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Best Paper Award at EICS 2013!

Best Paper Award - EICS 2013

My research student Pierre Akiki, whom I supervise with Yijun Yu, presented his work on Role-based User Interface Simplification at the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Systems this week.  This work is part of his research on a  model driven architecture for adaptive enterprise user interfaces, and it was great to see it recognised by the EICS organisers with the "Best Paper Award".  

It was my first time at EICS and I was really impressed by the range of work, the interesting discussions and excellent presentations.  There is a lot of interest in adaptive systems that can enhance the users' experience of a system, and my conversations with a number of people highlighted potential directions of future work that might lead to some useful collaborations.  Other than the announcement of our award, particular highlights of the week for me included:

  • A keynote on "Using the Crowd to Understand and Adapt User Interfaces" by Jeffrey Nichols from IBM Almaden Labs highlighted the potential of using collective knowledge to build UI interaction models.
  • Finding a paper describing a case-study of modelling interactions in an operations center, presented by researchers from CA Labs. Unfortunately another commitment meant I missed the presentation of this paper, but did manage to have a very interesting discussion with one of the authors Steve Greenspan over lunch.
  • A town-hall style discussion on what engineering interactive systems might really mean.  Some interesting ideas about the importance of development methods with associated evaluations; use of machine learning and big data; and formal modelling and analysis methods.
I am looking forward to the next EICS in Rome.
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