Keynote Speakers

Computing for Humans

Friday, 9:30-10:30, Main Aula

Vicki Hanson, Ph.D.
Vice President

Historically, computing has been envisioned as a way to enhance what we, as humans, are able to do. Nowhere is such a computing goal more evident than in the field of accessibility where we seek to create devices and software to address needs of people who have disabilities. In creating accessible technology and novel accessibility tools, research has not only facilitated digital interactions and quality of life needs for many, but also has served to advance the field of computing more generally. The needs of users can and should inform the agenda for emerging research in areas such as augmented memory, physical interactions, and human communication.

asa.pngVicki Hanson is Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee where she leads multiple efforts related to inclusion of older adults and individuals with disabilities. She also is a Distinguished Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. From 1986–2009 she was a Research Staff Member and Manager at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in New York, and today continues ties with IBM as a Research Staff Member emeritus.

Her work on accessibility stemmed from language and educational access questions and over the years has grown to include development efforts to support the ageing population and people with diverse abilities. For these efforts she has been recognized both by industry and academic awards, including an IBM Corporate Award, the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society, the Social Impact Award from ACM SIGCHI and the ACM SIGCACCESS Award for Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.

She currently serves as the ACM Vice President, as a member of the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee, as as a Member of the ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee. She is Past Chair of SIGACCESS (ACM’s Special Interest Group on Accessibility and Computing) and was Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transitions on Accessible Computing.

She is a Fellow of the ACM, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Anita Borg Institute Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact.

On Grit and Being the Token Figure

Saturday, 9:30-10:30, Main Aula

Åsa Cajander
Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
Uppsala University

How do you succeed in the area of computer science? My research has shown that having grit is more important than IQ or any other personality trait, and that grit together with the student’s overall view of success matters the most. If you work hard, and do not give up when it is really tough, then you are likely to have a good career in any subject, including computer science. However, if you are a woman in computer science success also correlates to you handling the male dominated field, and being the token figure. This can be seen as another kind of grit. The norm of the field is connected to the computer science nerd who has no interests but technology, and that this personality trait is required to be a part of the community. In this keynote I will tell some of my stories about how it is to be a woman in the field, and give some insights into the kind of grit that it requires to be a successful token figure.

asa.pngÅsa Cajander is Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Uppsala University. The overall aim of Åsa’s research is to contribute to the usability of computer systems in work settings from two different perspectives: the first is usability of IT in government organisations and health care, and the second is teaching and learning of usability methods and HCI. Åsa is an active advocate for women in computing and supports initiatives with this goal in roles such as Gender Equity Officer at her department and faculty sponsor of the local ACM-W Student Chapter. Such initiatives have also recently been added to her research area.

Towards Expressive 3D Modeling: An example of career in Computer Graphics

Friday, 16:00-17:00, Main Aula

Marie-Paule Cani
Professor of Computer Science
Grenoble University (Grenoble Institute of Technology & Inria)

Despite our great expressive skills, we humans lack an easy way of conveying the 3D shapes we imagine, even more so for dynamic shapes that change over time. Over centuries we relied on drawing and sculpture to convey shapes. However, these tools require significant expertise and time investment, especially when one aims to describe complex or dynamic shapes. With the advent of virtual environments one would expect digital modeling to replace these traditional tools. Unfortunately, conventional techniques in the area have failed, since even trained computer artists still create with traditional media and only use the computer to reproduce already designed content.

Could digital media be turned into a tool, even more expressive and simpler to use than a pen, to convey and refine both static and dynamic 3D shapes? This would make shape design directly possible in virtual form, from early drafting to progressive refinement and finalization of an idea. To this end, models for shape and motion need to be redefined from a user-centered perspective. This talk will present our recent work towards “responsive shapes”, namely high level models that take form, refine, move and deform based on user intent, expressed through intuitive interaction gestures.

Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at Grenoble University (Grenoble Institute of Technology & Inria). Her research interests cover both Shape Modelling and Computer Animation. She contributed over the years to a number of high level models for shapes and motion such as implicit surfaces, multi-resolution physically-based animation and hybrid representations for real-time natural scenes. Following a long lasting interest for virtual sculpture, she has been recently searching for more efficient ways to create 3D content such as combining sketch-based interfaces with procedural models expressing a priori knowledge. She received the Eurographics outstanding technical contributions award in 2011 and a silver medal from CNRS in 2012 for this work.

Marie-Paule Cani served in the program committees of all major conferences in computer Graphics and was program chair a number of times. She served in the steering committees of SCA, SBIM and SMI, and in the editorial board of Graphical Models, IEEE TVCG and CGF. She was an EC member of ACM SIGGRAPH from 2007 to 2011, and she represented Computer Graphics in the ACM Publication Board from 2011 to 2014. In France, she belongs to the executive board of the GDR IG (Informatique Graphique) and to the CA of the French chapter of Eurographics. She has been Vice President of Eurographics since January 2013.