HCT Workshop - April 2, 2013

Invited talks

Morning Session : Keynote: (9:00-10:00)

Anind K. Dey

Smartphones as a Resource for Understanding People - Anind K. Dey, Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract: Commodity smart phones have made the visions of ubiquitous computing common place. We call these phones "smart phones" simply because they have a mobile operating system, not because they are smart. In fact, they are pretty dumb. They know nothing about their users, despite the fact that they spend hours a day with them. The Ubicomp lab at Carnegie Mellon University has been using these phones to collect a wide variety of data to enable a wide variety of context-aware user experiences, focusing on experiences that require a truly "smart" phone. In this talk, I will provide an overview of our projects and will discussion a number of assumptions we make about phone usage that are wrong and will dramatically impact the way we design mobile smartphone applications.

Bio: Anind K. Dey is an Associate Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the director of the Ubicomp Lab, which performs research at the intersection of ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction and machine learning, in the areas of mobile computing, health and sustainability among others. He has authored over 100 papers on these topics and serves on the editorial board of several journals. Anind received his PhD in computer science from Georgia Tech, along with a Masters of Science in both Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Bachelors of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from Simon Fraser University.

Flash Talks: (10:30-11:30)

  1. Visions for Unobtrusive Sensing to Help People Move More, Sit Less - Adrian Bauman, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
  2. Creating new ways to sense health data - Alistair McEwan, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney.
  3. Unobtrusive sensing for the classroom of the future - Kalina Yacef, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney.
  4. Patterns in language as clues to human behaviour - Andy Dong, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney.
  5. Building models of people in web-based health interventions - Cecile Paris, CSIRO IT.
  6. Sharing personal information through public displays to promote proactive sustainable behaviour - Martin Tomitsch, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney.

Afternoon Session: Keynote: (14:00-15:00)

Your Big Data - Where is the Value? - Anind K. Dey, Carnegie Mellon University

There are so many services that we use that collect a tremendous amount of data about us. We choose to use these services because we find the services valuable, often in spite of the data we have to give up. At the same time, there are a growing number of systems and services that allow us to collect data about ourselves. In this talk, I will present some nascent ideas showing how this data can be leveraged by individuals in the areas of healthcare, sustainability, among others, and describe a multi-year project that will empower individuals to truly become scientists for their own data.

Flash Talks: (15:30-16:30)

  1. Lifelong data to transform the Sisyphean burden - Judy Kay, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney
  2. A Study of Social Interfaces for Mobile Fitness Applications - Pearl Pu, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
  3. Creating sensors that learn about people from text - James Curran, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney
  4. Learning Analytics: Sensing and making sense of Learning Activities - Abelardo Pardo, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney
  5. Vision-based sensing to keep elderly people independent - Fabio Ramos, School of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney