My colleague, Quincy Brown at Bowie State University, and I have had a ‘New Investigatory’ category submission accepted to the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference! Our presentation will be called “Understanding How Children Use Touchscreens” and will discuss our work so far on the MTAGIC project aiming to investigate differences in the ways that children use touch and gesture interactions differently than adults do, especially on mobile devices. Here is the abstract:
An interaction revolution has occurred since the release of the iPhone in 2007. Touchscreen interactions are quickly replacing traditional interaction methods for users of all ages. Children are using touchscreen devices as tools for learning, entertainment and discovery, but these devices have not always been designed with kids in mind. We are exploring characteristics of how children use touchscreen devices, aiming to better support children and increase their success.
I’m looking forward to my first Grace Hopper!