Monats-Archiv: August 2015

Visiting FXPAL

At the end of this wonderful sabbatical I was spending time at FXPAL. For many years a wonderful research friendship connects me to this lab. Lynn Wilcox and Andreas Girgensohn are working several related field of multimedia as my own team. We know Dick Bulterman, the current  President and CEO, FXPAL for a long time from our previous research in multimedia authoring. It was a pleasure to meet all of them again. What is also very exciting that our PhD student Torben Wallbaum is an intern at FXPAL and working on a exciting topics. It was interesting to hear about their new work in the field of hypermeetings that support meetings with asynchronous attendance. Andreas Girgensohn recently presented the conceptual design of his work on „Hypermeeting: Supporting Asynchronous Meetings with Hypervideo“ at the ACM Multimedia 2015 conference in Brisbane. It was very interesting to see the system in action.

Visiting Gillian Hayes and Yunan Chen at UC Irvine

The way from Arizona to California led me to UC Irvine. What a great place for human computer interaction. I paid a short visit to the lab of human center computing. It was a pleasure to talk to Yunan Chen and Gillian Hayes at the School of Information and Computer Science and in the School of Education and School of Medicine at UC Irvine. and also spend some time with her phd students. I was giving talk in the lab on our research on pervasive health research. UCI is the place in which our good friend Prof. Ramesh Jain is working in the field of multimedia. It was a wonderful surprise to see how much HCI research is now present at UCI.




Visiting Ramesh Jain at UC Irvine

It has been a while since we all met Ramesh Jain, Donald Bren Professor in the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UCI Irvine. It was a pleasure the meet Ramesh and his team. Lela Jalali presented her interesting work on the Objective Self and also her work on „Complex asthma risk factor recognition from heterogeneous data streams.“, all about event detection in large unstructured data collections and sensor streams. It is very great to see how now so many research are dressing health related research questions. Hyungik Oh talked about his work on „An intelligent notification system using context from real-time personal activity monitoring.“ Thank you also Ramesh for the wonderful invitation to your house meeting family and your students on a lovely Californian summer evening.

Visiting Donna Spruijt-Metz at the University of Southern California

After a great week in Dagstuhl in June when we spend and intense week in discussing long-term health behavior change technologies it was a pleasure to meet Donna Spruijt-Metz who is Associate Professor for Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. We continued our discussions on meaningful moments and also the importance of a connection of understanding behavior change interventions and communicating them with digital devices and user interfaces. It will also be great to see the first results from her ongoing work on using pervasive technology to understand family habits and social environment in the context of obesity.

Visiting Eric Hekler at Arizona State University

Only a few after our Dagstuhl seminar I met Eric Hekler from the Arizona State University again in the summer heat of Phoenix. I remember that he warned me about the temperatures of Phoenix in August 😉 Anyway – it was very nice to meet him and his PhD students and talk about behavior change, not to talk about the great food! One pressing topic in the field is the understanding of meaningful moments for health. How to understand and detect moments in which we are available and receptive for health related interventions. Looking forward to see further research projects and publications in this field. We are working on our summary of the Dagstuhl report and initiate further events in the field.


Visiting UC Boulder

On the great trip from East to West I had the pleasure to visit UC Boulder. Katie Siek was so kind to introduce me to Shaun Kane and I had the pleasure to meet Swamy Anantharanayan as well als Halley Profita on my short visit in Boulder. Halley showed me prototype of her wonderful work on the award winning tactile display Flutter – a wonderful garment that is instrumented with a fashion-oriented wearable tactile display. Swamy Anantharanayan showed me the Human Centered Computing Lab and the interesting work and prototypes in the lab. It was very interesting to  own work on „crafting of personal health technologies“ and his thesis that is just about to be submitted.