Georgia Tech’s presence at CHI 2012 was evident in virtually every part of the technical program, where 43 researchers from the College of Computing and GVU Center gathered to present their research and explore the future directions of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Among the 2,500 practitioners at the conference were more than 100 Georgia Tech faculty, students and alumni. Experience part of CHI 2012 and Georgia Tech’s role in this premier conference from the Association for Computing Machinery.

The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, will take place May 5-10 in Austin, Texas.

Georgia Tech faculty and students will be among more than 1,000 researchers, technologists and scientists at CHI 2012. More than 40 members of Georgia Tech’s community from the College of Computing and the GVU Center will be participating in numerous paper presentations, workshops, posters, panels, student competitions, Interactivity and courses at CHI. This site provides a quick snapshot of who we are, what we’re doing, and how to contact us or join our conversations.

You’re also invited to the GVU@CHI Reception May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Stubb’s BBQ, near the convention center, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet our faculty and students at CHI.

Georgia Tech faculty and students will descend on Austin, Texas, for six days in May to present cutting-edge research, breakthroughs, and ideas on innovation in Human-Computer Interaction. The body of HCI research from Georgia Tech’s community demonstrates the growing pervasiveness of technology in every part of society.

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Eating + Cooking – May 7, 2012, 11:30

Health Promotion as Activism: Building Community Capacity
to Effect Social Change – Paper
(Honorable Mention)

  • Andrea G Parker – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Vasudhara Kantroo – Nokia R&D, USA
  • Hee Rin Lee – School of Informatics & Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
  • Miguel Osornio – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mansi Sharma – College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Rebecca E Grinter – College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Presents the design and evaluation of a tool that supports community-based health advocacy. Provides recommendations for HCI research focused on health inequalities and the ecological influences on behaviors and attitudes.

Critical Perspectives on Design – May 8, 2012, 09:30

Sustainably Unpersuaded: How Persuasion Narrows our Vision of Sustainability – Paper

  • Hronn Brynjarsdottir – Cornell University, USA
  • Maria Håkansson – Cornell University, USA
  • James Pierce – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Eric P.S. Baumer – Cornell University, USA
  • Carl DiSalvo – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Phoebe Sengers – Cornell University, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Critically analyzes persuasive technology as a modernist approach to solving social problems. Identifies structural limitations of persuasive technology as an approach to sustainability and offers alternatives.

Publics and Civic Virtues – May 8, 2012, 14:30

Participation and Publics: Supporting Community Engagement – Paper
(Honorable Mention)

  • Christopher A Le Dantec – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: In the findings reported here, I continue to develop the framing of Deweyan publics as a way to scaffold an environmental approach to technology design in contexts with diverse stakeholders.

Social Support and Collaboration – May 9, 2012, 11:30

Socially Computed Scripts to Support Social Problem Solving Skills – Paper

  • Fatima A Boujarwah – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Gregory D Abowd – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Rosa I Arriaga – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: We describe an approach to using crowdsourcing to create models of complex social scenarios, and confirm that they may help an author create instructional modules for an individual with autism.

Check This Out: Recommender Systems – May 9, 2012, 14:30

Asking the Right Person: Supporting Expertise Selection in the Enterprise – Paper

  • Svetlana Yarosh – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Tara Matthews – IBM Almaden, USA
  • Michelle Zhou – IBM Almaden, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Lab study demonstrating that providing additional information about experts in expertise recommenders leads to better selections, and indicating which information is most useful. Offers design implications for expertise recommender creators.

Health + Design – May 9, 2012, 14:30

Activity-Based Interaction: Designing with Child Life Specialists
in a Children’s Hospital – Paper
(Honorable Mention)

  • Matthew Bonner – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Lan Wang – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States, Georgia
  • Elizabeth D. Mynatt – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Describes a framework for analyzing mediating activities, especially between children and adults. Can assist understanding of relationship between technical system characteristics, actors and observed collaborative versus co-present interactions.

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet! – May 10, 2012, 11:30

Designing Social Translucence Over Social Networks – Paper
(Honorable Mention)

  • Eric Gilbert – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Social translucence is a landmark theory in social computing. However, we argue that it breaks down over modern social network sites and build a theory relating network structure to design.

Home and Family – May 10, 2012, 14:30

“You’re Capped!” Understanding the Effects of Bandwidth Caps
on Broadband Use in the Home – Paper

  • Marshini Chetty – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Richard Banks – Microsoft Research, UK
  • A.J. Bernheim Brush – Microsoft Research, USA
  • Jonathan Donner – Microsoft Research India, Bangolore, India
  • Rebecca E Grinter – College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Study of households living with bandwidth caps. Challenges assumptions about users having unlimited Internet connections and suggests design implications for those on capped bandwidth plans.

Home and Family – May 10, 2012, 14:30

Income, Race, and Class: Exploring Socioeconomic Differences
in Family Technology Use – Paper

  • Sarita Yardi – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Amy Bruckman – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Comparison of technology adoption and use among low socioeconomic status and high socioeconomic status families. Shows benefits of studying and designing for diverse users.

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet! – May 10, 2012, 11:30

Breaking News on Twitter – Note

  • Mengdie Hu – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Shixia Liu – Microsoft Research Asia, China
  • Furu Wei – Microsoft Research Asia, China
  • Yingcai Wu – University of California at Davis, USA
  • John Stasko – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Kwan-Liu Ma – University of California at Davis, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Case study of how Twitter broke and spread the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Contributes to our understanding of trust and information flow on Twitter.

Visual Thinking & Digital Imagery – May 5, 2012, 09:00

Designing and Evaluating Text Entry Methods – Workshop

  • Per Ola Kristensson – University of St Andrews, UK
  • James Clawson – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mark D Dunlop – University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Poika Isokoski – University of Tampere, Finland
  • Brian Roark – Oregon Health & Science University, USA
  • Keith Vertanen – Montana Tech of The University of Montana, USA
  • Annalu Waller – University of Dundee, UK
  • Jacob O Wobbrock – University of Washington, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: This workshop serves to unify the text entry community and center it at CHI.

Visual Thinking & Digital Imagery – May 5, 2012, 09:00

Emerging Technologies for Healthcare and Aging – Workshop

  • Tracy Mitzner – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Marita O’Brien – University of Alabama-Huntsville, USA
  • Wendy Rogers – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: This workshop will address interaction issues relevant to emerging health technologies for older adults. Attendees will develop use cases that can inform healthcare technology developers during the formative evaluation stage.

Simple, Sustainable Living – May 6, 2012, 09:00

Personal Informatics in Practice: Improving Quality of Life Through Data – Workshop

  • Ian Li – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Yevgeniy Medynskiy – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jon Froehlich – University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • Jakob Larsen – Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Edison Thomaz – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Discusses themes relevant to personal informatics in practice, such as practical lessons from prior work in designing systems, requirements for building effective tools, and development of infrastructures.

The Arts, HCI, and Innovation Policy Discourse
(Invited Panel) – May 7, 2012, 16:30

The Arts, HCI, and Innovation Policy Discourse (Invited Panel) – Panel

  • Jill Fantauzzacoffin – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Joanna Berzowska – Department of Design and Computational Arts, Concordia University, Canada
  • Ernest Edmonds – De Montfort University, UK
  • Ken Goldberg – Berkeley Center for New Media, College of Engineering, and School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • D. Fox Harrell – Comparative Media Studies Program, and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Brian K. Smith – Rhode Island School of Design, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: This panel relates issues in HCI/arts to innovation policy discourse in order to bring a fresh perspective to the STEM/arts divide in HCI.

Hunting for Fail Whales: Lessons from Deviance and Failure
in Social Computing – May 8, 2012, 14:30

Hunting for Fail Whales: Lessons from Deviance and Failure
in Social Computing – Panel

  • Michael S Bernstein – MIT CSAIL, USA
  • Michael Conover – Indiana University, USA
  • Benjamin Mako Hill – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Andres Monroy-Hernandez – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Brian Keegan – Northwestern University, USA
  • Aaron Shaw – University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Sarita Yardi – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • R.Stuart Geiger – UC Berkeley School of Information, USA
  • Amy Bruckman – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: This panel discusses how social behaviors like theft, anonymity, deviance, and polarization contribute to both the failure and success in diverse online communities.

The Humanities and/in HCI – May 9, 2012, 11:30

The Humanities and/in HCI – Panel

  • Jeffrey Bardzell – Indiana University, USA
  • Shaowen Bardzell – Indiana University, USA
  • Carl DiSalvo – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • William Gaver – Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  • Phoebe Sengers – Cornell University, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: In this panel, we explore the state of the art of humanist scholarship in HCI and consider its future trajectories.

Student Game Competition – May 8, 2012, 14:30

Herding Nerds on your Table: NerdHerder, a Mobile Augmented Reality Game – Student Game Competition

  • Yan Xu – Georgia Insititute of Technology, USA
  • Sam Mendenhall – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Vu Ha – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Paul Tillery – Savannah College of Art and Design, USA
  • Joshua Cohen – Berklee College of Music, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Presents a casual mobile game NerdHerder that involves motion-based puzzle solving. Augmented reality interfaces are integrated to support physical and spatial aspects of gameplay.

Interactivity – May 8, 2012, 15:50

Sketch It, Make It: Sketching Precise Drawings for Laser Cutting – Interactivity

  • Gabe Johnson – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Mark Gross – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Ellen Yi-Luen Do – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jason I Hong – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Sketch It, Make It is a modeling tool that lets non-experts to design specifications for items for fabrication with laser cutters.

Interactivity – May 8, 2012, 15:50

Artistic Robot Please Smile – Interactivity

  • Hye Yeon Nam – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Changhyun Choi – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: When a person steps in front of “Please Smile”, the skeleton arms point at the person and follow his/her movements. When someone smiles at it, the arms wave their hands.

Articulating Lines of Research in Digital Arts, HCI, and Interaction
(Invited SIG)- May 8, 2012, 11:30

Articulating Lines of Research in Digital Arts, HCI, and Interaction
(Invited SIG) – SIG Meeting

  • Jill Fantauzzacoffin – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Linda Candy – University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Ayoka Chenzira – Spelman College, USA
  • Ernest Edmonds – De Montfort University, UK
  • David England – Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Thecla Schiphorst – Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Atau Tanaka – Newcastle University, UK
  • Contribution & Benefit: This SIG initiates an essential step in establishing the Digital Arts at CHI by working with the audience to articulate traditions of contribution.

Reject Me: Peer Review and SIGCHI – May 9, 2012, 14:30

Reject Me: Peer Review and SIGCHI – SIG Meeting

  • Michael S Bernstein – MIT CSAIL, USA
  • Dan Cosley – Cornell University, USA
  • Carl DiSalvo – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Sanjay Kairam – Stanford Unviersity, USA
  • David Karger – MIT CSAIL, USA
  • Travis Kriplean – Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, USA
  • Cliff Lampe – University of Michigan, USA
  • Wendy Mackay – INRIA, France
  • Loren Terveen – University of Minnesota, USA
  • Jacob Wobbrock – The Information School, USA
  • Sarita Yardi – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Contribution & Benefit: Discussion about review process at CHI focusing on 1) ways to improve reviewing, 2) alternative peer review models, and 3) educational materials for new reviewers.

Digital Art: Evaluation, Appreciation, Critique
(Invited SIG) – May 10, 2012, 09:30

Digital Art: Evaluation, Appreciation, Critique (Invited SIG) – SIG Meeting

  • David England – Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Jill Fantauzzacoffin – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Nick Bryan-Kinns – Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Celine Latulipe – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
  • Linda Candy – Sydney University, Australia
  • Jennifer Sheridan – BigDog Interactive Ltd., UK
  • Contribution & Benefit: We examine the evaluation of Digital Art and how ideas on evaluation can be exchanged between the arts and HCI. We start by a critique of standard approaches to evaluation.

Poster interactions focusing on Work in Progress: Design and User Experience- May 8, 2012, 11:48

“Listen2dRoom”: Helping Blind Individuals Understand Room Layouts –
Works In Progress

  • Myounghoon Jeon – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Nazneen Nazneen – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ozum Akanser – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Abner Ayala-Acevedo – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Bruce Walker – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Poster interactions focusing on Work in Progress: Child-computer Interaction, Sustainability, Engineering, Games and Entertainment, Health, Digital Arts, Management, and other – May 10, 2012, 10:50

TopicViz: Interactive Topic Exploration in Document Collections – Works In Progress

  • Jacob Eisenstein – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Duen Horng Chau – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Aniket Kittur – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Eric Xing – Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Poster interactions focusing on Work in Progress: Child-computer Interaction, Sustainability, Engineering, Games and Entertainment, Health, Digital Arts, Management, and other – May 10, 2012, 10:50

From Texting App to Braille Literacy – Works In Progress

  • Brian Frey – University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
  • Kate Rosier – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Caleb Southern – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mario Romero – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Course 5: Art and HCI in Collaboration – May 7, 2012, 14:30

Course 5: Art and HCI in Collaboration – Course

  • David England – LJMU, UK, UK
  • Jill Fantauzzacoffin – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Celine Latulipe – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
  • Thecla Schiphorst – Simon Fraser University, SFU, Canada
  • Contribution & Benefit: This course will enable participants to develop skills in planning and carrying out collaborative projects in the intersection of HCI and the digital arts.

Old Mouse, New Tricks: Desktop Interfaces – May 9, 2012, 11:30

WindowScape: Lessons Learned from a Task Centric Window Manager – ToCHI

  • Craig Tashman – Georgia Tech
  • Keith Edwards – Georgia Tech
  • Contribution & Benefit: Deployment study of a scaling window manager that supports organization and grouping. Also discusses design process, particularly including alternatives and tradeoffs.