Events

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (10/24 @ 11:30 AM. North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Kate Starbird from University of Washington will give a talk titled Muddied waters: Online rumors, conspiracy theories, and disinformation in the context of crisis response.

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 12PM on 10/22 if you will be there : https://goo.gl/forms/5ws0EER62Wrnrgtr1

    Speaker Bio:

     

    Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). Kate's research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of the how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. One aspect of her research focuses on how online rumors spread—and how online rumors are corrected—during natural disasters and man-made crisis events. More recently, she has begun exploring the propagation of “fake news”, disinformation and political propaganda through online spaces. Kate earned her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Technology, Media and Society and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

     

    Abstract:

     

    Social media are now an established feature of crisis response. People—including emergency responders, members of the affected community, and remote onlookers—are repeatedly turning to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat to seek and share information about crisis events. However, there remain significant challenges to the utility of social media in this context—including rumors and misinformation. Over the last few years, my collaborators and I have conducted extensive research on online rumoring during crisis events, in part focused on how rumors are corrected (or not). Recently, our work has revealed how a specific subsection of the alternative media ecosystem facilitates the spread of disinformation—in the form of conspiracy theories or “alternative narratives” about crisis events—via social media. This disinformation is often employed as part of a political agenda and poses new information security risks. In this talk, I’ll present some of the most significant findings of our research on rumoring, rumor correcting, and the intentional spread of disinformation online during crisis events and discuss some of the implications for emergency and humanitarian responders specifically and regarding trust in information systems more broadly.

     

     

     

    Please join us for this talk on 10/24 @ 11:30 AM

  • Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (10/31 @ 11:30 AM. North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Nyeema Harris from University of Michigan will give a talk titled Michigan Zoomin: using remote cameras to facilitate wildlife research and public engagement.

     

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 12PM on 10/29 if you will be there : https://goo.gl/forms/u5xfA9ku6lmMSvHZ2

     

    Speaker Bio:

     

    I received my PhD from North Carolina State University in 2011 studying the biogeography of carnivores and their parasites. From 2012-2013, I was a NSF and Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management Department at University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Luc Hoffmann Institute, WWF International (2014-2015).

     

    Abstract:

     

    The use of remote cameras to study animal populations remains a growing field in ecology. In the Applied Wildlife Ecology (AWE) lab, we deploy cameras across vast geographic scales in Michigan and multiple countries in West Africa to understand the distribution and activity patterns of mammalian carnivores particularly those of conservation concern such as gray wolves and lions, respectively. However, after we complete the laborious field efforts associated with the camera survey then emerges the new challenge of processing millions of the resulting images. We have to manually sort images that have no animals, non-target animal species, or target species. To assist, we created Michigan ZoomIN, a virtual citizen science project to crowdsource identification of images obtained throughout the state. Additional questions now require thoughtful assessment to ensure data accuracy, promote sustained public engagement, and differentiate individuals of the target species. For example, through collaboration, we could study the users of the site by creating profiles of their activity both from identifications and posting on the talk board as well as increase weighting their classifications in a consensus algorithm based on accuracy scores. Other considerations we'd still like to explore include machine learning to find target species only or more simply remove "empty" images, and differentiate individuals of the same species through specific morphometric calculations. Recent advancement in technology can allow for revolutionary transformation for the study of wildlife and enhance impact of such scholarship for conservation and human populations alike.

     

    Please join us for this talk on 10/31 @ 11:30 AM

  • Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (11/07 @ 11:30 AM. North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Malte Jung from Cornell University will give a talk titled Robots and the Dynamics of Emotions in Teams.

     

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 12PM on 11/05 if you will be there : https://goo.gl/forms/o8QktXdYeVhNvF722

     

    Speaker Bio:

     

    Malte Jung is an Assistant Professor in Information Science at Cornell University and the Nancy H. ’62 and Philip M. ’62 Young Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on the intersections of teamwork, robots, and emotion. The goal of his research is to inform our basic understanding of robots in work teams as well as to inform how we design technology to support teamwork across a wide range of settings. Malte Jung received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining Cornell, Malte Jung completed a postdoc at the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University. He holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

     

    Abstract:

     

    Over the last decade the idea that robots could become an integral part of teamwork developed from a promising vision into a reality. Robots support teamwork across a wide range of settings covering search and rescue missions, minimally invasive surgeries, space exploration missions, and manufacturing. Scholars have increasingly explored the ways in which robots influence how work in teams is performed, but that work has primarily focused on task specific aspects of team functioning such as the development of situational awareness, common ground, and task coordination. Robots, however, can affect teamwork not only through the task-specific functions they have been developed to serve but also by affecting a team’s regulation of emotion. In this talk I present empirical findings from several studies that show how theory and methods that were originally developed to understand the role of emotions in marital interactions can help us to not only further our understanding of teamwork but also to inform how we design robots to improve teamwork through their emotion regulatory behavior.

     

    Please join us for this talk on 11/07 @ 11:30 AM

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (11/14 @ 11:30 AM. North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Robin Brewer from University of Michigan will give a talk titled Understanding and Designing for Late-Life Online Engagement.

     

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 12PM on 11/12 if you will be there : https://goo.gl/forms/ACvsljoOekIVATt72

     

    Speaker Bio:

     

    I do research at the intersection of social computing and accessibility. As a faculty member and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in University of Michigan's School of Information (UMSI), I investigate how to create more meaningful and accessible online communities and voice-based interfaces. My dissertation work focused on developing voice-based systems for older adults with vision impairments. Also, I have studied how crowd work platforms can be more meaningful to novice workers such as older adults.

    Abstract:

     

    The older adult population will grow exponentially in the coming years with more baby boomers reaching retirement age. Yet, our online communities are not well supported for engaging them online. Older adults with internet access struggle to see the value of engaging online. Also, research has shown how seniors who are offline face many barriers to internet use including high cost of internet-enabled devices, lack of access in their homes, and navigating complex interfaces that are difficult to learn. Despite these barriers, prior work has shown how there are social, financial, and health benefits to engaging online, specifically for older adults. In my work, I primarily use qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, observations) combined with quantitative methods (e.g. surveys) and software development to understand people and technology. In this talk, I present my research investigating how to create more accessible online communities for seniors with vision impairments to engage in self-expression and connection, and discuss the implications for future technology development.

     

    Please join us for this talk on 11/14 @ 11:30 AM

  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (11/21 @ 11:30 AM. ​North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Jen Romano Bergstrom from Facebook will give a talk titled Out of the Lab and Into the Field to Understand Users’ Perceptions of Privacy.

     

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. PleaseRSVP by 12PM on 11/19 if you will be there​: https://goo.gl/forms/ejYtWcaLIpJgOEma2

     

    Speaker Bio:

     

    Jen Romano-Bergstrom, Experimental Psychologist; UX Research Lead, Facebook/Instagram; President, UXPA International. Jen has over 12 years of experience planning, conducting and managing user-centered research projects. She is currently a UX Researcher at Facebook/Instagram, where she works to understand the UX of Facebook and Instagram in emerging markets. Jen specializes in efficient applications of empirical methods to ensure quality is not lost while working fast to get actionable results. In addition to being a skilled UX researcher and practitioner, Jen specializes in eye tracking, survey design, experimental design, and cognitive aging. Jen frequently presents research and novel methods at academic and industry conferences, and she publishes in peer-reviewed journals, magazines and blogs. She is co-author of Usability Testing for Survey Research (2017) and co-author/editor of Eye Tracking in User Experience Design (2014). She has served on User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) boards for several years – currently as the President of the International UXPA, and previously Director of Marketing and Communications, as well as President, Vice President, and Conference Chair for UXPA-DC. Jen received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Applied/Experimental Psychology from The Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University

    Abstract:

     

    Many user experience (UX) researchers and market researchers conduct research in the lab. We conduct interviews and focus groups to understand our users’ opinions and thoughts, and we watch people interact with products to learn about obstacles to completing tasks. We measure subjective data, such as how people report they feel when interacting with a product; we measure observational data, such as time to complete tasks and errors people make; and we measure implicit data, such as where people look and galvanic skin response while people complete tasks. While lab-based studies are well-controlled and can inform product development greatly, we tend to lack a true understanding of how people use the products. To do this, we must go to the users, in their natural environment. In this talk, I will discuss methods we use at Facebook and Instagram to understand users’ perceptions of privacy and privacy settings. I will discuss pros and cons to various research methodologies and share examples from several international markets. While in-the-field methods have the possibility to introduce bias, they provide a rich understanding of the issues people have using products that we simply cannot know from lab-based studies.

     

    Please join us for this talk on 11/21 @ 11:30 AM

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (11/28 @ 11:30 AM. North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Astrid Weber from Google will give a talk titled Access Denied. Redesigning the digital information offerings for refugees arriving on the European continent.

     

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 12PM on 11/26 if you will be there : https://goo.gl/forms/UOS7WxnvO0glsFmQ2

     

    Speaker Bio:

     

    Astrid Weber is a UX Research Manager at Google's headquarters in California. She leads the Youtube Rapid Research team which conducts research on all aspects of the user-facing parts of the platform. Astrid has a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Design from the University of the Arts in Berlin and a Bachelor of Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research focuses on accessibility, emerging markets and technology in the context of migration.

     

    Abstract:

     

    In spring 2017 a team of volunteers partnered up with Google.org and the International Rescue Committee to rethink their online information offering for refugees who come to Europe to seek asylum. The goal of the project was to apply human centered design processes to an unstable information environment. Working out of refugee camps in in Athens, Greece and Belgrade, Serbia, the team built learning resources to help designers understand people's' backgrounds, introduce them to their current situations, and future opportunities. In this talk Astrid Weber discusses the ways in which empathy and immersive learning were valuable in redesigning an app to support some of the most marginalized user groups in the world.

     

    Please join us for this talk on 11/28 @ 11:30 AM

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    11:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor

    On Tuesday (12/5 @ 11:30 AM. North Quad, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), Andy Ko from University of Washington will give a talk titled Learning to code: Why we fail, how we flourish.

     

    Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested! Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 12PM on 12/3 if you will be there : https://goo.gl/forms/2zOmfkcvcuE4ZJv73

     

    Speaker Bio:

     

    Andrew J. Ko is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. He directs the Code & Cognition lab, which studies interactions between people and code, spanning the areas of human-computer interaction, computing education, and software engineering. He is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications, 9 receiving best paper awards and 2 receiving most influential paper awards. He received his Ph.D. at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, and degrees in Computer Science and Psychology with Honors from Oregon State University in 2002.

     

    Abstract:

     

    Millions of people are learning to code, but most fail. Why? In this talk I argue that we actually know very little about what programming is or how people learn it. I present my lab's numerous efforts to investigate these problems, including including studies of programming expertise, the failures of classes, bootcamps, books, and coding tutorials at promoting learning, and the challenges of sustaining interest in learning over time. I also present several new tools and techniques for learning to code that can substantially increase learning, productivity, and self-efficacy, including an approach to completely teaching rank novices a programming language in just a few hours. These findings are just a glimpse into the rapidly evolving area of computing education research.

     

    Please join us for this talk on 12/5 @ 11:30 AM