2017 ICS Dean’s Award Winners

February 23, 2017

Five accomplished ICS faculty are awarded for their innovative research, exemplar service, student mentorship and exceptional teaching skills.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 recipients of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Dean’s Awards, where accomplished ICS faculty are awarded for their innovative research, exemplar service, student mentorship and exceptional teaching skills. Recipients are peer- and self-nominated, garnering a certificate and a $500 discretionary award for their achievement.
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Mark elected to ACM CHI Academy for 2017

February 21, 2017

Informatics Professor Gloria Mark has been elected to the ACM CHI Academy for 2017. She will be recognized in May at the ACM CHI 2017 Conference in Denver.

The CHI Academy is an honorary group of influential individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and have been active participants in the ACM SIGCHI (special interest group on computer-human interaction) community. They are considered principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led research and/or innovation in HCI.
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BizTech: “Want to Improve Employee Productivity? Wearables Could Be the Answer” (Mark cited)

February 13, 2017

One popular way for businesses to implement the quantified workplace is through corporate wellness programs that outfit workers with fitness trackers, measuring the distance they walk each day.

The goal is to promote exercise. Healthier employees means less absenteeism and improved productivity, explains Gloria Mark, an informatics professor at University of California, Irvine.

Read the full story at BizTech.

UCI eSports: “Women in Gaming at UCI”

February 10, 2017

In the field of gaming, it is believed that the number of male players overshadow the number of female players. However, such an ideology has proven to be false as the population of male and female players are, in fact, quite balanced. Thus, the question is raised – if the numbers are equal, why do women continue to be excluded from competitive spaces and how do we increase the involvement of women in the video game industry?

Held at UCI on February 2nd in association with the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UCI eSports, and Women’s Empowerment Initiative, the Women in Gaming Panel discussed the influence of the representation of women in gaming and the concept of inclusive gaming.

Read the full story at UCI eSports.

Global Game Jam connects UCI with OC’s game design community

Professor Tanenbaum brought together 130 people who collectively created 20 wave-themed games in 48 hours.

This year’s Global Game Jam (GGJ) was a huge success for UC Irvine and GGJ site organizer Joshua Tanenbaum, assistant professor of informatics at UCI. For 48 hours of game development mayhem from Jan. 20-22, 130 people joined the fun, compared to the roughly 50 participants GGJ had last year. This was the third year Tanenbaum has hosted the event at UC Irvine.
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ESPN: “Panelists hoping to crack code of female acceptance in gaming”

February 1, 2017

On Thursday, in the shadows of a freshly constructed gaming center on the campus of University of California Irvine, a panel called “Women in Gaming” will set out to reshape these perceptions. Much like the physical space UCI has recently created to allow the world of esports and video game development to infiltrate the academic landscape, five female panelists will explore ways to increase the visibility and representation of women in competitive gaming.

Read the full story at ESPN.

Medium: “Bad Habits You Need to Kill Immediately to be a Much Better Person This Year” (Mark cited)

January 30, 2017

Stop multi-tasking, seriously stop. Of all the bad habits, multitasking is among the worst and most common. Multi-tasking does not necessarily make you more productive as you may think. You can actually achieve more in less time when you single task and focus on getting one thing done well.

It takes about 23 minutes and 15 seconds to fully return to a task after interruption, according to Gloria Mark, Professor at UC Irvine, in Fast Company. So you may be wasting a lot more time than you think.

Read the full story at Medium.