Posts Tagged ‘MIT’

Don’t let the BlackBerry ruin your life - September 24th, 2012

Informatics Prof. Melissa Mazmanian in the news for analysis of data that she collected while at MIT:

“Smartphone overuse is often described as an addiction, but that’s not really fair, says Melissa Mazmanian, lead researcher on a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study on smartphone communication patterns. Addiction implies that it was your pathology and that’s really not the case, says Mazmanian. Often, if you are part of a company where a rapid response is expected even during off hours, you may not have a choice.”

“A small change like that can mean a lot if you’re enjoying a quiet dinner or finishing a bedtime story, but it’s still not the same as being completely off. Unfortunately, communications experts say that an individual often doesn’t have the choice to opt out of an always-on email stream. “You can cut yourself off, but that could have a negative effect on your career if you’re just one individual doing that,” says Mazmanian, an assistant professor in informatics at University of California, Irvine. “It could still help you in your home life but could hurt you in your work life.””

-[cite: Experis Manpower Group]

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LUCI affiliated team places in Google Juicy Ideas Contest - May 25th, 2010

Juicy Ideas LogoCongratulations to Informatics undergraduate student,  Sabel Braganza and her CSE team mates Jared Haren and  Adrian Guzman for being named one of six national finalists in Google’s “Juicy Ideas Collegiate Competition”.  Teams from MIT, Stanford, and University of Washington are among the other finalists.  Informatics Faculty Member Donald J. Patterson helped advise them.

Ever wondered if Pippin has Wifi?  Does the campus Starbucks take gift cards if so, then “UCI Dining” is the app for you!

UCI Dining grew out of experience gained in Informatics 133, Human Computer Interaction (Software) and some unstoppable student munchies.

Google press release here.

UCI Dining Video

Congratulations Sabel!

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Posted: 5/25/10 3:23 pm PDT by Add Your Comment
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DARPA Network Challenge - December 5th, 2009

DARPA balloon

DARPA balloon

If you see a red balloon from DARPA’s network challenge, report it through this link – run by MIT – and LUCI lab will get some $$ and credit.

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99 (-89) red balloons - October 29th, 2009


A wacky cool contest from DARPA. Also how awesomely relevant is the Nena song from the awesome 80′s?

DARPA Network Challenge

“To mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA has announced the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition that will explore the role the Internet and social networking plays in the timely communication, wide area team-building and urgent mobilization required to solve broad scope, time-critical problems.

The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of ten moored, 8 foot, red weather balloons located at ten fixed locations in the continental United States. Balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roadways.”

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Greening Through IT - October 22nd, 2009

Congratulations to Informatics faculty member Bill Tomlinson on having his book,
‘Greening Through IT’ published by MIT Press.

Photo courtesy of MIT Press

“Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In Greening through IT, Bill Tomlinson investigates how the tools and techniques of information technology (IT) can help us tackle environmental problems at such vast scales. Tomlinson describes theoretical, technological, and social aspects of a growing interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, “Green IT,” offering both a human-centered framework for understanding Green IT systems and specific examples and case studies of Green IT in action.

Tomlinson contrasts the broad ranges of time, space, and complexity against which environmental concerns play out to the relatively narrow horizons of human understanding: it’s hard for us to grasp thousand-year projections of global climatic disruption or our stake in melting icecaps thousands of miles away. IT can bridge the gap between human scales of understanding and environmental scales.

Tomlinson offers many examples of efforts toward sustainability supported by IT—from fishermen in India who eliminated waste by coordinating their activities with mobile phones to the installation of smart meters that optimize electricity use in California households—and offers three detailed studies of specific research projects that he and his colleagues have undertaken: EcoRaft, an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn principles of restoration ecology; Trackulous, a set of web-based tools with which people can chart their own environmental behavior; and GreenScanner, an online system that provides access to environmental-impact reports about consumer products. Taken together, these examples illustrate the significant environmental benefits innovations in information technology can enable.”

Get a copy of this book here:

Congrats Bill!

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No plans this weekend? Machine Project! - July 23rd, 2009

From Garnet:
If you’re in LA and have no plans for Friday night…
From Machine Project:
Computer Interface: A Video History
Friday, July 24th, 2009

A talk by Jamie Zigelbaum

The interface is the bridge and bottleneck between humans and
computers. Over the past 50 years researchers have invented and
imagined many and various interfaces to join synapse and transistor.
In this talk Jamie will give a brief history of human-computer
interaction research and we’ll watch videos of seminal interfaces from
Sutherland’s Sketchpad in ‘63 up through the latest nerdtastic work at
MIT and elsewhere.

Jamie Zigelbaum is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Hiroshi Ishii’s Tangible
Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. This talk is a version of a lecture
that he’s given with Dr. Jean-Baptiste Labrune in Ishii’s Tangible
Interfaces class and with Labrune and Seth Hunter in Prof. Pattie
Maes’ and Ishii’s New Paradigms for Human-Computer Interaction class.
Jamie is in LA for the summer working downtown at Oblong Industries.

Machine Project
1200 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3127

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Wireless Detectors for Dementia - February 2nd, 2009

A little love from the article her: Technology Review: Wireless Detectors for Dementia

“Researchers hope that radio transmitters can warn of cognitive decline earlier.”

“Donald Patterson, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, says that the USF approach is more straightforward that those designed to monitor complex activities. “The more you get into the straight biological measurements . . . the easier it becomes,” he says.”

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Disciplines, Documents, and Data: Convergence and Divergence in the Scholarly Information Infrastructure - May 14th, 2007

Please join us on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 3:30 pm in 432 Computer
Science Building for a guest lecture by Christine L. Borgman, Professor
& Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of
California, Los Angeles.

Scholars in all fields are taking advantage of new sources of data and
new means to publish and distribute their work online. Content in
digital form, whether data from embedded sensor networks or text from
digitized books, can be mined to ask new questions, in new ways.
Research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, distributed,
collaborative, and information-intensive. However, the practices,
products, and sources of data vary widely between disciplines. Some
fields are more advantaged than others by the array of content now
online and by the tools and services available to use it. As readers,
scientists have access to the greatest depth of their literature online,
but their use is most concentrated on recent publications. Conversely,
humanists’ reading habits cover the longest time span of publications,
yet they have the least depth of coverage online. As researchers,
scientists generate most of the data they use, while humanists draw
heavily on cultural artifacts and other sources that they neither own
nor control. Social scientists occupy the midpoint on both of these

Implicit in policy statements for e-Science, e-Research, and
cyberinfrastructure is the assumption that much of the content layer of
the scholarly information infrastructure will be constructed through
voluntary, and in some cases mandatory, contributions of documents and
data by individual scholars. Self-archiving, institutional
repositories, data repositories, and most forms of open access
publishing rest on these assumptions. A close examination of scholarly
practices reveals that more disincentives than incentives exist to
contribute documents and data for the general good. Scholars in all
fields are rewarded for publishing; few are rewarded for managing
information. They balance cooperation and competition in complex ways
that vary by type and source of data, temporal factors, effort involved
in documentation, recognition and reputation, ownership and control of
content, and other considerations. These factors interact differently
within each discipline. Scholars continue to rely on the scholarly
publishing system to assure that the products of their work are
legitimized, disseminated, preserved, curated, and made accessible. No
comparable system exists for data. While individual contributions will
be important, the content layer will be built only by concerted
institutional and policy initiatives. Much is at stake in these
discussions, including the ethos of sharing and principles of open
science that underpin modern scholarship.

Christine Borgman is Professor & Presidential Chair in Information
Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the
author of more than 150 publications in the fields of information
studies, computer science, and communication. Prof.Borgman’s research
interests and teaching areas include digital libraries, information
retrieval, electronic publishing, information-seeking behavior,
scientific data use and policy, scholarly communication, bibliometrics,
and information technology policy. Her book, From Gutenberg to the
Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked
World (MIT Press, 2000), won the Best Information Science Book of the
Year Award from the American Society for Information Science and
Technology. She will be speaking from her new book, Scholarship in the
Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet, MIT Press
(September, 2007). A full biography and list of publications is
available on her website,

Current professional activities include membership on the U.S. National
CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology) and Advisory Board
to the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prior service includes
membership on the Study Committee on Internet Navigation and the Domain
Name System (National Academies), Advisory Committee to the Computer,
Information Sciences, and Engineering Directorate of the National
Science Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Council on Library and
Information Resources, and the International Advisory Board to the Soros
Foundation Open Society Institute Regional Library Program. She is an
elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) and served as Chair of Section T, Information, Computing,
and Communication. Prof. Borgman was a visiting scholar at the Oxford
Internet Institute (University of Oxford, U.K.), Visiting Professor in
the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, U.K.,
Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Economic Sciences and
at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, and a
Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference
Center in Bellagio, Italy. She was Chair of the UCLA Department of
Library and Information Science (1995-1997).

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Tangible Bits: Beyond Pixels - April 23rd, 2007

Hiroshi Ishii

This Friday, April 27, 2007, the Informatics Seminar will not be held,
but instead there will be a reception in ICS2 136 at 4:00pm after the
ISR Distinguished Speaker Hiroshi Ishii at 2:00pm-3:30pm in McDonnell
Douglas Engineering Auditorium.

More details here

Abstract: Where the sea meets the land, life has blossomed into a myriad of unique forms in the turbulence of water, sand, and wind. At another seashore between the land of atoms and the sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling our dual citizenships in the physical and digital worlds. Windows to the digital world are confined to flat square ubiquitous screens filled with pixels, or “painted bits.” Unfortunately, one can not feel and confirm the virtual existence of this digital information through one’s body.

Tangible Bits, our vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), seeks to realize seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment by giving physical form to digital information, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible. Guided by this vision, we are designing “tangible user interfaces” which employ physical objects, surfaces, and spaces as tangible embodiments of digital information. These involve foreground interactions with graspable objects and augmented surfaces, exploiting the human senses of touch and kinesthesia. We are also exploring background information displays which use “ambient media.” Here, we seek to communicate digitally-mediated senses of activity and presence at the periphery of human awareness. Our goal is to realize seamless interfaces taking advantage of the richness of multimodal human senses and skills developed through our lifetime of interaction with the physical world.

In this talk, I will present the design principles and a variety of tangible user interfaces the Tangible Media Group has presented in Media Arts, Design, and Science communities including ICC, Ars Electronica, Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale, ArtFutula, IDSA, ICSID, AIGA, ACM CHI, SIGGRAPH, UIST, CSCW.

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Experimental Systems, States and Speculations: Anthropology at the Intersection of Life, Science and Capital - March 31st, 2007

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Photo courtesy of Automania

This conference investigates science, states, and capital through the lens of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s formulation of experimental systems. It juxtaposes accounts of experimental practice within the laboratory to those of experimental forms of knowledge production relevant to the operation of the states, laws, regulatory agencies, and political mechanisms. The formulation of “experimental systems, states, and speculations” signals the multiple scales which experiment work traverses, from the molecular to the organismic to the social, environmental, financial, and biopolitical.

April 13TH & 14TH, 2007 9am-7pm
Social Sciences Plaza B (SSPB) 1208
UC Irvine

National Science Foundation
Center for Ethnography, UC Irvine
Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine

Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Joseph Dumit, Janet Alexanian, Asya Anderson
For additional information, please contact Janet ( or Asya (

Conference Website:
Directions & UCI Maps:

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