Symposium & Open House

The HCIL’s Annual Symposium and Open House will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted
in the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland. The event consists of a day
of tutorials and workshops (Thursday, June 2nd) followed by the Symposium & Open House
(Friday, June 3rd).

There will be a series of talks followed by demonstrations of all of the lab projects with
time to meet and talk with researchers in an informal setting.

Pre-Symposium Events - June 2, 2005
A.V. Williams Building


Symposium and Open House - June 3, 2005
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center


We appreciate the sponsorship of:
The Hive Group

8:15am Sign-in and Coffee

9:00am Welcome:
William Destler,
Ben Bederson,
Director of HCIL


  Keynote Speaker: Allison Druin
What Children Can Teach Us


  Session I — Visualization
Session Chair: Ben Shneiderman

One-Handed Use of Mobile Devices
Amy Karlson, Ben Bederson


Visualizing Graphs as Trees
Bongshin Lee, Cynthia Parr, Ben Bederson


Understanding the Rhythms of Relationship in Email Archives
Adam Perer, Ben Shneiderman, Doug Oard


Exploring and Predicting Trends of eBay Auctions with TimeSearcher
Alex Aris, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, Galit Shmueli, Wolfgang Jank



  Session II —Search
Session Chair: Doug Oard
  The Errors and Frustrations of Young Digital Library Users
Hilary Hutchinson, Allison Druin, Ben Bederson


User-Controlled Re-Organization of Search Results
Bill Kules, Ben Shneiderman


Grounding the Design of Oral History Search Systems in the User Experience
Ryen White, Doug Oard, Dagobert Soergel


LUNCH 12pm




Session III — Interaction & Public Access
Session Chair: Jenny Preece

Designing Interfaces for Voting Machines
Ben Bederson


I Hear the Pattern: Sonification of GeoData
Haixia Zhao, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman


“Paper Based Interfaces”
François Guimbretière, Chunyuan Liao


Advanced Pen Based Interfaces
François Guimbretière, Georg Apitz, Nicholas Chen


Computer Rage: User Satisfaction Reframed and Unloaded
Kent Norman


3:30-5:00pm OPEN HOUSE — Demonstrations

Projects will be demonstrated in the lobby of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. No registration is required. All interfaces introduced during the symposium will be demonstrated. In addition to those projects presented, the following will also be included in the afternoon demonstrations:

  • Piccolo.NET Toolkit for Structured Graphics and Zoomable User Interfaces
    Aaron Clamage and Ben Bederson
  • Photomesa: Zoomable Image Browser and Management
    Hyunmo Kang and Ben Bederson
  • SAPHARI: Semi-Automatic PHoto Annotation and Recognition Interface
    Bongwon Suh, Ben Bederson
  • Understanding Research Trends in Conferences using PaperLens
    Bongshin Lee and Ben Bederson
  • Integrated Access to Multimedia Archives: The Apollo Archive Explorer
    Doug Oard
  • Supporting Subject Matter Experts Searching Oral History
    Dagobert Soergel
  • Answering Questions from Documents You Cannot Read
    Jianqiang Wang
  • The International Children’s Digital Library
    Kara Reuter and Sabrina Liao
  • Mobile Devices for Children
    Mona Leigh and Gene Chipman and Wayne Churaman
  • ICDL Communities
    Sabrina Liao and Aaron Clamage
  • Children’s Responses to Digital Books
    Sheri Massey
  • Comparison e-Shopping: How Matrices Work
    Walky Rivadeneira
  • QUIS: The Questionnaire for User Interaction Satisfaction
    Kent Norman
  • Seeing Relationships in Choropleth Mini-Maps
    Ben Smith
  • Navigating Relevance Hierarchies
    Susan Campbell and Kent Norman
  • The Evaluation of ICDL Communities
    Jade Alburo and Enrique Stanziola
  • Visualizing Emily Dickinson Letters
    Catherine Plaisant
  • Dynamic Interactive Photo Layouts
    Jack Kustanowitz and Ben Shneiderman



Tutorials (June 2, 2005, AV Williams Building)

Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction - Evan Golub
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User interface design and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has become increasingly important in recent years, and is the foundation of the activities of the HCIL. We will summarize the design, development, and evaluation of computer user interfaces. The goal is to shift the mindset of developers to thinking that the basic goal of software should be to serve people, and not the other way around.

This tutorial is suitable for people with no background in design or HCI. The following is a preliminary outline for the day:

  • Introduction to some general questions and thoughts (what does the area of HCI include? are all parts important to all developers?)
  • Understanding users and getting to know their tasks (not every user is the same, but how different are they? how do we determine tasks? do all users have the same tasks? how do we get to know how the users perform tasks?)
  • Designing with the user (there are several levels at which we can involve the user - which to use? when? why?)
  • Designing visual interfaces (how to make something interesting yet still usable)
  • Evaluating interfaces (what are some guidelines that are used? how can this be done rapidly? at a low cost?)
There will be two or three hands-on exercises to help us explore these topics. I think this is a great way to find out about the above topics but also a way to get to meet and talk with others who are interested in HCI. The Symposium and Open House on Friday is also a great way to see a wide variety of ways in which these and other principles can be applied.

An Introduction to Usability Testing - Bill Killam
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This is an introductory tutorial on the topic of usability testing so we will be
discussing what usability testing is (and isn't), what makes a product usable, the origins of usability testing, the relationship of usability testing to the broader area of Human Factors Engineering. We will also discuss the
different protocols that can be used for performing a usability test (both user-based and non-user-based) and what data can be obtained using the different protocols. We will discuss the timing of usability testing, how to plan for them in the design and development process, and what ROI there is for usability testing. Finally, we'll be discussing the test tasks, test length, participant selection and recruiting, and data collection. Finally, we will be discussing testing with special populations such as accessibility testing, testing with older populations, testing with kids. The audience for this tutorial is usually a mixture of practitioners (designers, content writers, information architects, etc.), novice usability practitioners looking to expand their skills, and management staff that may be considering incorporating more formal usability into their organization.



Workshops (June 2, 2005, AV Williams Building)

Email Archive Visualization - Ben Shneiderman, Doug Oard, Adam Perer
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The growth of email archives presents challenges and opportunities to librarians, scholars, historians, forensics experts, and intelligence analysts. To respond to the growing need, software tools are being developed by human-computer interaction researchers, computer scientists, and information systems designers. To encourage innovation and exchange strategies, we will hold a one-day workshop of leading researchers on visualization and analysis techniques for large email archives. Issues for which these techniques may contribute to solutions
include: gaining access while protecting privacy, understanding temporal patterns, recognizing relationships by social network analysis, integrating with other information sources, discovering stories and nuggets, and identifying gaps. To apply please contact Adam Perer with a brief description of your background and reason for interest in the workshop.

HCI in Biodiversity Informatics – Cynthia Parr
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How can we design better ways of visualizing and interacting with biodiversity information?   As networked, data intensive, highly integrative projects move from promise to reality (e.g. NCEAS, NESCENT, NEON, NBII, GBIF) the need for effective software is critical.  This workshop, covering both evolutionary and ecological approaches to biological diversity, will include presentations by researchers actively working in this area.  It will be followed by a panel discussion.  Participation will be limited to 50 people.  To apply, please contact Cynthia Parr with a brief description of your background and reason for interest in the workshop. 

Exploratory Search Interfaces: Categorization, Clustering and Beyond - Bill Kules, Ryen White, Ben Bederson
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The World Wide Web creates tantalizing opportunities for learning and research, not only for students and researchers, but also for journalists, attorneys, and practitioners in many fields. Search engines, bibliographic databases and digital libraries provide adequate support for users whose information needs are well-defined. However, when information needs are vague or evolving, searchers may benefit from interfaces that provide additional support, for example by enabling grouping of results and/or guided discovery processes. Since evaluation of exploratory interfaces is particularly challenging, research methods will be a focus. To apply, please contact Bill Kules with a brief description of your background and reason for interest in the workshop. 

Computer Rage for Dummies and Techies - Kent Norman
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No matter who you are or the extent of your knowledge of computers, you have no doubt experienced frustration with them, sometimes even to point of rage. After years of research and development on human/computer interaction, user testing, and user satisfaction, users are still frustrated.  Will will discuss the levels and reasons for this frustration, the incidence of rage against and damage of computer equipment, and the results of an online survey of over 2100 respondents from around the world. Dealing with frustration and rage against computers will become more and more important. We will talk about a number of positive techniques for dealing with computer rage. The workshop will include computer rage demonstrations and a hands-on session allowing participants to vent suppressed frustration on obsolete equipment in a safe way. To apply, please contact Kent Norman with a brief description of your background and reason for interest in the workshop. 







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