CHI2015: Apparition Harnesses the Crowd To Create Real-Time Prototyping

April 22, 2015

This image shows the prototype before and after crowd workers update it.

When designing anything — a new video game or the next-big-thing smartphone app — prototyping is key. It allows designers to quickly iterate and gather feedback, but the time it takes to create and update the prototype can be cripplingly slow. In an ideal world, prototypes would miraculously update themselves in the time it takes the designer to describe their ideas visually and verbally.

A pipe dream? No way.

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CHI2015: Social Microvolunteering Uses Facebook to Do Good

April 22, 2015

A photo posted to Facebook with questions from a visually impaired user.

Photos of food. Check-ins at the gym. Political rants and memes prominently featuring cats. They fill up newsfeeds on social media, to the extent that the good social media can do is often overlooked. But a group of researchers from the University of Rochester, Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University recently set out to study how the power of social media could be harnessed to help people, particularly those with disabilities.

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CHI Preview: Carnegie Mellon, Disney Researchers Develop Acoustically Driven Controls for Handheld Devices

April 19, 2015

A doll made with Acoustruments technology responds when its stomach is poked.

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as control surfaces. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative — a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms that can be readily added to any device.

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CHI Preview: HCII Researchers Unveil 3D Fabric Printing Technique

April 17, 2015

A small red bunny printed using layers of fabric.

Mention 3D printing, and most people will conjure up images of rough plastic items with hard surfaces and sharp angles. Warm and fuzzy doesn't often enter into the picture. But a team of researchers from Cornell, Carnegie Mellon and Disney Research has developed a 3D printing technology that might change that forever. Plus they're making those objects interactive.

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Forlizzi To Deliver Keynote at Persuasive Tech 2015

April 10, 2015

Jodi Forlizzi with deliver they keynote address at Persuasive Technology 2015.

HCII Professor Jodi Forlizzi will deliver the keynote address at Persuasive Technology 2015. Now in its 10th year, Persuasive Tech focuses on sharing the results of science-based inquiries into the roles various disciplines like design, psychology, sociology and technology play in creating systems that support behavior change through ethical means.

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SCS Rewards HCII Team for Research Excellence

March 24, 2015

Scott Hudson

Tinker Toys line the shelves of HCII Professor Scott Hudson's office, joined by electronic gadgets and gizmos of all kinds. A few felt teddy bears created on a 3D printer hang out on a couch. This is the office of a builder and inventor.

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HCII Students Act Out in "Once Upon a Mattress"

March 3, 2015

Amy Shannon, Judy Oden Choi

The HCII's Amy Shannon (left) tread the boards as Queen Aggravain and first-year Ph.D. student Judy Oden Choi (right) helped produce the show when a group of School of Computer Science students performed "Once Upon a Mattress" last month. The production featured students from across the college at all levels — undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. — and a few friends from other Carnegie Mellon departments.

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DataSquid Enters Into Partnership With Public Insight

March 3, 2015


HCII startup DataSquid Inc has entered into a partnership with Public Insight, a benchmarking platform that maximizes the utility of public data for regional discovery, competitive intelligence and decision support.

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HCII Researchers Earn "Best of CHI" Awards

March 2, 2015


Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute earned a total of seven awards when the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) CHI2015 conference announced its "Best of CHI" winners March 1. The institute received one Best Paper award and six Honorable Mentions. The conference's 21 total Best Paper awards recognized the top one percent of research submissions, while the 98 Honorable Mentions recognized

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Cassell Delivers Keynote at CyberLearning 2015

February 27, 2015

Justine Cassell

HCII Professor and Associate Vice-Provost for Technology Strategy and Impact Justine Cassell delivered a keynote address at CyberLearning 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Create the Future, held in late January in Arlington, Va.

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Rose Delivers Keynotes in Atlanta, Munich

February 26, 2015

Carolyn Rose

Associate Professor Carolyn Rosé is on the lecture circuit this semester. The keynote lecture circuit, that is.

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Louw Wins IxDA Interaction Award for Engagement

February 17, 2015

Marti Louw

Marti Louw, HCII faculty member and director of the Learning Media Design Center, took home the Best in Category award for "Engaging" at Interaction15, an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) that annually brings together nearly a thousand of the world's leading design professionals, educators, students and volunteers.

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Medical Price Matters … It Pratters

February 12, 2015


Forlizzi's Startup Allows Consumers to Compare Medical Costs

When it's time to buy a new appliance, like a stove, few consumers just rush headlong into the purchase. They check multiple retailers' websites, possibly read reviews in consumer-centered magazines, talk to friends and family members about their recent purchases and if they're satisfied with the price and quality. Finally, after days or months, they may even visit multiple stores before deciding on their new appliance.

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Researchers Offer Insight Into How Brain Understands Data Gathered From Fingers

February 9, 2015

Roberta Klatzky

What if the touchscreen of your smartphone or tablet could touch you back? Roberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Jr. Professor of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon, is part of a research team whose findings provide insight into how the brain makes sense of data gathered from fingers. Their results could have wide-ranging implications for how users interact with touch-based technologies.

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CHI Preview: CMU Leads All Institutions in Accepted Papers

February 2, 2015


It's still two months away, but Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute is already anticipating a strong showing at the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI2015 conference in Seoul, Korea, April 18–23.

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HCII Team Named Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalists

January 30, 2015

Anthony Chen, Adrian de Freitas

HCII Ph.D. students Xiang Anthony Chen and Adrian de Freitas have been named finalists for the 2015-2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for their project "Snap-To-It: Using Mobile Cameras To Opportunistically Connect and Interact With an Internet of Things."

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HCII Director Elected to CHI Academy

January 23, 2015

Anind Dey

Dey Is Institute's Eighth Academy Member

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Dow To Explore Collective Innovation Through NSF CAREER Award

January 23, 2015

Steven Dow

Today's big problems — becoming more energy independent or caring for an aging population — can't be solved in a vacuum. And while the Internet makes it easy to find and engage large groups of people in the problem-solving process, researchers need to advance the fundamental knowledge and technologies required for people to collectively explore and refine solutions to complex problems.

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Anderson To Attend White House Workshop

January 12, 2015

John Anderson

John R. Anderson, the Richard King Mellon University Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, will participate in the White House Workshop on Bridging Neuroscience and Learning on Friday, Jan. 23, in Washington, D.C.

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Schwarz Named to Forbes "30 Under 30"

January 7, 2015

Julia Schwarz

HCII Ph.D. student Julia Schwarz has been named to Forbes' "30 Under 30 in 2015 Science" list, which recognizes the movers and shakers who are doing everything from bringing physics to medicine to deciphering the genomes of humans and other organisms.

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