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Recent Advances in Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment

22 Oct
Friday, 10/22/2010 8:20am to 9:15am

Mary Czerwinski
Microsoft Research Silicon Valley

Mount Holyoke College, Morrison Room, Willits Center

Today's information workers are characterized by their ability to easily handle interruptions, multi-task, switch tasks quickly, and make sense of enormous amounts of information in high-pressure situations. Current and future technologies, including various wearables and sensing devices, ensure that robust communications and information transmissions can occur almost anywhere, any time. Our ability to log, collect, and visualize event data has become more sophisticated, allowing us to analyze trends and identify patterns across many areas of individual and group behaviors. How do we use these technological trends to ensure that we are designing tools that improve both individual and group productivity, insight, and an overall sense of user control? In this talk, Mary discusses several of her research group's projects in this area along with their path through productization.

Mary Czerwinski is a Research Area Manager of the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (VIBE) research group at Microsoft Research. The group is responsible for studying and designing advanced technology and interaction techniques that leverage human capabilities across a wide variety of input and output channels. Mary's primary research areas include studying group awareness systems, information visualization and task switching. She has held positions at University of Washington, Compaq Computer Corporation, Rice University, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Corporation, and Bell Communications Research. She received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington. Mary is active in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, publishing and participating in a wide number of conferences, professional venues and journals. More information about Dr. Czerwinski can be found at http://research.microsoft.com/users/marycz.


This is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC) (less than 10 are held across the country each year). For more information, please visit: http://minerva.cs.mtholyoke.edu/dls.