Usable Smart Environments
I am currently the group leader of the Usable Smart Environments group. We take a user-centered approach to identifying and understanding pain points related to workplace activities. We use such analyses as inspiration for technical innovation, expressed as prototype systems that we deploy and evaluate. Past examples of this approach include Distributed Interactive Conference Environment (DICE) and ReBoard. DICE is a task-oriented interface and infrastructure for controlling meeting spaces. ReBoaard is a whiteboard capture tool and retrieval tool that supports people's episodic memory of whiteboard activity. Currently, we are investigating a range of tools for improving communication in the workplace through fostering awareness of co-workers' activities.
My other area of interest relates to Human-Computer Information Retrieval (HCIR). I have designed, implemented, and evaluated a variety of interfaces for browsing and exploring document collections. I have focused on novel interaction techniques including dynamic hypertext, query-mediated browsing, implicit queries based on annotations, and lately (working with Jeremy Pickens), on Collaborative Exploratory Search.
I have published extensively in information seeking and collaborative exploratory search, and have co-organized several workshops on information exploration (at CHI98 and SIGIR98) and collaborative search (at CSCW98, JCDL 2008, and coming up at CSCW 2010).
My prior projects with FXPAL include XLibris and PowerPoint Annotation, web services, and distributed analysis projects.
Before joining FXPAL in 1996, I earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles and my Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Interactive Media Lab, part of the Human Factors/Ergonomics area at the University of Toronto.
In 1993 and 1994, I was a visiting scientist at GMD-IPSI, where I helped develop a collaborative drawing tool and an automated diagram layout program. I was also an intern at IBM in 1990 and 1992.
- I am an AC for CHI 2010
- I am on the Program Committee of the User Interfaces/Rich Interaction Area for the WWW 2010 Conference
- With Merrie Morris and Jeremy Pickens, I am co-organizing the 2nd Int'l Workshop on Collaborative Information Seeking to be held in conjunction with CSCW 2010 in Savannah, GA in Feburary, 2010. Deadline for submitting position papers is November 20th.
- I am the Theme Editor for Information Discovery for JoDI, the Journal of Digital Information.
- The FXPAL Blog is up
- Jeremy Pickens, Merrie Morris and I are co-editing a Special Issue of Information Processing and Management on Collaborative Exploratory Search.