CHI-Lights 2018!

Back at work after an inspiring #CHI2018 and armed with a slew of papers to share with the team. This year was one of the best CHI technical programs I’ve experienced. The level of research was simply impressive – congrats to the technical and conference chairs!

Here are my top 10 13 CHI-lights for 2018!

  1. Christian Rudder’s (from OkCupid) Opening Plenary – great data and well visualized. A great way to begin a conference!
    Key Moment: sharing these 2 graphs depicting how women rate men, by age, vs how men rate women. (x-axis = the raters age, y-axis = age of who they are rating, black = 10, the hottest).
  2. Emre Aksan et al’s work on Digitial Ink via Deep Generative Modeling. Impressive results and it’s opensource!
  3. Seeing fellow cLab alumni (and now IBMer) Erick Oduor get an award for his paper on Practices and Technology needs of a network of farmers in Tharaka, Kenya. Here is Carolyn and I helping Erick hold his award:
  4. June Ahn et al’s work on incorporating science into everyday objects for youth learning. (Paper: Science everywhere: Designing Public, Tangible Displays to connect youth learning across settings).
  5. Frederick Brudy et al.’s work on Investigating the Role of an Overview Device in Multi-device Collaboration.
  6. Meeting (and learning about ?) the founder of SMART technologies, David Martin.
  7. Google’s Ariel Lui et al’s practical case study Poker FaceBuilding Empathy: Scaling User Research for Organization Impact.
  8. Laura Benton et al.’s work on A Critical examination of Feedback In Early Reading Games.
  9. These amazing CHI Socks
  10. Sven Mayer et al.’s work on movement on large displays when playing collaborative and competitive games.
  11. Paul Denny et al’s work on Empirical Support for a Casual Relationship between Gamification and Learning Outcomes.
  12. Suwen Zhu et al’s work on Typing on an invisible Keyboard – par adoption in 3 days!
  13. This sobering reminder of just how early technology is being introduced to children around the world (sorry I don’t remember what talk I captured this from).


Also, check out our late-breaking-work on Mixed-Reality TUI manipulatives for K-5 classrooms