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Multimodal User eXperience (MUX) Meetings

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What is the MUX?

Multimodal User eXperience. We are a group of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) researchers at CS (staff, postdocs & students) who meet once a week. We use this time for students to present their research in informal sessions and solicit feedback; to discuss papers; to practice conference talks, MSc thesis presentations, and feature guest speakers.

How does it work?

Since this is a new group, we are still trying things out and figuring out to see how this will take shape.

When and where do you meet?

Our current meeting time is Wednesdays from 2:00pm - 3:00pm in ICICS X836. We generally meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

How do I get involved?

Come to a meeting (see details above) and/or subscribe to the mailing list. New participants are always welcome.

Mailing list structure

Mailing list Subscription Description
mux-friends Open If you have not recently been a regular MUX or SPIN attendee, but would like to maintain awareness of the HCI activities in CS at UBC (for example, get talk announcements ..etc) then you belong on mux-friends. For example, alumni would fit in this category.
mux-faculty Closed HCI faculty at CS - Kelly Booth, Karon MacLean, Joanna McGrenere, Tamara Munzner, Cristina Conati, and Giuseppe Carenini.
mux-postdocs Closed Postdocs working with faculty listed above.
mux-grads Closed Graduate students working with faculty listed above.
mux-ugrads Closed Undergraduate students working with factulty listed above.
mux-other Closed If you have been a (fairly) regular MUX attendee recently and want to keep coming to meetings, but don't fit into any of the mux-lab categories, then you belong in mux-other. Email joanna at cs to get yourself added.

Upcoming MUX meeting?

Meeting Date Type of Meeting
May 17, 2017 CHI recap
  -This Wednesday some members of MUX will share their experiences at CHI conference they recently attended.
To subscribe to mux-friends, email with "subscribe mux-friends" in the body (not the subject line and without quotes) of the message. The list email address is mux-friends at

To unsubscribe, email the same address with the command "unsubscribe mux-friends".

There are 2 meta-lists:

  1. mux-all, which includes all the mailing lists mentioned above
  2. mux-lab, which includes all mailing lists except mux-friends

To add to or change the order of the presenter queue - MUX Roster (requires UBC CS ID to log on) (Tips and Suggestions)

What happens at MUX meetings?

Meeting Date Type of Meeting
May 3, 2017 DIS practice talk , David Marino
  Voodle: Vocal Doodling to Sketch Affective Robot Motion.
Apr 19, 2017 CHI practice talk , Francesco Vitale
  High Costs and Small Benefits: A Field Study of How Users Experience Operating System Upgrades.
Apr 7, 2017 CHI practice talk , Paul Bucci
  Sketching CuddleBits: Coupled Prototyping of Body and Behaviour for an Affective Robot Pet.
Mar 15, 2017 Research update , Dilan Ustek
  Proxy zooming.
Mar 1, 2017 PhD defense practice talk , Hasti Seifi
  Personalizing Haptics: From Individuals' Sense-Making Schemas to End-User Haptic Tool.
Feb 15, 2017 Practice talk , Izabelle Janzen
  "Speaking the same language"; Research update of a new study into notification personalization and management. Specifically taking an interpretive approach to understanding how users communicate about notifications.
Jan 18, 2017 Guest presentation , Alina Mckay
  Alina discussed her online resource design project.
Nov 30, 2016 practice talk , Dilan Ustek
  Dilan talked about her flexible touch sensor project called Gelly.
Nov 16, 2016 practice talk , Paul Bucci
  Paul talked about his cuddlebit behavioural design project.
OCT 19, 2016 Paper review practice , Oliver Schneider
  Oliver explained his expriences on how to do the CHI paper review.
OCT 5, 2016 Practice Talk, Oliver Schneider,Ben Clark
  Oliver and Ben gave a practice talk on MacaronMix: interpolating between vibrotactile icons.
SEP 14, 2016 CHI review, Oliver/Kamyar/Paul/Francesco
  CHI paper review for Voodle/Contextual Feature Recommender/CSBD/Managing Software Upgrades.
Nov 4, 2015 Practice Talk, Laura Cang
  Laura gave a practice talk about her paper evaluating the gesture recognition system for the cuddle bot.
Nov 4, 2015 Practice Talk, Oliver Schneider
  Oliver gave a practice talk for his paper showcasing his haptic design tool.
Oct 21, 2015 Research Presentation, Paul Bucci
  Paul gave a presentation on rapid prototyping techniques in HCI.
Oct 21, 2015 Guest Presentation, Merel Jung
  Merel presented the results of her experiment to validate the effectiveness on the cuddle bot for helping calm down patients
Oct 7, 2015 Practice Talk, Matt Brehmer
  Matt gave a practice talk of his conference presentation for the results of his energy management and analysis visualization tool.
Aug 26, 2015 Thesis Presentation, Derek Cormier
  Derek presented the results of his collaborative peer review system.
Aug 19, 2015 Thesis Presentation, Francisco Escalona
  Pax presented the results from his study of classroom pointing tools
Aug 5, 2015 Guest Presentation, Cathy and Earnest
  Cathy and Earnest presented a demo of their urban planning prototype.
July 15, 2015 Research Update, Kamyar Ardekany
  Kamyar presented the design for his currently running experiment investigating suggestion systems for firefox features.
June 17, 2015 Research Update, Johanna Fulda
  Johanna presented her work on timeline generation and natural language processing.
May 20, 2015 Prototyping Discussion, Oliver Schneider
  Oliver lead a discussion on the various prototyping tools used in MUX projects.
May 6, 2015 Research Update, Ben Janzen
  Ben updated us on their submission to UIST and prototype for latency free pointing evaluation
May 6, 2015 Research Update, Derek Cormier
  Derek updated us on his study to evaluate his pear review system for supporting peer review in academic conferences.
April 1, 2015 Research Update, Kailun Zhang
  Kailun updated us on the preliminary results from her experiment investigating pointing in older adults for home administered mental tests.
April 1, 2015 Research Update, Francisco Escalona
  Pax updated us on his prototype for natural pointing in the classroom.
Mar 4, 2015 Research Update, Antoine Ponsard
  Antoine updated us on his prototype for more integrated and user friendly customization.
Mar 4, 2015 Research Update, Hasti Seifi
  Hasti updated us on the experiment results for her visualizations of vibrotactile libraries.
Feb 4, 2015 Research Update, Oliver Schneider
  Oliver updated us on his thesis progress into haptic experience.
Feb 4, 2015 Research Update, Mona Haraty
  Mona updated us on the prototype for personalized task management software that she has been developing.
Jan 21, 2015 Research Update, Johanna Fulda
  Kamyar updated us on the systems and experiments he's been working on to intelligently provide help tutorials for less used features.
Jan 21, 2015 Research Update, Kamyar Ardekany
  Johanna introduced us to the tools she has been developing to automatically process news articles into easy to read, understand and disseminate timelines.
Nov 26, 2014 544 Paper Presentation, Ben
  What's on Your Mind? Investigating Recommendations for Inclusive Social Networking and Older Adults
Nov 19, 2014 544 Paper Presentation, Keyi
  Understanding Email Writers: Personality Prediction from Email Messages.
544 Paper Presentation, Qian
  Bau, Olivier, and Ivan Poupyrev. "REVEL: tactile feedback technology for augmented reality." ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) 31.4 (2012): 89.
Nov 12, 2014 544 Paper Presentation, Laura
  Touche: enhancing touch interaction on humans, screens, liquids, and everyday objects
544 Paper Presentation, Stephanie
  Choe EK, Lee N, Lee B, Pratt W, Kientz J. Understanding quantified-selfers' practices in collecting and exploring personal data. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on human factors in computing systems. ACM; 2014:1143-1152.
Oct 29, 2014 544 Paper Presentation, Matthew
  Kaptelinin, V., and Nardi, B. (2012). Activity theory in HCI Morgan and Claypool Publishers.
544 Paper Presentation, Laura
  BrainPort: An Alternative Input to the Brain by Danilov and Tyler (2005)
Oct 22, 2014 IEEE VIS '14 practice talk , Matt Brehmer
  Matt gave the presentation on the various issues in VIS designs they have encountered for the IEEE BELIV 2014 workshop
Research Update, Ben Janzen
  Ben updated us on the research he's been doing over the summer, and update Fitts law with results from large screen pointing
Oct 15, 2014 544 Paper Presentation, Monica
  Trust me, I'm partially right: incremental visualization lets analysts explore large datasets faster by Fisher et al.
544 Paper Presentation, Krista
  Information Scraps: How and Why Information Eludes Our Personal Information Management Tools by Bernstein et all
Oct 8, 2014 Research Update, Francisco Escalona
  Francisco updated us on his plans to improve the teaching experience in a classroom through computer vision based pointing.
Research Update, Derek Cormier
  Derek updated us on his plans surrounding the pear review system, and for creating a document independent annotation system.
Oct 1, 2014 544 Paper Presentation, Arvind
  Screenfinity: extending the perception area of content on very large public display by Schmidt et al, Proc. CHI '13.
544 Paper Presentation, Xueqin Zhang
  Personalized News Recommendation Based on Click Behavior by Liu et al, Proc. IUI '10.
Sept 17, 2014 CHI Paper Review
  MUX attendee's broke off into small groups to give feedback to authors submitting papers to CHI this year.
Sept 10, 2014 544 Discussion
  The 544 grad buddy volunteers pitched there research areas to the 544 students. Students selected topics to present.
Aug 20, 2014 Research Update, Andrew Strang
  Andrew updated us on the physical state of the haptic creature and showed off the current prototype.
Research Update, Kailun Zhang
  Kailun updated us on her plans to extend the work on C-TOC.
Aug 13, 2014 Master's Thesis Presentation, Peter Beshai
  Peter presented his work entitled "Implementation and Evaluation of a Classroom Synchronous Participation System."
Aug 06, 2014 Research Update, Michael Phan-Ba
  Michael updated us on his work with the cuddlebot.
Research Update, Antoine Ponsard
  Antoine updated us on the state of his research on advanced customization techniques.
July 30, 2014 Master's Essay Presentation, Huan Li
  Huan gave a presentation on his Master's work on Multipresenter++.
July 23, 2014 Brainstorm, Jessica Dawson
  We brainstormed project ideas for CPSC 344/544.
July 16, 2014 Research Update, Matt Brehmer
  Matt updated us on his ongoing visualization design study in commercial energy management.
June 18, 2014 Research Update, Matei Negulescu
  Matei updated us on his work on predicting tap location based on phone positional data.
June 04, 2014 Conference Recap
  Various members of MUX shared their experiences at conferences they recently attended.
May 21, 2014 Research Update, Hasti Seifi
  Hasti updated us on her plans for researching vibrotactile feedback.
Research Update, Mona Haraty
  Mona gave an update on her work on personalized task managers.
April 23, 2014 CHI Practice Talk, Shathel Haddad
  "Interface Design for Aging Adults with Varying Cultural Attitudes towards Uncertainty"
April 16, 2014 Class Presentations, Various CPSC 554m and CPSC 543 Students
  Presentations of the projects completed in CPSC 543 and CPSC 554m were given.
April 2, 2014 Visiting Speaker, Narges Mahyar
  Supporting team communication and coordination in visual analytics
March 19, 2014 Research Update, Peter Beshai
  Peter gave an update on his work with clickers and discussed plans for an experiment.
March 5, 2014 Research Update, Oliver Schneider
  Oliver gave an update on his current work on haptic design interfaces.
February 5, 2014 Research Brainstorm, Andrew Strang
  We brainstormed on various aspects of the development of the haptic creature.
January 15, 2014 Research Update, Hasti Seifi
  Hasti updated us on her work with customizing haptic vibrations and their association with affect.
Research Update, Brian Gleeson
  Brian gave an update on his work on human-robot synchronization.
December 04, 2013 Research Update, Syavash Nobarany
  Syavash gave an update on his work on peer-reviews.
November 20, 2013 Research Update, Mona Haraty
  Mona gave an update on her prototype for personalized task management systems: "Meta-designing a personal task management system"
Research Update, Idin Karuei
  Idin gave an update on his research on affecting walking cadence with haptics: "Periodic Vibrotactile Guidance of Human Cadence"
November 5, 2013 Visiting Speaker, Andrea Bunt
  Understanding and Improving User Experience with Complex Software
October 16, 2013 MSc Presentation, Louise Oram
  Scrolling in Radiology Image Stacks: Multimodal Annotations and Diversifying Control Mobility
October 9, 2013 InfoVis Practice Talk, Matt Brehmer
  A Multi-Level Typology of Abstract Visualization Tasks
October 2, 2013 UIST Practice Talk, Matei Negulescu
  Open Project: A Lightweight Framework for Remote Sharing of Mobile Applications
Research Update, Peter Beshai
  Peter gave an update on the clicker system he has been working on, including a live demo.
September 25, 2013 HAPTICS Paper Review, Oliver Schneider
  Haptic Jazz: Collaborative Touch with the Haptic Instrument
September 11, 2013 CHI Paper Review, Juliette Link
  A Model and Analysis of Two-Handed Interaction with a Keyboard and Pointing Device
CHI Paper Review, Louise Oram
  Stack Scrolling: Diversification and Use of Vibrotactile Feedback
September 4, 2013 CHI Paper Review, Shathel Haddad
  East is Not West: Interface Design for Older Adults with Varying Cultural Attitudes toward Uncertainty