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VOLUME XXVI.3 May - June 2019

  • WELCOME
    • Us, them, who, how

      Gilbert Cockton, Simone Barbosa

        Human-focused design (HFD) needs empathy, but who needs it most? Just the users, or do researchers and designers merit some too? Following her Ps & Qs column on impostor syndrome a year ago, Elizabeth Churchill shares advice on looking after ourselves. In the Business of UX forum, Dirk Knemeyer…

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  • Demo Hour
    • Demo hour

      Dennis Siegel, Joran van der Sluis, Wessel Fletterman, Mark Zwart, Lewis Hornby, Jordan Hamilton, Liam Stephenson

        1. Electromagnetic Harvester We are surrounded by electromagnetic fields, both natural and artificial. Many are created as by-products of our appliances and electrical infrastructure. Some can be transformed into usable current by means of coils and high-frequency diodes. The Electromagnetic Harvester is designed to tap into electromagnetic fields to…

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  • What are you reading?
    • What are you reading? Wendy Moncur

      Wendy Moncur

      What are you reading? Wendy Moncur

        My choice of reading matter usually follows a certain pattern: fiction with a strong storyline and well-drawn characters, grounded in a real-world context that I know little about. This context might be the Forbidden City in China as the last emperor’s reign disintegrated (Empress Orchid by Anchee Min), crime…

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  • Blog@IX
    • Automatizing the power grid

      Catherine Bischofberger

      Automatizing the power grid

        Relations between humans and machines have become rather fraught. A growing number of anxieties crystallize around the use of robots and automation in various industries, not to mention our homes. Things were quite different in the late 19th century, when the introduction of the first machines was expected to…

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  • How was it made?
    • How was it made? Social robotic donuts

      Harvey Bewley, Laurens Boer

      How was it made? Social robotic donuts

        Describe what you made. We created an air-actuated, donut-shaped social robot. Our intention was to purposefully move away from typical human or animal form mimicry, focusing instead on elastic expression, ambiguous form, and playful behaviors. Stable and solid looking, the smooth and symmetrical donut is a shape distinct from…

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  • Columns
    • Impostor syndrome and burnout: Some reflections

      Elizabeth Churchill

      Impostor syndrome and burnout: Some reflections

        Last year I wrote a column that asked, “Is There a Fix for Impostor Syndrome?” [1]. Since it was published in May 2018, I have received many emails and had many conversations about impostor syndrome—about the conditions in which it develops and thrives, about ways one can recognize it…

    • Nest rage

      Jonathan Bean

      Nest rage

        Not long ago I spent the entirety of a weekend morning trying to fix my thermostat. The whole experience, which involved an extended online chat with a chipper but ultimately useless series of customer service representatives, was quietly infuriating. It was one of those moments, like dealing with a…

    • #ItsNotAboutYou

      Greg Nudelman

      #ItsNotAboutYou

        The Abracadabra series invites us to share a heartfelt wish for the future of our discipline. My big wish for HCI/UX/UI is to tell my people something that took me my entire career to figure out: It’s not about you. As Marvel fans may remember, these are the words…

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  • Day in the Lab
    • Wellness technology lab

      Andrea Parker

      Wellness technology lab

        How do you describe your lab to visitors? The Wellness Technology Lab at Northeastern University examines how digital technologies can be designed to achieve health equity, that is, fair opportunities for all populations to achieve wellness. We specifically focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations—those groups in society who disproportionately…

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  • Forums
    • More-than-human participation: Design for sustainable smart city futures

      Rachel Clarke, Sara Heitlinger, Ann Light, Laura Forlano, Marcus Foth, Carl DiSalvo

      More-than-human participation: Design for sustainable smart city futures

        Out of necessity or choice, people and wildlife are increasingly living side by side in urban environments. As more species live together in cities, significant environmental challenges associated with high-density living, poor resource management, habitat loss, and pollution arise. These conditions can be toxic for humans and non-humans alike.…

    • The remarkable illusions of technology for social good

      Nithya Sambasivan

      The remarkable illusions of technology for social good

        Since information and communication technologies (ICTs) first became available to the public more than 20 years ago, social good has been an important application area for computing. Today, more than ever, there is widespread momentum in deploying technologies for social good across computing domains such as user-facing interfaces, networking…

    • From medicalized to mundane self-care technologies

      Francisco Nunes

      From medicalized to mundane self-care technologies

        Living with chronic conditions is extremely complex and demanding. Patients and carers often need to monitor symptoms, manage treatment, and deal with disability and other impacts, while accepting that they will continue having these issues throughout their lives. Care in these contexts happens mostly at home and in everyday…

    • Creative Next: AI, automation, and the practice of user experience design

      Dirk Knemeyer, Jonathan Follett

      Creative Next: AI, automation, and the practice of user experience design

        The word automation conjures an image of a factory full of robots, a modern marvel symbolizing both technological progress and the regression of working-class opportunities and lifestyles. But our notion of automation generally remains ossified in this physical, machine-replaces-labor frame. We don’t think of automation in the realm of…

    • Don’t blame the user: Toward means for usable and practical authentication

      Albrecht Schmidt

      Don’t blame the user: Toward means for usable and practical authentication

        The use of usernames and passwords for authentication is not secure! And we have known this for a very long time. Nevertheless, usernames and passwords are widely used, as they are easy to implement for developers. The way we deal with this problem is to blame the user for…

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  • Community square
    • The volunteers at the heart of our publications

      Helena Mentis

      The volunteers at the heart of our publications

        In order to increase access to our publications across more types of mobile and assistive devices, ACM is in the midst of a change to the underlying format of our scholarly publications (i.e., journals and conference archival papers). The goal is to create a more flexible and resilient archive…

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  • Features
    • Special topic: HCI in the Arab world - introduction

      Shaimaa Lazem, Ebtisam Alabdulqader, Mohamed Khamis

      Special topic: HCI in the Arab world - introduction

        HCI in the Arab World The Arab world consists of 22 countries stretched across two continents (Asia and Africa), making it one of the world’s most influential territories. Besides sharing the same official language, Arab countries share a strong history dominated by the early colonialism era. Cultural values vary…

    • What is (un)acceptable? Thoughts on social acceptability in HCI research

      Marion Koelle, Thomas Olsson, Robb Mitchell, Julie Williamson, Susanne Boll

      What is (un)acceptable? Thoughts on social acceptability in HCI research

        Technology is changing the way we experience our lives. Interactive and increasingly intelligent technologies allow us to tackle challenges previously considered unsolvable and to augment our capabilities of sensing, communication, and even creativity. Examples include head-mounted displays and smart personal services for ubiquitous information access, and autonomous vehicles for…

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  • Cover story
    • The business of UX management

      Daniel Rosenberg

      The business of UX management

        The success of design-driven companies such as Apple, BMW, and Disney has motivated CEOs across all product sectors to proclaim that their companies are becoming more design-centric and customer-focused. During quarterly status broadcasts and other meetings, UX practitioners routinely witness their executives espousing the delivery of quality experiences as…

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  • Special topic: HCI in the Arab world
    • Special topic: HCI in the Arab world - introduction

      Shaimaa Lazem, Ebtisam Alabdulqader, Mohamed Khamis

      Special topic: HCI in the Arab world - introduction

        HCI in the Arab World The Arab world consists of 22 countries stretched across two continents (Asia and Africa), making it one of the world’s most influential territories. Besides sharing the same official language, Arab countries share a strong history dominated by the early colonialism era. Cultural values vary…

    • ‘My guardian did NOT approve!’ Stories from fieldwork in Saudi Arabia

      Soud Nassir, Adel Al-Dawood, Elham Alghamdi, Eman Alyami

      ‘My guardian did NOT approve!’ Stories from fieldwork in Saudi Arabia

        Recently, the ArabHCI (https://arabhci.org/) initiative conducted a workshop that sought to “explore participatory design methods to engage with Arab communities” [1], encouraging researchers and practitioners to bring forward their stories, experiences, and lessons learned from conducting qualitative fieldwork and designing in the Arab world. Similarly, the workshop included discussions…

    • HCI of Arabia: The challenges of HCI research in Egypt

      Galal Galal-Edeen, Yasmeen Abdrabou, Maha Elgarf, Hala Hassan

      HCI of Arabia: The challenges of HCI research in Egypt

        The user-centered design and evaluation of technology within an Arab culture such as Egypt presents a unique set of challenges. For example, many designers and users in Egypt are not used to open feedback and dialogue. In addition, finding participants for design evaluation is difficult—particularly for special user groups…

    • What is participation? Emerging challenges for participatory design in globalized conditions

      Max Krüger, Ana Duarte, Anne Weibert, Konstantin Aal, Reem Talhouk, Oussama Metatla

      What is participation? Emerging challenges for participatory design in globalized conditions

        At its very core, participatory design (PD) is concerned with issues of power [1]. Since PD’s earliest applications, the aim has been to make voices heard and provide agency through participation in the design of technological artifacts, infrastructures, and processes. But participation does not happen by itself, and what…

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  • Calendar
    • Calendar

      INTR Staff

      Calendar

        Featured conferences ICMI ‘19 (Suzhou, China) Conference Dates: October 14–18, 2019 https://icmi.acm.org/2019/ Submission Deadlines Abstracts: May 1, 2019 Full papers: May 7, 2019 ICMI is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system development. The conference focuses on theoretical and empirical…

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  • Exit
    • Cat exploit

      Dennis Siegel

      Cat exploit

        Contributor: Dennis Siegel Curator/Editor: Anne Spaa Genre: More-than-human-computer interaction How secure are our home networks against wardriving stray cats?   ©2019 ACM  1072-5520/19/05  $15.00 Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are…

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