Former informatics Ph.D. student Bart Knijnenburg, who is joining the Human-Centered Computing division at Clemson University as an assistant professor in the fall, was a featured speaker at this year’s TEDxUCIrvine. Pulling from his expertise in privacy decision-making and user-centric evaluation of adaptive systems, Knijnenburg delivered a talk titled “How Come They Know So Much About Me?” According to Knijnenburg, “Addressing the privacy decision problem is crucial because an increasingly important part of our social and financial lives happens online, and if we constantly feel that we’re being monitored, and hacked and tracked, then how can we freely express ourselves.” Watch Knijnenburg’s full TEDxUCIrvine talk here.
User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research (UMUAI), an interdisciplinary journal edited by Informatics Professor Alfred Kobsa, celebrates its 25th anniversary with the August 2015 volume. The annual journal has long been a forum for research into the adaptability and personalization of interactive computer systems.
Research has shown that for every interruption it takes an average of 25 minutes to fully regain your cognitive focus. Dr. Gloria Mark, associate professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, found average information workers are interrupted every three minutes – nearly 20 times an hour, while the average manager is interrupted every eight minutes. In an eight-hour day most of us are interrupted 50 to 60 times, for on average five minutes — that works out to more than four hours out of eight, or 50% of the workday.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $240,000 Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) to three UCI professors who are researching distraction in security. The co-principal investigators for the project include Informatics Professor Alfred Kobsa, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik, and Associate Professor of Cognitive Science Bruce Berg.
The third annual competition expands collaboration while continuing to facilitate the discussion about technological interventions to aid those affected by autism.