Archive | March 2012

Designing towards NordiCHI 2012

Between the two independent studies, courses: Mobile Experiences for Tourism, User Experience Scholarship Seminar, Intro to HCI and Usability Engineering, we are shooting to publish in NORDICHI 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. The challenge is high but we are focusing our research and tying for a RIT HCI presence in Scandinavia this year!  NORDCHI is one of my favorite conferences, great research and design, great people and great networking and learning opportunities.

http://www.nordichi2012.org/

Digital tourism and user experience design becoming a research focus at RIT

In the fall of 2011, I created a new course through the MS HCI program at Rochester Institute of Technology called Mobile Experiences for Tourism (MET). This course was developed with participation from the Eastern National Parks, Eastman Kodak Company and Edinburgh Napier University in the UK. Our course successfully designed solutions for several tourism locations in the Rochester area.

  • The Women’s  Rights Museum (National Park)
  • Mount Hope Cemetery
  • Historic High Falls Rochester
  • Genesee Country Village Museum

This Spring 2012, we are happy to continue and expand our research and development in the digital tourism domain. We are expanding our tourism prototypes for thousands of prospective freshmen students visiting the RIT campus. Our prototype will be available for testing in the Global Village.

Our prototypes from MET are being utilized in several other MS courses. Our projects are becoming core topics for publication, Usability Testing, the User Experience Scholarship Seminar and a handful of  potential capstone investigations. Stay tuned as developments continue.

The User Experience Scholarship Seminar at RIT

New Course at RIT: User Experience Scholarship Seminar is a team-centered scholarship course for any preexisting project/prototype in the HCI domain. The primary goal of this course is aimed at how to evaluate existing research projects/prototypes and prepare them for peer reviewed and disseminated ACM publication. Graduate students will be researching their project domains and creating either one full paper or one short paper and a demo/poster paper. Undergraduate students will also research their domains and create a demo or poster paper. During the quarter students will be submitting their research to leading international or domestic HCI conferences.

Starts: 13/3/2012
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11:50am
Where: Innovation Center RIT

Announcement on Google Plus

Winners of the Experience IXD Competition at RIT 2.29.2012

Congratulations to all MS students of the Usability Engineering class for a great night of innovative interaction design.

AWARD WINNERS:
Best Wizard of OZ:

Exercise to Socialize: Encouraging Peer Relations in the Fitness Center
Best Use Case Scenario:
Teaching Children Energy Conservation Using a Plush Toy
Best Wireframe UI/Prototype:
Enhancing Neighborhood Events through Mobile Augmentation
Best Testing Strategy:
Improving Shopping Itemization through Contextual GPS Location
Best Overall Presentation:
Enabling Entertainment Trajectories through Facebook Relationships

JUDGES:
Ken Parulski – Chief Scientist Eastman Kodak Company
Richard Notargiacomo – Business Development Manager Saunders College of Business
Jeff Sonstein – Associate Professor GCCIS School of Informatics RIT
Stephen Mokey – MS HCI Student GCCIS School of Informatics RIT

Thank you to all our Judges for their insights during our event!

Experience IXD Competition at the Innovation Center 2.29.2012

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