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INIT Lab research now funded by NSF!

I am thrilled to announce that I have recently been awarded an NSF CAREER (short for: Faculty Early Career Development Program) grant in the IIS Division entitled “Natural User Interfaces for Children.” This grant will fund my lab’s research over the next 5 years, and form the foundation of my long-term research agenda, on natural interactions for children, ranging from touchscreen interaction, whole-body interaction, and multimodal interaction. Keep an eye on the INIT Lab website for updates!

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INIT Lab receives equipment gift from Wacom Inc.

The INIT Lab has applied for and received a gift of several high-resolution tablets from Wacom, Inc. This work will help us examine more features of children’s touch and gesture interaction using the specialized sensors available with this technology. Stay tuned for the results of this exciting new research!

Thank you, Wacom!

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Equipment gift from Intel Corporation!

I have received a gift of equipment from Intel’s Software Academic Program to support my class on Natural User Interfaces. The tablets will be used in my class by the students to design and develop more natural interfaces that use touch and gesture interaction for their projects. With the class being so large, this equipment gift will ensure we have enough devices to go around!

Thank you, Intel!

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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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AccessComputing minigrant accepted!

My colleagues at UMBC and Landmark College and I recently had an AccessComputing minigrant accepted for funding to run a “Participatory Design Workshop for Accessible Apps and Games” at Landmark! Landmark College is a small 2-year college in Vermont that serves students with learning and cognitive disabilities. AccessComputing is a grant program administered by researchers at the University of Washington who received funding from the NSF to improve universal access to computing careers. Our workshop will take place over one day in the coming months, and will expose Landmark students to some of the basic principles of human-computer interaction. The workshop focuses on participatory design to show Landmark students how HCI takes into account user needs and characteristics when designing technology, even for diverse user populations such as themselves. Students from UMBC will also participate, leading the participatory design sessions to get user feedback on mobile apps and games they are designing as part of a current course project.

We are really excited that we were funded and are looking forward to the workshop!

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