Reading Seminar on Research in Human-Computer Interaction

A weekly reading seminar
Instructor: Leah Findlater

This 1-credit weekly reading seminar will cover emerging topics in HCI research. Through readings and discussion we will critically assess future directions for HCI research and highlight intersection points both with other disciplines (e.g., medicine) and sub-disciplines of information studies and computer science (e.g., information retrieval, computer vision, machine learning). One or more themes will be covered over the semester (e.g., inclusive design, health informatics, environmental sustainability, social networking) and will be chosen based on instructor and student interest.

The primary theme for the Fall 2013 semester will be 'Inclusive Design', that is, interface design and technology for diverse users, such as older adults, persons with disabilities, and users in low resource contexts (e.g., low education and literacy, inexpensive technologies).

Students from all research backgrounds are welcome to join.

What: Seminar is cross-listed under INST728L and CMSC838L
When: Fall Semester 2013, Thursdays 11:30am-12:20pm
Where: Hornbake 4115
Why: For research inspiration, to meet new people, and to have friendly discussion

Student Learning Outcomes


By the end of the semester, students will:
  • Possess a broad understanding of the current state of HCI research within the theme(s) for that semester (e.g., inclusive design, health informatics, environmental sustainability, social networking).
  • Be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of HCI research projects employing a variety of methods (e.g., field evaluations, controlled lab studies).
  • Possess an improved understanding of how to effectively communicate research findings.

Course Format


We plan on reading approximately one paper per week. Attendance is required for credit. Each paper will be assigned one leader who will be partly responsible for leading the discussion of the paper. In addition, all participants will be expected to post a short comment about the paper before class. The papers selected for the course will be partially selected by the instructor, and partially selected by the students.

How to read a paper

We'll be using Piazza for reading responses. The course site is here: https://piazza.com/umd/fall2013/inst728lcmsc838l/

Everyone: Short reading responses on Piazza - DUE 12pm the day before class (Wednesday)
Discussion leader: Create a new post on Piazza and attach the week's paper - DUE 12pm the Friday before class.
Discussion summarizer: Post a short discussion summary to Piazza - DUE 5pm the Friday after class.

Picking a Paper


HCI research is published primarily at conferences, with a smaller focus on journals. A lot of the proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library (DL). For browsing proceedings through the ACM DL links below: (1) click on the "Publication Archive" tab and you'll see a listing of all of the years; (2) click on the year you want; (3) click on the "Table of Contents" tab.

To access the ACM DL from off campus, you can use the library proxy.

A few potential topics: design for older adults, people with visual, cognitive, motor, or hearing impairments, children, people with low literacy; situational impairments; low resource settings; technologies/tools that could have implications for accessibility.

For conference papers, try to choose a full length one (usually 8-10 pages). If you find a really interesting short paper (usually 4 pages), then we'll find another short one to pair with it. The main conferences for finding papers related to our theme of inclusive design are:

A sample of journals:

Reading Schedule


Week
Topic
Selected Paper
9/5
Introduction
NA
9/12
Accessible technology adoption and stigma
Kristen Shinohara and Jacob O. Wobbrock. 2011. In the shadow of misperception: assistive technology use and social interactions. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 705-714.
Discussion Leader: Kristen Summarizer: Matt
9/19
Low education/literacy
Indrani Medhi, Meera Lakshmanan, Kentaro Toyama, and Edward Cutrell. 2013. Some evidence for the impact of limited education on hierarchical user interface navigation. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2813-2822.
Discussion Leader: Sarah P. Summarizer: Chris
9/26
Methods - agile development
Suzanna Prior, Annalu Waller, Rolf Black, and Thilo Kroll. Use of an agile bridge in the development of assistive technology. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1579-1588.
Discussion Leader: Matt Summarizer: Michael
10/3
Children and families
Svetlana Yarosh, Stephen Cuzzort, Hendrik Müller, and Gregory D. Abowd. 2009. Developing a media space for remote synchronous parent-child interaction. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '09). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 97-105.
Discussion Leader: Meethu Summarizer: Lee
10/10
Visual impairments
S. Harada, D. Sato, D. W. Adams, S. Kurniawan, H. Takagi, and C. Asakawa, “Accessible photo album: enhancing the photo sharing experience for people with visual impairment,” in Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013, pp. 2127–2136.
Discussion Leader: Fan Summarizer: Meethu
10/17
Visual impairments
Jonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Feng, Tim Brooks, Genna Melamed, Brian Wentz, Jon Holman, Abiodun Olalere, and Nnanna Ekedebe. 2012. The SoundsRight CAPTCHA: an improved approach to audio human interaction proofs for blind users. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2267-2276.
Discussion Leader: Sarah H. Summarizer: Uran
10/24
Color vision deficiency
David R. Flatla, Katharina Reinecke, Carl Gutwin, and Krzysztof Z. Gajos. 2013. SPRWeb: preserving subjective responses to website colour schemes through automatic recolouring. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2069-2078.
Discussion Leader: Maia Summarizer: Kristin
10/31
Motor impairments / children
Hamilton A. Hernandez, Zi Ye, T.C. Nicholas Graham, Darcy Fehlings, and Lauren Switzer. 2013. Designing action-based exergames for children with cerebral palsy. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1261-1270.
Discussion Leader: Uran Summarizer: Awalin
11/7

Discussion Leader: Chris Summarizer: Sarah P.
11/14

Discussion Leader: Michael Summarizer: Maia
11/21

Discussion Leader: Kotaro Summarizer: Fan
11/28
No seminar. Thanksgiving
NA
12/5

Discussion Leader: Lee Summarizer: Sarah H.
12/12

Discussion Leader: Awalin Summarizer: Kotaro