Seminar – Kotaro Hara – Introducing People with ASD to Crowd Work, TCD 12:00 25th October

Title: Introducing People with ASD to Crowd Work
Kotaro Hara, Singapore Management University

Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, TCD, 12:00 25th October

Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are unemployed at a high rate, in part because the constraints and expectations of traditional employment can be difficult for them. Some aspects of crowd work, such as bypassing the social norms of a contemporary workplace, may be beneficial for people with ASD, enabling them to generate income through remote work. In this talk, I will first discuss our work in introducing people with ASD to remote work on a crowdsourcing platform-Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT). We conducted a six-week long user-centered design study with three participants with ASD, assessing the abilities of our participants to search and work on micro-tasks available on AMT. Our findings suggest that people with ASD have varying levels of ability to work on micro-tasks, but are likely to be able to work on tasks like image transcription. In the latter part of the talk, I will discuss if crowd work could generate income sufficient to support workers. We recorded 2,676 workers performing 3.8 million tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Our task-level analysis revealed that workers earned a median hourly wage of only ~$2/h, and only 4% earned more than $7.25/h (US federal minimum wage), suggesting the need of improvements in the design of the platform to create a more positive future for crowd work, particularly for those with ASD.

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12th annual Irish Human Computer Interaction conference (iHCI 2018)

The 12th annual Irish Human Computer Interaction conference (iHCI 2018) will take place on Friday 2nd of November 2018 at the University of Limerick.

11 years after its first edition, iHCI returns to the place where it originated.

The overall theme for this year is The Role of HCI in a Changing World.

More details here: www.irishhci.wordpress.com

We would like to invite you to this one-day event that will bring together leading voices from the field of HCI and provide an overview of HCI research in Ireland.

Registration for iHCI 2018 is free and is now open:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ihci-2018-irish-sigchi-annual-event-tickets-50865043715

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Seminar: Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Safety Training and Education: Design and Evaluation aspects

Luca Chittaro
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
University of Udine, Italy

ORI LCR, 29th August 12:00.

BIO: http://speakers.acm.org/speakers/chittaro_6402

ABSTRACT:
Virtual reality (VR) experiences and serious games, i.e. video games to further training and education objectives, are increasingly used in a variety of domains, including health and safety. However, compared to entertainment games, the design and evaluation of such applications is more complex because it needs to take into account additional, multidisciplinary factors (e.g., persuasive communication and attitude change). In this talk, I will introduce and illustrate how we addressed some of these factors, aiming at improving the theoretical grounding as well as the practical effectiveness of VR experiences and serious games for safety education. I will also demonstrate applications of the proposed ideas to real-world problems. In particular, I will illustrate in detail our projects on safety education of aircraft passengers, which have been supported by grants of the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

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Seminar by Prof. Luca Chittaro, Apps for Health and Wellbeing: Physical Exercise, Breathing, Mindfulness

Apps for Health and Wellbeing: Physical Exercise, Breathing, Mindfulness

Prof. Luca Chittaro

O’Reilly Institute, LCR, Trinity College Dublin, 12:00 August 24th.

Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Udine, Italy

Different activities that can be potentially embraced by almost any person such as physical exercise, deep and slow breathing or relaxation training have been shown to have beneficial effects on health and wellbeing. Mindfulness practice allows people to gain further advantages (e.g., in terms of psychological health, social relationships, and performance at various tasks) and has become the subject of a large amount of health research, with literally thousands of journal papers published. Nevertheless, people have difficulty in learning and/or in regularly engaging in such activities, no matter how beneficial they could be to them. For these reasons, our projects explore how to use computers (and especially mobile devices) to make these activities simpler to approach and more appealing, supporting people in engaging with and practicing them. This talk will present our main project, focusing on different applications we developed for respectively physical exercise, breathing training, relaxation training and mindfulness. For each application, I will also summarize the main findings of the studies we carried out to assess the effectiveness of the apps.

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Seminar by Nic Vanderschantz – KidsQuestions: Assisting Children’s Digital Information Seeking

Nicholas Vanderschantz, University of Waikato, New Zealand

LCR, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Weds 11 July 12:00

KidsQuestions: Assisting Children’s Digital Information Seeking

Abstract
Children struggle in a variety of ways with the contemporary technologies used in the classroom. Our investigations are aimed at supporting children’s digital information seeking. We hypothesise that an interaction model specifically designed to align with the inquiry-based pedagogies common in education today would be beneficial for children’s digital information search. We conducted a requirements analysis involving children, parents, and teachers, a range of user studies through which we identified the information seeking practices and the issues school children encounter when using contemporary digital information seeking technology. We implemented and explored a search engine interface prototype that was designed to align with the inquiry-based pedagogies that we observed. This presentation gives an overview of our observations and insights gained.

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12th Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference (iHCI 2017), Dublin

The annual Irish HCI event (iHCI) will take place on the 17th November 2017 at University College Dublin.
www.ihci2017.wordpress.com
The event will have keynote talks from three leading voices in the field of HCI. It will also showcase leading research by researchers in Ireland, and by Irish researchers working internationally, through curated presentation sessions.

===Confirmed Keynotes===
Duncan Brumby, UCL Interaction Centre
Julie Doyle, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Chris Preist, University of Bristol

===Registration===
Registration for Irish HCI is free and is now open at the link below
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ihci-2017-symposium-tickets-38653202770

As space is limited please only register if you are planning to attend the event.
===Organisers===
Marguerite Barry, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
Leigh Clark, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
Benjamin R. Cowan, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
David Coyle, School of Computer Science, UCD

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EIT/ACM Summer School on e-Health and m-Health

We’ve just released an updated call for participation for our summer school on the user centered design of e-health and m-health, the school will be delivered over two separate weeks in Dublin and KTH, Stockholm, and is sponsored by EIT Health, ACM SIGCHI and the Adapt Centre at Trinity College Dublin. Thanks to the sponsorship we will be able to offer a significant number of bursaries, and have an excellent program shaping up. Read here for more details.

 

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Seminar by Prof. Aaron Quigley 5th Dec – Ubiquitous User Interfaces

Ubiquitous User Interfaces  – 12:00pm, 5th December 2016 in the Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, TCD.
Displays are all around us, on and around our body, fixed and mobile, bleeding into the very fabric of our day to day lives. Displays come in many forms such as smart watches, head-mounted displays or tablets and fixed, mobile, ambient and public displays. However, we know more about the displays connected to our devices than they know about us. Displays and the devices they are connected to are largely ignorant of the context in which they sit including knowing physiological, environmental and computational state.
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CTN Seminar- 28th Oct- Brendan Rooney (UCD)

The Creative Technology Network hosts a number of monthly seminars on topics related to human-computer interaction, interaction design and multimedia design.

Our  2016/17 programme starts with Dr Brendan Rooney talking about  Attention and emotion in reading the minds of fictional characters, avatars and “real” people.  The seminar will take place on Friday 28th October at D107 in the Newman Building at UCD. Further details of the event are below. For more information on the network and the seminar series visit http://creativetechnologiesnetwork.com

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SIGCHI Summer School Funding Available.

One of the Special Funding Initiatives the SIGCHI Executive Committee has established, under its SIGCHI Development Fund Program, is a call for applications to support HCI Summer/Winter Schools.

The SIGCHI Executive Committee provides access to a “SIGCHI Development Fund” as a benefit to all members. A new special funding initiative under this fund is for the sponsorship (partial) of Winter and Summer Schools in HCI with a deadline for application of December 1st, 2016. SIGCHI members can apply for up to $12,000 (USD) (as outlined below).

http://www.sigchi.org/about/funding/hci-summer-winter-schools

At the recent Irish HCI Conference we discussed a potential proposal to this next year – contact us if you’d like to help.

 

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