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Human-Computer Interaction @ Max Planck

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Location: Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7 (TEL), Room 1315 (Consilium; 13th floor)
TITLE: Human-Computer Interaction @ Max Planck
SPEAKER: Antti Oulasvirta

The limits of human performance in computer use are determined jointly by the properties of the user interface (UI) and the human perceptual, motor, and cognitive systems. Recent technological advances have vastly expanded the means for constructing UIs, but we still see limited progress in overcoming the traditional interfaces in user performance. The group's mission is to identify the optima of interactive performance. The scientific approach is based on information theoretical measurement of sensorimotor performance, formal analysis of UI design space, predictive modeling of user performance, and computational search for UIs that maximize user performance. Whereas previous work in human-computer interaction (HCI) has been largely based on trial and error, this approach allows aggressive exploration of UIs. The outcomes are demonstrated as novel user interfaces.

Antti Oulasvirta is a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, where he leads the Human-Computer Interaction group. He received his doctorate in Cognitive Science from the University of Helsinki in 2006, after which he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Information in UC Berkeley in 2007-2008 and a Senior Research group leader at HIIT in Finland in 2008-2011. During his postgraduate studies in 2002-2003, he was an exchange student at UC Berkeley's Neuropsychology Lab and did an internship at T-Labs in Berlin in 2006. Dr. Oulasvirta has been a subcommittee chair for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems for 2012 and 2013 and was awarded the Best Paper Award in 2011 at CHI and the Best Note Award in 2011 at the MobileHCI. He holds the titles of a docent (adjunct faculty) of computer science at the University of Helsinki and a docent of cognitive science at the University of Jyväskylä.
HOST: Jörg Müller

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