Seminar: Casual Interaction for Smartwatch Feedback and Communication

Casual Interaction for Smartwatch Feedback and Communication

Inference, Dynamics and Interaction Group
Speaker: Henning Pohl
Date: 01 July, 2016
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Casual interaction strives to enable people to scale back their engagement with interactive systems, while retaining the level of control they desire. In this talk, we will take a look on two recent developments in casual interaction systems. The first project to be presented is an indirect visual feedback system for smartwatches. Embedding LEDs into the back of a watch case enabled us to create a form of feedback that is less disruptive than vibration feedback and blends in with the body. We investigated how well such subtle feedback works in an in-the-wild study, which we will take a closer look at in this talk. Where the first project is a more casual form of feedback, the second project tries to support a more casual form of communication: emoji. Over the last years these characters have become more and more popular, yet entering them can take quite some effort. We have developed a novel emoji keyboard around zooming interaction, that makes it easier and faster to enter emoji.

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Bea Vad presents at ISMIR 2015 in Spain

Bea at ISMIR

Bea presented the paper:
B. Vad, Boland, D., Williamson, J., Murray-Smith, R., and Steffensen, P. B., Design and evaluation of a probabilistic music projection interface, In: 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, Malaga, Spain, 26-30 Oct 2015.

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A conceptual model of the future of input devices

Speaker: John Williamson
Date: 14 October, 2015
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Turning sensor engineering into advances into human computer interaction is slow, ad hoc and unsystematic. I’ll discuss a fundamental approach to input device engineering, and illustrate how machine learning could have the exponentially-accelerating impact in HCI that it has had in other fields.

 

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Seminar: Engaging with Music Retrieval

Engaging with Music Retrieval

Speaker: Daniel Boland
Date: 09 September, 2015
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Music collections available to listeners have grown at a dramatic pace, now spanning tens of millions of tracks. Interacting with a music retrieval system can thus be overwhelming, with users offered ‘too-much-choice’. The level of engagement required for such retrieval interactions can be inappropriate, such as in mobile or multitasking contexts. Using listening histories and work from music psychology, a set of engagement-stratified profiles of listening behaviour are developed. The challenge of designing music retrieval for different levels of user engagement is explored with a system allowing users to denote their level of engagement and thus the specificity of their music queries. The resulting interaction has since been adopted as a component in a commercial music system.

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