CMU Plans Strong Showing at CHI2014

March 10, 2014

Watch out, Toronto — Carnegie Mellon is on its way. More than 50 CMU faculty members, graduate students and researchers are on the program for CHI2014, the Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Held annually, the conference is considered the premier international conference on human-computer interaction. Its attendees number in the thousands, and this year they’ll be traveling to Toronto April 26–May 1 for the event.

Carnegie Mellon researchers will present 38 papers at CHI2014 — the most of any academic institution — in research themes including technical innovation, design, collaboration, online communities, sensing, crowdsourcing, sustainability, privacy and security, education, and health. Of those 38 papers, six earned best paper nods, while another eight were honorable mentions.

Best Paper

  • “Designing for Slowness, Anticipation and Re-visitation: A Long-Term Field Study of the Photobox,” William Odom, Abigail Sellen, Richard Banks, David Kirk, Tim Regan, Mark Selby, Jodi Forlizzi, John Zimmerman
  • “Duet: Exploring Joint Interactions on a Smart Phone and a Smart Watch,” Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen, Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor, George Fitzmaurice
  • “Estimating the Social Costs of Friendsourcing,” Jeffrey M. Rzeszotarski, Meredith Ringel Morris
  • “Growing Closer on Facebook: Changes in Tie Strength Through Social Network Site Use,” Moira Burke, Robert E. Kraut
  • “Making Sustainability Sustainable: Challenges in the Design of Eco-Interaction Technologies,” Rayoung Yang, Mark Newman, Jodi Forlizzi
  • “Real-Time Feedback for Improving Medication Taking,” Matthew L. Lee, Anind K. Dey

 Honorable Mention

  • “Conversing With Children: Cartoon and Video People Elicit Similar Conversational Behaviors,” Jennifer Hyde, Sara Kiesler, Jessica K. Hodgins, Elizabeth J. Carter
  • “Distributed Analogical Idea Generation: Inventing With Crowds,” Lixiu Yu, Aniket Kittur, Robert Kraut
  • “Experimenting at Scale With Google Chrome's SSL Warning,” Adrienne Porter Felt, Robert W. Reeder, Hazim Almuhimedi, Sunny Consolvo
  • “Frenzy: Collaborative Data Organization for Creating Conference Sessions,” Lydia B. Chilton, Juho Kim, Paul André, Felicia Cordeiro, James A. Landay, Daniel S. Weld, Steven P. Dow, Robert C. Miller, Haoqi Zhang
  • “Kinetica: Naturalistic Multi-Touch Data Visualization,” Jeffrey M. Rzeszotarski, Aniket Kittur
  • “Printing Teddy Bears: A Technique for 3D Printing of Soft Interactive Objects,” Scott Hudson
  • “Support Matching and Satisfaction in an Online Breast Cancer Support Community," Tatiana A. Vlahovic, Yi-Chia Wang, Robert E. Kraut, John M. Levine
  • “Towards Automatic Experimentation of Educational Knowledge,” Yun-En Liu, Travis Mandel, Emma Brunskill, Zoran Popovic 

Twelve members of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute were among the conference's most prolific authors, with Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Robert Kraut tied for most papers with a total of seven.

To round out the conference, Professor Jodi Forlizzi will be inducted in the CHI Academy, an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the HCI field. She joins four current HCII faculty members who belong to the CHI Academy: Professor Scott Hudson, Hillman Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction Sara Kiesler, Kraut, and Professor Brad Myers. Former HCII Professor Bonnie John the late Randy Pausch are also CHI Academy members.

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Best Paper and Honorable Mention information was accurate at the time of this writing, given the availability of data about the conference. If an omission has inadvertently been made, please contactcribbs [at] ( Susie Cribbs).