Seminar at the Interactive Technologies Research Group, University of Brighton
I visited the group in Brighton and presented my work on interaction design for multimedia technologies. It was great to talk to the group
as their expertise in interactive TV and HCI perspective is something I was very interested in.
Attending SIGCHI Ireland Chapter inaugural lecture by Prof Alan Dix
Daragh, Naz, Yuki and I attended the inaugural lecture by Alan Dix at Trinity College, titled 'Human-Computer Interaction in the Early 21st Century: a
Stable Discipline, a Nascent Science, the Growth of the Long Tail.'
Seminar at Glasgow Interactive Systems Group (GIST) and IR group, Glasgow University
I visited the both groups at the same time and presented and discussed my research work on interaction design for multimedia. Interesting point was that
my seminar tried to bring together the IR group (highly-techy) and GIST group (user-focused), as my research area is the intersection of both areas.
Demos at DCU Open Day
It was DCU Open Day and I helped with Sorin and Aiden, the setting of our demos: interactive TableTop and TV interfaces - they gathered a lot of
crowd because they project new media platforms and the future use of our media technologies.
Alia (CWI, Amsterdam)'s visit to CDVP
Alia Amin from CWI visited our group for 2 weeks and I had many discussions on interaction design, especially in developing her fancy museum interface.
Alia's group is led by Prof Lynda Hardman, who also visited 2 days during Alia's visit, and I've visited her group in Amsterdam 3 times over the last 2 years.
CLARITY away day
I participated in the 2-day meeting in Carlow to discuss and shape the demonstrators for CLARITY Centre.
Awarded DCU Research Fellowship!
I was awarded DCU Research Fellowship, a competitive scheme to help researchers to establish as leaders in their fields.
Presenting a paper at uxTV 2008, Silicon Valley
I presented a full paper at uxTV (First International Conference on Designing Interactive User Experiences for TV and Video)
Mountain View this October. The paper I wrote is a full design rationale of the interactive TV interface - I spent
January - April almost full-time this year, reading the relevant literature to identify design issues and guidelines on
interactive TV (had a great time checking on EuroITV conference series proceedings), brainstorming and sketching
the interface. My challenge was to incorporate some of our group's content-based
analysis techniques in the interactive TV and represent on its interface where the interaction needs to be extra-simple.
How can those seemingly sophisticated, advanced features of multimedia techniques be reflected on an a TV screen where
simplicity should rule? With layered interface sophistication level, semi-transparent interactive elements, query without text input
and colour-button short-cut keys on the remote control, my design solution shows a remarkably simple but effective interface
that leverages multimedia techniques for simple TV interface.
Attended a workshop 'Supervising Postgraduate Students and Early Stage Researchers in an Academic Context', invent, DCU
I attended the half-day training event in DCU, in order to understand better the best way to work with research students.
Seminar at Napier University, Edinburgh
I was invited by the Centre for Interaction Design, Napier University, Edinburgh - my second visit to the group. I gave a seminar on updates of my
past 10 months of research. I enjoy visiting this group as their perspective and feedback has been always inspiring and useful.
ODCSSS supervision for summer
(June - July)
As last summer, this summer I again supervised a student for
ODCSSS (Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School). My student, Anmol, worked on a
project titled "online sharing of environmental data to enhance awareness" and we worked together to investigate the best
way to allow connection of central/local environmental data together and get the users in the community aware of
Presenting Industrial Case Study at the EuroITV 2008, Salzburg
I attended the 6th European Interactive TV Conference as well as a tutorial (pre-conference
event) on HCI Methods in Digital TV Applications. I had a paper to demonstrate the interactive TV interface at
the Industrial Case Studies of the event.
The event brought in iTV researchers around the world, and discussed the issues especially the identify of the community
and where iTV is heading towards. Certainly the most important issues dealt with was how interactive TV identifies itself
as in the coming era - convergence of Internet and TV, along with bringing social features to TV was the hot issue.
Firt time to be at the conference series, I met many people in the iTV community,
and also it was the most well-organised conference I have been for a long time.
Visiting CWI Amsterdam
I visited CWI to discuss the interfaces we are developing. Representing underlying technology to the interface is always a
difficult issue partly because by being deeply involved in the development of the technology, we lose a perspective
from outside and how such technology should be interfaced to outside world. Having our own agenda, our own ways of
understanding, our own ways of approach, our own ways to categorise and classify our problems tend to lead us to design
the interface that truthfully represent in our own ways, but in many cases such an interface doesn't work. The ability
and skill of a good interface designer in new technology is to see this and start afresh in designing the interface
from point zero. Design is to make the message clear to the users - how can we make all our complicated concepts and
ideas (however powerful we think they are) easy to understand and guide the users in a simple, straightforward manner?
My visit to CWI highlighted this point.
Interactive Wall survey
(April - August)
I've been investigating interactive wall product for our group - I visited places to see example products and currently
compiling a list of suggestions in order to help make decision on which to purchase. The wall is usually
about 4m x 1.5m vertical screen where a user can approach and interact with her finger/hand. This will extend our
interaction design expertise from Web/GUI, mobile, TableTop, and interactive TV.
Attended Enterprise Ireland Information Workshop, invent, DCU
I am more and more aware of the possible funding opportunities, and trying to get more information about
these available sources. I attended the workshop to understand these opportunities offered by Enterprise Ireland.
Attending AVI 2008 and presenting at PPD 2008 in Naples, Italy
I attended AVI 2008 conference (International Working Conference on
Advanced Visual Interfaces), and also presented a paper at PPD 2008 (Workshop on Designing Multi-Touch
Interaction Techniques for Coupled Public and Private Displays) for Xiangan, who is the primary author of our paper.
Attending Open Access to Research - A Celebration, Trinity College
From February, I have been liasing with DCU library in order to get the DCU participation of the IREL-Open project active,
by collecting papers for DORAS (DCU Online Research Access Service), where now many of our group's papers are
available in their camera-ready (but pre-publication) format. The event at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, was to celebrate the collection of activities from
7 Irish universities and its future direction.
Paper writing on designing interactive TV - EuroITV 2008 and UXTV 2008
I wrote a paper for EuroITV (and subsequently accepted) - European Conference on Interactive TV, Salzburg, Austria. Main focus of the paper is the dilemma we have
when trying to incorporate sophisticated multimedia techniques to an interactive TV (which needs to be extremely simplistic in its interface).
A much longer, full paper I also wrote in May, for UXTV 2008 - International Conference on Designing User Experience for TV and Video,
Silicon Valley, U.S. to be held October this year.
Visit to Samsung Electronics, Korea
Cathal, Paul and I went to Korea to have meeting with Samsung Electronics, for a mid-point progress meeting on the interactive TV project.
I presented a 1.5-hour long
presentation to Samsung researchers on our findings and designs for the interactive TV application that incorporates multimedia IR features.
Design of Interactive TV Interface
(Jan - Sep)
My main focus for the first half of this year is the design of interaction strategies for an interactive TV application - the notable issues with the TV interaction is the (i) lean-back
(as opposed to lean-forward) attitude of the viewer both physically and mentally, (ii) use of remote control, and (iii) enjoyment as usability priority.
A number of design implications come from these issues, and I am conducting a comprehensive literature review, exploring design space, sketching
ideas, and designing concrete interfaces. Interesting aspect is the way usual design guidelines for Web and desktop GUI design do not apply to TV... we cannot put conventional
GUI widgets - no more slider bars, no more radio buttons, no more scroll bar, no more sophisticated visualisation schemes... the trick is in the extreme simplicity and
flat menu hierarchy, no text blocks, and curved lines and less saturated colours (straight vertical and horizontal lines with strong, bright, saturated colours can cause screen distortion on TV).
Attended a workshop 'Funding Available to Contract Researchers and How to Get It!', DCU
I attended the workshop to get better idea on available funding schemes for contract researchers as myself.
Machine Vision and Applications Journal
IEEE Transanctions on Multimedia
MMM 2009 - 15th International Multimedia Modeling Conference
SAMT 2008 - 3rd International Conference on Semantic and Digital
International Journal of Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
TVS 2008 - TRECVID BBC Rushes Summarization Workshop at ACM Multimedia 2008
Information Processing & Management