Event Information:

  • Tue

    [Talk] Jasmine Jones and Teng Ye

    12:00 pm - 01:00 pmNQ 3100 (The Ehrlicher Room), North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI 48109


    Jasmine will be sharing her work on KidKeeper, a system to capture, select, and deliver everyday family memories with minimal effort and disruption to family life. Teng will be presenting her work on the effects of collectivism and perceived diversity on individual creativity.

    Everyone is welcome -- light lunch will be served on a first-come-first-served basis; make sure to RSVP, so that we will be prepared (add to calendar).

    Jasmine Jones: "Kidkeeper - Helping Parents with young children capture mementos of everyday life"


    Jasmine is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, advised by Mark Ackerman. Her work explores socio-technical issues of pervasive computing in everyday life, using a mix of ethnographic and design research methods to better understand the possibilities, challenges, and rewards of technologies embedded in the social fabric of communities.


    Many parents want to capture the candid, fleeting moments in their young children’s lives to treasure later, but these moments are difficult to anticipate and to capture without disruption. We introduce KidKeeper, a toy-like system to capture, select, and deliver everyday family memories with minimal effort and disruption to family life. In our study, we explore how technologies like KidKeeper mediate and align the different interests and values of various family members, namely parents who want precious moments and children who want to play, towards accomplishing a family goal to capture memories of everyday life.


    Teng Ye: "Does Collectivism Inhibit Individual Creativity? The Effects of Collectivism and Perceived Diversity on Individual Creativity and Satisfaction in Virtual Ideation Teams"


    Teng Ye is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UMSI). She works with Prof. Lionel P. Robert Jr. She is interested in understanding how to motivate users to participate and how to promote their performance in the virtual context, such as in virtual teams, crowdsourcing and the sharing economy. She received a B.S. in Management Information Systems at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.


    One particular problem CSCW and HCI scholars have sought to address through the design of collaborative systems is the issues associated with diversity and creativity. Diversity can promote creativity by exposing individuals to different perspectives and at the same time make it difficult for teams to leverage their differences to be more creative. This paper asserts that through the promotion of cooperation, collectivism will help ideation team members overcome the challenges associated with diversity and promote creativity. To examine this assertion, we conducted an experimental study involving 107 individuals in 33 idea-generation teams. Collectivism was promoted through priming. The results confirm our assertion: collectivism created conditions that facilitated creativity when teams were high in perceived diversity. Collectivism also facilitated more satisfaction among teammates by offsetting negative perceptions of diversity. These results offer new insights on collectivism, perceived diversity and creativity.