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UbiComp 2013

I am joining the Technical Program Committee of the 2013 ACM International Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013).

The UbiComp 2013 Program Chairs are Marc Langheinrich, John Canny, and Jun Rekimoto and they said of UbiComp 2013.

That it is the first merged edition of the two most renowned conferences in the field: Pervasive and UbiComp. While it retains the “UbiComp” short-name in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser, its long name (and focus) reflects the dual history of the new event, i.e., it seeks to publish any work that one would previously expect to find at either UbiComp or Pervasive. The conference will take place from September 8-12 in Zurich, Switzerland. Aaron has previously served on a number of Pervasive and UbiComp Technical program committees and looks forward to serving on this first joint conference UbiComp TPC which is now the premier forum for Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing research.

Talk in the University of Konstanz

Next week I presenting a seminar in the University of Konstanz, Germany as an invited speaker by Professor Harald Reiterer

The computational and contextual edifice around which we will build our ubicomp user interfaces is complex and constantly changing. This context include physiological, environmental and computational state. In this regard, can we model the physiological differences between people and use the models to adapt and personalize designs, user interfaces and artefacts? Can we model, measure and predict the cost of users altering their gaze in single or multi-display environments? If so, can we personalize interfaces using this knowledge. What about when moving and while the distance between user and screen is varying. Can this be considered a new modality and used to personalize the interfaces along with physiological differences and our current gaze. In this talk we seek to answer some of these questions. We define Ubicomp User Interf…

Big Data InfoVis summer school

SACHI along with other colleagues in Computer Science and across St Andrews are organising a SICSA supported “Big Data Information Visualisation” summer school in July of 2013. We are working on developing the program for this summer school bringing together expertise in a number of areas. Over the weeks and months ahead we will be adding to this website as we confirm topics and speakers. We already have a number of colleagues locally dealing with big data who are willing to act as mentors and domain experts during the summer

CHI 2013 Workshop

We are organizing with other colleagues a workshop at the CHI 2013 the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris in April 2013 called Blended Interaction: Envisioning Future Collaborative Interactive Space.

UMUAI Journal

Aaron Quigley, Judy Kay and Tsvi Kuflik are guest editors for a UMUAI special issue on Ubiquitous and Pervasive User Modelling. You can see the full call for papers for this special issue here.

Later this month my Inaugural Lecture

Research@StAndrews blog: Inaugural Lecture: Prof. Aaron Quigley: "Human Computer Interaction: Bridging the Digital-Physical Divide"

SICSA Knowledge Exchange

As the SICSA Deputy Director and Director of Knowledge Exchange I'm been learning more about the Knowledge Exchange we undertake in SICSA with industry. SICSA includes all staff and students in Informatics and Computer Science in Scotland and as such all the opportunities available are open to all. If you are a new SICSA PhD student I'll be meeting you and discussing much of this in detail at the new PhD induction day on Nov 26th in Edinburgh.

SICSA knowledge exchange manifests itself in things like the annual DemoFest, complimentary support to the tech transfer office in each Scottish University, entrepreneurial education, mobile apps clubs etc. Most of the support for SICSA knowledge exchange comes out of the AspeKT program in Informatics in Edinburgh.

Examples of knowledge exchange supports SICSA helps with include:
DemoFest on Nov 6 2012  Dedicated Business Development Officers, Tech for Tourism  (Alan Settery), Cyber Security  (Martin Beaton)Network development (building…

I am, you are, we are SICSA!

SICSA is the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance. I've been the deputy director and director for knowledge exchange with SICSA for a little over a month now. Yesterday I attended my first meeting of the SICSA committee with academics representing Universities from across Scotland. Attending this meeting prompted me to write this post.

SICSA has so far appointed more than 30 new staff and have offered more than 70 prize studentships to PhD students from around the world. However, SICSA is more than just these people. Indeed, in my time in Scotland I've met a few students and indeed academics in Computer Science and Informatics who said that "they aren't in SICSA" or that "SICSA events or support wasn't for them". This is simply not the case. SICSA was established to "Sustain and expand Scotland's research excellence in Informatics and Computer Science". This means all academics, researchers, postdocs, postgrads and oth…

Aug 2012, Inaugural Lecture St Andrews

So, the time for my Inaugural Lecture has rolled around. Not the nine year wait I'd feared but not the month after I started as I've been here two years now. At the end of this October I'll present my Inaugural Lecture entitled, Human Computer Interaction: "Bridging the digital physical divide".  In this talk I'll lay out what Human Computer Interaction is, and where research in HCI is taking us to bridge the digital physical divide. I'll be giving a dry run of this talk in Dublin in mid Sept so if you cannot make it to St Andrews, please come along then!

Aug 2012, Associate Chair CHI 2013

I've been asked to be an Associate Chair for the he 31st ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013). I'm looking forward to serving in this role.

July 2012, SICSA Deputy Director/Director Knowledge Exchange

From the 1st of August 2012 I will be the SICSA Deputy Director/Director of Knowledge Exchange in Scotland.  SICSA is the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance and is a collaboration of Scottish Universities whose goal is to develop and extend Scotland's position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education. See the SICSA website for more details.

June 2012, InfoVis for UbiComp data summer school reflections

In late May of 2012 I organised and delivered a week long workshop on Information Visualisation for UbiComp Data, as part of the UbiOulu summer school. On a scale from worst (1) to best (5) my workshop was scored 4.35 on average by 14 of the 23 participants from the workshop who responded to a survey request, so there is room for improvement. This blog post covers the background to the workshop, the schedule, the results of a survey and some discussion.   
Background to the workshop  I was invited by Professor Timo Ojala to run this workshop eight months before travelling to Oulu in Finland. Even with the time to prepare, it remained a slightly daunting task which worried me (as such things often do!). There were 23 graduate students from around Europe attending to learn about Infovis. When you consider they were collectively devoting half a person year to something, you want to make sure you make it worth their while! I have taught modules, courses and guest lectured about InfoVis on…

ITS 2013 website goes live

Along with Professor Giulio Jacucci of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT I'm a general chair for ITS 2013. This post is version of our introductory message on that site.  "We wanted like to thank our web chair Jim Young for his hard work in getting this site underway and for managing it over the next two years. Thanks to Aaron Genest our social media chair for coordinating the online social presence with Google+FacebookTwitter and more. We would also like to thank our publicity chair Paul Marshall for arranging the postcard you see below. Printed copies of these are now being used to advertise the conference around the world at upcoming conferences. If you would like some of these postcards please do let us know. Thanks also to our PC chair Miguel Nacenta for his logo work and to our local chair Per Ola Kristensson for his hard work organising a multitude of things. A conference such as this is the culmination of work and often unseen efforts of many…

Social TV and Second Screen Apps

Social television is “a general term for technology that supports communication and social interaction in either the context of watching television, or related to TV content” [1]. Each day millions of Facebook updates, Tweets or blog posts relate to television shows. Some of these comments relate to a particular TV show, at a particular moment and go stale very quickly. For example, during a live political debate a politician mis-quotes someone, makes an incorrect assertion or comments on a particular law. Quickly, the mass audience will post links to the law in question, post corrections or messages with links to past statements which contradict what is being said live on TV. Hashtags, lists, message boards or meta-pages rapidly emerge as hundreds, thousands or millions of people are simultaneously watching events unfold on screen. In other cases, viewers of a particular show will post trivia or links to images, videos or webpages related to the characters or real actors who are cur…

Trading Consequences blog post

As part of the launch of the Trading Consequences project site I have written the first blog post in which I emphasise that the question is key in this project. "To understand the consequences of our trading history, historians need to ask difficult, subtle, multifaceted and challenging questions. Questions which aren’t polluted by knowledge of the limitations of the methods and technologies we have today. These insightful questions won’t come from a focus on what the tools of today can support, what the analysis or visualisation methods can do or what data is available. " see the full blog post here.

Jan 2012 - New Grants, Research Fellow and PhD Scholarships

Along with colleagues in the Univeristies of Edinburgh and York we have achieved grant success with JISC. Our project “Trading Consequences” (Universities of Edinburgh, York and St Andrews) will examine the economic and environmental consequences of commodity trading during the nineteenth century using information extraction techniques to study large corpora of digitized documents through structured query and visualisation. There is a page on our research group's website about this in more detail.

Along with Miguel Nacenta and colleagues from ADS and Historic Scotland we have been awarded a Smart Tourism grant named LADDIE or Large Augmented Digital Displays for Interactive Experiences of Historic Sites. In addition to this, along with colleagues from MUSA in St Andrews and Interface3 who have been awarded a second Smart Tourism Grant named SMART or Scotland’s Museums Augmented Reality Tourism. There is a page on our research group's website about this in more detail.