Dr. Joel S. Greenstein and his PhD student Kapil Chalil Madathil win award at the CHI 2011 ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference
- June 10, 2011
Department of Industrial Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Joel S. Greenstein and his PhD student Kapil Chalil Madathil, won the "SIGCHI Honorable Mention Paper Award” at the CHI 2011 ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Their paper presented a novel approach for conducting synchronous remote usability testing using virtual worlds to address usability testing issues such as session-security, participant involvement, ease-of-use, performance and cultural differences. They compared their virtual laboratory method with two commonly used synchronous usability test methods: the traditional lab approach and WebEx, a web-based conferencing and screen sharing approach. The results of their study suggest that participants were productive and enjoyed the virtual lab condition, indicating the potential of a virtual-world based approach as an alternative to conventional approaches for synchronous usability testing.
The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM-SIGCHI) is one of the largest annual Human Computer Interaction (HCI) conferences in the world, and is considered the top venue for almost every type of HCI work. CHI 2011, the 29th annual CHI conference, was held on May 9–12, 2011, in Vancouver, Canada. The CHI 2011 Papers and Notes Committee selects only the top 5% of Papers and Notes submissions to receive the “Honorable Mention” designation.