INIT Lab News

Bridging Languages - Progress and New Initiatives

In the last blog post, I wrote about how we completed our study - of a summer camp in which kids learned how to make games in Scratch - and how we were analyzing the data. We've completed that analysis and hope to see it published soon. Our analysis focuses on the impact prior programming experience has on students' perceptions of programming and computer science; we believe our study and analysis will help guide the development of computing curricula in the future.

FunFitTech Project Update: Affinity Diagramming

In our previous update, we presented our demo prototype of a motion-based exercise game to children ages 5 to 10 for feedback during three focus group sessions. The prototype presented was used as a design probe to help children understand our game concept, thus inspiring them to generate design ideas ranging from what they like and dislike in the current prototype to what features can be improved upon or added to the game.

MTAGIC: Investigating new touchscreen devices for children

In a previous post on the MTAGIC project, we presented results of a study that found that interface complexity (simple, abstract interface vs. complex interface) affected children's performance of some touch interactions and did not affect gesture interactions on smartphone devices. Recently, we have been extending this project to identify the differences in how children perform target touching and gesture drawing tasks when interacting using different input devices.

TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Grant Funding and Prototype Changes!

Since the last update , we have been funded by the National Science Foundation under the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program (Check out this blog post!)! This funding will enable TIDESS to investigate how children and adults can engage with data visualizations about science concepts on touch-interactive spherical displays. To support this investigation, we’ve changed our project name to TIDESS (Touch Interaction for Data Engagement with Science on Spheres).

MTAGIC Project: Tabletop Collaboration

We are currently extending our previous research [1,2,3] on children’s touch and gesture interaction patterns to interactive tabletop computers as well as looking at the collaboration between children on the multi-touch tabletop. We are looking at how to scaffold positive collaboration on the tabletop with children ages 5 to 10.

Understanding Gestures Project: ICMI Paper Accepted!

In a previous post, we discussed our ongoing work on studying children's gestures. We studied a corpus of children's and adults' gestures and analyzed 22 different articulation features, which we are pleased to announce has been accepted for publication at the 2016 ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI).

Museum Learning project is now NSF funded!

After much pilot work, the IPES/TGIL Museum Learning Project (now TIDESS, see below) has now received funding from the National Science Foundation to continue our work! We will be funded under the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program, and will be taking our work on interactive tabletop exhibits for science learning to the next level by exploring interactive spherical displays.

Pose Project update: Next steps...

In our previous post, we mentioned that our paper “is the motion of a child perceivably different from the motion of an adult?” will be published in the Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP) journal. The paper focused on investigating if naïve viewers can tell the difference between adult and child motion through a two-alternative forced choice survey. We found that naïve viewers can identify a motion belonging to a child versus that belonging to an adult significantly above chance levels.

Past News

MTAGIC Project
MTAGIC Project Update: Co-designing Intelligent Interfaces with Children 7/28/2016
MTAGIC: CHI Presentation 5/31/2016
Late Breaking Work on Children's Gestures Accepted to CHI! 2/24/2016
MTAGIC: CHI 2016 Paper Accepted! 2/21/2016
MTAGIC Update: Gesture Analysis 12/11/2015
MTAGIC Update: Target Analysis 12/3/2015
MTAGIC Update: Searching for Patterns 6/30/2015
MTAGIC teams starts the summer off with momentum 6/13/2015
MTAGIC: Study recruitment week (Feb23-27) 3/13/2015
MTAGIC: Prep up for the next phase 2/6/2015
MTAGIC Project Update: Adults Data Collection 10/27/2014
MTAGIC Project Update: effect of context 10/05/2014

IPES (Investigating Public Engagement with Science)
Museum Learning project is now NSF Funded! 9/21/2016
IPES Museum Learning Project: IDC 2016 paper accepted! 6/02/2016
IPES Museum Learning Project Update: User Study 4/08/2016
IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Continued Prototyping and User Study 2/26/2016
IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Continued Prototyping 11/07/2015
IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Prototyping 7/20/2015
IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Data Aggregation 2/12/2015
IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Video Data Examination 12/05/2014
IPES project update: exploring tabletops and large displays 11/20/2014

$-Family
$-Family Project Update 7/9/2015
$-Family of Recognizers Project Update 3/13/2015

FunFitTech
FunFitTech (Kinect With Kids) Status Update 8/04/2015
Fun Fit Tech ( Kinect Games for Exercise) Project Update : Game elements 4/21/2015
Kinect Body Gesture Project update: current state of Kinect games 11/05/2014

Kids Application Survey
Kids Application Survey Project 3/26/2016
Apps for Kids Project 4/14/2015

Pose
POSE Project update: Next Steps... 8/08/2016
POSE Project: TAP paper presented at SAP 2016. 7/27/2016
POSE Project: TAP paper accepted! 6/16/2016
POSE Project: User Study Underway! 3/21/2016

Others
Bridging Languages Project Update: Summer Camp Study 1/07/2016

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