SoIC to shine at CHI2015


The School of Informatics and Computing will flourish at CHI2015, the preeminent conference for researchers and practitioners in the field of Human Computer Interaction, to be held April 18-23 in Seoul, Korea.

The IU contingent will receive four Honorable Mention awards, which recognize papers in the top five percent of all submissions.

“Rare World: Towards Technology for Rare Diseases” by Associate Professors Kay Connelly and Katie Siek and informatics students Haley MacLeod, Kim Oakes, and Danika Geisler received this award.

Associate professors Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell, along with Ph.D. students from the Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) Group in the HCI/d Program in SoIC had a strong showing, with a total of 3 Honorable Mentioned Awards. Bardzell, Bardzell, and Lone Koefoed Hansen (associate professor at Aarhus University, Denmark) were honored for their paper “Immodest Proposals: Research through Design and Knowledge.” Human Computer Interaction Design Ph.D. students Austin Toombs and Shad Gross, along with Colin Gray (postdoctoral researcher at Iowa State University), received the recognition for the paper “Flow of competence in UX Design Practice.” Toombs, Bardzell, and Bardzell were also honored for “The Proper Care and Feeding of Hackerspaces: Care ethics and cultures of making.”

“These four awards build on a pattern of award-winning research from SoIC researchers, who have been awarded over a dozen Best Paper and Honorable Mention awards at ACM SIGCHI conferences in recent years,” said Shaowen Bardzell. “Collectively, the awards demonstrate the research community’s recognition of Indiana’s interdisciplinary strengths in HCI, which include design-, health-, and cybersecurity-based research.”

Indiana University had 10 papers or notes accepted to the conference, ranking twelfth for the number of publications accepted from an institution. In addition to CRIT, several other areas of SoIC were represented at CHI2015. Assistant Professor Apu Kapadia’s Privacy Lab had four papers accepted to the conference. The Human-Computer Interaction Design program was very active at the conference, with five papers and notes accepted (a paper by Assistant Professor Norman Su with HCI M.S. student Lulu Wang and a note by Professor Erik Stolterman with Yue Pan were also accepted), representation on panels, workshop organizations, and more. The health informatics group also had two papers accepted.

The awards are a particular honor because paper selection is very competitive at the conference, with an acceptance rate under 23 percent.

The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI conference is the world's premiere conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, presenting a highly selective showcase of the very best advances across the disciplines of computer science, cognitive psychology, design, social science, human factors, artificial intelligence, graphics, visualization, multi-media design and other disciplines.

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