Overview

The Connect group merges research in Social Computing, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, and Information Visualization to explore systems that help to connect people, places, and devices. Our goal is to support rich collaboration across a variety of dimensions, including individual and community interactions, co-located and distributed collaboration; ambient and interactive visualization; and awareness displays.  

People


Kori Inkpen Quinn

Kori
Inkpen Quinn

 
Danyel Fisher

Danyel
Fisher

 
Nathalie Henry Riche

Nathalie
Henry Riche

 
Scott Counts

Scott
Counts

 
John Tang

John
Tang

 
Roland Fernandez

Roland
Fernandez



Connected researchers, past visting researchers and interns

Projects


Multi-touch Gestures for Surface

Chris North, Tim Dwyer, Bongshin Lee, Danyel Fisher, Petra Isenberg, George Robertson, and Kori Inkpen

Two-handed, multi-touch surface computing provides a scope for interactions that are closer analogues to physical interactions than classical windowed interfaces. This project explores the design of natural and intuitive gestures and whether familiarity with other environments influences how users approach interaction with a multi-touch surface computer.


Chris North, Tim Dwyer, Bongshin Lee, Danyel Fisher, Petra Isenberg, George Robertson, and Kori Inkpen, Understanding Multi- touch Manipulation for Surface Computing, in 12th IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2009), Springer Verlag, August 2009.


Mischief

Neema Moraveji, Kori Inkpen, Ed Cutrell, Ravin Balakrishnan, Taemie Kim, James Ge, Udai Singh Pawar, and Kathleen Mulcahy

Mischief is a system for classroom interaction that allows multiple children to use individual mice and cursors to interact with a single large display. We also examined how children’s performance is affected as group size increases.


Neema Moraveji, Kori Inkpen, Ed Cutrell, and Ravin Balakrishnan, A Mischief of Mice: Examining Children’s Performance in Single Display Groupware Systems with 1 to 32 Mice , in International conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2009), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., April 2009

Neema Moraveji, Taemie Kim, James Ge, Udai Singh Pawar, Kathleen Mulcahy, and Kori Inkpen, Mischief: supporting remote teaching in developing regions, in International conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., April 2008.


Embodied Social Proxies (ESP)

Gina Venolia, John Tang, George Robertson, Bongshin Lee, Kori Inkpen Quinn and Steven Drucker

“Overcoming out-of-sight and out-of-mind for remote workers” – the ESP prototype provides a physical presence to support remote colleagues’ collaborations with their team at a collocated hub. We use ESPs in our own group and are studying how other distributed teams use them. See the ESP project page for more information.


A.J. Bernheim Brush, Brian R. Meyers, James Scott, and Gina Venolia, Exploring Awareness Needs and Information Display Preferences Between Coworkers, in CHI 2009 Proceedings, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., April 2009.

Mary M. Olson, Judith S. Olson, and Gina Venolia, What Still Matters about Distance?, in Proceedings of HCIC 2009, February 2009

Gina Venolia, Can We Make "Distance Matter" Less? , October 2008


Appearance Filters for Videoconferencing

Jose Eurico de Vasconcelos Filo, Kori Inkpen, and Mary Czerwinski

Media spaces and videoconference systems are beneficial for connecting separated co-workers and providing rich contextual information. However, image sharing communication tools may also touch on sensitive spots of the human psyche related to personal, perceived image issues (e.g., appearance, self-image, self- presentation and vanity). This project examines the impact of self-image concerns on the use of media spaces and videoconference systems. Our results suggest that personal, perceived image concerns have a considerable impact on the comfort level of users and may hinder effective communication. We also found that image filtering techniques can help users feel more comfortable.


Jose Eurico de Vasconcelos Filo, Kori Inkpen, and Mary Czerwinski, Image, Appearance and Vanity in the Use of Media Spaces and Videoconference Systems, in International ACM conference on Supporting group work (Group 2009), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., May 2009.


SPARCS

A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori M. Inkpen, and Kimberly Tee

Staying in touch with extended family members can be a challenge in part because of the time and effort required, even with the help of current technologies. To explore the value of sharing suggestions in sparking communication and facilitating sharing between extended families, we iteratively built SPARCS, a prototype that encourages frequent sharing of photos and calendar information between extended families.


Kimberly Tee, A.J. Brush, and Kori Inkpen, Exploring communication and sharing between extended families , in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Elsevier , February 2009.

A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori M. Inkpen, and Kimberly Tee, SPARCS: Exploring Sharing Suggestions to Enhance Family Connectedness, in Conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., November 2008.

A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori M. Inkpen, and Kimberly Tee, SPARCS Video, Microsoft, 2008.


Family Accounts

Serge Egelman, A.J. Brush, and Kori Inkpen

This project explores how families currently use and share technologies in domestic environments. Results from this work call attention to the prevalence of shared usage of technology in domestic environments and also suggest opportunistic spaces for ubiquitous computing technology. We are also exploring Family Accounts, a new user account model for shared home computers.


Serge Egelman, A.J. Brush, and Kori Inkpen, Family Accounts: A new paradigm for user accounts within the home environment, in Conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., November 2008.

A.J. Brush and Kori Inkpen, Yours, Mine and Ours? Sharing and Use of Technology in Domestic Environments, in Ubicomp 2007, IEEE Computer Society, September 2007.


Mercury

Roland Fernandez

"Components for End Users" - Visualization, Data, and UI components that users can put together without needing to write code.  Mercury comes with over 200 prebuilt components and hundreds of samples applets, including the Mercury IDE (shown here).

PipeDream

Valentina Grigoreanu, Roland Fernandez, Kori Inkpen and George Robertson

Visual designer for Mercury - PipeDream lets users build applets without programming using the Mercury library, property settings, and data and event flow between components.


Valentina Grigoreanu, Roland Fernandez, Kori Inkpen, and George Robertson, What Designers Want: Needs of Interactive Application Designers, in Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VLHCC 2009), IEEE, September 2009.


WIPDash

Mikkel R. Jakobsen, Roland Fernandez, Mary Czerwinski, Kori Inkpen, Olga Kulyk, and George G. Robertson

"Work Item and People Dashboard" - A software team dashboard designed to increase awareness among team members of work item and team activities.


Mikkel R. Jakobsen, Roland Fernandez, Mary Czerwinski, Kori Inkpen, Olga Kulyk, and George G. Robertson, WIPDash: Work Item and People Dashboard for Software Development Teams, in 12th IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2009), Springer Verlag, August 2009.


AniTime

George Robertson, Roland Fernandez, Danyel Fisher, Bongshin Lee and John Stasko

"What's are the best ways to discover and present trends in data?"   We built a prototype that used 3 methods of trend visualization (Animated Bubbles, Trend Trails, and Small Multiples) and tested their effectiveness for analysis and presentation in a lab study.


George Robertson, Roland Fernandez, Danyel Fisher, Bongshin Lee, and John Stasko, Effectiveness of Animation in Trend Visualization, in IEEE TVCG (InfoVis 2008), 2008


Multi-Display Environments

James Wallace, Regan Mandryk, Jacob Biehl, Kori Inkpen, William Baker, Brain Bailey, Desney Tan, Mary Czerwinski, Ryder Ziola, and Melanie Kellar


James Wallace, Regan Mandryk, and Kori Inkpen, Comparing content and input redirection in MDEs , in Conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., November 2008

Jacob Biehl, William Baker, Brain Bailey, Desney Tan, Kori Inkpen, and Mary Czerwinski, IMPROMPTU: A New Interaction Framework for Supporting Collaboration in Multiple Display Environments and its Field Evaluation for Co-located Software Development, in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 2008

Ryder Ziola, Melanie Kellar, and Kori Inkpen, DeskJockey: Exploiting Passive Surfaces to Display Peripheral Information, in INTERACT 2007, pp. 447-460, September 2007.


GroupBanter

Kori Inkpen, Steven Whittaker, Mary Czerwinski, James Wallace and Roland Fernandez

GroupBanter is a tool for supporting serendipitous group conversations using instant messaging. We investigated the potential of ephemeral group conversations by providing awareness of friends’ IM conversations, serving as an implicit invitation to join a group conversation. Results from this work show that users value this type of communication,  and that it provides new opportunities for communication that aren’t well served by traditional IM, email, or face-to-face communication.


Kori Inkpen, Steven Whittaker, Mary Czerwinski, James Wallace, and Roland Fernandez, GroupBanter: Supporting Serendipitous Group Conversations with IM, in The 4th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom 2008), Orlando, FL, November 2008.


TapGlance

Daniel C. Robbins, Bongshin Lee and Roland Fernandez

"The information you care about, at a Glance"  - a novel mobile phone UI that is customized to show the user's information, designed around 9 grids.  Each grid can be glanced at, "peeked into" for more detail (by holding a grid/key down), or interacted with (with a grid/key click).

Daniel C. Robbins, Bongshin Lee, Roland Fernandez, Designing a Unified Smartphone Interface (DIS 2008)


DynaVis

Jeffrey Heer, Roland Fernandez and George Robertson

Animated Transitions in Statistical Data Graphics - we built a prototype that uses animation to improve the chart user experience, animation transitions as data and chart types change.  It also support graphic manipulation of data (moving, resizing) as well as composition of rich charts from simpler charts.


EasyThread

Roland Fernandez

"Quick and Easy Application Threading".  Are you users complaining when your application freezes while performing a long running task?  With EasyThread, a Visual Studio add-in for writing multi-threaded .NET applications, you can easily move that processing onto a background thread.  Just add a "[BgThread]" or "[FgThread]" attirbute to selected methods, and your running code can easily move between threads without having to worry about delegate, special parameters, or locks.


Roland Fernandez, "EasyThread" - Quick and Easy Application Threading , published on www.WindowsClient.Net , 2004

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Publications

2009

Valentina Grigoreanu, Roland Fernandez, Kori Inkpen, and George Robertson, What Designers Want: Needs of Interactive Application Designers, in Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VLHCC 2009), IEEE, September 2009.

Chris North, Tim Dwyer, Bongshin Lee, Danyel Fisher, Petra Isenberg, George Robertson, and Kori Inkpen, Understanding Multi-touch Manipulation for Surface Computing, in 12th IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2009), Springer Verlag, August 2009.

Mikkel R. Jakobsen, Roland Fernandez, Mary Czerwinski, Kori Inkpen, Olga Kulyk, and George G. Robertson, WIPDash: Work Item and People Dashboard for Software Development Teams, in 12th IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2009), Springer Verlag, August 2009.

Jose Eurico de Vasconcelos Filo, Kori Inkpen, and Mary Czerwinski, Image, Appearance and Vanity in the Use of Media Spaces and Videoconference Systems, in International ACM conference on Supporting group work (Group 2009), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., May 2009.

A.J. Bernheim Brush, Brian R. Meyers, James Scott, and Gina Venolia, Exploring Awareness Needs and Information Display Preferences Between Coworkers, in CHI 2009 Proceedings, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., April 2009.

Neema Moraveji, Kori Inkpen, Ed Cutrell, and Ravin Balakrishnan, A Mischief of Mice: Examining Children’s Performance in Single Display Groupware Systems with 1 to 32 Mice , in International conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2009), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., April 2009

Kimberly Tee, A.J. Brush, and Kori Inkpen, Exploring communication and sharing between extended families , in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Elsevier , February 2009.

Mary M. Olson, Judith S. Olson, and Gina Venolia, What Still Matters about Distance?, in Proceedings of HCIC 2009, February 2009

Niklas Elqvist, Yann Riche, Nathalie Henry and Jean-Daniel Fekete. Melange: Space Folding for Visual Exploration. In Special Issue on Collaborative Infovis, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications journal, to appear.

Petra Isenberg, Anastasia Bezerianos, Nathalie Henry, Sheelagh Carpendale and Jean-Daniel Fekete. CoCoNutTrix: A Study in Collaborative Retrofitting for Information Visualization. In Special Issue on Collaborative Infovis, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications journal, to appear.

Tomer Moscovich, Fanny Chevalier, Nathalie Henry, Emmanuel Pietriga and Jean-Daniel Fekete. Topology-Aware Navigation in Large Networks . In CHI'09: Proceedings of the twenty-seventh annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, pages 2319–2328, New York, NY, USA, April 2009.

2008

A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori M. Inkpen, and Kimberly Tee, SPARCS: Exploring Sharing Suggestions to Enhance Family Connectedness, in Conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., November 2008.

Kori Inkpen, Steven Whittaker, Mary Czerwinski, James Wallace, Roland Fernandez, GroupBanter: Supporting Serendipitous Group Conversations with IM , in The 4th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom 2008), Orlando, FL, November 2008

Serge Egelman, A.J. Brush, Kori Inkpen, Family Accounts:A new paradigm for user accounts within the home environment, in CSCW 2008, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., November 2008

Danyel Fisher, Aaron Hoff, George Robertson, Matthew Hurst, Narratives: A Visualization to Track Narrative Events as they Develop, in IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), IEEE, October 2008

Gina Venolia, Can We Make "Distance Matter" Less? , October 2008

George Robertson, Roland Fernandez, Danyel Fisher, Bongshin Lee, and John Stasko, Effectiveness of Animation in Trend Visualization, in IEEE TVCG (InfoVis 2008), 2008

Neema Moraveji, Taemie Kim, James Ge, Udai Singh Pawar, Kathleen Mulcahy, and Kori Inkpen, Mischief: supporting remote teaching in developing regions, in International conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2008), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., April 2008.

Daniel C. Robbins, Bongshin Lee, Roland Fernandez, Designing a Unified Smartphone Interface (DIS 2008)

Jacob Biehl, William Baker, Brain Bailey, Desney Tan, Kori Inkpen, Mary Czerwinski, IMPROMPTU: A New Interaction Framework for Supporting Collaboration in Multiple Display Environments and its Field Evaluation for CO-located Software Development, in CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2008

2007

A.J. Brush, Kori Inkpen, Yours, Mine and Ours? Sharing and Use of Technology in Domestic Environments, in Ubicomp 2007, IEEE Computer Society, September 2007

Desney Tan, Darren Gergle, Regan Mandryk, Kori Inkpen, Melanie Kellar, Kirstie Hawkey, Mary Czerwinski, Using Job-Shop Scheduling Tasks for Evaluating Collocated Communication , in Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Special Issue on User-Centered Design and Evaluation of Services for Human-Human Communication and Collaboration), 2007

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Connected researchers

George Robertson

George
Robertson

 
Bongshin Lee

Bongshin
Lee

 

Gina
Venolia

 
Mary Czerwinski

Mary
Czerwinski

 
A.J. Brush

A.J.
Brush

 
Aaron Hoff

Aaron
Hoff

 
Brian Meyers

Brian
Meyers


Michel Pahud

Michel
Pahud

 
Merrie Morris

Merrie
Morris

 
Zhengyou Zhang

Zhengyou
Zhang

 
Rajesh Hegde

Rajesh
Hegde

 
Ed Cutrell

Ed
Cutrell



Past visiting researchers and interns

Tim
Dwyer

 

Chris
Brooks

 

Petra
Isenberg

 

Uta
Hinrichs

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