Monthly Archives: September 2012

Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces 2012 paper accepted!

The MTAGIC project has a new paper recently accepted to the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2012 conference, to be held in Cambridge, MA, in November, entitled “Interaction and Recognition Challenges in Interpreting Children’s Touch and Gesture Input on Mobile Devices.” It continues our work on investigating differences in how children and adults use mobile touchscreen devices; this paper focuses on technical challenges in interpreting kids’ touch and gesture input and how that may be more difficult than interpreting adults’ input.

Here is the abstract:

As mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone become increasingly commonplace, for many users touchscreen interactions are quickly overtaking other interaction methods in terms of frequency and experience. However, most of these devices have been designed for the general, typical user. Trends indicate that children are using these devices (either their parents’ or their own) for entertainment or learning activities. Previous work has found key differences in how children use touch and surface gesture interaction modalities vs. adults. In this paper, we specifically examine the impact of these differences in terms of automatically and reliably understanding what kids meant to do. We present a study of children and adults performing touch and surface gesture interaction tasks on mobile devices. We identify challenges related to (a) intentional and unintentional touches outside of onscreen targets and (b) recognition of drawn gestures, that both indicate a need to design tailored interaction for children to accommodate and overcome these challenges.

Check out the camera-ready paper!

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MTAGIC project now funded by an NSF HCC grant!

I am excited to announce that my colleague Quincy Brown and I have recently been awarded an NSF Human-Centered Computing grant (under IIS Core Programs) to fund the Mobile Touch and Gesture Interaction for Children (MTAGIC) project! This collaborative grant, which officially began September 1st, is titled “Mobile Gesture Interaction for Kids: Sensing, Recognition, and Error Recovery.” It will fund research over 3 years to continue our investigation of differences in how children (ages 5-13) and adults use mobile touchscreen interactions (e.g., touch and gesture), as well as to design and develop new intelligent user interfaces and interactions to better support kids’ use of touchscreens based on our investigations. Keep an eye on the MTAGIC project blog for updates on our research!

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