Two iSchool Students Presenting Papers at Major Conferences

Two iSchool Students Presenting Papers at Major Conferences

 
The HCIM Committee has selected two students--Alisha Pradhan and Biswaksen Patnaik--to receive $500 Travel Awards toward their travel to major conferences in the field to present their first-author papers in April and May.
 
Alisha Pradhan will present at the April 2018 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal, Canada. Note: Kanika Mehta, another iSchol HCIM student, is second author on this paper.
Paper Title: Accessibility Came by Accident”: Use of Voice-Controlled Intelligent Personal Assistants by People with Disabilities. 
Advisor: Dr. Leah Findlater
Abstract: From an accessibility perspective, voice-controlled, home-based intelligent personal assistants (IPAs) have the potential to greatly expand speech interaction beyond dictation and screen reader output. To examine the accessibility of off-the-shelf IPAs (e.g., Amazon Echo) and to understand how users with disabilities are making use of these devices, we conducted two exploratory studies. The first, broader study is a content analysis of 346 Amazon Echo reviews that include users with disabilities, while the second study more specifically focuses on users with visual impairments, through interviews with 16 current users of home-based IPAs. Findings show that, although some accessibility challenges exist, users with a range of disabilities are using the Amazon Echo, including for unexpected cases such as speech therapy and support for caregivers. Richer voice-based applications and solutions to support discoverability would be particularly useful to users with visual impairments. These findings should inform future work on accessible voice-based IPAs.
 
Biswaksen Patnaik will present at the May 2018 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (MultimodalVis 2018) in Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany, in Resort Riva del Sole, Italy. Note: Andrea Batch, an iSchool PhD student, is second author on this paper.
Paper title: Olfactory Analytics: Exploring the Design Space of Smell for Data Visualization.
Advisor: Niklas Elmqvist
Abstract: The use of olfactory feedback for analytical tasks is a virtually unexplored area in spite of the advantages it offers for information recall, feature identification, and location detection. Through this research, we introduce the concept of "Information Olfactation" as the fragrant sibling of information visualization, and propose some olfactory channels for analysis. To exemplify this idea, we have developed our prototype system combining smell with information visualization, with use cases in 2D graph visualization as well as in virtual reality. With this research, we lay a foundational framework for effectively harnessing scent to convey information which may be used by designers in creating effective olfactory displays.