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On The Spot: Orit Shaer & Andrew Kun

Applying Augmented Reality to improve collaboration within meeting rooms. Using an autonomous car as a mobile office. Just a few examples of new ways of working that Orit Shaer and Andrew Kun - two leading experts in human-centred computing - will be discussing in their guest lecture at DesignLab.

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orit shaer

Designing Interactions for Enhancing Collaborative Learning and Decision Making

A talk about novel multi-device and AR systems, designed and implemented in Dr. Orit Shaer's Human-Computer Interaction lab, to enhance co-located collaborative learning and decision making in various settings ranging from museums to meeting rooms. She will also present new research methods, developed to investigate the impact of such systems on the behavior of individuals and groups.

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Large-scale interactive displays are becoming increasingly available, offering the promise of enhancing co-located collaboration by enabling multiple users to manipulate information using natural interactions such as touch and gestures. Combining a number of interactive displays, large and small, facilitates the development of spaces where users can move freely across tasks and working styles. However, the availability of these exciting devices is not enough to design effective collaborative environments. Dr. Shaer will present novel multi-device and AR systems, designed and implemented in her lab, to enhance co-located collaborative learning and decision making in various settings ranging from museums to meeting rooms. She will also present new research methods, developed to investigate the impact of such systems on the behavior of individuals and groups.

Bio Orit Shaer

Dr. Orit Shaer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the Media Arts and Sciences program at Wellesley College. She directs the Wellesley College Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab. Her research focuses on tangible, tabletop, and augmented reality interaction as well as on computer-supported collaborative learning. Shaer is a recipient of several National Science Foundation and industry awards including ACM Senior Member, recognition, NSF CAREER Award, Agilent Technologies Research Award, and Google App Engine Education Award.  At Wellesley, she was awarded the Pinanski Prize for Excellent Teaching. Shaer has served on dozens of program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including NSF division of Computers in Science and Engineering, ACM CHI, CSCW, UIST, and TEI conferences. She is a program co-chair for TEI 2020. 

andrew kun

Designing in-vehicle interfaces: From manual driving to the mobile office

With recent advances in automated vehicles, there is increased attention for user interactions as they relate to creating a place for work and play during a trip. Given that it is unlikely that most vehicles will be fully automated in the near future, there are also significant efforts to understand how to help the driver switching between different modes of automation. In this talk, Professor Kun will provide a brief review of these areas of research.

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Today’s vehicles have myriad user interfaces, from those related to the moment-to-moment control of the vehicle to those that allow the consumption of information and entertainment. The bulk of the work in this domain is related to manual driving. In exploring user interfaces for manual driving a key issue has been assessing the effects of the interfaces on driving safety. Very frequently this is done in the context of an application, such as navigation, entertainment, or communication. With recent advances in automated vehicles, there is increased attention to user interactions as they relate to creating a place for work and play during a trip. Given that it is unlikely that most vehicles will be fully automated in the near future, there are also significant efforts to understand how to help the driver switching between different modes of automation. In this talk, Professor Kun will provide a brief review of these areas of research, and he will report on their collaborative work on the topic of creating a mobile office in automated vehicles.

Bio Andrew Kun

Andrew L. Kun is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and director of the UNH Human-Computer Interaction Lab. His primary research interest is in-vehicle human-computer interaction. He serves as Steering Committee co-chair of the ACM AutomotiveUI conference series, program co-chair of the 2020 ACM Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions (TEI) conference, and program co-chair of the 2020 ACM MobileHCI conference.


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