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Re: 90 minutes with HCI researchers - what would you discuss?

From: Hyowon Lee <hlee@computing.dcu.ie>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 10:30:42 +0100
Message-ID: <092c01c7992f$37cf17a0$c6fdce88@Hyowonlaptop>
To: "Lloyd Rutledge" <Lloyd.Rutledge@cwi.nl>, <public-semweb-ui@w3.org>, "Duane Degler" <ddegler@ipgems.com>, "'Lisa Battle'" <lisa@designforcontext.com>, "Scott Henninger" <scotth@cse.unl.edu>
Cc: "Hyowon Lee" <hlee@computing.dcu.ie>

Duane asked (in April):
> - What kinds of collaboration or communication [with HCI researchers] would interest you?

I think a small- or medium-scale R&D project focusing on developing and demonstrating an SW application will be a good idea. Workers in this project can include 3-4 SW researchers plus 1-2 HCI researchers/practitioners.  

In my case, for a few projects developing a multimedia IR application, two parallel streams of 

(1) Technology development/implementation and 
(2) UI design for that particular technology

worked quite well.  By doing this, both our technology camp and UI camp got to know each others' interest well, and by the time the applications were complete, we were often eager to do another similar project, to leverage what we have learned by working together.


Dr Hyowon Lee
Post-doctoral researcher
Centre for Digital Video Processing
Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Tel: +353 -1 -7005829
Email: hlee@computing.dcu.ie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lloyd Rutledge" <Lloyd.Rutledge@cwi.nl>
To: <public-semweb-ui@w3.org>; "Duane Degler" <ddegler@ipgems.com>; "'Lisa Battle'" <lisa@designforcontext.com>; "Scott Henninger" <scotth@cse.unl.edu>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 2:12 PM
Subject: Re: 90 minutes with HCI researchers - what would you discuss?

> Thanks, Duane, for setting this up.  The results will be interesting.
> Here are some questions I'd ask:
> What is in it for HCI?  The need for HCI methods in Semantic Web
> research and practice is obvious: we now have all this great machine
> processing of knowledge, now we need to have users make the most of
> it.  But can you describe what unique contributions the Semantic Web
> field has to offer to concerns currently held by the HCI community?
> Are there important HCI problems that the Semantic Web is uniquely
> suited to address?  What Semantic Web-related topics would you like
> to see covered in papers at next year's CHI?
> ... and more inline:
> Duane Degler wrote:
> > If you spent 90 minutes with a large group of HCI researchers and
> > practitioners, what important Semantic Web challenges would you talk about?
> > What questions do you feel are most pressing or interesting for the
> > development of SW User Interaction?
> >
> > We have that opportunity coming up, and would like your input on valuable
> > discussion topics.
> >
> > - What particular problem are you wrestling with in your current work that
> > you see has a hook both to HCI and to the SW?
> If the Semantic Web enables novel forms of interaction, what HCI
> techniques apply well to their developement?  Do truly novel
> interaction forms or, more dramatically, a "paradigm shift", resist
> current HCI techniques?  Should SW researchers who feel they have a
> truly novel interaction form ...
> 1) assume immunity to HCI concerns,
> 2) humbly rethink whether it is truly so novel or does indeed have
>    hooks in established techniques, or
> 3) consider certain established HCI techiques that apply particularly
>    well to new forms of interaction that require a personal learning
>    curve or development of large-scale social collaboration.
> In particular, how do the above questions apply to Web 2.0-like
> forms of interaction?
> > - What kinds of HCI information/research do you feel you lack?
> What the standards and expectations are for user-oriented techniques
> and methods throughout the life-cycle of a SWUI research and/or
> development project?
> > - What kinds of collaboration or communication would interest you?
> Ditto.
> > - What are the priority issues and challenges for SWUI?
> Ditto.
> > - What do you consider to be short-term, mid-term, or long-term topics?
> Short:  Good task and goal analysis of current and currently emerging
> Semantic Web interface tools and the interactive forms they enable.
> Mid:  Models and common understanding of the emerging interactive
> forms these tools enable us to understand so we can find patterns of
> interaction in them from which we can define the next layer/generation
> of interaction.
> Long:  How best to monitor, guide and develop the amorphous mess that
> collectively forms the emerging and evolving "Web 2.0".
> -Lloyd
> > In short, what would you like to discuss?
> >
> > Also, what sort of examples would you show them to spark the conversation?
> >
> > We are gathering thoughts and input over the next two weeks, to finish
> > preparing for a CHI interactive discussion session on May 3rd. Your input is
> > greatly appreciated!
> >
> > Any outcomes and points from the session will be fed back to this list.
> >
> > Many thanks,
> >
> > Duane Degler
> > Scott Henninger
> > Lisa Battle
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