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News
07 June 2012
Head of our lab receives Best Paper Award.
Luca Chittaro received today the Best Paper Award at the 7th International Conference on Persuasive Technology in Sweden. The awarded paper illustrates how to educate airline passengers about aviation safety using video games.
31 May 2012
HCI Lab presents iPhone mobile exergame that encourages walking.
We have turned the classic Snake game into a mobile exergame in which the player controls the snake by walking in outdoors playing fields. Today we have released a video and a technical paper about the game.
18 May 2012
HCI Lab invited to present at national conference on Non-Conventional Emergencies.
More than 200 members of first response forces (emergency medical responders, firefighters, civil defense, police, military,...) attended the meeting, and our presentation illustrated the virtual reality systems and serious games we are developing for training.
08 May 2012
HCI Lab invited to present at National Fire Corps event in Assisi.
The theme of the National Fire Corps meeting concerned how to help people with disabilities in emergency situations, and our presentation illustrated the different systems we are developing to that purpose.
28 February 2012
Studying natural user interfaces with Electromyography (EMG).
People like "natural" interaction with computers and games but what are its effects on the muscular system? We begin to shed light on this scarcely explored aspect of natural interfaces with a detailed EMG study which will appear in the March Issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. We analyzed users' muscle activity in pointing activities with the Wii controller and compared it with traditional mouse and keyboard interaction.
28 December 2011
The Director's Lens: a smart assistant for shooting CG movies.
A research from our Lab, together with international partners (INRIA Rennes, France, and Millsaps College, USA), has been presented at ACM Multimedia 2011 and ParisFX conferences. The research concerns a smart assistant for shooting CG movies that combines manual and automatic camera control. You can read a brief description of it here and the full technical description here.
02 December 2011
HCI Lab becomes an associate member of V-MusT.
Our lab has joined V-MusT, the EU FP7-funded network of excellence that aims to provide the heritage sector with the tools and support to develop virtual museums that are educational, enjoyable, long-lasting and easy to maintain.
28 October 2011
Personalization in e-health.
Web-based personal medical records offer new opportunities for providing patients with personalized care. In the last years, we have built PRESYDIUM, a system that stores user models of disabled patients and uses them to support emergency medical services in the field by providing information and procedures tailored to the specific patient. Read all about it in a paper that has just appeared in the User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (UMUAI) Journal.
30 September 2011
Virtual Reality and Autistic Children.
Our lab has joined a multidisciplinary team (integrating expertise from computer science, pedagogy, psychology and psychiatry) to explore the design of virtual reality applications that can be used by autistic children for education and training purposes. For a quick introduction to the research topic, you can read the state of the art we wrote for the Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences journal published by Cambridge University Press.
01 September 2011
Navigating when GPS signal is bad.
Our lab has presented today a full paper at the MOBILE HCI 2011 International Conference about how mobile navigation apps can visualize the uncertainty of GPS positioning. The conference selection process was very strict and only 63 full papers and notes (23%) were accepted out of 276 submissions received.