The Human-Computer Interaction Institute's research project, Helping Hands, made an appearance in a recent Health Tech Insiders article. This project, led by HCII professors Scott Hudson and Jen Mankoff, uses 3D printing to fabricate custom limb prosthetics for children born with upper limb reductions. By leveraging 3D printing technologies, HCII researchers are able to fit children with custom prosthetic in a more financially affordable than the traditional prosthetic methods.
HCII postdoctoral fellow Luz Rello received the 2016 New Researcher Award during the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Conference, held in Orlando, Fla., October 26-29, 2016. The four day conference is an annual event that reviews the latest research to educators, administrators, specialist, researchers and more in efforts to advance professional development in reading, literacy and learning.
Meet Chinmay Kulkarni, who joined the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) faculty last year. Kulkarni shares his background, research motivation and what students can expect from his classes.
What was your background before joining the HCII?
We have built an emotion recognition system based on prosodic features (i.e. intensity, pitch, formant frequencies of sounds) combined with short-term perceptual features for classifying the following emotions: anger, fear, happy, sad, surprise, and neutral. Additional emotional states can be included. Prosodic information applies to syllables, words, or phrases. An interactive dialog elicits responses from the user.Enabling Technologies Healthcare Faculty
VRAs are applications of wearable devices which track patient home exercises in order to quantify exercise metrics regarding compliance, performance, and symptom levels. VRAs are designed to provide Physical Therapists (PTs) with precise, quantitative data regarding patients' home exercises. This precise information can then be used by PTs to improve their decision making regarding treatment adjustments.Enabling Technologies Healthcare Faculty
This Virtual Coach evaluates and offers corrections and feedback for rehabilitation of stroke survivors. The Virtual Coach is composed of a tablet for clinician programming, a Kinect for monitoring motion, and a machine learning model to evaluate the quality of the exercise.Enabling Technologies Healthcare Faculty
The goal of Seating Coach (SC) is to facilitate power wheelchair users to utilize auxiliary seating functions for health management while preventing potential hazard due to inappropriate usage. The SC detects seating activities, analyzes user behaviors, and responds accordingly to provide suggestions or reminders. The SC is an intelligent system, integrating sensors, machine intelligence and user-friendly interfaces.Enabling Technologies Healthcare Faculty
Our contention is that multi-user health kiosks, designed with input from older adults and situated in convenient community locations, offer a way to bolster their self-management confidence and capabilities, regardless of personal resources or distance from health services. We are expanding the features and functions of the Health Kiosk to include numerous self-report and performance-based measures, interactive elements, and health intervention modules.Enabling Technologies Healthcare Faculty
Our Connection Machines project investigates nonverbal and verbal behaviors of two partners in a conversation setting in the context of rapport. We have collected data on teenagers conducting a peer tutoring task in linear algebra. We are currently investigating nonverbal behaviors, such as smile, gaze, prosody and pitch, and verbal content, such as second person pronoun use, of the participants in the dialogue.Enabling Technologies Learning Sciences and Technologies articulab.justinecassell.com/projects/rapport.html Faculty
This project is focused on tools, techniques and applications that support the opportunistic grouping of devices and/or users. This includes support for coordination in real-time with prior knowledge of how to coordinate, techniques for identifying that devices or people are experiencing the same situation, and issues of privacy.Enabling Technologies Faculty