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Reading Seminar on Research in Human-Computer Interaction

A weekly reading seminar
Instructors: Kotaro Hara, Matthew Mauriello, & Jon Froehlich

By nature HCI has been interdisciplinary, incorporating fields such as Computer Science, Psychology, and Design. The future of HCI will be even more so. This 1-credit weekly reading seminar will cover recent papers that represent new directions and opportunities in the field while reflecting on current trends. We will target papers that not only integrate multiple sub-disciplines of Computer Science (e.g., machine learning, crowdsourcing) but also target problem spaces traditionally found in other fields (e.g., urban planning, environmental sustainability). For this semester, we will focus on interesting applications of machine learning, crowdsourcing, and/or social computing around a central monthly theme. Students will be invited to suggest papers and themes following the first month of papers.

Monthly Themes
September: Best Papers of CHI 2015
October/November: Mixed-Reality
November/December: Citizen Science

Students from all research backgrounds are welcome to join the seminar AND the weekly discussion is open to anyone from the campus community (i.e., faculty, staff, and non-registered students are welcome drop in on one of our discussions). However, students who plan to attend weekly should register.

What: Seminar is cross-listed under CMSC838L and INST779L.
When: Fall Semester 2015, Tuesdays 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Where: Hornbake 2119
Why: For research inspiration, to meet new people, and to have friendly discussion

Reading Schedule



Week
Topic
Authors
Paper Title
Link to Paper
Link to Discussion
9/1
Introduction
Guy Schofield et al.
Bootlegger: Turning Fans into Film Crew
Leader: Matthew Mauriello | Summarizer: Kotaro Hara
DL
Discussion
9/8
Best of CHI
Gierad Laput et al.
Acoustruments: Passive, Acoustically-Driven, Interactive Controls for Handheld Devices

Leader: Lee Stearns | Summarizer: Matthew Mauriello
PDF
Discussion
9/15
Best of CHI
Erin Buehler et al.
Sharing is Caring: Assistive Technology Designs on Thingiverse

Leader: Kotaro Hara | Summarizer: Alina Goldman
DL
Discussion
9/22
Best of CHI
Pascal Lessel et al.
Analysis of Recycling Capabilities of Individuals and Crowds to Encourage and Educate People to Separate Their Garbage Playfully

Leader: Jon Brier | Summarizer: Arunesh Mathur
DL
Discussion
9/29
Best of CHI
David R. Flatla et al.
ColourID: Improving Colour Identification for People with Impaired Colour Vision

Leader: Ruofei Du | Summarizer: Lee Stearns
DL
Discussion
10/5
Mixed-Reality
Quercia et al.
The Digital Life of Walkable Streets

Leader: Kotaro Hara | Summarizer: Matthew Mauriello
DL
Discussion
10/13
Mixed-Reality
Yannier et al.
Learning from Mixed-Reality Games: Is Shaking a Tablet as Effective as Physical Observation?

Leader: Matthew Mauriello | Summarizer: Arunesh Mathur
DL
Discussion
10/20
Mixed-Reality
Boyko et al.
Cheaper by the Dozens Group Annotation of 3D Data

Leader: Jyothi Vinjumur | Summarizer: Ruofei Du
DL
Discussion
10/27
Mixed-Reality
Reeves et al.
I’d Hide You: Performing Live Broadcasting in Public

Leader: Alina Striner | Summarizer: Jyothi Vinjumur
DL
Discussion
11/3
Mixed-Reality
Miksik et al.
The Semantic Paintbrush Interactive 3D Mapping and Recognition in Large Outdoor Spaces

Leader: Uran Oh | Summarizer: Jon Brier
DL
Discussion
11/10
Citizen Science and Social Media
Eveleigh et al.
Designing for Dabblers and Deterring Drop-Outs in Citizen Science

Leader: Jon Brier | Summarizer: Kotaro Hara
PDF
Discussion
11/17
Citizen Science and Social Media
Egelman et al.
Is This Thing On?: Crowdsourcing Privacy Indicators for Ubiquitous Sensing Platforms

Leader: Alina Goldman | Summarizer: Manaswi Saha
DL
Discussion
11/24
Holiday
NA
*No Class* Thanksgiving Holiday

Leader: NA | Summarizer: NA
NA
NA
12/1
Citizen Science and Social Media
Van Horn et al.
Building a bird recognition app and large scale dataset with citizen scientists: The fine print in fine-grained dataset collection

Leader: Lee Stearns | Summarizer: Matthew Mauriello
PDF
Discussion
12/8
Citizen Science and Social Media
Eslami
et al.
"I always assumed that I wasn't really that close to [her]": Reasoning about Invisible Algorithms in News Feeds

Leader: Manaswi Saha | Summarizer: Arunesh Mathur
DL
Discussion
Suggestions for the seminar? Suggestion Form

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 the seminar (e.g., crowdsourcing, urban 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 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. Finally, one person will record the weekly discussion and post their notes to the wiki.

For those of you who are new to critically reading an academic paper, refer to "How to Read Research Papers" in the following link for instruction: link

We will ask students to post discussions directly to the wiki; please be sure to sign up for an Wikispaces account. Please contact Kotaro or Matthew if you have any problems posting comments for the weekly discussion.

Everyone: Short reading responses on the discussion board - DUE 5pm the Monday before class.
Discussion leader: Prepare discussion questions based on the paper and student comments - DUE at class.
Discussion Summarizer: Post a short discussion summary to the discussion - DUE 5pm the Tuesday 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 include:

HCIxLocationTech
  • Miksik et al., The Semantic Paintbrush Interactive 3D Mapping and Recognition in Large Outdoor Spaces, CHI 2015
  • Möller et al., Experimental Evaluation of User Interfaces for Visual Indoor Navigation, CHI2014
  • Quercia et al., The Digital Life of Walkable Streets, WWW 2015
  • Boyko et al., Cheaper by the Dozens Group Annotation of 3D Data, UIST 2014

Crowdsourcing & On-demand Services
  • Kuznetsov et al., DIYbio Things Open Source Biology Tools As Platforms For Hybrid Knowledge Production and Scientific Participation, CHI2015
  • Laput et al., Zensors Adaptive Rapidly Deployable Human-Intelligent Sensor Feeds, CHI2015
  • Marlow et al., Exploring the Role of Activity Trace Design on Evaluations of Online Worker Quality, CHI2015
  • Robert et al., Crowd Size Diversity and Performance, CHI2015
  • Salehi et al., We Are Dynamo: Overcoming Stalling and Friction in Collective Action for Crowd Workers, CHI2015

Other 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:

Cheaper by the Dozens Group Annotation of 3D Data