Here you will find information about the interesting
happenings that we as a research group are hosting or
Student Research Conference 2013
|This year the HCI group had six honours students present at the annual Student Research Conference:
Jack Elliott won Runner-up Best Project Award with his project "Time Travel as a Gameplay Mechanic".
- Andrew Cortesi : "Online Map Usability – An Eye Gaze Study"
- Jack Elliott : "Time Travel as a Gameplay Mechanic"
- Daniel McLaren : "Generating Interactive Simulations of Medical Devices"
- Sam Prescott : "The Brave Little Worm"
- Daniel Purvis : "Effective Communication and Patient Recovery Through an iPad Application"
- Lloyd Stockman : "Improved QR Detection"
|CHINZ 2011 was the 12th conference in the CHINZ Conference series and was held on the campus of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. The Keynote Speakers for CHINZ 2011 were Holger Regenbrecht and Trent Mankelow.
|On 30 June to 2 July we hosted the 8th Annual Conference of the NZ ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction.
Sacred Heart Visit
7 February 2006
We had 27 young ladies from Sacred Heart visit us with
their careers advisor early in 2006. We entertained them with
demonstrations of usability testing, poor signage, and the stroop effect.
Matt's Book Published
Matt Jones and Gary Marsden's book was finally published after a long wait and many conversations. Strictly they are not HCI group members, but we're pretty proud anyway (especially now that we have actually got a copy of the book to read).
Matt Jones Moves to Wales
Matt has followed family obligations and moved back to Wales.
He is helping establish the Future Interaction Technology Laboratory at the
University of Swansea, though he is continuing to take an interest in his Waikato
students. All the best, Matt.
30 June - 2 July 2004
|We were the hosts of the combined Asia Pacific
Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, and SIG-CHI NZ
symposium. We had Susan Dray and Don Norman as keynote
speakers, and many interesting and interested delegates.
Delegates came from all over the world, and from industry and
academic fields. One of the most common comments was "I have
never seen so many people having a good time at a
Below are some pictures from the conference — from the
left, Don and Susan, the doctoral consortium students, people
looking at a demonstration, and mixing and mingling over wine.
The honours student conference was held on
Friday the 5th of September, and presentations were given by
Matthew Berkers, Tzu-Chian Cheng, Rachel Goldthorpe, Willam
Niu, Annelies Polley, and Tony Voyle about their honours work.
All the students gave excellent presentations, and showed they
had done an enormous amount of work.
Willam was awarded "Best Presentation" for his
talk about his "Smart House" project, which included
a lively demonstration with flashing lights, a cellphone and a
We often have high school students come and
visit to find out about computer science and computer science
research. In the picture to the right Matt and Jack are
showing a group of students an interesting piece of HCI work — Jack's "Turning the Pages" interface.
Peter Thomas Visit
We were very fortunate to have Peter Thomas
Professor Thomas gave us a very interesting talk on information
appliances, and how to design them, and spent the rest of his
time meeting with members of the HCI group, and having lunch
with the PhD students while giving them pointers on how to do a
Scott Jenson coincidentally visited again at the same time,
and to the right is a picture of Peter and Scott at lunch after
At the beginning of July, Jason Catchpole
and Dana McKay were awarded University of Waikato PhD
scholarships. To celebrate Randy (Sally Jo's husband and a
gourmet cook) cooked us all a delicious lunch and Bill screened
minority report as the cheesecake brownies were passed around.
To the right you can see Randy dishing up gumbo — yummy!
July 1-4 2003
AT the beginning of July, in the coldest
weather all year, Dave, Masood, Bill, Dana and Jason all flew
(at separate times) down to Dunedin. Despite the weather, we
all made it in time, and Dave and Masood gave talks on the work
they had been doing recently. To the right you can see Dave
and Masood during those talks.
The conference organisers had also allowed us plenty
of time to explore Dunedin, and had an interesting social
programme. Before the conference dinner, we toured the
Speights brewery, famous for it's appearance in the Speights
advertisement (there is a picture to the right. On Friday
afternoon after the close of the conference, Dave, Bill and
Jason went to the museum, and Dave acquired photographic
evidence of Bill test-driving a penny-farthing. All in all,
despite the weather, it was an interesting conference and a
good time was had by all.
Jones and Gary
Marsden (a visiting researcher from the University of Cape
Town) gave a workshop in Wellington in association with
MediaLab and the New Zealand Wireless Data Forum. During this
workshop they presented four case studies and had participants
work on some case studies (including photo browsing and mobile
To find out more about the workshop see the website
Stephen Brewster Visit
May 26-27 2003
Stephen, an expert in haptic and audio interaction, came to
visit us for two days in late May. While he was here he gave a
well attended and interesting seminar on audio feedback from and
haptic control of a mobile device (including an amusing
discussion on nodding backwards). He also spoke with graduate
and honours students in the HCI
group, and visited the WICeD group.
More about Stephen's work can be found on his home page
Ben Shneiderman and Jenny Preece
Ben and Jenny were visiting
the group for the better part
of February 2003. They are both professors in HCI at the
University of Maryland. While they were here they met with
researchers and students, and gave departmental seminars (as
well as getting in a bit of sightseeing). Ben is also gave a
public lecture about his new book,
One of the things Ben and Jenny did while
they were here was meet with the researchers, both students and
staff, within the department and discuss their work with
them. There was a lunch held with research students, where
five students presented their work, and Ben and Jenny offered
advice on how to do research, not just in HCI, but in computer
science in general. Our visitors also moved around the
department informally, speaking with people at their work. To
the right is a picture of Ben and Tony discussing the work of
Andrew Golightly (a student of Tony's).
Ben's first seminar was in the morning of 11
February 2003, when he discussed information visualisation
interfaces. He described his experiences in the development of
interfaces for a variety of purposes, including genome
information analysis and stock market evaluation, and showed
demos of the tools he has been involved in developing.
His message for how to deal with large
amounts of information was "Overview, Zoom&Filter,
Details-on-Demand" To the right, pictures of Ben during
Jenny's first seminar was in the afternoon on the 11th
February 2003. She spoke to us about her work regarding
online communities; how to build them, how to make them
strong, and what kinds needs they meet. Jenny and one of her
PhD students have discovered that communities with a strong and
narrow focus, and which are self-regulating are the strongest
communities. To the right a picture of Jenny during the
|The largest event of the visit was Ben's public lecture
on "Leonardo's Laptop". This was held in the Academy
of Performing Arts on the evening of Thursday February 27, and
was attended by over 100 people, both from within the
university, and members of the general public. Ben spoke not
only about computing, but about the work of Leonardo da Vinci,
and actually donned medieval garb to do so. To the right
you can see Ben during the talk.
|After the talk "Leonardo's Laptop" was on sale
and being signed by Ben, to the right you can see the book
signing table and Ben's signature in progress.
|Also after the lecture was a reception with
food, wine and displays of the research going on in the
department. This reception was a great success, and ended
about 9pm. To the right you can see a shot of the reception,
and David Bainbridge and Ben looking at some work on the LIDS
display available during the reception.
Scott Jenson's Visit
03 February 2003
Scott Jenson, who helped design the Apple Newton
and lead interaction design at Symbian, among other things,
came to visit at the beginning of February.
Scott gave a seminar challenging the traditional view of
mobile Web use and outlining a model where people use personal
technologies to build relationships, share and work within
In the afternoon, Scott ran a design workshop
bringing together HCI methods and commercial constraint
insights. Participants worked together in small teams to design
a microwave interface.
Scott has recently written a book, The Simplicity
Shift, on innovative design tactics in a corporate world.