INIT Lab News

FunFitTech Project Update: More Affinity Diagramming

In our previous update, we were in the process of conducting affinity diagramming sessions to walk the data collected from our focus group sessions with children. Based on our affinity diagram, we extracted themes and brainstormed design ideas for the motion-based exercise game. We next consulted with several domain experts, that is, gym and physical education teachers, to better understand what components of exercise to include in the game.

Update: Understanding Gestures Project

We are currently continuing our work in gesture recognition by studying how well humans can recognize children’s gestures. We will compare human recognition rates to the rates of the automated recognition algorithms we used in our previous work. This will help us get an idea of how well humans are able to recognize children’s gestures. That way, we will have a good target accuracy for our future work on improving automated recognition of children’s gestures.

MTAGIC: Co-Designing Intelligent Interfaces Update

In our previous post on this project, we discussed getting design input from children for designing intelligent interfaces such as speech, gesture, and touch. We are collaborating with Jason Yip from University of Washington on this project. Jason is the director of KidsTeam UW, where he is co-designing new technologies with children and families.

Moving from Drupal to Wordpress

The INIT lab is updating their website by moving from Drupal to Wordpress. Our purpose is to increase awareness of the research we conduct here at UF. Drupal uses blocks and modules whereas Wordpress has a greater access to themes and plugins available for customization. For these reasons, we decided to create a new website using Wordpress.

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).

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

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 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

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

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