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This week, research by nine CAMD professors will be presented at the world’s premier conference in the field of human-computer interaction. Held this year in Hamburg, Germany, ACM CHI 2023 convenes practitioners from a hugely diverse array of disciplines and backgrounds, with the aim “to make the world a better place with interactive digital technologies.”  

Experience Design professor Miso Kim is a recipient of the Best Paper award for What Do We Mean When We Talk about Trust in Social Media? A Systematic Review. The synthesis of 70 papers analyzes how trust in social media is defined, conceptualized, and measured. 

Five CAMD Art + Design faculty authors received Honorable Mentions on other papers.

Birds of a Feather Video-Flock Together: Design and Evaluation of an Agency-Based Parrot-to-Parrot Video-Calling System for Interspecies Ethical Enrichment, co-authored by Music professor Rébecca Kleinberger, received an honorable mention and was featured in the New York Times interactive Polly Wants a Video Chat.  

Tad Hirsch received a mention for “You Can See the Connections”: Facilitating Visualization of Care Priorities in People Living with Multiple Chronic Health Conditions which aimed to understand how to support the development and sharing of connections between personal values and self-management tasks for people with multiple chronic health conditions through the facilitated use of the interactive visualization system Conversation Canvas.  

Dietmar Offenhuber and Laura Perovich received an Honorable Mention for The Tactile Dimension: A Method for Physicalizing Touch Behaviors in which they utilized a fluorescent UV tracer powder to develop a low-cost analog method to capture persistent, high-contrast touch records on arbitrary objects to provide valuable insight into how we interact with the physical world. 

Alexandra To also received an honorable mention for the paper Why, when, and from whom: considerations for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data in HCI. The paper aims to take the first step toward guidelines when, why, and how HCI researchers collect study participants’ race and ethnicity to create safe, inclusive, and equitable technology through HCI research.

Game Design professor and Associate Dean of Graduate programs Casper Harteveld is presenting one paper and giving and online presentation on Thought Bubbles: A Proxy into Players’ Mental Model Development, an approach for eliciting mental models and an avenue for understanding players’ mental model development in interactive virtual environments. The other paper her co-authored, Sustainable HCI Under Water: Opportunities for Research with Oceans, Coastal Communities, and Marine Systems, presents a scoping review to show how concerns with the oceans are threaded throughout the broader SHCI literature and to find new research opportunities, identifying several themes that could benefit from focused SHCI research, including marine food sources, culture and coastal communities, ocean conservation, and marine climate change impacts and adaptation strategies.  

Communication Studies professor and Associate Dean for Research Brooke Foucault Welles will present a paper she co-authored, Social Media as a Critical Pedagogical Tool: Examining the Relationship Between Youth’s Sociopolitical Engagement on Social Media and Their Critical Consciousness, as part of a Social Justice Methodologies presentation at the conference. The paper explores the extent to which youths’ engagement with sociopolitical content on various social media platforms is associated with critical consciousness—an awareness of inequities, the motivation to address them, and action that combats injustice.  

Communication Studies professor Meryl Alper will present as part of the special interest group (SIG) Developing Participatory Methods to Consider the Ethics of Emerging Technologies for Children. This SIG will provide child-computer interaction researchers and practitioners an opportunity to discuss topics related to developing participatory methods to consider the ethics of emerging technologies for children.  

Art + Design Dakuo Wang is presenting two papers and chairing two sessions. Exploring the Use of Personalized AI for Identifying Misinformation on Social Media explores how human assessments and AI predictions can be combined to identify misinformation on social media using a personalized AI which iteratively takes as training data a single user’s assessment of content and predicts how the same user would assess other content. Inspired by the practice of sketching in design, which distills ideas to their minimal representation, the paper Model Sketching: Centering Concepts in Early-Stage Machine Learning Model Design introduces a technical framework for iteratively and rapidly authoring functional approximations of a machine learning model’s decision-making logic. Model sketching refocuses practitioner attention on composing high-level, human-understandable concepts that the model is expected to reason over (e.g., profanity, racism, or sarcasm in a content moderation task) using zero-shot concept instantiation.  

With this representation from CAMD, The Khoury College of Computer Sciences, and other The College of Engineering, Northeastern ranked sixth in the nation and first in Massachusetts for number of publications at CHI 2023.