Each fall, students in UW CSE’s introductory Human-Computer Interaction course (CSE 440) organize into teams and spend a quarter iteratively designing, prototyping, and evaluating the design of a novel user interface.
HCDE undergrad Alexis Hope was involved in a group project called .calm. The group created an iPhone app. See the video here:
Come join us to see what the nine student teams created this quarter. Lunch is on us, and this is a great chance to meet top graduating students in computer science, design, and informatics, who have an interest in user interfaces. This select group of students includes the designers, programmers, and evaluation specialists of the future.
Time: Thursday, December 17, from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: presentations in Johnson 075, with lunch and poster session following in CSE Atrium
The students had an especially challenging design charge this quarter. They were asked to develop mobile technology that that would help customers improve their health or reduce their impact on the environment. You can see their project websites here (together with a map to Johnson 075):
Head over to the College of Engineerings Co-op site to learn about the following positions for HCI and UI focused undergraduates:
Applications Engineer Internship – Summer 2010, VM Ware
Engineers interested in UI design, human-computer interaction, distributed computing and Web technology get to design and implement Windows, Linux, and Web-based UIs for using and managing real and virtual machines. They also assist in designing and implementing Windows, Linux, and Web-based UIs.
The Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University hosts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This is a ten week internship where students take short courses in HCI and work in interdisciplinary teams on research projects. Their research is presented at the ISU Summer Research Symposium at the end of the program.
Round-trip airfare, housing and meals are provided, as well as a $4500 stipend. The application deadline is February 19, 2010. More information about this program can be found at http://www.hci.iastate.edu/REU/
Please share this information with your colleagues or with any student who may be interested in this opportunity. Women and underrepresented minority students are highly encouraged to apply.
If you have questions, please contact me.
Pam Shill, Program Coordinator
Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program
1638A Howe Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Fax: 515-294-5530 www.hci.iastate.edu
Interaction Design & International Development Conference / India HCI
20-24 March 2010, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India
High quality designs increasingly important for users, for industry, and for society across the world. India and the other emerging economies have been designing, implementing, using and exporting interactive software, hardware and systems. These settings bring new challenges for human-computer interaction design – of a wide variety of cultures and languages, of different levels of literacy and education, of new sets of users with different experience, attitudes, expectations and capabilities. They also raise issues of designing technology to support social and economic development for marginalised groups, of designing interactive technologies that are not only affordable by the poor but even those that will help in alleviating poverty.
The other perspective is of industrial practice. On the one hand technology companies in India are process conscious, with many CMMI and ISO certificates. On the other, the HCI research and practice is still maturing. Challenges are many – of limited number of people with the right HCI skills, of low HCI awareness among the development and marketing, of integrating HCI activities in mainstream software development, of limited contact with the end-users, of the need to develop new techniques to suit this context, and of responding to major economic shocks such as the current recession.
TC Alum Sally Abolrous is looking for an TC/HCDE major to intern at a startup company. See below for details. Please remember that if you are selected for the internship, you should enroll in TC/ HCDE 495 credits. Contact Gian or Maggie to enroll in credit.
Student should be in their last year of the undergrad program and has the following skills or interests:
* Strong interaction design skills (visual design skills a plus)
* Proficient in Adobe products
* Interested in social networking and in using new technologies
* You are not your user. Make sure that you understand your user base or your target audience. Make decisions and choices based on the wants and needs of your target audience because these are the people who decide if your website, tool, or technology is useful.
* Evaluate early and evaluate often. Even after you have defined your problem and addressed your course of action, re-evaluate at every step to ensure you are on track.
* Define your website hierarchy. Nearly every web page function is to indicate or suggest the overall structure of the website and the location of the page within that structure. Without this structure, your users will be lost.
* Keep resources transparent. “Information transparency breeds improved behavior.” –Admiral Chad Allen