St Andrews HCI Research Group


Sep 2015

Welcome to SACHI seminar

<!–Speaker: Miguel, Tristan, Mark-Jan, Uta and Aaron
Date/Time: 2-3pm Sept 15, 2015
Location: CS1.33a, University of St Andrews–>
This presentation consisted of a series of short HCI mini-talks which presented different areas and approaches to HCI. Students in Computer Science can view our slides here. Others interested in joining our HCI MSc program should visit this page.

During this talk Miguel first introduced SACHI and outlined the features and location of the Interaction Lab which is our home. He explained the philosophy and variants in HCI, what’s ahead in the MSc program, how our modules interconnect, what resources are available and what options are there for MSc dissertation projects. Following this the five SACHI academic members presented an overview of their respective areas of research and how it relates to HCI.
Miguel introduced his work on Visualization (eg. FatFonts with Uta and others) and Transmogrifiers. Next Tristan challenged the student to think if HCI was what they needed to study, instead perhaps “Human Data Interaction” is the next great challenge? Next, Uta presented her research interests to the students in terms of analysis and exploration, critical interpretation and aesthetic and material richness. During her talk Uta highlighted some of her interdisciplinary projects such as Trading Consequences and Palimpsest. After this Mark-Jan introduced his research on Natural Language Processing in terms of Egyptological textual artefacts and related work in question-answering, machine translation and human-computer communication. He noted that two of the most widely used textbooks in NLP do not mention HCI at all, so there are clearly many opportunities for students in this area. Finally, Aaron gave an overview of his research background in terms of InfoVis, Interaction and UbiComp. He outlined work on Pervasive Displays and MultiFi one of the recent projects he has been involved with. He presented a series of research questions for the students to consider and reminded the students we have an open door for all students to come and discuss research. He ended noting some new areas of work on Immersive Analytics and Lightweight Engineering, Factories & Fabrication he is exploring with colleagues. Shyam one of our PhD students briefly explained his recent experience with Google Research in terms of the importance and impact of HCI there.
This seminar is part of our ongoing series from researchers in HCI. See here for our current schedule.