HDS grad students recognized for excellence in HCDE

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on April 13, 2015

Two members of the Human-Centered Data Science Lab have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to Human Centered Design and Engineering. Daniel Perry received the 2015 HCDE Student Innovator Award for Research, and Taylor Scott received the 2015 HCDE Student Innovator Award for Teaching. Recipients of the departmental Innovator Awards are in turn nominated for the College of Engineering’s Community of Innovators Awards, which will be announced in May 2015.

Cecilia Aragon Presents at AAAS Symposium on the Human Side of Data Science

Posted by Daniel Perry on February 22, 2015

Lab Director and HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Jose, California on Feb. 15th. In a talk titled “Future Career Paths for Data Scientists in Academia,” she addressed the human dimensions of data science that will be important for academic careers in the field. The talk was part of a larger session titled “Advancing University Career Paths in Interdisciplinary Data-Intensive Science,” led by University of Washington faculty, as well as additional members of the five-year Moore/Sloan data science initiative from UC Berkeley, and New York University.

An article about the presentation was recently featured in UW Today: http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/02/13/aaas-symposium-looks-at-how-to-bring-big-data-skills-to-academia/


Research on Bilinguals Use of Emoticons Presented at AAAS

Posted by Daniel Perry on February 20, 2015

Research conducted by Lab Director Cecilia Aragon and HCDE PhD Student Nan-Chen Chen was recently presented in a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Jose, California on Feb. 14th.  Aragon presented their findings as part of a larger symposium on “Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Bases of Communication: New Analytic Approaches.” In the research Aragon and Chen analyzed chat logs from astrophysicists collaborating in the U.S. and France, finding that native French speakers in the scientific collaboration used more emoticons when they communicated in English. Their findings have implications for how bilinguals use emoticons to assist in communication when wording or phrasing might be challenging.

An article on the research was recently featured in UW Today: http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/02/13/aaas-talk-some-bilinguals-use-emoticons-more-when-chatting-in-non-native-language/

Ray Hong Wins CHI 2015 Student Design Competition

Posted by Daniel Perry on February 11, 2015

HDS Lab member, and 3rd year HCDE PhD student Ray Hong recently won the design competition for the 2015 Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Conference Student Volunteer T-Shirts. Ray’s design won out over thirty submissions to represent the student volunteers at the CHI Conference in Seoul, South Korea in mid-April of this year.

The winning design (below) features the Republic of Korea flag, and a globe with Seoul’s major landmarks, including the Kwanghawmun gate and the N Seoul Tower. The design integrates the conference theme of “Crossings” by showing people around the globe crossing each other to say hello in English and Korean, sharing cross-cultural knowledge. Congratulations Ray!