Kahlert School of Computing Faculty and Students to Present at CHI 2024 in Honolulu

The Kahlert School of Computing is gearing up for the CHI 2024 conference on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi from May 11-16th. Regarded as the premier global event for Human-Computer Interaction, the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems unites industry and academic experts to explore avenues for advancing and refining cutting-edge technologies.

The Kahlert School of Computing is proud to be represented by several students and faculty members presenting research at the conference, including: PhD students Joshua Dawson, Eden Fisher, Maxim Lisnic, and faculty members Paul Rosen, Alexander Lex, Marina Kogan, and Jason Wiese.

The works that will be presented by Kahlert School of Computing faculty and students are:

https://youtu.be/j-vr1-4PNak?si=-rRiSc8eBCJ0ChOY
Hospital Employee Experiences Caring for Patients in Smart Patient Rooms

Hospital Employee Experiences Caring for Patients in Smart Patient Rooms

Authors: Joshua Dawson, Eden Fisher, Jason Wiese

This work sheds light on Hospital employees’ current use of smart Hospital room technology with thematic analysis of interviews, highlighting benefits, drawbacks, and potential areas for improvement.

"Yeah, this graph doesn't show that": Analysis of Online Engagement with Misleading Data Visualizations

Authors: Maxim Lisnic, Alexander Lex, Marina Kogan

This investigation analyzes the public's engagement with data visualization posts about COVID-19 on Twitter, discussing opportunities and limitations to effectively leveraging crowdsourced assessments to address data-driven misinformation.

https://youtu.be/et4eM3y58VU?si=OiupYd_ZP6ptYbRF

Do You See What I See? A Qualitative Study Eliciting High-Level Visualiz ation Comprehension

Authors: Paul Rosen, Ghulam Jilani Quadri (University of North Carolina), Zhehao Wang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Arran Zeyu Wang (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Jennifer Adorno (University of South Florida), Danielle Albers Szafir (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

This work explores how viewers interpret visualizations in alignment with designers' communicative goals, contrasting with traditional studies focused on isolated tasks. It contains an investigation into the natural comprehension of high-level patterns in visualizations, revealing discrepancies between stated objectives and audience understanding across different chart types.

In addition, Kahlert School of Computing Associate Professor, Katherine E Isaacs will be one of the chairs for the workshop Human-Notebook Interactions: The CHI of Computational Notebooks. The workshop aims to unite researchers from the CHI community to foster collaboration at the intersection of computational notebook and HCI research, focusing on the effective design and use of interfaces within computational notebook environments. 


Blair Sullivan Honored by Georgia Tech

Celebrating Georgia Tech Women: Pathway of Progress is the new name of the forthcoming, permanent tribute to the impact of women from Georgia Tech, now under construction near the John Lewis Student Center and Stamps Commons. Set to open in Fall 2024, the physical installation and accompanying digital experience will celebrate 70 graduates, as well as 98 women and events with historical significance to the Institute. 


Apply For SEEDS 2024

We would like to introduce SEEDS, A 10 weeklong, summer mobile app development challenge, where you will work in a team with 3 other girls of your age. We use the Design Thinking framework along with live iOS and Android coaching sessions to help you create socially useful apps from your own ideas. This program is offered by Dandilyonn, a non-profit which is working hard to increase the representation of women in the computer software development industry.  We are a group of women who work for Silicon Valley companies Amazon, Google, Adobe. All passionate about sharing our experiences with young girls like you and making you ready for tech careers.

Here are few unique aspects and their benefits of SEEDS

  1. End to end design thinking based app development training taught by professionals who learned the art of Stanford LEAD program.
  2. End to end iOS or Android app development training coached by practicing industry software developers
  3. You own what you build! You are completely free to continue to develop the app in future and make a mark.
  4. A chance at winning hundreds of dollars as winning team at the end of the summer program
  5. Irreplaceable real life app development experience to boost your resume and chances of landing tech internships in leading development companies.
  6. Fellow students, industry practitioners, industry leaders network connections through weekly training, women in tech presentations and panels
  7. Follow-up opportunities to work on mock interviews and internship opportunities
  8. Above all, a fulfilling experience of using your talent to make a difference!

We have run the SEEDS program for the past 4 years with over 100+ successful participation from universities all over the US. We welcome girls from community colleges to Ivy Leagues and give everyone equal opportunity to participate. Our students have found SEEDS training and experience – confidence building, which have led them to find prestigious internship opportunities in companies like Google, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft to name a few. We have invited over 20+ women in tech presenters who have connected with our students directly. They have come from many different roles in tech from VP of marketing at Amazon Music to UX designer at Google.

This year we want to go big!! We are super excited to kick off 2023 SEEDS application season. This summer, we want to enroll up to 80 female students (including those who identify themselves of female gender) with a 10% goal for BLNA enrollment.

We invite all eligible students at University of Utah to apply for SEEDS NOW!! Do not wait. In the past, we have reached our limit of 40 enrollment within 2 days. If you would like to team with your girl friends from college or school, forward the application link to them. Each participant will need to apply separately.

Please do note that there is a small application fee to make sure only interested girls apply, once selected the program is offered with no cost to the student.

Hope to hear back from many of you and best of luck for your upcoming careers in tech.

Regards
Archana Chaudhary
Director: SEEDS


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UCIC Ambassador Ashley Lujan Wins Women Tech Council Student Pathway Award

Congratulations to our very own UCIC Ambassador, Ashley Lujan, for winning the Women Tech Council Student Pathway Award!

The Women Tech Awards is the premier awards program for women in technology with ties to Silicon Slopes, and has recognized some of the most prestigious and and up-and-coming women throughout the technology industry. By bringing visibility to the women who are creating new technologies, leading technology companies, driving innovation and inspiring the tech community, these awards accelerate their career trajectories, elevate the entire technology sector, and help inspire thousands of high school girls and other women into STEM careers.


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The Kahlert School of Computing is hiring!