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[Talk] Stefanie Wuschitz: Feminist Hackerspaces: A Study of Feminist Space Collectives in Open Culture

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2014-11-06 12:36
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

To take part in the new high-tech world of technology, not only as a passive user, but as an agent, critical developer and situated citizen, access is crucial. Yet participation is unevenly distributed worldwide, with gender, age and ethnicity acting as axes of negative differentiation. Feminist hackerspaces are space collectives that form an internationally coordinated network dedicated to sharing knowledge, tools and skills while demystifying phallocentric technology. Yet, intersectional forms of oppression limit feminist hackerspaces' agency and failed micro-politics within groups undermine their agenda of knowledge circulation. This talk addresses several actions taken to face these challenges. It asks for new forms of hackerspaces that can foster a stable counter culture, nurture creativity and encourage agency within a collective. The Indonesian model of a space-based community informs Stefanie Wuschitz' concept of a space-based hacker community. One that allows to disrupt oppressive norms, commits to structures of care, celebrates a new set of hacker ethics and keeps confronting itself with differences among members. Through examples of collectives that position themselves on the intersection of art, technology and feminism, this talk will present examples of space-based communities and the technologies they have initiated.

[Talk] Carrie Demmans Epp: Supporting Language Learning and Learner Reflection through Technology-Enhanced Learning

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2014-10-24 19:14
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Carrie Demmans Epp's presentation was recorded and you can view it here

[Talk] Jamie Macbeth: Crowdsourcing Deep Thoughts: Meeting the Challenges of In-depth Language Understanding Systems for Smarter Social Media

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2014-10-24 19:04
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Intelligent systems driven by natural language input are well positioned to meet the challenges of intervening against abuses of social media (such as cyberbullying), and providing resources for victims. However, the language processing problems posed in these situations appear to be "google proof": algorithms that scrape Wikipedia or other large text corpora for surface-level language properties (e.g. frequencies or co-occurrences of words) do not perform well. This talk will discuss work to build systems that understand natural language in-depth in support of these applications. Our approach is based on a traditional symbolic method that represents deep semantics as complex combinations of simple, primitive acts, but it uses crowdsourcing to collect these commonsense knowledge structures of human experience in a scalable and inexpensive way.

[Talk] David Flatla: Colour Identification through Sensory and Sub-Sensory Substitution

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2014-10-24 18:47
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. David Flatla's presentation was recorded and you can view it here

Colour vision is one of those fundamental elements of day-to-day life; it helps us coordinate our clothing, prepare food, read charts, decorate our homes, keep safe, and enjoy nature and the arts. However, people with impaired colour vision (ICV) often cannot discriminate between colours that everyone else can, making these day-to-day activities difficult. In an attempt to help people with ICV, recolouring (or Daltonization) tools have been developed that remap problem colours to more distinguishable ones for people with ICV, thereby enhancing colour differentiability.

However, in spite of almost 20 years of recolouring research, empirical results showing that recolouring actually helps people with ICV are very rare. One potential reason for this is that recolouring often destroys the subtle colour cues that people with ICV rely on. A second (and indirect) reason is that recolouring is a captivating challenge for computing - the problem (dimensionality reduction) is accessible, solutions are easy to build but optimality is elusive, and the algorithms have a number of challenging user-satisfaction constraints (e.g., speed, temporal invariance).

[Talk] Min Kyung Lee: Designing the future of work: Understanding the impact of intelligent machines on work management, collaboration, and decision-making.

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2014-10-21 10:35
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Intelligent machines are radically changing the way people work: Software algorithms are used to manage human workers in services like Uber, Lyft, and Task Rabbit; robots work alongside people in offices, hospitals and small businesses; and telepresence allows experts such as doctors to remotely diagnose patients thousands of miles away. This talk will examine profound impacts that these technological advances make on work management, collaboration, and decisions in three projects: Algorithmic management in Uber and Lyft, collaborative robots and personalizing systems, and mediated medical decision in telepresence.

Min Kyung Lee is a postdoctoral fellow in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research explores how people’s work should (or should not) be transformed by emerging intelligent machines. Dr. Lee is a Siebel Scholar and has received several best paper awards and Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence. Her work has been reported in media such as New York Times, New Scientist, and CBS. She received a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction in 2013 and a MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon and a BS summa cum laude in Industrial Design from KAIST.

[Talk] Jennifer Marlow: Impression formation in online peer production

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2014-10-09 00:17
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Technology is increasingly enabling new forms of work to be done at a distance. In large-scale endeavors such as peer production and crowdsourcing, people collaborate with and build off the work of others, many of whom they have never met in person. The combination of social media features with online work environments has the potential to change the nature of work in many fields by increasing visibility of people’s actions and allowing people to learn from and assess others’ expertise. However, little is known about the psychological and behavioral impact of exposure to increased detail about unknown others in a peer production setting.

In this talk, our speaker will describe a series of studies she conducted looking at the impact of increased social transparency and the ability to view others’ activities on attitudes and behaviors towards strangers in an online peer production context. Jenn will discuss findings from interviews with open source software project owners on GitHub to understand how they were using information to inform their impressions of unknown contributors. These initial insights then informed a series of experiments evaluating how activity trace design and visualization influence perceptions of others and reactions to their work.

[Talk] Perry Samson: Designing Dashboards for Learning Analytics

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2014-10-04 20:27

Time: Tuesday, October 7 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Data about student activity is being collected in ever increasing volume by learning management systems and third party learning systems. This talk describes the data being collected by LectureTools and the design work underway to create a dashboard for LectureTools instructors. These designs are influenced by work on learning analytics research that explores if and or how how student outcomes are related to patterns of students participation.

Perry Samson is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. He was honored in 2010 as “Distinguished Professor of the Year” by the President’s Council of Universities in the State of Michigan. Perry’s coursework covers a range from air quality and meteorology to ownership issues for entrepreneurs. Perry also annually leads undergraduates on expeditions to study tornadic thunderstorms.

Perry is an entrepreneur and co-founder of The Weather Underground, one of the most popular weather web sites in the world, and LectureTools, which provides active learning tools to over a million students worldwide. He presently serves as Senior Vice President for Teaching Innovation for Echo360 Inc.

[Talk] Sean Goggins: Connecting Participation, Affiliation and Performance in Virtual Organizations: Examples from GitHub and MOOC Analytics

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2014-10-03 22:55

Time: Tuesday, September 30 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

ABSTRACT: A major advantage of Virtual Organizations (VOs) is flexible membership and participation. VO members are able to join and leave VOs at will, and can change whom they collaborate with at any point in time. It is this flexibility that makes VOs more efficient in the completion of collaborative work than traditional organizations. This talk will examine how structural dynamics and performance are connected in virtual work environments and online courses. A comparison of these two cases will suggest common patterns of influence across socio-technical contexts and inspire new ways of framing social computing research focused at the small group and project units of analysis. Goggins' research contributes to existing scholarship in four areas: (1) identification of leadership behaviors in different, existing virtual organizations; (2) design and implementation of tools to make organizational fluidity visible to VO participants; (3) development and evaluation of novel technologies to detect and nurture group emergence in virtual organizations and (4) understanding the relationship between organizational performance, the fluidity of groups and leadership in virtual organizations.

09/19/14 Talk by Robert Kraut: Online social support: Advances in measuring support and understanding its effects

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2014-09-14 20:00


Friday, September 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm in 1255 North Quad


This coming Friday (09/19 @Noon, 1255NQ), MISC will host Robert Kraut to give a talk entitled “Online social support: Advances in measuring support and understanding its effects.”

Professor Kraut is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science at CMU. He is interested in studying the difficulties people encounter on social tasks at individual, group, to organizational level. In year 2012, he has collaborated with several prominent researchers in the field (e.g., our SI Prof. Resnick and Prof. Chen) to publish the book “Building successful online communities: Evidence-based social design” that explains the science and theory behind how online communities behave and thrive.

Please join us in this special event on Friday. Light lunch will be provided.

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