HAI Lab has six papers accepted for upcoming AMIA Symposium

June 27, 2017

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has chosen five papers led by Ph.D. students in the Health and Information Lab within UCI’s Department of Informatics to be presented at the upcoming AMIA Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., in November.

“We’ve had a very productive year and our students have some truly excellent work to present at the symposium,” said Kai Zheng, associate professor of informatics.
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MHCID student Aaron Soto part of second-place team in UCI New Venture Competition

June 19, 2017

Aaron Soto, a graduate student in UCI’s Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCID) program within the Department of Informatics, and his team took second place in the 2017 New Venture Competition held May 12 at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business. The competition was hosted by the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with UCI Applied Innovation.

The team’s award-winning project was COMPAS, a product that uses computer access times, along with patient-to-room associations, to produce a live view of patient flow. Soto played a fundamental role in the business competition, having joined the team after meeting its founders at a UCI Cove networking mixer, by literally being their “boots on the ground,” attending various workshops and events to curate the necessary knowledge needed to compete, such as creating the pitch deck used for the competition.
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ICS alumni named to ACM Future of Computing Academy

June 15, 2017

ICS alumni Julia Haines, Ph.D. ’15; Sun Young Park, Ph.D. ’14; and Julie Williamson, B.S. ’08 were recently recognized as members of the inaugural class of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA), a new initiative to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The goal of the ACM-FCA is to allow the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop an influential voice in their fields.

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Changing Academic Life: “Gloria Mark on service, multitasking, creativity and fun”

Gloria Mark is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California Irvine. Gloria talks about her experiences as chair of a major conference, not just the work but also the rewards. She talks about how she moved from a Fine Arts background, painting murals on buildings, to a PhD in cognitive science and now studying the relationship between media use, attention and stress, but still being able to be creative in work. She also reflects honestly on her own struggles to manage her screen time and stress but above all she reminds us of the importance of fun and fulfillment in work.

Listen to the interview at Changing Academic Life.

2017 SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award

June 7, 2017

ISR alum Roy T. Fielding and Director Richard N. Taylor received the 2017 SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) for their paper titled “Principled Design of the Modern Web Architecture,” which was presented at ICSE 2000. The ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award is presented annually to the authors of a highly impactful paper presented at a SIGSOFT-sponsored or co-sponsored conference held at least 10 years prior.

CityLab: “Can Cities Hack Diversity?” (Ito quoted)

June 6, 2017

“I think it’s really critically important to have metrics for transparency about whether a city is approaching its diversity goals,” says Mizuko Ito, director of the University of California, Irvine’s Connected Learning Lab and research director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. “There are so many case studies of well-meaning public policies that were launched with very good intentions, but that resulted in no, or even negative outcomes around inclusivity. It’s something that’s really hard to get right, because it’s not simply about getting butts in seats. It really is about fostering a change in culture, practices, and expectations.”

Read the full story at CityLab.

Wired: “Banned From the US? There’s a Robot for That” (Mark quoted)

June 5, 2017

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference. Sounds like the beginning of a very nerdy joke, but it really happened (#2017). A few weeks ago in Denver, Colorado, a robot I was piloting over the internet from my computer in Idaho stood wheel-to-wheel with a similar ‘bot in a pink skirt controlled by a researcher in Germany. We huddled. We introduced ourselves by yelling at each other’s screens. Given the topic of the conference, this particular human-computer interaction was a little too on the HD touch-screen nose. But as much as the huddle symbolized of the future, it was also a political statement about a troubled present.

“It is a political statement, right? That we can allow people to come,” says Gloria Mark, General Chair of CHI and a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She says that even with the telepresence robots reserved for people wth denied visas, the conference still lost some attendees over the looming ban. “They just didn’t even want to take a chance of coming,” she said.

Read the full story at Wired.