2017-05-16 A Student Showcase of UX Expertise

You are invited to a presentation of cutting edge research in UX. This year’s student projects are all over the map: online co-design of clothing, sharing the space in collaborative virtual reality environments, multi-sensory belts that can enhance your engagement with the arts, a voice-controlled app for Tesla cars, a gamified 24/7 fitness assistant system, and a decision-making tool to reduce bias in decision-making.

Students are from Carleton University and Algonquin College and engaged in a variety of design-related programmes and members of many different research labs.

Date: Tuesday May 16th, 2017.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begin at 6:30 pm.
PlaceUpstairs room (3rd floor) NOTE Main floor dining room (turn right upon entering) 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-a-student-showcase-of-ux-expertise-tickets-33897440156

 

Presentation Details:

1. Hala Hawa is a recent graduate of Carleton’s Industrial Design programme. Her supervisors were Professors Bjarki Hallgrimsson and Steven Murphy. Hala is now the founder and CEO of Hawahat Inc. a design strategy & management-consulting firm. She’s top notch. Her retail branding work at Canada Post has garnered local, national and international design awards.

For her thesis work, Hala conducted a qualitative study that explored Canadian consumers’ attitudes towards customizing / co-designing clothing online. It focused on consumer needs, desires, experience and priorities. To further explore this market, Hala interviewed international experts. Her findings identified user personas with the highest potential uptake of this service.

Hala’s thesis: https://curve.carleton.ca/9b6df1e1-f052-45fe-b02b-6346f1d8d152

2. Anthony Scavarelli is a Carleton University PhD student with an interest in connecting people together with technology that is able to augment physical, social, and affective bonds. He will be answering the question How do we share virtual reality environments without crashing into each other in the physical environment? He is supervised by Rob Teather and Ali Arya.

Anthony will be presenting iCRASH. As Anthony explains it: As VR becomes more ubiqitous it is not unreasonable to assume that we will have dedicated “VR rooms” in our living spaces. Anthony will review the research into the area of preventing collisions between multiple users (including his own research), such as family members, sharing the same VR space.

3. Daniella Briotto-Faustino and her teammates will be presenting their group project for a graduate course in HCI at Carleton called Emerging Interaction Techniques. Their supervisor is Audrey Girouard.

This team’s project was entitled SensArt: Engaging with Visual Art Through a Multisensory Experience. They aimed to provide a more full and rich experience to those viewing visual art (e.g. paintings) by using multisensory technology to enhance the emotional and descriptive qualities expressed in works of arts. They combined a belt that provides vibration and temperature stimuli with headphones that played classical music. See their prototype and hear about usability test results.

Daniella Briotto-Faustino holds a post-graduate degree in IT and is an experienced system analyst and IT project manager. Her teammates are Sandra Gabriele (graphic designer/usability specialist), Rami Ibrahim (database programmer/ IT project coordinator), Anna-Lena Theus (marketing and advertising specialist/piano player).

4. Minseok (Min) Kim and fellow teammates will be presenting a group project for a Mobile Application Design and Development Program in the School of Media & Design at Algonquin College. They will be presenting EVE for TESLA, a voice assistant app to help drivers interact with their Tesla cars, reducing the risk of distraction on roads. They used Speech Recognition, Natural Language Understanding, Instant Communication, Bluetooth, Location services to build their solution.

David Medhurst, Geemakun Storey, Hassan Saad, Leonardo Alps, Min Kim, Raviraj Mangukiya and Juan Lu are students with various backgrounds, coming from 6 different countries, who like to innovate. The team consists of 5 developers and 2 designers. Their project supervisors were Steve Griffith and Gerald Hurdle.

5. Zhao Zhao is a PhD student in the department of System and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, supervised by Ali Arya.

Zhao will be presenting a gamified 24/7 fitness assistant system. The system is a gamified Android application with input from wearable devices. The overall objective of the system is to promote people’s daily activity by using wearable and gamification technologies, and to generate customized and gamified health/fitness recommendation.

6. Paul Yammine is a computer enthusiast. He’s interested in information visualization. Paul will be completing his Honours degree in Computer Science at Carleton University this year, under the supervision of Robert Biddle.

Paul will be presenting his project which focused on the visualization aspects of a tool called Analysis of Competing Hypotheses. Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) is an intelligence analysis tool developed by the Central Intelligence Agency to reduce the cognitive limitations of individuals selecting a best hypothesis to fit a collection of data. Paul developed a web application utilizing D3, a visualization library for JavaScript. Paul will present an interactive radar graph that he developed and evaluated. It’s easy to use, demonstrates the worth of the assembled data, and facilitates exploration of it, thereby reducing cognitive biases.

7. Ashley Murray & Shannon Shaw just recently graduated from the Graphic Design program at Algonquin College at the end of April. Both are among the top students in their program and are passionate designers focusing in UX and UI design, as well as motion and illustration.

Ashley and Shannon will be presenting their work on the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health Design Jam, which they organized and ran a design jam with youth advocates that were flown in from around Canada. The design jam focused on communicating the results from research done on internet interventions for youth seeking help with their depression and anxiety. The designers then created a final product with the results for their Interaction Design course taught by Jed Looker.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 16th, 6:00 pm 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.

2015-05-19 HCI Student Showcase

Join us on Tuesday, May 19th on the third floor of The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill! University and College HCI students will be presenting their work and ideas in a run up to their thesis defence or project presentation and seeking input from experienced professionals and knowledgeable academics. Each presentation will be approximately 12 minutes long with 3-5 minutes for questions and answers.

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday May 19th, 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-relevant-social-media-tickets-15727924646

Abstracts & Bios

  1. Erin Martel is a graduate student in the Human-Computer Interaction program at Carleton University. She has been a game designer and level designer for over 10 years and her background in the game industry informs her research interests. She is currently a designer at VINCI Education, creators of an award-winning game-based learning curriculum. Erin is working with researchers at Carleton to evaluate control schemes for virtual reality games. Virtual reality is a new gaming medium that brings with it a new input device–the head-mounted display. The question this research hopes to answer is how game designers can integrate head-mounted displays into easy to use control schemes that enhance the player’s enjoyment. In her presentation, she will talk about an ongoing project that measures the effect of various VR control schemes on player performance and satisfaction. This research will also be presented at the Foundations of Digital Games conference in June 2015.
  2. Jed Looker is a Master of Design candidate with the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University. His thesis is focused on human factors and haptic interaction for augmented reality user interfaces. One of the problems with the proposed AR user interfaces such as the Microsoft Hololens is they are limited by the amount of space available to them. Jed’s presentation examines the changing workspaces of the travelling professional, and draws from seminal works in proxemics, ergonomics, and responsive design to construct KubitAR, a flexible augmented reality user interface framework. Jed teaches interaction design with the School of Media and Design at Algonquin College. He is an active member of the local UX community having volunteered as a local leader with IxDA Ottawa, spoken at Ottawa Refresh, and having run a rapid prototyping workshop at CodeFest 2014. Most of all he enjoys working with his students as they shape their skills to enter industry.
  3. Vivienne Kay is a second-year Graphic Design student at Algonquin College and a graduate of the University of British Columbia. She is happy to be one of the lucky people in the world who can honestly say “I absolutely love what I do,” and is eager to learn and grow as a designer, researcher, and problem-solver. Vivienne has developed Pointer, a UX research app that streamlines the process of collecting and interpreting user feedback. A collaborative tool inspired by the rainbow spreadsheet, Pointer stores user profiles, collects quantitative and qualitative feedback, and generates pie-charts and bar-graphs to facilitate creative problem solving.
  4. Natalie Macpherson is a 3rd year Graphic Design student at Algonquin College. Before studying design she went to school at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College where she trained to become a teacher. After graduating she taught high school for a number of years teaching students with special educational needs. Through her experience as an educator and a designer she has developed a keen interest in how technology and design can help students become independent learners. Natalie will present a prototype for an iOS e-reader app she developed in her last semester of the Graphic Design program. Her presentation will explore the challenges faced by students with learning disabilities. She will examine how iPad and iPhone applications can help students become independent learners and provide them with a sense of success. To conclude her presentation she will discuss how current educational technologies fall short in helping students with disabilities.
  5. Anna Misak – Abstract and bio coming soon.

When and Where:

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

2012-09-18 Undergraduate Student Preferences in Online Education

Undergraduate Student Preferences in Online Education

Presented by Bruce Tsuji, Carleton University

Date: Tuesday September 18th, 2012
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

Abstract:

Colleges and universities are struggling to find ways to deliver distance and/or online education.  Their efforts are being goaded by provincial/state and federal governments anxious to reduce costs and improve revenues.  Sometimes overlooked in this effort are the choices, needs, and preferences of the students themselves.  This presentation will highlight a case study in which a group of university undergraduate students were offered the ability to stay at home and participate in tutorials using a web-based classroom system that gave them the ability to interact through any combination of 2-way image; voice; or text. Surprisingly, many ignored the indolent path and appeared to prefer the face-to-face alternative.  Of those who did stay at home, many chose the least-rich of their communication alternatives.  Some implications of the data are explored and our next steps described.

Bio:

Bruce obtained his PhD from Carleton University’s Human Oriented Technology Lab where his dissertation dealt with the strategies used by experts and novices in their understanding of data.  He was granted an MA from Waterloo and BSc from Trent.  Bruce has spent much of his career in technology companies applying his skills in user interface design, marketing, and product management.  For the last five years he has been teaching at Cegep Heritage College and at Carleton University where he has been particularly interested in the application of technology for improving student engagement.  He is a co-inventor on eight patents and his most recent publication is a book chapter co-authored with Lindgaard, Dudek, Noonan, Sumegi, & Stojmenovic entitled Emergency Response in Simulated Terrorist Attacks: Usability Lessons Learned which appeared in Usability In Government Systems published earlier in 2012.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 18th, 6:00 pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant. The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the talk begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. An informal social gathering will follow at a nearby pub.

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.