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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!
I taught the course “User Experience Design” for the second time in Fall 2015 (previously titled “Interaction Design“). In this course, students work with industry clients to create interactive prototypes of design concepts to meet some need of the client’s. Typically this is a new mobile app, enhancements to their existing mobile apps, or some new web feature. We start with user research, go through brainstorming and ideation, wireframing, low-fi and hi-fi prototyping, and think alouds. This semester, we had five great local clients from Gainesville and around Florida: ImmersedGames, ONE.UF, Royal Bank of Canada (Orlando office), Sportody, and Trendy Entertainment.
Check out the final video sketches produced by the 15 student group projects here (shared with permission). Currently this course is offered every fall. The course is in final stages of approval for a course number, so stay tuned!
In a previous post, we announced our International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction article “Children (and Adults) Benefit From Visual Feedback during Gesture Interaction on Mobile Touchscreen Devices” was accepted for publication. Quite a long while later, we’re pleased that the definitive version is finally available online here. Please cite this version wherever applicable.
My lab has had two papers accepted to workshops at the upcoming ACM Interaction Design and Children conference, to be held later this month in Boston, MA. The first paper is for the Innovations in Interaction Design and Learning workshop, and reports what we’ve learned on the MTAGIC project so far regarding using HCI principles to design effective educational technology. See the paper here.
The other is for the Every Child a Coder? Research Challenges for a 5-18 Programming Curriculum workshop, and is a paper first-authored by my Ph.D. student Jeremiah Blanchard on his vision for open research challenges in transitioning students from blocks-based to “real” programming languages. His co-advisor and my colleague Christina Gardner-McCune is also an author. You can read the paper here.
We’re looking forward to the conference!