In close collaboration with the Town of Amherst, on Dec 2, we invited the Amherst community to use CommunityClick-Virtual during a public hearing on Kendrick Park area changes in order to broaden and diversify public participation in civic processes.
Alyx Burns presented our short paper “Making the Invisible Visible: Risks and Benefits of Disclosing Metadata in Visualization” at the Visualization for Social Good workshop as a part of IEEE VIS 2021. For a summary of what was presented, see this summary slide or watch a video of his talk on YouTube.
Prof. Mahyar will be serving as the Associate Chair of the Visualization subcommittee for CHI 2022.
Prof. Mahyar’s new paper “A Framework for Open Civic Design: Integrating Public Participation, Crowdsourcing, and Design Thinking” was accepted to the ACM Journal for Digital Government: Research and Practice. Congratulations to Dr. Mahyar and her co-authors Brandon Reynante and Steven P. Dow.
Mahmood Jasim was awarded a Computing for Common Good Fellowship by UMass CICS to develop a tool for inclusive public input collection and analysis.
Mahmood Jasim and Professor Narges Mahyar will work with the town of Amherst officials to design and develop CommunityClick-virtual — an online collaborative tool that combines machine learning, data visualization, and citizensourcing technology for inclusive public input collection and analysis. The project will enable people from all social backgrounds to equitably share their opinions on civic issues and allow the town officials to make sense of large-scale public input to inform themselves prior to making critical policy decisions.
The HCI-VIS lab is delighted to welcome 8 new members this fall, including 2 post-docs: Mennatullah Hendawy and Zhiqiu Jiang and 6 PhD students: Hamza Elhamdadi, Aimen Gaba, Prateek Mantri, Mashrur Rashik, Mahsa Sahebdel Alamdari, and Zack While.
We will additionally be joined by Swapna Joshi, who will begin her Post-Doc in the Spring.
A new paper by lab members Alyx Burns, Dr. Cindy Xiong, and Dr. Narges Mahyar was accepted for publication in TVCG. The paper, titled “Designing with Pictographs: Envision Topics without Sacrificing Understanding,” examines the effects of replacing abstract shapes in traditional charts and graphs with pictograph arrays. They found that the pictographs had no impact on participant understanding, but impacted participants’ experience.
You can find a PDF of the paper on our website.
This past June, Mahmood Jasim, Enamul Hoque, Ali Sarvghad and Narges Mahyar’s paper titled “CommunityPulse: Facilitating Community Input Analysis by Surfacing Hidden Insights, Reflections, and Priorities” received an Honorable Mention Award at DIS 2021. Congratulations to all of the authors on this achievement!
You can find a PDF of the paper here.
Alongside Daniel Haehn, Steven Franconeri, Jessica Hullman, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, and Hanspeter Pfister, Professor Narges Mahyar co-organized the Chart Question Answering Workshop as a part of the 2021 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference that took place in June 2021. You can find more information on the workshop and a video of its proceedings at the workshop’s website: https://cqaw.github.io/
Together with Kumiyo Nakakoji, Prof. Mahyar organized ACM Creativity & Cognition 2021 Conference. Their goal was to create an exciting, inclusive and diverse paper track, and had some amazing sessions with great moderation & participation from the audience!
You can now access all the conference proceedings online here.