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Research overview: Human Centred Computing
My research takes a human-centred perspective of Computer Science to create future computer systems. It explores new ways for people to interact with their many computers and the other devices in their personal digital ecosystem. My vision is that we will carry personal devices that act as an interface to a personal computational cloud. This will support personalised interaction with our digital artifacts, including those strewn across all the computers we use. Some of these will be conventional desktops, others remote servers and we will also use computers that are embedded in our environment. We are working on new ways for people to interact with appliance computers, surface computing interfaces and our mobile devices. This work involves a combination of pure computer science and design driven by human needs for life-long learning, augmented memory and managing personal information.
edit Personalisation with user control - long term user modelling
The Lifelong User Modelling project tackles the challenge of creating a lifelong user model that can serve as a foundation for the Grand Challenge Problems of lifelong personalised learning and augmented cognition.
  • Long term user modelling with user control based on the Accretion-Resolution representation and user interfaces of the Personis user modelling framework. Key for user control are effective interfaces to large user models, VlUM and SIV (Hewlett Packard Scholarship) support for privacy control (ARC Discovery 2008-2012) | Healthy food app
  • Long term personalised learning. Personal data from people's digital footprints (aka exhaust data) can drive personalised learning. Examples of commercial groups: See also emerging adaptive learning commercial systems: Knewton | Grockit | Dreambox | Carnegie Learning | Cengage Aust/NZ |
    Our work tackles long term modelling of learning over the 3-5 years of university degrees in CUSP trac, Educational Data Mining, EDM (Smart Services CRC.)
  • Long term metacognitive support. We aim to ebable people to create mirrors of important data about them to support key metacognitive processes of planning, self-monitoring and reflection. These mirrors - or Open Learner Models - are also valuable for navigation of information spaces.
    Wattle and Narcissus mirrors on group activity on trac to helps groups work more effectively
    WikiNavMap: visualisation to support team-awareness in Trac | management in online learning communities)
    Reflect for long term learning of complex synthesis skills like programming, group work | Old Assess | Sitelist | trac
  • Long term pervasive personalisation across a person's personal digital ecosystem. This project models people, places and devices in pervasive computing environment, enabling person to see personalisation information about things relevant to them based on pervasive user modelling and personal ontologies | PersonisAM | Locator | Oncor, Lifelong personalised museum experience. (Smart Services CRC projects.) See also: Museum 2.0
  • Reciprocal recommenders: new technical demands of recommenders that operate between people, where reciprocity is critical to success. (Smart Services CRC.)
edit Emerging interaction - tabletops and embedded appliances
Tabletop and surface computing - based on our hardware and software agnostic framework
Commercialisation Videos, 2013 | JumpTank | MediaWall | Education | Real Estate | Kraft
2012 Finalist for Engineers Australia Excellence Award
Sep 2011 short video for Ubicomp 3 minutes
May 2011 Video for Craig Mundie demo 10 minutes
2010 video | 130mb | 80mb (This project is funded by Smart Services CRC.)

Keep-in-Touch explores appliance computing that can support families in easily maintaining contact.
(This project is funded by Smart Services CRC. It is being commercialised by ConsultPoint and keep in Touch Australia.)

edit Current, and recent, funded projects
‒ Pervasive Lifelong User Modelling for User Controlled Personalisation and Augmented Cognition - (ARC) | trac.
‒ SyReNs - STL - Science and Technology of Learning
‒ Smart Services CRC projects on personalisation, surface computing | trac
edit Past projects
  • JITT Just-in-time training system using workflows and scrutable personalisation.
  • Iems - intelligent but scrutable mail management.
    University of Sydney Grant: Automatic Induction of Rules for e-mail Classification and SITCRC Smart Personal Assistant. Collaborators: Liz Crawford, Eric McCreath .
  • Secure persona creation and management: addresses the creation of useful user model subsets (personas), the secure distribution of persona ontologies to service providers and populated personas to the relevant users.
    Collaborators: Ajay Brar, Michael Hitchens and Bob Kummerfeld
  • Vlum++ and its newest evolution Andrew Lum's SIV Visualisation tools to support users in scrutinising large user models, James Uther's
  • Scrutably adaptive hypertext - web pages adapted to the user and supporting user control by always providing access to the detailed basis for the adaptation. Sasy teaching system with scrutably adaptive hypertext. Closely linked is the work on SATS, scrutably adaptive teaching strategies, by Sam Holden.
  • Ontologies for personalisation, with projects on supporting users in defining ontologies and building light-weight scrutable ontologies from existing dictionaries
  • Reflective practitioner Learning Environment for medical management
  • um, Personis - user modelling toolkit and Personis scrutable user modelling server:
  • VCM - Verified Concept Mapper: code
  • Nightingale: natural interfaces to support reminiscence and the management of digital memories.
  • Basser Study - long term user modelling
  • Share: FairShare CPU scheduling
Last change: Mon Feb 8 22:25:46 2016
edit Related groups, resources
Publication venues ranking: Google Scholar HCI | Educational Technology
AAAI AI and Education | CAPSIL | EDM | LeMore | Metiore | Ontologies for Education | PPIG | SIGCHI |
Microsoft Adaptive Systems and Interaction | Office of Educational Technology | Moodle Roadmap | Surface Learning |
Pure Profile |
Choosing research problems
SoLAR | ALFA. Una-May's group, Anyscale Learning For All
personal data
Visions: Gartner
Metrics: Google HCI top venues
edit Long-term learning and health
‒ CHAI bibtex | USYD IT Databases | Google Scholar | dblp | CS Bibliographies
Bibsonomy | Citeulike | Mendeley
Wikipedia Ubicomp | IT-announce | EASy-Hub | Google patent search | Bibster | bibtex into Word
Grand Challenges:
GROE | Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology DRAFT National Educational Technology Plan 2010 Executive Summary, March 5, 2010 | Contribution to A Roadmap for Education Technology 2010, by GCC
CRA Grand Research Challenges in Information Systems Final Report, 2003
UKCRC Grand Challenges in Computing Research: 2008 | Ubiquitous Computing Grand Challenge | GC3: Memories for Life | GC8: Learning for Life
US National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges - Advanced Personalized Learning
NSF 2008 Fostering Learning in the Networked World...
Microsoft 2020 Being Human: Human-computer Interaction in the Year 2020, 2008.
Australian National Preventive Health Agency established Jan 2011.
The NMC horizon report: 2013 higher education edition
edit Main journals
ACM CACM - Communications of the ACM (ERA-A*)
ACM Surveys
ACM TOCHI Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ERA-A*)
ACM TOIS (ERA-A) - Transactions on Information Systems | reviews
FnT HCI Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction (new)
TOIT - Transactions on Internet Technology (ERA-A)
ACM TWeb ACM Transactions on the Web | reviews (ERA-A)
Computer Science Education (ERA-A)
Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (ERA-)
HCI Human-Computer Interaction | issue-list (ERA-A*)
IEEE IC - IEEE Internet Computing (ERA-A)
IEEE Pervasive - magazine (ERA-A)
IEEE TKDE IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering (ERA-A)
IEEE TLT IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (ERA-)
IJAIED - International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. (ERA-C)
Interacting with Computers: The interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction. (ERA-B)
JEDM Journal of Educational Data Mining
International Journal of Medical Informatics (ERA -A)
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing - Springer (ERA-B)
UMUAI - User modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: the Journal of Personalization Research (ERA-A)
edit ERA ranks (Feb 11)
A* IEEE Mobile Comp |
A: CSCL | CSED | Computers & Education | IJHCS | IEEE TKDE | UMUAI | WWW | ACM TWeb |
B: First Monday | JoDI |
edit More journals
ACM TOCS - ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (ERA-A*)
ATL - Advanced Technology for Learning (ERA-)
Behaviour & Information Technology (ERA-A)
Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences
Instructional Science (ERA-A)
ILE Interactive Learning Environments (ERA-B)
Interaction Records - paper must have been rejected by other publication channels at least three times.
Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning (ERA-C)
IJACI International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (began 2009). (Publisher IGI)
ijCSCL International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ERA-)
IJEL - International Journal on E-Learning, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education (ERA-)
International Journal of Ubiquitous Computing (IJU) (ERA-)
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) (ERA-)
Journal of Educational Computing Research (ERA-C)
JEMH - Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (ERA-B)
JILR - Journal of Interactive Learning Research (ERA-B)
Educational Technology & Society - Journal of International Forum of Educational Technology & Society and IEEE Learning Technology Task Force (ERA-A)
Journal of the Learning Sciences, Taylor and Francis Site, 1991-1999, Society (ERA-B)
Journal of Location Based Services (ERA-)
Data & Knowledge Engineering - Elsevier (ERA-A)
IEEE Security & Privacy (ERA-)
IJKL - International Journal of Knowledge and Learning (ERA-C)
IJCEELL - International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning - (ERA-C)
Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences (HCIS) Springer Open Access.
Human Computer Interaction - A Journal of Theoretical, Empirical, and Methodological Issues of User Science a nd of System Design, Erlbaum
Interacting with Computers - The interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction (ERA-B)
ITSE - International Journal of Interactive,Technology and Smart Education (ERA-C)
Information Systems - Databases: Their Creation, Management and Utilization An International Journal (ERA-A)
IJHCS - International Journal of Human-Computer Studies/Knowledge Acquisition (ERA-A)
‒ International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (ERA-B)
JERIC - Journal of Educational Research in Computing (ERA-C)
JIME - Journal of interactive media in education
JoDi - Journal of Digital Information (ERA-A)
Learning & Instruction (ERA-A)
NRHM New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (ERA-B)
TICL - Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning - An International, Interdisciplinary Journal of Structural Learning (ERA-B)
TISSEC ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (ERA-A*)
Pervasive and Mobile Computing- (ERA-B) Elsevier
UAIS - Universal Access to the Information Society (ERA-C)
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