CDVE 2014 Call for Papers & HCDE Student Discount

Posted by Daniel Perry on March 14, 2014

Call for papers, Deadline 4/1/2014 for the International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering

The international conference CDVE 2014 will be held in Seattle, WA in September after ten previous conferences in Europe and Asia. The focus this year is on cooperative applications and approaches to design, visualization, and engineering. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and selected papers may be published in special issues of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work or the Journal of Concurrent Engineering. HCDE is a technical sponsor of the CDVE 2014 conference, and students from the department will receive a registration discount.

Nan-Chen Chen receives Microsoft Research Scholarship

Posted by Daniel Perry on February 19, 2014

PhD student and SCC Lab member Nan-Chen Chen received the Microsoft Research Graduate Women Scholarship for 2014.  The highly selective scholarship was established to encourage first year female PhD students in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Math. It is awarded to only ten recipients a year in recognition of their undergraduate work and future research goals. Nan-Chen is interested in building visual analytics tools to help people better understand data. She is passionate about developing technologies that support collaboration and bridging the gaps between disciplines so that people from different fields can more easily work together to solve problems. Further information about the scholarship can be found here.

Megan Torkildson and Daniel Perry represent HCDE at UW’s Computing Open House

Posted by Daniel Perry on December 09, 2013
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PhD student Daniel Perry looks on as students play the game MAX5 at the Computing Open House.

SCC Lab members Megan Torkildson (undergraduate student) and Daniel Perry (PhD student) represented the HCDE Department at UW’s Computing Open House this past Saturday, an event that drew over 1,000 middle and high school students and their families to explore and learn about computing activities on campus.  Torkildson and  Perry were among the HCDE volunteers at a table that featured an interactive iPad activity as well as the bioinformatics game, MAX5, developed by Perry and members of  the Games for Good Research Group.  “Many of the students we spoke with were pretty excited to find out about our department, especially the ones interested in computing as well as film production, art, or game animation. They didn’t know a department like ours existed where they could easily combine these interests” remarked Perry.  The annual event was sponsored by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, and featured dozens of projects in computing related fields.

Katie Kuksenok offers tips for companies seeking user feedback

Posted by Daniel Perry on December 03, 2013

As an academic lab we focus a lot on formal user studies. But what about companies that are looking for a few simple ways to improve their user interface and get feedback?  Lab member Katie Kuksenok’s recent blog post offers tips for organizations seeking to improve their user experience. Read more here. The post was also recently featured on LifeHacker.