You’ll know that I’m super interested in Glance Interfaces and Gist Summaries. I see the combination of these two technologies and techniques as being instrumental to the information overload we all now face – and that which was originally faced by blind users navigating through complex and extensive information. I’ve been working on these topics for the last 12 years with gist summerisation papers produced since 2006(ish).
You may not believe it, but ACM Hypertext and Social Media conference maybe just he place your your HCI and/or Accessibility work. With average downloads per article running at 384 and average citations per article at 6.87 (according to ACM bibliometrics) this 100 person conference is comparable to CHI.
The world is becoming evermore precise – well at least our desire to measure it, quantify it, model it with ever more precision, is increasing. But it’s time to step back and think about just what these models are intended to accomplish.
Update 18 March 2013 – Paper now online.
Humans are approximate creatures, we aren’t precise, and if this blog is anything to go by, we aren’t concise either! So then why do we persist in pursuing work which is ever more precise using tools which are sold on their precision. Eye-tracking is just one example of this – an individual gaze plot maybe precise, but start to add participants and you get gaze-spaghetti; nothing precise there. So lets step away from precision – in order to get some focus (no pun intended). This idea has led us to think about a new kind of metric we’re calling attention approximation, and our paper at the CHI13 DigitalTV Workshop is it’s first outing.