1. Abstract:
    The busyness of daily life makes it difficult for those interested in learning something new to set aside time for regular practice. However, there are numerous times in a day when people wait, such as time spent waiting for the elevator or waiting for an instant message reply. These fleeting moments could instead be used for education or other productive activities.

    This talk will describe two systems I have built for wait-learning, leveraging wait time for education. WaitChatter extends instant messaging (IM) by automatically detecting when a user is awaiting an IM response and presenting foreign language vocabulary exercises during that time. FlashSuite unifies a suite of wait-learning possibilities into a single, integrated learning experience. Combining wait time with productive work opens up a new class of software systems that overcomes the problem of limited time by leveraging existing waiting moments.

    Carrie Cai is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at MIT CSAIL, where she works with Rob Miller on human-computer interfaces for online education. Her research is centered around designing, building, and studying systems that enable wait-learning and other productive micro-activities. Carrie received an M.A. in Education and B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University in 2008.

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    Computer programming is a vital skill for the modern workplace, but millions of people around the world do not have access to high-quality in-person instruction to learn it well. To address this limitation, I have created a free Web-based visualization tool for learning programming called Online Python Tutor (pythontutor.com). Since it was first launched in 2012, over 1.2 million people in over 165 countries have used it to collectively visualize over 11 million pieces of code. This level of scale inspires new types of user interfaces for online learning, along with the ability to evaluate those interfaces on orders of magnitude more learners than are possible in traditional classroom studies.

    This talk will describe three recent systems that I have built atop Online Python Tutor: 1.) Codechella enables multiple people to collaboratively write code together, visually explore its execution state using multiple cursors, and chat via an embedded text box. 2.) Codeopticon enables a single instructor to efficiently monitor dozens of learners as they are coding and then step in to offer proactive help. 3.) Codepourri enables a crowd of learners to collectively create a visual coding tutorial by annotating individual steps in the visualization and then voting on the best annotations. Taken together, these systems help bring the potential of computing education to people around the world who do not necessarily have access to valuable in-person tutoring resources.

    Philip Guo is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester. He researches human-computer interaction, with a focus on user interfaces for online learning. He is especially interested in studying how to better train software engineers and data scientists. Philip received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2012 and S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006. His Ph.D. dissertation was one of the first to develop software tools for the unique needs of computational researchers and data scientists. Learn more at pgbovine.net
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    Research ethics is an important and timely topic. In academia, federally regulated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) protect participants of human subjects research, and offer researchers a mechanism to assess the ethical implications of their work. Industry research labs are not subject to the same requirements, and may lack processes for research ethics review. We describe the creation of a new ethics framework and submission system within Microsoft Research (MSR). This system is customized to the needs of web researchers. We describe our iterative development process, including our assessment of the current state of web research, developing a framework of methods based on a survey of 358 research papers; build and evaluate our system with 14 users to identify the benefits and pitfalls of full deployment; evaluate how our system matches with existing federal regulations; and, suggest next steps for supporting ethical web research.

    Janice Tsai is a Privacy Manager at Microsoft. As a Privacy Manager, she helps create new privacy solutions for products and ensures that data is collected and used in a manner that meets the Microsoft Privacy Standard. Janice is currently focused on privacy for the Internet of Things. She has spent time working in the California and New Jersey Legislatures. She has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon in usable privacy from the department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). Janice is also on the advisory board for the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) of the American Library Association (ALA).

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  4. Abstract:
    Mobile devices have become powerful ultra-portable personal computers supporting not only communication, but also running a variety of complex, interactive applications. Because of the unique characteristics of mobile interaction, a better understanding of the time duration and context of mobile device uses could help to improve and streamline the user experience. This talk first explores opportunities for streamlining short mobile device uses through proactively suggesting short tasks to the user that go beyond simple application notifications. We use the findings from our investigation to create and explore the design space for proactively presenting tasks to the users. Our findings underline the need for a more nuanced set of interactions that support short mobile device uses. The talk concludes with reflecting on the methods and challenges surrounding conducting mobile research studies in this entropic and volatile setting. We discuss generalizability and replicability in mobile research, and a range of other issues that emerge in this type of work.

    I am a Ph.D. student at Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University working with Prof. Anind Dey and Prof. Jennifer Mankoff. My research focuses on modeling and understanding human routine behaviors to support development of smart agents that help users improve their routines. Prior to joining HCII, I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto where I worked with Prof. Khai Truong at the DGP lab.

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  5. Abstract:
    A positive disruption of the classic university tech transfer model, CoMotion is not just about IP, licensing, and startups; it’s about taking UW’s innovators and ideas and moving them to impact by promoting entrepreneurial thinking, innovation mindsets, creative problem-solving, and experiential and team-based project learning throughout UW. Mike Clarke, Head of Product Design & Development at UW CoMotion, will talk about CoMotion’s new mission and a few recent initiatives, including the CoMotion MakerSpace, DARPA Combinator, and NextSeattle, after which he will lead a discussion and gather feedback on a new web based tool under development for connecting innovation communities both within and across UW’s existing boundaries, with the goal of creating more opportunities for connection, collaboration, mentoring, and impact.

    Prior to coming to UW in 2010, Mike spent over ten years as a design engineer, project manager, and producer in multiple startup companies, in medium and large firms, and as an independent consultant. He has developed mobile computing devices, toys, prosthetics, high-volume consumer electronics, and specialized scientific and industrial equipment. His product development experience ranges from initial concept work to high-volume overseas manufacturing, product safety and regulatory compliance testing, and quality systems. Mike studied in the Design Division at Stanford University, earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering followed by a MS from the Smart Product Design program. Mike also completed the IP Management certificate program through UW PCE and is a registered patent agent. In his spare time Mike enjoys utilizing all of this technical experience to attempt to fix things on his boat almost as rapidly as they break.

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