PIxL Lab at CHI 2018

Prof. Zachary O. Toups from the PIxL Lab, along with Prof. Igor Dolgov from the PACMANe Lab, and Ph.D. student Sultan Alharthi attended the 2018 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montréal, Canada.

PIxL Lab heading to CHI 2018!

We are excited to announce that the PIxL Lab will be presenting three full papers and co-organizing a SIG meeting at CHI 2018.

Playing to Wait: A Taxonomy of Idle Games
Sultan A. Alharthi, Olaa Alsaedi, Zachary O. Toups, Joshua Tanenbaum, & Jessica Hammer
Date: Monday, Apr 23
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM
Session: Design for Emotion and Anticipation
Room: 515ABC

Investigating the Impact of Annotation Interfaces on Player Performance in Distributed Multiplayer Games
Sultan A. Alharthi, Ruth C. Torres, Ahmed S. Khalaf, Zachary O. Toups, Igor Dolgov, & Lennart E. Nacke
Date: Tuesday, Apr 24
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Session: Playing with others
Room: 515ABC

A Design Framework for Awareness Cues in Distributed Multiplayer Games
Jason Wuertz, Sultan A. Alharthi, William A. Hamilton, Scott Bateman, Carl Gutwin, Anthony Tang, Zachary O. Toups, & Jessica Hammer
Date: Wednesday, Apr 25
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Session: Interpersonal Awareness in gameplay
Room: 514C

Games and Play SIG: Engaging Small Developer Communities
Lennart E. Nacke, Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Katta Spiel, Zachary O. Toups, & Katherine Isbister
Date: Tuesday, Apr 24
Time: 04:00 PM
Room: 514A


PIxL Lab at APATech 2018

Ph.D. students Sultan Alharthi attended the American Psychological Association conference on Technology, Mind and Society in Washington, D.C., on April 5-7, 2018. Alharthi presented a research paper titled “Designing Future Disaster Response Team Wearables from a Grounding in Practice” and a poster titled “A Color-Based Tracking Algorithm to Support Tangible Collaboration for Visually Impaired Students”.

PIxL Lab at Technology Day

Ph.D. student Sultan Alharthi, along with Masters students Zahra NaminiMianji and Nasim Hasan attended the 2018 Technology Day at NMSU. The students showcased some of the research projects conducted at the PIxL lab and the available technologies.

A very successful upcoming CHI!

The PIxL Lab is excited to announce three CHI papers for the 2018 program! We’ll see you in April!

Sultan A. Alharthi, Olaa Alsaedi, Zachary O. Toups, Joshua Tanenbaum, Jessica Hammer. 2018. Playing to wait: A taxonomy of idle games. In press for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 15 pages.

Sultan A. Alharthi, Ruth Torres, Ahmed S. Khalaf, Zachary O. Toups, Igor Dolgov, Lennart Nacke. 2018. Investigating the impact of annotation interfaces on player performance in distributed multiplayer games. In press for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 13 pages.

Jason Wuertz, Sultan A. Alharthi, William A. Hamilton, Scott Bateman, Carl Gutwin, Tony Tang, Zachary O. Toups, Jessica Hammer. 2018. A design framework for awareness cues in distributed multiplayer games. In press for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 15 pages.

PIxL students finalists for wearables challenge!

NMSU’s Team DeSIGN, a collaboration between the PIxL Lab in the Computer Science Department, the Department of Engineering Technology & Surveying Engineering, the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Psychology Department, was named one of four finalist teams for the Body Sensor Networks 2016 Icehouse Challenge to design wearable computers for disaster responders. Team DeSIGN leveraged its collective experience studying and designing for disaster contexts, unmanned system control, and wearables to develop a winning design. At the BSN conference, US Coast Guard operatives will undertake a live-action disaster response simulation game using the wearable software designed by the competing teams to determine the best design.

The team will receive wearable prototyping equipment (including Sony’s SmartEyeglass platform) and funding for travel. The competition carries a grand prize of $20,000.

Team DeSIGN consists of:

  • Sachin Sunka (PIxL, CS)
  • Sultan Alharthi (PIxL, CS)
  • Hitesh Nidhi Sharma (PIxL, CS)
  • Rolfe Sassenfeld (ET&SE)
  • Cayden Wilson (ET&SE)
  • Wei Tang (ECE)
  • Igor Dolgov (Psych)
  • Zachary O. Toups (PIxL, CS)