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UMSI researchers recognized with five Best Paper awards at 2020 CHI conference

Friday, 04/24/2020

University of Michigan School of Information faculty and PhD students have earned five Best Paper and six Honorable Mention designations at the 2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Best Paper awards go to the top one percent of accepted papers at ACM CHI, the premiere international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Honorable mentions are awarded to the top five percent of accepted papers.

This year’s conference was to take place April 25-30 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but organizers recently canceled it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Best Paper Award Winners:

“Critical Race Theory for HCI” by PhD student Ihudiya Finda Ogbonnaya-Ogburu and professor Kentaro Toyama. Angela D.R. Smith and Alexandra To are also authors on this study.

“MRAT: The Mixed Reality Analytics Toolkit” by assistant professor Michael Nebeling, MSI student Xizi Wang, MSI student Shwetha Rajaram, PhD student Brian D. Hall, recent UMSI graduate Zijian Xie, UMSI executive fellow Edward G. Happ, BSI student Rhea Kulkarni, research intern Lotus Zhang, graduate research fellow Leah E. Ramsier and research assistant Alexander R. E. Raistrick. U-M Nursing clinical professor Michelle Aebersold, Yanan Sun, Jiayin Wang and Maximilian Speicher are also authors on this study.

Designing Trans Technology: Defining Challenges and Envisioning Community-Centered Solutions” by assistant professor Oliver L. Haimson and MSI student Denny L. Starks. REMS fellow Dykee Gorrell and LSA student Zu Weinger are also authors on the study.

“Creating Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications: Current Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities” by assistant professor Michael Nebeling. Narges Ashtari, Andrea Bunt, Joanna McGrenere and Parmit K. Chilana are also authors on the study.

“texSketch: Active Diagramming through Pen-and-Ink Annotations” by PhD student Hariharan Subramonyam, psychology professor Colleen Seifert, professor Priti Shah and associate professor Eytan Adar.

Honorable Mention papers:

“A Probabilistic Grammar of Graphics” by Xiaoying Pu and Matthew Kay

“Community Collectives: Low-tech Social Support for Digitally-Engaged Entrepreneurship” by Julie Hui, Nefer Ra Barber, Wendy Casey, Suzanne Cleage, Danny C. Dolley, Frances Worthy, Kentaro Toyama and Tawanna R. Dillahunt.

"An Empirical Comparison of Technologically Mediated Advertising in Under-connected Populations" by Mustafa Naseem, Sacha St-Onge Ahmad, Agha Ali Raza, Bilal Saleem and Jay Chen.

“Callisto: Capturing the ‘Why’ by Connecting Conversations with Computational Narratives” by April Yi Wang, Zihan Wu, Christopher Brooks and Steve Oney

Examining Adoption and Abandonment of Security, Privacy, and Identity Theft Protection Practices” by Yixin Zou, Kevin Roundy, Acar Tamersoy, Saurabh Shintre, Johann Roturier, and Florian Schaub.

Interpreting Interpretability: Understanding Data Scientists’ Use of Interpretability Tools for Machine Learning” by Harmanpreet Kaur, Harsha Nori, Samuel Jenkins, Rich Caruana, Hanna Wallach and Jennifer Wortman Vaughan.

In addition to these eleven papers, UMSI faculty and students had nearly seventy research papers, workshops, posters, panels and journals accepted to the CHI 2020 conference.

See the complete list of all U-M and UMSI participation in CHI 2020 here.

- Jessica Webster, UMSI PR Specialist