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2011, April 14: Katherine Kuchenbecker : Katherine Kuchenbecker

Past speakers: Ana-Paula Correia, Heike Hofmann, Debra Satterfield, Julie Dickerson Allison Druin, Rosalind Picard, Roberta Klatzky

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Women in HCI Lecture: Katherine Kuchenbecker,
April 14, 2011 at 1:00pm, Howe Hall Auditorium

Katherine Kuchenbecker - Women in HCI Speaker for April 14, 2011

Title Haptics: Touch Feedback for Robotic Surgery, Tablet Computers, and More

Abstract When you perform real tasks like riding a bicycle or cooking a meal, you receive rich visual, auditory, and touch cues that enable you to carefully control your influence on the world around you. Technology now exists that can enable you to interact with environments that are outside of your immediate reach (the deep sea or a patient's internal organs) or completely virtual (a computer game or the three-dimensional design for a new product). Unfortunately, these high-tech systems often don't provide the same rich set of sensory stimuli that are available in the real world. Haptic (touch-based) feedback is a particularly exciting and under-utilized channel of communication that is poised to have a significant impact on everything from medical training to tablet computing, immersive gaming, and more. This presentation will provide a concise overview of haptic technology and then go into depth on three of the research projects currently underway in the Penn Haptics Lab: data -driven haptic virtual textures, naturalistic vibrotactile feedback for robotic surgery, and tactile cues for human motion guidance.

Bio Katherine J. Kuchenbecker is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the design and control of haptic interfaces for applications such as robot-assisted surgery, medical simulation, stroke rehabilitation, and personal computing. She directs the Penn Haptics Group, which is part of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. She has won several awards for her research, including an NSF CAREER Award in 2009, Best Hands-On Demonstration at the 2009 IEEE World Haptics Conference, and inclusion in the Popular Science Brilliant 10 in 2010. Dr. Kuchenbecker serves on the program committee for the IEEE Haptics Symposium, and she is an Associate Editor for the IEEE World Haptics Conference and the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Prior to becoming a professor, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the J ohns Hopkins University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2006.

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Women in HCI Lecture: Correia, Hofmann, Satterfield, Dickerson
April 26, 2010 at Noon

Women In HCI Speakers for April 26, 2010 - Correia, Hofmann, Satterfield, Dickerson

The HCI Graduate Program will host the final Women in HCI Lecture on Monday, April 26 at noon in Room 1344 Howe Hall. The lecture will be followed by a time for collaboration and discussion from 1-2 pm in the VRAC Conference Room. Refreshments will be served at 1 pm.

Four women from ISU’s HCI faculty will present their research during the lecture.

Ana-Paula Correia, Assistant Professor in the Center for Technology Learning and Teaching and Human Computer Interaction, will present "Designing Learning Experiences for Global Virtual Teams." She will present findings from her research on collaborative learning in the context of global virtual teams. Opportunities, challenges, design tensions and lessons learned will be discussed.

Heike Hofmann, Associate Professor in Statistics and Human Computer Interaction, will present "How good is your eyeballing? - Measuring Statistical Graphics." Her graduate student, David Rockoff, will join her in the presentation. Abstract: Visual perception and cognition are key factors to take into account when evaluating the effectiveness of statistical graphics. William S. Cleveland and Robert McGill, in their seminal 1985 paper, defined the elementary graphical-perception tasks and ranked them in order of importance. There is a need for more in-depth research into how different visual elements affect perception and cognition. The "eyeballing" is an online game that measures a player’s accuracy on a variety of geometric tasks. We will present data on players’ results and rank task difficulties.

Debra Satterfield, Associate Professor in Art and Design and Human Computer Interaction, will present "Design for Behavioral Change and Design for Social Inclusion. Abstract: Design for Behavioral Change is design that helps model or direct positive changes in the behaviors and attitudes of the target audiences and constituent groups to their mutual benefit and the betterment of society. Design for Social Inclusion is design that breaks down social barriers and allows target audiences and constituent groups to meet and interact as full partners in their encounters. It considers the social, emotional, cognitive, motivational, and behavioral aspects of mediated experiences. Specifically, this research is focused on the design of educational experiences for children with cognitive disabilities and on medical experience design.

Julie Dickerson, Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Human Computer Interaction, will present "Visualizing and Understanding Biological Data." Abstract: The study of biological organisms has gone from studies of one or two genes and their functions at a time to studies of entire genomes (20-30 thousand genes) at a time over the last ten years. This has created tremendous problems for the interpretation of the data and putting it into a biological context. MetNetGE shows some novel visualizations for looking at changes over the entire organism.

All are invited to attend.


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Women in HCI Lecture: Allison Druin, HCIL
October 9, 2009 at Noon

Allison Druin - Women in HCI Speaker for October 9, 2009

Come and listen to Allison Druin’s talk about, "Mobile Technologies for Children," on October 9, 2009 at Noon in the Alliant Energy/Lee Liu Auditorium.

Abstract: "For many children (ages 2-12) in the United States, mobile technologies are now an integral part of their everyday living and play experiences. They commonly use mobile phones, netbooks, pen-based computing, GPSs, computer-enhanced toys and much more. But this is not the case for all children. There are still young people who live in places where mobile technologies are just becoming affordable. Others live in areas where there is no cell phone service at all. And still other children live in places where basic living necessities outweigh the need for electronic technologies. There are extreme differences in children’s opportunities and challenges for learning with new technologies. Therefore, in my talk I will discuss how to approach designing for these diverse children. This talk is not about how to make mobile technologies. It is about how to make BETTER mobile technologies for the world’s children. I will demonstrate some of our newest work at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab in mobile collaboration and intergenerational mobile storytelling. I will also suggest how these new mobile technologies call for new approaches to design."

Allison Druin is the Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Her work includes: developing digital libraries for children; designing technologies for families; and creating collaborative storytelling technologies for the classroom. Druin’s most active research is the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), now the largest digital library in the world for children which she and colleagues expanded to a non-profit foundation. She is the author or editor of four books, and her most recent book was published Spring 2009: Mobile Technology for Children (Morgan Kaufmann, 2009). She received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of New Mexico, her M.S. in 1987 from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.F.A. in 1985 from Rhode Island School of Design.

View Allison Druin’s 2009 Women in HCI Lecture at Iowa State University

Sponsored by: Women in Human Computer Interaction Series, Women in STEM Speaker Series, and Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB). More info at


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Women in HCI Lecture: Rosalind Picard, MIT
September 21, 2009 at 1:10pm

Rosalind Picard - Women in HCI Speaker for September 21, 2009

Come and listen to Rosalind Picard’s talk about, "Emotional Intelligence, Technology and Autism," on September 21 at 1:10pm in the Alliant Energy/Lee Liu Auditorium.

Abstract: "Skills of emotional intelligence include the ability to recognize and respond appropriately to another person’s emotion, and the ability to know when (not) to display emotion. This talk will demonstrate advances at MIT aimed at giving several of these skills to technology including mobile devices, robots, agents, wearable and traditional computers. I will present live demonstrations of current technology, including a system developed with Kaliouby to recognize cognitive-affective states in realtime from a person’s head and facial movements. This technology computes probabilities that a person looks like he or she is concentrating,interested, agreeing, disagreeing, confused, or thinking. These states signal important information such as when is a good time to interrupt, or when might be appropriate to apologize for interrupting. A wearable version of this system is being developed for helping people who face challenges in reading real-time social-emotional cues. I will describe several other new affective technologies that facilitate emotion measurement and communication, and describe applications in autism."

Picard is the author of Affective Computing, a book instrumental in starting a new field by that name. She is teaching machines to sense and respond more intelligently to people’s emotions and to behave in ways that make more expressive communication possible. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory, co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, and leader of the new and growing Autism Communication Technology Initiative at MIT. She holds a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

View Rosalind Picard’s 2009 Women in HCI Lecture at Iowa State University

Sponsored by: Women in Human Computer Interaction Series, Women in STEM Speaker Series, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB). More info at


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Women in HCI Lecture Series:
October 31, 2008 - Roberta Klatzky

The HCI Graduate Program will kick off their new Women in HCI Lecture Series on Friday, October 31 at noon in the Howe Hall Auditorium. Roberta Klatzky, a Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and a faculty of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, will speak on, Centering the Human in Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Role of Psychophysics.

Professor Klatzky received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Stanford University. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, she was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Klatzky’s research interests are in human perception and cognition, with special emphasis on spatial cognition and haptic perception. She has done extensive research on human haptic and visual object recognition, navigation under visual and nonvisual guidance, and perceptually guided action. Her work has application to navigation aids for the blind, haptic interfaces, exploratory robotics, teleoperation, and virtual environments. She is the author of over 200 articles and chapters, and has authored or edited 6 books.

View Roberta Klatzky’s 2008 Women in HCI Lecture at Iowa State University

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