The ACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016 in San Jose was the biggest CHI conference ever with more than 3,500 participants. The research presented at the conference shows that the field of human-computer interaction has evolved drastically. The keynote sessions were exemplary as Marissa Mayer, Alan Kay, Salman Khan, Kimberly Bryant, Dayo Olopade, and Vishal Sikka shared their personal experiences making technologies to improve life. Alan Kay offered inspiring words: “Big companies just want to earn millions & billions. Great researchers create new industries worth trillions.”
There were many interesting research projects showcased at the conference. The Carolan Guitar by Steve Benford et al. focussed on artcodes and a guitar that told it own story through a mobile app. Microsoft Research showcased interaction of real and virtual objects using Oculus, Kinect, and Unity. A demonstration by Prof. Åsa Unander-Scharin showed how webcams can help generate relevant music by analyzing performer movement during a live performance event. Infosys showcased flight information simulation using samsung gear and VR, Google showcased its mobile User testing lab while HP demonstrated its projector and depth camera based scanner and alternate input device and Samsung demoed interaction of pictures in smart TVs using Android phones as remote controls.
A number of projects were relevant to research conducted at the PIxL Lab: the social impact of head-mounted devices, transparent interfaces, movement games, how gamers make breakthroughs, mapping in disaster, non-verbal communication and team performance in online games, comparing different sensemaking approaches, and supporting sensemaking with spatially-aware mobile interactions.
Prof. Zachary O. Toups from the PIxL Lab, along with Ph.D. student Sultan Alharthi and graduate student Hitesh Nidhi Sharma attended the conference.