossomed out of a need. Drawing on social and cognitive learning theories, I explore how peer-to-peer online learning and related design patterns were critical to my transformation.
  • Vidushi Gupta (VP of Design and Operations, Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University) – Travel fast, Travel often – At the age of 20, I took to travelling around the world for 3 months. I wandered to places I have never been and spent the night in several different locations. I barely ate two meals a day and slept little. I experimented with my conscience and my principles. I will be drawing out from specific anecdotes and how they inspired me to think, live and breathe design.
  • Luc Lalande (Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub at University of Ottawa) – Live biohacking of rotten meat in public spaces; creating living human skins on LEGO minifigures; and growing human tissues inside of apples. If you think this is science gone mad, you will be surprised to learn that the instigator of these projects is not only a scientist, but a self-described artists, hacker, endurance runner and entrepreneur. This talk is about a young scientist who sees no barriers between art and science.
  • AND YOU!!! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor for those so inspired as to tell us a story of their own. 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 8th, 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.

2015-11-17 Innovation in Canada – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2015

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In celebration of this year’s theme for World Usability Day, CapCHI presents a panel discussion on innovation!

Date: Tuesday November 17th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-innovation-in-canada-a-panel-discussion-in-celebration-of-world-usability-day-2015-tickets-19266455487

What:

Innovation is viewed as a vital ingredient for helping Canada become more productive and positioning us to compete on the world stage. Our economic health relies heavily on and is greatly affected by movements in the prices of natural resources. Faced with recent declining prices for these resources, businesses have had to make tough decisions regarding the allocation of labour and capital. Can innovation help our country become more productive? CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of innovation and how it can impact our economy.

  • Can innovation in User Experience help both private and public organizations bring better products and/or services to the market and improve Canada’s overall productivity and competitiveness?
  • Are there opportunities to enhance the impact of these products/services?
  • Can Canadian companies scale to bring these products/services on the world market?
  • What are some of the issues/challenges that prevent organizations from innovating?
  • …and what is innovation?

Moderated by Carleton University’s Bruce Tsuji, our panel of experts will try to shed some light onto these questions.

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Teacher, Researcher, and MOOC Master at Carleton University’s Department of Psychology) has a BSc from Trent, an MA from Waterloo and a Ph.D. from Carleton. He has 25 years in user interface design, usability testing, product management, sales, business development, and marketing. Some of the technologies with which he has dealt include telephony, voice applications, voice recognition, wireless, business intelligence, data mining, customer relationship management, and network security. Bruce is a co-inventor on eight US and Canadian patents.

Panel of Experts:

Scott Plewes (VP, UX Design at Macadamian) has worked for almost 25 years in user experience design. After earning a Masters from Queens University, he did UX design for Bell Northern Research and Nortel; before it was even called UX design. He has been a UX consultant since he co-founded Maskery in 2001 and then subsequently joined Macadamian in 2006 when Maskery was acquired. Joining Macadamian, his focus was to find a way to integrate engineering and UX design to find ways to keep UX design a focus on the product all the way into the market, and not just in the design spec.

Alvaro Vargas (Marketing Advisor and User Experience Design, Government of Canada) is a user experience (UX) designer, working for the Government of Canada as a UX designer on internet and intranet communications projects.  His approach to UX comes from three disciplines: advertising, graphic design, and anthropology. The connecting principle between them is a genuine interest in people, and the interfaces of people-to-people, people-to-technology, and people-to-processes. He sees UX as an outcome, not a process.

Shaun Illingworth (Partner, Managing Director at Akendi): Ensuring research is relevant and actionable is what drives Shaun day-to-day.  With over 17 years of experience in both enterprise and startup technology companies, Shaun is an experienced business strategist, creative thinker and market research executive with a rare focus on user-centered design and its resulting business value.  Shaun began his career in Boston as a product and market research consultant; he holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Northeastern University and is a professional moderator and workshop facilitator.

Tim Moore (Consultant at Ergosum Ltd.) has had an eclectic career centered on human factor engineering.  Starting in 1970, he worked for 6 years in one of the first research groups on human computer interaction.  He then worked for 5 years for one of the first consumer product ergonomic research groups and was the sole user interface and ergonomics consultant for L.M.Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications company more recently associated with Sony.  He obtained a PhD for a project to design a new International telephone exchange for Ericsson.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 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 percent 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.

2015-07-22 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)

This conference might be of interest to the CAPCHI community.  It is an international conference, held for the first time in Canada.

The eleventh Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will be held July 22-24, 2015 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program features technical papers, workshops and tutorials, a poster session, panels and invited talks, and lightning talks.

Registration can be done on the SOUPS website, by clicking the Registration tab on the left at : http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/

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.

2014-12-06 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/

 

2014-08-14 – 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/