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CHI 2013 talk posted!

The CHI 2013 conference was two weeks ago, and I presented a paper on work I did with a University of Maryland colleague, Leah Findlater, called “Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments.” We looked at YouTube as a source of data on users with physical disabilities telling their own stories about how they use touchscreen devices like tablets and smartphones in their daily lives. We also received a ‘Best Paper Award’ for this work! If you’re interested, you can find my presentation slides here.

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Come see our CHI 2013 Best Paper Award talk!

If you are in Paris at CHI 2013 this week, come see me present our ‘Best Paper Award’ winner “Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments” ! The talk will be on Tuesday, April 30th, from 11:20am to 11:40am in the Impairment and Rehabilitation session in room 242AB. Watch our video preview (narrated by my talented co-author Leah Findlater!) for a sneak peek:

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Research overview talk posted (video)!

In November, I gave an overview of my research at Rutgers University‘s School of Communication and Information during their LIS (Library & Information Science department) Brown Bag seminar. All of their seminars are video-recorded and uploaded to YouTube, so I am grateful to them for allowing me to share the talk with you here. It’s called “Understanding, Designing, and Developing Natural User Interactions for Children” and outlines my research arc in this area beginning with my dissertation work and continuing through my current work on the MTAGIC project and the $-family of gesture recognizers. You can watch the full video (about an hour) below, or check it out at Rutgers CommInfo’s YouTube channel.

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Advice for senior grad students and post-docs (slides).

I recently presented a seminar at UMBC relaying some lessons learned and tips from my experience as a post-doc at UMBC for improving your CV after grad school by increasing the scope and reach of your research endeavors. The seminar was entitled “Cultivating Collaborations for Research Success: Colleagues and Publications” and was sponsored by the UMBC Office of Post Doctoral Affairs. For those who choose (or are required by their field) to spend some time as a post-doc before going out on the tenure-track market, this time period is a critical growth stage during which you should be maturing your research agenda and broadening it beyond your dissertation. A good way to achieve this is to launch collaborations, beyond simply those with your post-doc mentor, which you can continue after leaving your post-doc for a more permanent position.

Much of the advice in the talk was geared to my own field of human-computer interaction research within computer science, but many of the take-away points also apply more generally, or I point to places in the talk where folks in other fields should seek specific advice from their mentors. Sometimes just knowing the right questions to ask can make a difference in learning about requirements, norms, or standards for research success in your field.

For those who may find the slides helpful, I’ve uploaded them here. If you are a student or post-doc and have any questions, or if you have any advice you think I left out, feel free to leave a comment!

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ITS 2012 talk posted!

I attended my first Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) conference last week and presented an overview of our work to date on the MTAGIC project. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference! There is just so much great and interesting work going on in the areas of touch and gesture interaction for all types of platforms, ranging from smart interactive tabletops, to interactive boards, to Kinect-based mid-air gestures, to mobile touchscreen devices, and more. I presented our MTAGIC findings with respect to how children expect to and do use touchscreen devices differently than adults, focusing on low-level interactions such as touching onscreen targets and making finger gestures. For those interested, check out my slides. I look forward to attending next year’s ITS 2013 conference in St. Andrews, Scotland, UK!

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