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UODS Work in Progress talks:Friday 5/14 12-1:30, McKenzie Collaboration Center

Join us for our final spring Digital Scholar work-in-progress session on Friday 5/14 in the McKenzie Collaboration Center. You’re welcome to pack a lunch in.

Stephen Fickas, Computer and Information Science

Using Virtual Environments to Make Smart Phones Smarter

Steve Fickas is interested in personalized computer applications, with a specific interest in cell-phone applications. He has been doing some pilot studies using a virtual environment (VE) to do assessment.  Users are asked to carry a cell-phone while exploring the VE. Using log data from the VE, the exploration app on the phone is tailored to the user. Steve will report on a study completed in Winter quarter on this topic.


Anthony Hornof, Computer and Information Science

Interleaving Perceptual and Motor Processes in a Time-Critical Dual Task as Revealed through Cognitive Modeling and Eye Tracking

Project website: http://www.cs.uoregon.edu/research/cm-hci/Multimodal/

Some mission-critical jobs require complex multitasking: air-traffic control, emergency vehicle dispatching, and power plant operation. Human-computer interfaces intended for life-critical and time-critical complex multitasking need to account for a person’s ability to monitor and respond to multiple information sources in parallel.  Yet little practical scientific theory explains human abilities, limitations, and strategies for multimodal multitasking.
This project is developing a science for predictive modeling of human abilities to integrate across multiple modalities to accomplish multiple tasks in parallel.  The project is developing scientific theory with rigorous, detailed, high-fidelity computational cognitive models of carefully collected human data, including detailed eye movement data, for tasks that are positioned between the lab—for high resolution tasks and data—and the real world—to insure practical application. The modeling emphasizes the role of central executive cognitive processing (decision-making) for managing perceptual processing, moving the eyes, and coordinating motor responses to interleaved task demands.  This project will benefit society by providing theory that can be put to practice in the design of safe and effective mission control centers, subway dispatching centers, emergency rooms, and computer systems for vehicles.

McKenzie Collaboration Center: 175 McKenzie Hall

Info: Sean Sharp ssharp@uoregon.edu Robert Long rohilong@uoregon.edu


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