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Cornell at CHI 2017

More than 40 Cornell researchers, contributing nearly two dozen visionary papers and helping guide key discussions in the field of human-computer interaction.

With each passing year, Cornell University’s influence at premiere tech conferences continues to grow. Perhaps at no other tech conference is this more evident than at CHI, the can't-miss event for scholars in the field of human-computer interaction. This year, more than 40 Cornell scholars, representing the departments of Information Science, Computer Science, Communication and more, will carry the Big Red banner at CHI, contributing nearly two dozen visionary papers, shaping discussions in fields like robotics and mobile health, and even developing educational games. Further, one of our own – Susan Fussell – is co-chairing the entire event, which this year features research from nearly 650 institutions. See below for our contributions. We’ll see you in Denver this May.

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 Infrastructure as Creative Action: Online Buying, Selling, and Delivery in Phnom Penh  // Authors: Margaret C. Jack (Cornell University), Jay Chen (New York University), and Steven J. Jackson (Cornell University)

 Supporting Community Health Workers in India through Voice- and Web-Based Feedback  // Authors: Brian DeRenzi (Computer Science University of Cape Town), Nicola Dell (Cornell Tech), Jeremy Wacksman (Dimagi, Inc.), Scott Lee (Harvard), and Neal Lesh (Dimagi, Inc.)

Comparing Social Robot, Screen and Voice Interfaces for Smart Home Management  // Authors: Michal Luria (The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya), Guy Hoffman (Cornell University), and Oren Zuckerman (The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya)

Facilitating Development of Pragmatic Competence through a Voice-driven Video Learning Interface   // Authors: Gabriel Culbertson, Solace Shen, Malte Jung, and Erik Andersen (all of Cornell University)

From Margins to Seams: Imbrication, Inclusion, and Torque in the Aadhaar Identification Project   // Authors: Ranjit Singh and Steven Jackson (both of Cornell University)

How Methods Make Designers  // Authors: Seyram Avle (University of Michigan), Silvia Lindtner (University of Michigan), and Kaiton Williams (Cornell University)

A Kaleidoscope of Languages: When and How Non-Native English Speakers Shift between English and Their Native Language during Multilingual Teamwork  // Authors: Ge Gao and Susan Fussell (both of Cornell University)

Market Practices and the Bazaar: Technology Consumption in Urban ICT Markets in the Global South   // Authors: Priyank Chandra (University of Michigan), Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell University), and Joyojeet Pal (University of Michigan)

Modeling Sub-Document Attention Using Viewport Time   // Authors: Max Grusky (Cornell University), Jeiran Jahani (Chartbeat, Inc.), Josh Schwartz (Chartbeat, Inc.), Dan Valente (Chartbeat, Inc.), Yoav Artzi (Cornell Tech), and Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech)

MoveMeant: Anonymously Building Community Through Shared Location Histories   // Authors: Emily Sun, Ross McLachlan, and Mor Naaman (all of Cornell Tech)

PathViewer: Visualizing Pathways through Student Data   // Authors: Yiting Wang, Walker M. White, and Erik Andersen (all of Cornell University)

"People are Either too Fake or too Real": Opportunities and Challenges in Tie-based Anonymity   // Authors: Xiao Ma (Cornell Tech), Nazanin Andalibi (Drexel University), Louise Barkhuus, (The IT University of Copenhagen), and Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech)

Privacy, Security, and Surveillance in the Global South: A Study of Biometric Mobile SIM Registration in Bangladesh   // Authors: Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell University), Md. Romael Haque, (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology), Shion Guha (Marquette University), Mohammad Rashidujjaman Rifat (University of Colorado Boulder), and Nicola Dell (Cornell Tech)

Reworking the Gaps Between Design and Ethnography  // Authors: Vera Khovanskaya (Cornell University), Phoebe Sengers (Cornell University), Melissa Mazmanian (UC Irvine), and Charles Darrah (San Jose State University)

Social Consequences of Grindr Use: Extending the Internet-Enhanced Self-Disclosure Hypothesis  // Authors: Samuel Hardman Taylor, Jevan Alexander Hutson, and Tyler Richard Alicea (all of Cornell University)

Supporting the Self-Management of Chronic Pain Conditions with Tailored Momentary Self-Assessments   // Authors: Phil Adams, Elizabeth Lindley Murnane, Michael Elfenbein, Elaine Wethington, and Geri Gay (all of Cornell University)

Teaching Language and Culture with a Virtual Reality Game   // Authors: Alan Cheng, Lei Yang, and Erik Andersen (all of Cornell University)

Teaching Programming with Gamified Semantics   // Authors: Ian Arawjo, Cheng-Yao Wang, Andrew C. Myers, Erik Andersen, and François Guimbretière (all of Cornell University)

Understanding Low Vision People’s Visual Perception on Commercial Augmented Reality Glasses   // Authors: Yuhang Zhao, Michele Hu, Shafeka Hashash, and Shiri Azenkot (Cornell Tech)

A Unified Framework for Knowledge Assessment and Progression Analysis and Design   // Authors: Shuhan Wang (Cornell University), Fang He (Peking University), and Erik Andersen (Cornell University)

CHI 2017 Leadership and Organizers

Susan Fussell – who was elected to the CHI Academy last year – serves as CHI 2017 conference co-chair. Elsewhere, Cornell PhD Ge Gao serves as an assistant to the chairs; Erik Andersen of Cornell Computer Science is one of three course chairs, and Xiying Wang is the lead web designer and webmaster for the CHI 2017 website. 


FoodCHI: Designing Sustainable Food Systems // Gilly Leshed (Cornell University) presents the paper, Designing Cost of Production tools for Coffee Growers in Latin America, which she authored with Yoonah Kim and Yoo Kim, both of Cornell. Learn more about FoodCHI here.

HCI Across Borders workshop // Several Cornell Information Science scholars will present position papers during this two-day symposium:

  • ​Media Reconstruction and Archiving on Cambodian Facebook, authored by Margaret Jack (Cornell University)
  • Investigating the Relationship between Gender Social and Cultural Barriers and Mental Health in Rural Bangladesh, authored by Sharifa Sultana, Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, and Nicola Dell (all of Cornell University)
  • Engaging with Digital Inequalities Research in the Developing World, authored by Vibhore Vardhan and Anthony Poon (both of Cornell Tech)
  • HCI and Forced Mobility: Revisiting SDGs for the IDPs in Bangladesh, authors including Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell University)

Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) // Theodore Lee, Sahara Byrne, Geri Gay and John Pollak (all of Cornell University) along with Daniela Retelny (Stanford) and Amy Gonzales (Indiana) present their position paper, Gender Differences in Response to a Mobile Health Game. Elsewhere, Elizabeth Murnane (Cornell University) presents the position paper – Exploring the Design Space of Chronobiology-Aware Health Tools – on behalf of fellow authors Saeed Abdullah and Mark Matthews (Cornell University), Matthew Kay (University of Michigan), Dan Cosley, Tanzeem Choudhury, and Geri Gay (Cornell University), and Julie A. Kientz (University of Washington).

Learn more about WISH here.


Panel: Robots in Group Context: Rethinking Design, Development and Deployment // Participants: Malte Jung (Cornell University), Matt Beane (MIT), Jodi Forlizzi (Carnegie Mellon University), Robin Murphy (Texas A&M University), and Janet Vertesi (Princeton University)

Special Interest Group (SIG) – Taking Action in a Changing World: Research and Community // A SIG meeting organized by Casey Fiesler (University of Colorado, Boulder), Lisa Anthony (University of Florida), Paul Strohmeier (University of Copenhagen), Susan Fussell (Cornell University), and Gloria Mark (University of California Irvine)

SIG: NSF funding information and proposal writing // Organized by Chia Shen (NSF) and Dan Cosley (Cornell University/NSF)

Student Game Competition

Two Cornell teams are among the three finalists in the Games For a Purpose category of this CHI competition. Ian Arawjo, David Li, and Kevin Ma (all of Cornell University) lead Reduct: A Puzzle Game for Children About Evaluating Code, while fellow Cornellians Zikai Alex Wen, Yiming Li, Reid Wade, Jeffery Huang and Amy Wang present What.Hack: Learn Phishing Email Defence the Fun Way.

Late-Breaking Work

"Alexa is my new BFF": Social Roles, User Satisfaction, and Personification of the Amazon Echo // Authors: Amanda Purington, Jessie G. Taft, Shruti H. Sannon, Natalya N. Bazarova, and Samuel Hardman Taylor (all of Cornell University).