RisingEMOTIONS accepted to C&C 2021 – Congratulations Mahmood & Prof. Mahyar!

RisingEMOTIONS accepted to ACM Creativity & Cognition 2021

Carolina Aragón, Mahmood Jasim and Narges Mahyar recently had their paper “RisingEMOTIONS: Bridging Art and Technology to Increase Public Engagement with Climate Change” accepted to ACM Creativity & Cognition 2021. It will appear at the conference in June. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Paper Abstract: In response to the threat posed by sea-level rise, coastal cities must rapidly adapt and transform vulnerable areas to protect endangered communities. As such, raising awareness and engaging affected communities in planning for adaptation strategies is critical. However,in the US, public engagement with climate change is low, especially among underrepresented populations. To address this challenge,we designed and implemented RisingEMOTIONS, a site-specific collaborative art installation situated in East Boston that combines public art with digital technology. The installation depicts the impacts of sea-level rise by visualizing local projected flood levels and the public’s emotions toward this threat. The community’s engagement with our project demonstrated the potential for public art to create interest and raise awareness of climate change. We discuss the potential for continued growth in the way that digital tools and public art can support equitable resilience planning through increased public engagement.

CommunityPulse to appear in DIS 2021 – Congratulations Mahmood, Prof. Sarvghad & Prof. Mahyar!

CommunityPulse to appear in DIS 2021 – Congratulations Mahmood Jasim, Prof. Sarvghad & Prof. Mahyar!

Recently, Mahmood Jasim, Enamul Hoque, Ali Sarvghad and Narges Mahyar had their paper “CommunityPulse: Facilitating Community Input Analysis by Surfacing Hidden Insights, Reflections, and Priorities” accepted to ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2021. Congratulations to all involved!

Paper Abstract: Increased access to online engagement platforms has created a shift in civic practice, enabling civic leaders to broaden their outreach tocollect a larger number of community input, such as comments and ideas. However, sensemaking of such input remains a challenge dueto the unstructured nature of text comments and ambiguity of human language. Hence, community input is often left unanalyzed andunutilized in policymaking. To address this problem, we interviewed 14 civic leaders to understand their practices and requirements.We identified challenges around organizing the unstructured community input and surfacing community’s reflections beyond binarysentiments. Based on these insights, we built CommunityPulse, an interactive system that combines text analysis and visualization toscaffold different facets of community input. Our evaluation with another 15 experts suggests CommunityPulse’s efficacy in surfacingmultiple facets such as reflections, priorities, and hidden insights while reducing the required time, effort, and expertise for communityinput analysis.