Tao Dong paper earns honorable mention at DIS

Doctoral student Tao Dong will present his paper “If These Walls Could Talk: Designing with Memories of Places” at the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) in Vancouver on June 23.

The paper, co-authored by Dong and UMSI faculty members Mark Ackerman and Mark Newman, has received an Honorable Mention, placing it in the top two percent of all papers submitted to the conference.

The paper is a result of a study conducted by the researchers into the ways that homeowners use physical traces of former occupants of a house to connect with their home’s past. Old architectural drawings of a house’s original structure or old photographs can provide a “missing manual” for owners interested in taking a house back to its original form.

Contemporary homes are often constructed with sensors capable of capturing human activity, such as sensors that control lights when a person enters or leaves a room. However, these digital data are less likely to be preserved when they may not be perceived to have  value.

The question that researchers posed was how interactive systems can be designed to make digital footprints left in place useful in the long term.

The paper will be presented in the session "Domestic Life" on Monday, June 23 at 10:50 a.m. in Ballroom 2 of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

The 2014 ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems ] will explore the idea that the design of interactive systems is entering a new socio-technical paradigm around the idea of craft. The theme of the conference, which takes place June 21-25, is “Crafting Design.”

According to the organizers, “We see the confluence of phenomena that may constitute new approaches and new foci in HCI and interaction design. The re-emergence of hand skills is evident in the development of multi-touch and full body interfaces. DIY and Maker cultures have become a wide spread phenomenon in which craftsmanship of the maker matters. Wearable computing revisits the use of traditional craft in new way and the (technologically) self-constructed self is another kind of democratic craft. Documentations of the self where we create enduring records of everything from social encounters to our heart-rates become designed vehicles for abstract mirrors of the self.”

Posted on June 2, 2014