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HCIL Seminar Series


Dave Nichols

Beth Mynatt


HCIL Seminar Series - Fall 2005

The purpose of the seminars is to help promote interdisciplinary discussion on topics relating to Human-Computer Interaction while facilitating communication between members of the HCI community.  There will be talks throughout the Fall.  

These lectures are free and open to the public.  No reservations are needed.

For questions or comments, contact HCIL information at  hcil-info@cs.umd.edu.

October 27, 2005

Thursday, 12:30pm, A.V. Williams Building 2328

Dave Nichols
Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
School: University of Waikato, New Zealand
Website: http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~daven/

Digital Tools for Digital Librarians


The term 'digital librarian' is often used to describe people who operate at the interface between traditional librarians and those with skills associated with computer science. Using examples from the Greenstone digital library software this talk examines how one project has evolved a digital librarian toolset and what can be learnt from 10 years of software development. It will also consider what should the environment of the digital librarian look like and what software tools will they need?



Dave Nichols is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He received BSc(Hons) (1989) and PhD (1994) degrees in Computer Science from Lancaster University, UK. He has worked at Lancaster, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, since 2002, at Waikato. His research interests include digital libraries, usability and open source software.



November 16, 2005

Wednesday 2pm, A.V. Williams Building 3258

Beth Mynatt
Director, GVU Center
Associate Professor, College of Computing
School: Georgia Tech
Websites: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fce/ecl/ , http://www.awarehome.gatech.edu/

Enabling the Transition from Ubiquitous Computing to Everyday Computing



The emphasis between unleashing technological capabilities and enabling people to effectively integrate these capabilities into everyday practices has a predictable shift best illustrated by the distinction between mainframe computers and personal desktop computers.  In this talk, I will examine how this pattern is playing out in the current transition from ubiquitous computing to what I call "everyday computing."

As computing shifts from dedicated, localized tools, to ubiquitously available services, research in human-computer interaction must now address how to integrate these services into the highly informal
activities that make up everyday life.  In this talk, I will describe my current research in everyday computing - examining the human-computer interface implications of having computation
continuously present in many aspects of everyday life.

Themes in my research include supporting informal collaboration and awareness in office environments, enabling creative work and visual communication, and augmenting social processes for managing personal information.  I am one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting.


Elizabeth D. Mynatt is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is the founder and director of the Everyday Computing Laboratory.  Dr. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies.

Dr. Mynatt is the Director of the Georgia Tech Graphics, Visualization and Usability (GVU) Center, and is responsible for research and educational objectives in human-computer interaction, including a new Ph.D. program in Human-Centered Computing and a highly regarded HCI Master's degree program that bridges computing, psychology, design and communication.

Prior to her current position, she worked for three years at Xerox PARC - the birthplace of ubiquitous computing - alongside its inventor, Mark Weiser.  Her research explored how to augment everyday places and objects with computational capabilities.  She has chaired multiple conferences on computer interface technologies and auditory displays, published numerous articles, and is an active leader in her field.

Dr. Mynatt is a Sloan Research Fellow.  Her research is supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award.  Other honorary awards include being named the Top Woman Innovator in Technology by Atlanta Woman magazine in 2005, the 2001 College of Computing's Junior Faculty Research award and the 2003 College of Computing's Dean's Award.

Dr. Mynatt received her Ph.D.  in computer science at Georgia Tech under the guidance of Dr. James Foley.  Her dissertation work pioneered creating nonspeech auditory interfaces from graphical interfaces to enable blind computer users to work with modern computer applications. Her M.S and undergraduate degrees in computer science were granted from Georgia Tech and North Carolina State University respectively.  A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Dr. Mynatt resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, 3 year-old daughter and 6 month-old son.




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