International workshop on Mobile Life and HEC

  • Posted on: 1 March 2017
  • By: Ayumu
Monday, March 13, 2017

Date: March 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 - 14:30



Mobile Life: A research overview

Talk by Prof. Barry Brown




Economic exchanges and new technology

Talk by Dr. Airi Lampinen


Design opportunities for continuous speech recognition

Talk by Dr. Donny McMillan


Understand the mobile phone in situ

Talk by Dr. Moira McGregor


Virtual reality & interactive performances

Talk by Asreen Rostami


Modelling Learning of New Keyboard Layouts

Talk By Dr. Jussi Jokinen


Introduction to CHEC

Talk By Prof.Xiangshi Ren and CHEC menbers


Lunch Break


CHEC Technical Tour



Speaker Details :

Prof. Barry Brown
Human Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, Video analysis of technology use 
Stockholm University, Sweden

Talk Title: Mobile Life: A research overview

Talk Abstract: 

or the last ten years, Mobile Life–a Stockholm based research centre–has brought together designers, computer scientists and social scientists to develop the latest in mobile and ubiquitous technology. Funded by industry (including Microsoft, IKEA, Nokia & ABB), academia and the city of Stockholm since 2007, the centre has published over one thousand academic papers, winning best paper awards at all major Human–Computer Interaction conferences, growing three spinout companies, as well as serving as the launch point for the career of numerous PhD students and researchers. 

As the 10 year life of the centre draws to a close, Professor Barry Brown (University of Stockholm) will present some of Mobile Life’s best and most recognised research. He will discuss his own work and that of the other directors of the centre - Professors Kristina Höök, Annika Waern, Oskar Juhlin, Lars Erik Holmquist. 

The talk spans Mobile Life work in design science, specific prototype systems, as well as the social sciences. In brief, the centre has focused on enjoyment and non-work applications of technology. It has covered topics such as wearables for relaxation, how technology can connect us better with nature, the role of fashion in technology and how, with systems like Uber, mobile phones play a changing role in our lives. Closing discussion will contemplate some of the future directions of Mobile Life researchers – in particular, an interest in designing for implicit interaction. 

Brief Bio: Barry Brown is a Professor at Stockholm University, and research director at Mobile Life. He was previously an associate professor at the University of California, a research fellow at the University of Glasgow and a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard’s research labs in Bristol. His recent work has focused on the sociology and design of leisure technologies - computer systems for leisure and pleasure. Recent publications span top forums in both social and technology fields, and include studies of activities as diverse as games, tourism, museum visiting, the use of maps, television watching and sport spectating. He has a book forthcoming with MIT press titled "enjoying machines", and he has edited books on music consumption and mobile phone use. His qualifications include a degree in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Surrey.




Dr. Airi Lampinen
Human Computer Interaction, Computer–Supported Cooperative Work, Analysis of Technology Use in Economic Encounters
Stockholm University, Sweden
Talk Title: Economic exchanges and new technology

Talk Abstract: Airi’s recent work has focused on how technology increasingly supports economic exchanges. Most notable here is AirBnB and Uber where apps have produced whole new categories of employment. Indeed there is now a broad spectrum of ways in which technology enables new forms of market (and non market) economic transactions. This work draws on research in economics that has documented how markets function, how they can be evaluated, and what can be done to fix them when they fail. Airi will connect this to her work studying how peer to peer network hospitality works, and her 2017 ACM CHI paper on “market design and HCI”.

Brief Bio: joined MobileLife in September 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher in Barry Brown's group. Previously, she has been a researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's School of Information and a research intern at Microsoft Research New England. Her research is focused on interpersonal boundary regulation in networked settings, such as the sharing economy and social network services. Recent publications span top forums, including the annual CHI and CSCW conferences as well as journals such as New Media and Society and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Her qualifications include a PhD in social psychology from University of Helsinki and a BSc (Eng.) from Aalto University's interdisciplinary Information Networks degree programme. Moreover, she is an associate at the independent Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki since 2013.




Dr. Donny McMillan
Human Computer Interaction, Speech & Audio based interfaces, and analysis of mobile technology use
Stockholm University, Sweden
Talk Title: Design opportunities for continuous speech recognition

Talk Abstract:  In this talk Donald McMillan gives an overview of the opportunities that continuous speech recognition presents in a number of different domains. By ambient speech (such as general conversation) can be build systems that interact better with users, or can automatically complete tasks without being given explicit commands? Donny will also discusses the problems that could arise from the widespread use of this technology at personal, social, and societal scales.

Brief Bio: Donny McMillan is an Assistant Professor within the ACT in Communication with Technology (ACT) group at the University of Stockholm in the Department of Computer and System Sciences and a senior researcher at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre. He joined Mobile Life in November 2012 by way of an ERCIM postdoctoral fellowship and is currently leading the Reality Mining project in Mobile Life looking at current practices around personal quantification and new challenges brought by future IoT services. Following on from the recently finished EU Network of Excellence in Internet Science he involved in organising the third annual conference on Internet Science. His current research interests include honing methods to conduct large scale, remote, and participatory user trials – using the collected data in the understanding of device and application use as well as exploring the ethical challenges and responsibilities new technologies places on the researchers who study them. He has been a visiting researcher at the User Interface Technologies lab in Nokia, Tampera in Finland. While the weather was slightly darker and colder than Sweden the work on multi-device use by single and multiple users was interesting, as was the insiders view of the Nokia/Microsoft transition. He received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2012 and before moving to Sweden was working with the Edinburgh Festivals to identify areas where current research could be applied without disrupting the experience of attending cultural events and to design applications that fit with the practices of festivalgoers.




Dr. Moira McGregor
Human Computer Interaction, Mobile phone interaction, Video Methods, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
Stockholm University, Sweden
Talk Title: Understand the mobile phone in situ

Talk Abstract: Moria PhD involves studying how mobile phones are used in everyday interaction - such as when we talk around our mobile phones, or use apps together. Making use of new data collection techniques such as wearable cameras and audio and screen recording she examines not only interactions with devices themselves, and also the conversations in which use is embedded. The analysis spans activities such as collaborative mobile information search, way finding with mobile map apps in the company of others and lastly co-present interaction involving messaging apps. The observations made in this thesis advance our understanding of how mobile devices are recurrently and collaboratively used, and the social interactional practices that enable them to fit into everyday life. Moira will also discuss her recent 2017 ACM CSCW paper on using speech agents to help support work meetings.

Brief Bio: Currently half way through her PhD studies, with supervisor Barry Brown, Moira's research looks at technology use in everyday life - from mobile phones in co-present interaction, to how an app like Uber impacts the work practices of its users. Having previously worked extensively in the delivery of digital UX strategies and applications in UK design agencies, she is expanding her professional experience with doctoral studies. Her thesis focuses upon everyday interaction with mobile devices, based upon several innovative and naturalistic studies conducted using combined methods of video analysis and interviews. Moira has worked as research assistant on a range of projects relating to the diverse research interests of Mobile Life, expanding her skills in field research, video ethnography, interactional analysis and design. In addition, she has worked on Sharing Economy studies led by Airi Lampinen, and has collaborated and published with others. She has recently interned with the Microsoft Research speech recognition team, resulting in a publication in forthcoming CSCW2017 conference.




Asreen Rostami
Human Computer Interaction, Mixed-Reality Performance, Virtual Reality and Interactive Performances
Stockholm University, Sweden
Talk Title: Virtual reality & interactive performances

Talk Abstract: In this talk Asreen will discuss the challenges in designing for new types of interactive performances. Challenges exist in terms of how to design technology but also in how to understanding the interplay between narration and audiences. While systems like VR offer the possibility of new types of immersive and dramatic experiences, how can these be effectively used by directors and creators? She also focuses on the use of bio-sensors and bodily tracking technologies to afford new ways for artists to engage with audiences, and for audiences to become part of the artwork.

Brief Bio: Asreen Rostami is a PhD candidate in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), under supervision of Dr. Louise Barkhuus and Dr. Chiara Rossitto within the ACT in Communication with Technology (ACT) group at the University of Stockholm, Department of Computer and System Sciences (DSV). She is also a visiting student at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre. Her research focuses on Mixed-Reality Performances and how interactive technologies can be designed for interactive performance, audience participation as well as performers interaction. She holds a Masters degree in Computer Science with focus on Social Media and Web Technologies from Linnaeus University, Sweden. Her thesis was part of an ICT for Development project on designing interactive mobile services to promote civic participation in Northern Uganda. She completed her Bachelor on Computer Science (Software Technology major) from Azad University, Iran.




Dr. Jussi Jokinen
Communications and Networking, School of Electrical Engineering
Aalto University, Finland
Talk Title: Modelling Learning of New Keyboard Layouts

Talk Abstract: Predicting how users learn new or changed interfaces is a long-standing objective in HCI research.  This paper contributes to understanding of visual search and learning in text entry. With a goal of explaining variance in novices' typing performance that is attributable to visual search, a model was designed to predict how users learn to locate keys on a keyboard: initially relying on visual short-term memory but then transitioning to recall-based search.
This allows predicting search times and visual search patterns for completely and partially new layouts. The model complements models of motor performance and learning in text entry by predicting change in visual search patterns over time. Practitioners can use it for estimating how long it takes to reach the desired level of performance with a given layout.
Brief Bio: Jussi Jokinen, PhD, is a postdoc in User Interfaces Laboratory, Aalto University, Finland.. From his doctoral studies, conducted in cognitive science in University of Jyväskylä, he has extensive experience on studying emotion in HCI, especially from the perspective of appraisal theory. Since 1.10.2015, he has been in prof. Antti Oulasvirta's User Interfaces Laboratory, Aalto University. There he has worked on studying the effect of age on the use of mobile devices, his work mainly consisting of controlled experiments and modelling. The modelling work involves him programming in Common Lisp, Python, and R, in order to implement computational user models and fit them to human data. Jokinen's work has been cited 138 times (Google Scholar h-index 7) since 2011, when he became an active researcher.


Speaker from CHEC:


Prof. Xiangshi Ren


Dr. Sayan Sarcar


Kavous Salehzadeh Niksirat

Center for Human-Engaged Computing
Kochi University of Technology, Japan