Dr. Ed Chi, a senior research scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), gave a talk in MIT-Yahoo Seminar Series on human computer interaction yesterday. The title of his talk is “Augmented Social Cognition: Using Web2.0 technology to enhance the ability of groups to remember, think, and reason.”
If you missed it yesterday, don’t be upset. MIT cooperates with Yahoo to publish this talk completely online! This online talk does not only gives you the video stream, but also all slides with searchable text contents.
Check it out today!
MIT looks like a good place for HCI this spring. Here are some of the course offerings coming up:
IAP (January 2009)
There was a debate during Friday’s tea time about why HCI belongs in a CS department. The discussion was motivated by experiences explaining our research area to other CS graduate students and faculty.
One approach is to question the challenge in the first place — why is computer architecture or theory part of Computer Science? They could just as easily be construed as belonging to EE or Math departments.
Another view is that the defining element of Computer Science is computation. HCI researchers in computer science care about what can (and should) be done with computation, with a focus on the user and the interaction. Related, one could argue that everyone who does computer science is also producing interfaces, and that we need to understand and advance interface science as steadily as we do other areas.
Thoughts? Let us know.
There is an idea to host a Boston HCI Grad Student dinner. It was inspired when Michael met Rob Jacob and Kryzsztof Gajos at UIST 2008. The main idea is to gather all HCI researchers in Boston area, talk and share each one’s work. Currently, there is no centralized funding, but faculties involved in it should be happy to fund it. The gathering frequency depends on the feedbacks from this meeting, and the possible meeting place includes MIT (CSAIL, Media Lab, etc), Tufts, Harvard, Northeastern, Wellesley, Olin or WPI.