Please join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) this Friday for our first Winter 2010 Usability Issues in HCDE Seminar Series. The presentation format is a 30-minute talk followed by a Q&A session. Members of the UW community and the public are welcome.
Who: Dennis Wixon, Microsoft Surface User Research Manager and HCDE Affiliate Professor
Topic: Predicting the Past: The Discovery of the New User Interface (NUI) for Microsoft Surface seen in Historical Terms
When: 12:30-1:20 pm, Friday, January 8, 2010
Where: Loew Hall, room 216
Abstract: The past is prologue but the future is not inevitable.
The new user interface (NUI) represents a paradigm shift in human computer interaction (HCI). That shift is best understood in terms of the history HCI, traditional but radical theories of human emotion, and overview of the evolution of scientific thought. This talk explores these themes and enumerates the principles that drive the design of Microsoft Surface. The talk will examine the history of HCI in terms of a set of underlying principles which drive NUI design. We will also analyze the James Lange theory of emotion its relation to game design and to the NUI. Finally a unique and integrative review of the evolution of root metaphors of scientific thought helps put the evolution of interfaces into a broader historical context and serves as a basis for predicting the next revolution in HCI. The goal of this presentation is to provoke radical thinking.
Craig Mundie, Microsoft
Thursday, Nov 5, 4:15 p.m.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m.; arrive early for best seating!
Location: Kane 120
Please join Computer Science & Engineering for a special presentation by Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft. Craig is one of two senior executives who took over from Bill Gates. He is responsible for the company’s long-term technology strategy.
Craig will talk about how software and information technology can help solve the most pressing global challenges we face today. He will demonstrate a number of current and future-looking technologies that show how computer science is changing scientific exploration and discovery in exciting ways. Craig will discuss the role of new science in solving the global energy crisis, and answer questions from the audience.
For more information about Microsoft and Craig Mundie, visit http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/craig/
This week we have an extended, particularly awesome DUB with three great talks. First, Patrick Baudisch, a researcher at Microsoft Research and professor of Computer Science at Hasso Plattner Institute in Berlin/Potsdam, will give us an update on the work he’s been doing since he moved back to Germany last year to take up the position as the head of HCI lab at Hasso Plattner. Patrick will speak about two recent projects: a prototype for touch input based on a fingerprint scanner, and a system for detecting objects arranged in a three-dimensional structure on a Microsoft Surface by equipping them with glass fiber bundles that transmits light from the in the objects higher in the structure down to the camera embedded in the table. Patrick sent a cool image that illustrates how this work. The image is attached below.
After Patrick’s talk, we’ll have two UIST practice talks by our current PhD students. The first talk is by Saleema Amershi, a student in computer science advised by James Fogarty. Saleema will speak about her work on improving how end-users can train machine learning systems to detect desired concepts in large unstructured data sets. The second talk is by Shaun Kane, a student at the iSchool advised by Jake Wobbrock and an intern at Intel Labs Seattle. Shan will speak about the work he’s been doing at Intel on Bonfire, a system that uses laptop mounted cameras and projectors to extend interaction from the screen and keyboard to the table surfaces next to the computer. This enables a range of applications, including automating actions based on objects placed on the table.
The details for all three talks are below. They promise to be extremely interesting and I hope that all of you can come and see them.
Given the dense schedule for Wednesday, try to arrive right at noon. The plan is to have some food, and then start with Patrick’s talk at 12:15. Saleema will then go on at 1 and Shaun at 1:30. We should wrap up by 2 pm.
This week DUB is meeting in CSE 203. The directions to the computer science building are below.
Although our fall schedule is filling up, we still have several open slots later in the fall. If you’d like to speak at DUB or know of anyone who would be interested, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See you on Wednesday!