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    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Bissel Building, 140 St George St, Room 205

    TorCHI Hosts World Usability Day 2018 - Design for Good or Evil

    TALK 1: Design for Good or Evil the Power is in Our Hands. What about the Ethics? by ILONA POSNER, UX Consultant & TorCHI Programming Chair 

    BIO: ILONA POSNER is a User Experience Consultant and Educator with more than 25 years of experience in the area of Human Computer Interaction, working on design and evaluation of products, web sites, software, hardware, mobile applications and business strategies. She has worked for many clients across multiple industries, such as AMD, Autodesk, Apple, Bell, etc., as well as numerous startups, most recently leading UX Research teams at Rogers & CIBC. An experienced educator she has been teaching for over two decades, both professional development and academic courses at University of Toronto, OCADU, CFC’s Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab. Her volunteering roles include 12 years as the Chair of Programming at and an organizer of International Student Design Competitions at the CHI and UPA conferences for 5 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

    TALK 2: Seeing Beyond the Chart: How to cultivate critical thinking through visualization, by Dr. Fanny Chevalier, University of Toronto

    ABSTRACT: Seeing Beyond the Chart: How to cultivate critical thinking through visualization . Data, “the oil of the digital era”, has came to be the most valuable resource of our modern society. As a scientist, I find it exciting to see news outlets using more and more data graphics to communicate facts, stakeholders increasingly rely on data analytics to gain insight into our world and make informed decisions, and governments increasingly promote and engage in open data. In the meantime, it is also daunting to witness how destructive fake news, rumours and falsehoods can be to a general population poorly prepared to engage in evidence-informed reasoning.
            In this talk, I will discuss one of the most important societal challenge of our times: visualization literacy, defined as the ability to understand, find, collect, interpret, and support arguments using visual representations of data. Through a sample of my recent research projects focusing on visualization creation, visual communication and visualization education, I will share my reflections on how we can cultivate an informed citizenry capable of critical thinking, reasoning, and knowledge-based decision making.

    BIO: Dr. Fanny Chevalier is a Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, and Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto, where she conducts research in data visualization and human-computer interaction. In particular, she has been interested in addressing the challenges involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel interactive tools supporting visual analytics and creative activities, with primary focus on interactive tools for the visual exploration of rich and complex data, visualization education, the design and perception of animated transitions, and sketch-based interfaces. Prior to joining UofT, Dr. Chevalier was a Research Scientist at Inria, France until 2017, and in earlier years, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), and Inria-Microsoft joint center in Paris. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the Université de Bordeaux in 2007. She is the recipient of an Inria grant for scientific excellence and her research papers have received awards at the premier venues in Human-Computer Interaction (ACM CHI, ACM UIST). Her work on sketch-based animation system from CHI 2014, released by Autodesk as SketchBook Motion has been awarded as the Apple iPad App of the Year for 2016. She has also consistently served in the organising and program committees for ACM CHI, ACM UIST and IEEE Infovis conferences for the past years.

    TALK 3: Understanding People and Designing Technology for Sustainable Development, by Dr. Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, University of Toronto. 

    ABSTRACT: The top Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations, including poverty alleviation, literacy, and gender equality, are closely tied to the problem of exclusion from core economic, social, and cultural infrastructures. As a potential tool for sustainable development, technology has the responsibility to make these infrastructures more inclusive. However, to date, many of the world’s biggest technological advances have primarily benefited only a small fraction of the developed world. The goal of my research is to leverage ethnographic methods to understand the underserved populations in low-income regions, and design and develop appropriate technologies to bring sustainable positive change in their lives. 
            In this talk, I will describe my general research approach that combines ethnography and design. I will focus on two projects to explain how understanding the communities through a deep ethnography can result in effective technologies. The first is “Suhrid”, an accessible mobile phone interface for a low-literate rickshaw driver community. The second is “Protibadi”, a mobile phone application for women to combat public sexual harassment. Both projects will demonstrate a set of ethnographic tools and techniques for understanding different economic, social, and cultural values of a community and how those can play a crucial role in designing novel technologies. In addition, I will briefly discuss my ongoing work on privacy right, refugee problem, technology repair, and e-waste to show how ethnographic studies have opened up novel spaces for design and other creative interactions mediated by computing technologies. Through these projects, I will also explain how “voice”, which I defined by better access, visibility, and freedom, can empower marginalized communities combat the problem of exclusion, and contribute towards sustainable development.

    BIO: Dr. Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Toronto. He leads the “Third Space” research group there. He conducts research in the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technology and Development (ICTD). He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2017. His PhD research focused on the design challenges around ‘voice’ which he defines through access, autonomy, and accountability. Most of his early research was situated in Bangladesh and India, where he had conducted ethnography and design studies with many underprivileged communities including readymade garments factory workers, evicted slum dwellers, rickshaw drivers, mobile phone repairers, and victims of sexual harassment. His current work has expanded from there and is also addressing pressing concerns of marginalization in Iran, Turkey, China, Canada, and the US. His work is often motivated by postcolonial computing, infrastructural politics, feminist HCI, and subaltern studies.
            Dr. Ahmed established the first HCI research lab in Bangladesh in 2009. He also launched the first open-source digital map-making initiative in Bangladesh in 2010. Very recently, he and his colleagues founded an “Innovation Lab” in Bangladesh to promote grass-root level innovation in the country. Dr. Ahmed received the prestigious International Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship in 2011. He also received Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing graduate fellowship in 2015. Very recently, in 2018, he has been awarded the Connaught Early Researcher Award from the University of Toronto. He has also received multiple awards for his publications including a Best Paper award in ICTD and a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award in ACM CHI. Dr. Ahmed’s work has been supported by various national and international organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF) of USA, National Institute of Health (NIH) of USA, Intel, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, Samsung Research, the World Bank, and National Institute of Mental Health of Bangladesh. His current research is being supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Past events

15 Oct 2018 Co-creation: Reinventing Design in Agile, Product-First Organizations - Craig Saila,
20 Sep 2018 Tour the Humber College Usability Lab Trailer and Learn about Industry Case Studies
14 Jun 2018 Government: A New Frontier for Design, by Chris Govias - Chief of Design, Canadian Digital Service
14 May 2018 Speech and Hands-free Interaction: Myths, Challenges, and Opportunities - by U. of T.'s Cosmin Munteanu
12 Apr 2018 Bill Buxton – From Postcards to Virtual Reality & Back!
28 Mar 2018 TorCHI's CHI2018 Conference Sneak Preview
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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