CPSC 681 - Project Examples

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Petra Isenberg created [[http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~pneumann/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=MyUniversity.PeCoT o | PeCoTo software]] that helps people code video for events. She has several suggestions for improving this software, and could be interested in working with a student (over distance), where the student will do the implementation and detailed design. The student would begin by reviewing existing video coding systems for features, and create a document suggesting possible design changes. Some things Petra suggests are:

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Petra Isenberg created PeCoTo software that helps people code video for events. She has several suggestions for improving this software, and could be interested in working with a student (over distance), where the student will do the implementation and detailed design. The student would begin by reviewing existing video coding systems for features, and create a document suggesting possible design changes. Some things Petra suggests are:

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  1. Some statistical or visual output of the coded data.

Tags + timestamps could be analyzed according to simple stats, like sums, occurrence frequency over time, etc. This could also be visualized and returned as a visual summary of the coded data.

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  1. Some statistical or visual output of the coded data. Tags + timestamps could be analyzed according to simple stats, like sums, occurrence frequency over time, etc. This could also be visualized and returned as a visual summary of the coded data.
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Video Coding Software

Petra Isenberg created [[http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~pneumann/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=MyUniversity.PeCoT o | PeCoTo software]] that helps people code video for events. She has several suggestions for improving this software, and could be interested in working with a student (over distance), where the student will do the implementation and detailed design. The student would begin by reviewing existing video coding systems for features, and create a document suggesting possible design changes. Some things Petra suggests are:

  1. An interface to tag items on the video itself. E.g. Imagine a scenario where you filmed tabletop activity from the top. Sometimes you capture where someone moved an element on the display, when they have explicitly handed something off or where they have their hands at certain points in time. It would be great to have certain tags on the video that you can place or move around. The tags positions would be tracked in a log and then later a visual and statistical output can be generated. I imagine some sort of chips that you can place on the video and manually (for now) move at certain points in time when the video has changed sufficiently. The chips positions could be saved according to their pixel coordinates.
  2. Some statistical or visual output of the coded data.

Tags + timestamps could be analyzed according to simple stats, like sums, occurrence frequency over time, etc. This could also be visualized and returned as a visual summary of the coded data.

  1. Snapshots. Sometimes something interesting occurs in the video and you want it marked with a bookmark and a snapshot taken. This one is simple and can be easily integrated.
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  • Take a previously reported study (e.g., in ACM CHI) and replicate and/or extend it. The study should be interesting and perhaps have controversial findings.
  • Your job is to compare your findings with those of the original author.
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Take a previously reported study (e.g., in ACM CHI) and replicate and/or extend it. The study should be interesting and perhaps have controversial findings. Your job is to compare your findings with those of the original author.

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Saul Greenberg isusing a video/audio-based media space that connects his home and work office. The idea is that when Saul is working at home, students at the University can see if he is 'around' and can come into his work office and talk to him as needed. This study will describe experiences using this space over time from the perspective of Saul, the people who use this space, and the other people around the lab who do not use it. Ideally, a later study will replicate it with another person. See Gutwin's The Magic Window paper (Group 2007) to get an idea of how such a study / analysis can be done. Like method: diary, interviews, self-reports.

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Saul Greenberg isusing a video/audio-based media space that connects his home and work office. The idea is that when Saul is working at home, students at the University can see if he is 'around' and can come into his work office and talk to him as needed. This study will describe experiences using this space over time from the perspective of Saul, the people who use this space, and the other people around the lab who do not use it. Ideally, a later study will replicate it with another person. See Gutwin's The Magic Window paper (Group 2007) to get an idea of how such a study / analysis can be done. Likely method: diary, interviews, self-reports, scenarios.

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Saul Greenberg is starting to use a video/audio-based media space that connects his home and work office. The idea is that when Saul is working at home, students at the University can see if he is 'around' and can come into his work office and talk to him as needed. This study will describe experiences using this space over time from the perspective of Saul, the people who use this space, and the other people around the lab who do not use it. Ideally, a later study will replicate it with another person. See Gutwin's The Magic Window paper (Group 2007) to get an idea of how such a study / analysis can be done. Like method: diary, interviews, self-reports.

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Edward Tse and Mark Hancock did a study on multimodal input over a large screen. They used a fairly inaccurate input device. Replicate this study using the Vicon. (note: requires special equipment to be set up).

Study of Multimodal, multiuser interaction

Edward Tse has built a system letting multiple people work together over a table. While he did a small study of it, there is lots of room for further studies. Talk to him about it.

Whiteboard study

With Tony Tang (UBC), a study of how people use their whiteboards. Would be conducted as an interview to ask people to explain their current whiteboards in their office (or other space) and how they got that way.

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Saul Greenberg isusing a video/audio-based media space that connects his home and work office. The idea is that when Saul is working at home, students at the University can see if he is 'around' and can come into his work office and talk to him as needed. This study will describe experiences using this space over time from the perspective of Saul, the people who use this space, and the other people around the lab who do not use it. Ideally, a later study will replicate it with another person. See Gutwin's The Magic Window paper (Group 2007) to get an idea of how such a study / analysis can be done. Like method: diary, interviews, self-reports.

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Whiteboard study

With Tony Tang (UBC), a study of how people use their whiteboards. Would be conducted as an interview to ask people to explain their current whiteboards in their office (or other space) and how they got that way.

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Twinned Media Space

Saul Greenberg is starting to use a video/audio-based media space that connects his home and work office. The idea is that when Saul is working at home, students at the University can see if he is 'around' and can come into his work office and talk to him as needed. This study will describe experiences using this space over time from the perspective of Saul, the people who use this space, and the other people around the lab who do not use it. Ideally, a later study will replicate it with another person. See Gutwin's The Magic Window paper (Group 2007) to get an idea of how such a study / analysis can be done. Like method: diary, interviews, self-reports.

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  1. How people use 'handles' in Instant Messaging
    • Most instant messengers allow its users to change how their name appears to others.
    • Your job is to analyze how and why people change their handles.
    • We already have a tool that will extract all the names/handles from MSN Messenger that you can use
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  1. Bubble cursors with Vicon

Edward Tse and Mark Hancock did a study on multimodal input over a large screen. They used a fairly inaccurate input device. Replicate this study using the Vicon. (note: requires special equipment to be set up).

  1. Study of Multimodal, multiuser interaction

Edward Tse has built a system letting multiple people work together over a table. While he did a small study of it, there is lots of room for further studies. Talk to him about it.

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  1. Designing a Heuristic Evaluation Tool
    • (coding) Design and test a system that helps evaluators perform heuristic evaluations, and / or that trains them to do heuristic evaluation
  2. Designing a Task Centered Walkthrough Tool
    • (coding) Design and test a system that helps evaluators perform task centered walkthroughs and / or that trains them to do task centered walkthroughs
  3. Recognizability of web pages from thumbnails, titles, and thumbnails combined with titles
    • Shaun Kaasten did a study that quantifies web page recognizability from thumbnails, titles and URLs. However, he did not check to see how well these work together. You can replicate his study but add this condition. Another possible condition is to look at lists of thumbnails/titles (we have a system that does this).
  4. Evaluation of an integrated browser
    • Shaun Kaasten developed a remarkable history system, but it remains unevaluated. Your job is to evaluate it. Note that while it works well, there are a few bugs that disallow it to be used for a wide-scale field study.

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CPSC 681 - Example Projects

  1. How people use 'handles' in Instant Messaging
    • Most instant messengers allow its users to change how their name appears to others.
    • Your job is to analyze how and why people change their handles.
    • We already have a tool that will extract all the names/handles from MSN Messenger that you can use
  2. Study replication
    • Take a previously reported study (e.g., in ACM CHI) and replicate and/or extend it. The study should be interesting and perhaps have controversial findings.
    • Your job is to compare your findings with those of the original author.
  3. Designing a Heuristic Evaluation Tool
    • (coding) Design and test a system that helps evaluators perform heuristic evaluations, and / or that trains them to do heuristic evaluation
  4. Designing a Task Centered Walkthrough Tool
    • (coding) Design and test a system that helps evaluators perform task centered walkthroughs and / or that trains them to do task centered walkthroughs
  5. Recognizability of web pages from thumbnails, titles, and thumbnails combined with titles
    • Shaun Kaasten did a study that quantifies web page recognizability from thumbnails, titles and URLs. However, he did not check to see how well these work together. You can replicate his study but add this condition. Another possible condition is to look at lists of thumbnails/titles (we have a system that does this).
  6. Evaluation of an integrated browser
    • Shaun Kaasten developed a remarkable history system, but it remains unevaluated. Your job is to evaluate it. Note that while it works well, there are a few bugs that disallow it to be used for a wide-scale field study.

Last updated Fall 2004