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    • 28 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DGP, 40 St George St, # BA 5187
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    TorCHI's CHI 2018 Conference Sneak Preview of the innovative research talks to be delivered at the CHI conference, in Montreal, by Students from University of Toronto's Dynamic Graphics Project (DGP).

    LOCATION: Bahen Building,  40 St George St, BA 5187, DGP Seminar Room

    DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Networking 6:50 pm. Talks 7:10 pm. Demos & pub following talks. 

    COST: Free, RSVP RequiredJoin TorCHI for $20/year membership,
    $10/year Student Membership with Current School ID.

    CHI 2018 will take place in Montreal this April 21-26. This conference and its namesake organization which has been around for 35 years, is TorCHI's "mother organization." The CHI Conference is an annual meeting, which gathers approximately 3,000 participants from around the world who share passion for UX, Usability, and Human Computer Interaction in research and practice, in academia and industry. This TorCHI event will be a sneak preview of the research talks to be given at the conference by Students from University of Toronto's Dynamic Graphics Project (DGP). To be accepted for presentation at CHI is a significant accomplishment, because the worldwide competition for admission is fierce and only a small number of submissions are accepted each year following a rigorous peer review process. Which means, that these projects are exceptional and worthy of worldwide attention for their leading edge technology and innovation.

    If you can't make the CHI2018 conference, this is a perfect opportunity to get a peek at the content you will be missing. If you are planning to attend CHI2018, this will give you the chance to see more, so you can experience the remaining 19 parallel tracks with slightly less loss aversion, than you would feel, if you did not see these talented presenters practice their talks and answer tough questions from our TorCHI audience. 


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    Presenter: Seongkook Heo

    Title: Thor’s Hammer: An Ungrounded Force Feedback Device Utilizing Propeller-Induced Propulsive Force

    Abstract  We present a new handheld haptic device, Thor’s Hammer, which uses propeller propulsion to generate ungrounded, 3-DOF force feedback. Thor’s Hammer has six motors and propellers that generates strong thrusts of air without the need for physical grounding or heavy air compressors. With its location and orientation tracked by an optimal tracking system, the system can exert forces in arbitrary directions regardless of the device’s orientation. Our technical evaluation shows that Thor’s Hammer can apply up to 4 N of force in arbitrary directions with less than 0.11 N and 3.9° of average magnitude and orientation errors. We also present virtual reality applications that can benefit from the force feedback provided by Thor’s Hammer. Using these applications, we conducted a preliminary user study and participants felt the experience more realistic and immersive with the force feedback.

    Presenter: Rahul Arora

    Title: SymbiosisSketch: Combining 2D & 3D Sketching for Designing Detailed 3D Objects in Situ

    Abstract  We present SymbiosisSketch, a hybrid sketching system that combines drawing in air (3D) and on a drawing surface (2D) to create detailed 3D designs of arbitrary scale in an augmented reality (AR) setting. SymbiosisSketch leverages the complementary affordances of 3D (immersive, unconstrained, life-sized) and 2D (precise, constrained, ergonomic) interactions for in situ 3D conceptual design. A defining aspect of our system is the ongoing creation of surfaces from unorganized collections of 3D curves. These surfaces serve a dual purpose: as 3D canvases to map strokes drawn on a 2D tablet, and as shape proxies to occlude the physical environment and hidden curves in a 3D sketch. SymbiosisSketch users draw interchangeably on a 2D tablet or in 3D within an ergonomically comfortable canonical volume, mapped to arbitrary scale in AR. Our evaluation study shows this hybrid technique to be easy to use in situ and effective in transcending the creative potential of either traditional sketching or drawing in air.

    Presenter: Sean Robertson

    Title: Designing Pronunciation Learning Tools: The Case for Interactivity against Over-Engineering

    Abstract  Paired role-play is a common collaborative activity in language learning classrooms, adding meaning and cultural context to the learning process. This is complemented by teachers' immediate and explicit feedback. Interactive tools that provide explicit feedback during collaborative learning are scarce, however. More commonly, supporting dialogue practice takes the form of computer-aided single-student read-and-record activities. This limitation is partly due to the complexity of processing language learners' speech in unconstrained tasks. In this paper, we assess the value of pronunciation error detection algorithms within a realistic, software-aided, paired role-playing task with beginning learners of French. We found that students' pronunciations improve regardless of the type of error detector employed -- even for those using simple heuristics. We suggest that speech technologies for language learning have been too focused on engineering goals. Instead, new interactive designs supporting collaboration may be used to overcome engineering limitations and properly support students' engagement.

    DEMOS: Additional DGP students will be on hand to demonstrate their latest works following these presentations. 

    COST: Free, RSVP RequiredJoin TorCHI for $20/year membership,
    $10/year Student Membership with Current School ID.

Past events

07 Mar 2018 TD Bank's Experience Strategy & Design Research Panel
08 Feb 2018 IBM Creating An Award-winning Intranet From Scratch
14 Dec 2017 User Experience Design Case Studies, Student Project Presentations
09 Nov 2017 TorCHI Celebrates World Usability Day with Inclusive Design Thinking Workshop [VIDEO]
19 Oct 2017 Autodesk – Designing for Virtual Reality: Beyond the Games, John Schrag, Autodesk [VIDEO]
21 Sep 2017 Cineplex Rewind, Fast Forward: Sprinting from Concepts to Actionable Results [VIDEO]
28 Jun 2017 IBM Toronto UX Research Showcase
11 May 2017 Google – The (Very Near) Future of Retail in Canada – Naumi Haque, Strategy and Insights Manager, Google Canada
20 Apr 2017 Optimizing UX for Agile - and vice versa: A panel discussion
13 Mar 2017 How User Experience impacts Brand Equity – Snigdha Sah, Senior Lead UX Specialist, GfK Canada
30 Jan 2017 The Shock and Awe of Incremental Website Improvements – by Morag Johnston
12 Dec 2016 TorCHI Visit to Ryerson's Syn Lab with Prof Ali Mazalek
10 Nov 2016 TorCHI celebrates World Usability Day 2016 with "Confessions of a Recovering Designer: Shedding the Right UX Baggage to Make Great Experiences Thrive" by Andrew Chak
18 Jul 2016 Evaluating User Experience Using the UX Graph and Experience Recollection Methods by Masaaki Kurosu
26 May 2016 TorCHI's CHI2016 San Jose Conference Highlights Review.
28 Apr 2016 CIBC UX Lab Tour - UX Research & Design at CIBC
28 Jan 2016 Learnings from Designing CBC's 2015 Federal Election Dashboard
10 Dec 2015 Taking the Long View with UX: Successful Leadership Strategies that Involve Building Trust, Empathy, and Relationships
12 Nov 2015 TorCHI Celebrates World Usability Day 2015 Focus on Innovation
23 Oct 2015 1-day workshop: UX Design with the Mind in Mind
22 Oct 2015 Designing Websites for an Aging Population: Toward Universal Design
24 Jun 2015 ROGERS - The shift to customer-first: from data to strategy to experience
08 Jun 2015 TorCHI's CHI2015 Korea Conference Highlights Review.
30 Apr 2015 Next Generation Virtual World, Michael Macedonia
09 Mar 2015 Designing tools that provide advice: Some advice for UX designers
04 Feb 2015 Listening through Customer Insights, Adam Froman, CEO Delvinia & AskingCanadians
19 Jan 2015 Designing for Work, Karel Vredenburg, IBM Director of Design
10 Dec 2014 KMDI & TorCHI Present – Designed to Disconnect: Technologies of Non-Use and Communication Avoidance
13 Nov 2014 UX Bootcamp - Hands-On Practice of Collaborative, Interactive, & Engaging UX Techniques
29 Oct 2014 Designing Next Generation Desktop Phones: A Case Study in Evidence-Based Design
11 Sep 2014 The Future of Making - 3D Printing
19 Jun 2014 Investigating the Role of Human Factors within IBM
22 May 2014 CHI 2014 Conference Debrief at ToRCHI
09 Apr 2014 ToRCHI Preview of CHI presentations from DGP Lab UofT
28 Mar 2014 Agile UX Toolkit 1-day workshop
26 Feb 2014 The Usability of Usability, Andrew Chak, TD Bank
16 Jan 2014 Institutionalization of UX – An Object Oriented Approach, by Eric Schaffer, HFI [VIDEO]
12 Dec 2013 Advancing UX in Your Organization
14 Nov 2013 Celebrate World Usability Day with ToRCHI & UHN
16 Oct 2013 Cognitive Distractions in Driving
25 Sep 2013 Slings and Arrows: The Outrageous Fortunes of UX Management
06 Jun 2013 The Triple Revolution: How Networked Individualism Plays Out in Community, Family and Work
15 Apr 2013 ToRCHI PREVIEWS - CHI’13 Paris Conference Presentations
28 Mar 2013 Workshop: Foundations of design practice
20 Feb 2013 Rethinking Tablet User Experience by James Wu (Kobo)
30 Jan 2013 Skill Building for Design Innovators
12 Dec 2012 How do you make great digital products?
17 Oct 2012 TorCHI visit to the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCADU
10 Sep 2012 User Experience in the Age of Sustainability
27 Jun 2012 Designing a self-administered cognitive test that runs through a web-browser: Myth or reality?
04 Jun 2012 CIBC iPad Banking App
04 Apr 2012 Digital Product Design at The Globe and Mail
23 Feb 2012 Mobile Web Design workshop
01 Feb 2012 User Strategies: Considerations for UX Analysis and Design
14 Dec 2011 Driver distraction and in-car information systems
10 Nov 2011 World Usability Day talk: Internet of Things
03 Oct 2011 Why touch input seems inaccurate and how to allow for high-precision touch input using a fingerprint scanner
29 Jun 2011 Designing Natural: The Secrets of Microsoft's Natural User Interfaces
08 Jun 2011 Site visit to Gesturetek
26 May 2011 Collaborative Gift Giving with GiveButtons
21 Apr 2011 Best practices in Interface Design and applying them to Microsoft Surface
17 Mar 2011 How HCI can save the World
17 Feb 2011 Technology's role in bereavement: Opportunities for design
15 Dec 2010 Experience Design by Tedde van Gelderen
11 Nov 2010 World Usability Day celebration
13 Oct 2010 Measuring Emotion
22 Sep 2010 User Experience at Research In Motion (RIM)
15 Jul 2010 Designing User-centric Experiences
17 Jun 2010 Cross-Cultural User-Experience Design and the Green Machine
17 Jun 2010 Mobile User Interface Design course
20 May 2010 CANCELED: Sustainable UX
28 Apr 2010 Touch User Experience Design
02 Feb 2010 Designing Safe Systems in Healthcare by Anjum Chagpar (UHN)
19 Jan 2010 Design for a Smarter Planet by Karel Vredenburg (IBM)
08 Dec 2009 Start Well, End Well: Using Sprint Zero
12 Nov 2009 Usable Climate Science
04 Jun 2009 Bell Usability Lab tour and presentation on “Beyond Text: Online Card Sorting with Images” by Jamie Hart
20 May 2009 The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology For and With People who have Aphasia
16 Apr 2009 Creating Insight Driven Digital Experiences
05 Feb 2009 Generational Differences – A User Experience Challenge
05 Feb 2009 One-day Course: Neuro Web Design & Recent Research for Usability and Interface Design
21 Jan 2009 3 Case Studies on Personas
16 Dec 2008 Future Interface Demos
13 Nov 2008 World Usability Day celebration
06 Nov 2008 From HCI to Interaction Design
01 Oct 2008 Talks on Microsoft Surface and Office UI
24 Jun 2008 June 24 presentation: There is a story behind every link
23 Jun 2008 UX+IA workshop: Toronto, June 2008
29 May 2008 DGPis40 celebration
27 Feb 2008 Tour of IBM Innovation Centre

More Past Events

 30-Jan-08 TorCHI @ Bell Usability Lab
 18-Dec-07 Ron Baecker on ePresence @ TorCHI
 8-Nov-07 World Usability Day @ TorCHI
 25-Oct-07 Mark Chignell @ TorCHI
 18-Jun-07 Bill Buxton @ TorCHI
 28-May-07 Ptanjali Chary of Oracle @ TorCHI
 25-Apr-07 TorCHI Lab Tour @ IBM
 21-Mar-07 TorCHI Tour @ Alias
 28-Feb-07 Ron Baecker @ TorCHI
 7-Feb-07 TorCHI @ CNIB hosted by Lesley MacDonald
 9-Nov-06 World Usability Day @ The Drake Hotel
 28-Sep-06 Khai Truong - Audio Based Reminders @ TorCHI
 31-May-05 TorCHI's Banking Panel
 28-Apr-05 TorCHI & TUPA @ eHEALTH
 21-Mar-05 Paul McInnerney on Task Analysis @ TorCHI
 15-Dec-04 TorCHI @ Ryerson Accessibility Centre
 16-Nov-04 Home Run Event
 22-Apr-04 Helen Maskery @ TorCHI
 17-Dec-03 TorCHI Christmas Party
 13-Nov-03 Aaron Markus @ TorCHI
 16-Sep-03 Karel Vredenburg @ TorCHI
 5-Jun-03 Jared Spool @ TorCHI - Full Day Workshop
 20-Mar-03 Customer Experience Presentation @ TorCHI
 8-Mar-03 Ron Baecker @ TorCHI
 27-Feb-03 Evelyn Lo @ TorCHI
 12-Dec-02 TorCHI @ York University HCI Lab
 28-Nov-02 Antonia Palmer @ TorCHI
 22-Oct-02 TorCHI Panel with 3 Usability Experts
 19-Sep-02 TorCHI Meeting @ Roberts, UofT
 20-Jun-02 TorCHI @ DCIEM
 10-Jun-02 TorCHI Full Day Workshop @ Faculty Club, UofT
 16-Apr-02 Catherine Devlin @ TorCHI
 28-Feb-02 Kim Vincente @TorCHI
 17-Jan-02 TorCHI Meeting @ UofT Sanford Fleming Blue Room
 12-Dec-01 TorCHI Christmas Party @ Summit Grill
 25-Oct-01 MAPTUIT @ TorCHI
 7-Jun-01 Barry Wellman @ TorCHI
 14-May-01 Jeff Raskin @ TorCHI - Full Day Workshop
 20-Mar-01 724 Solutions @ TorCHI
 27-Feb-01 Meeting Requirements Engineering
 27-Feb-01 Steve Mann @ TorCHI
 10-Feb-00 TorCHI @ Alias/Wavefront
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