Panel 3 Report

With Jeff Heer and Kristine Kohlhepp

Jeff Heer

Professor Jeff Heer discussed data process and data visualization about college department overlaping. He explained different types of visualizations such as the centered dot in the middle of the circle representing one department and other dots around it with various radii representing the similarity with the department. The one thing that stood out to me is that he used PHD dissertations to find the overlapping between the departments. He mentioned that one of the things he was looking for was the number of times a certain key word appears in the dissertations. It is very interesting to see all the different types of visualization for something that interests college students.

Kristine Kohlhepp

Kristine Kohlhepp discussed briefly about her experience as a user researcher at Google, and in detail about the device prototyping that she did for the EMAR project. EMAR is an interactive robot that answers questions and interact with others. She talked about the things that she worries about as a developer such as the gender of the robot, the voice, shapes, eyes etc. After came up with a prototype of EMAR, she did user research on middle school and high school students to see their reaction. The one thing that stood out to me was when she showed us the robot. Even though it was just a protoptype, it’s very detail oriented. From the voice to personality to the shape of it’s eyes.

Take Aways

From Jeff Heer’s presentation on visualization, I realized that one of my graph is not the best way to represent the dataset. So I would modify one of my visualization using a different type of graph such as a map, or a pie chart. And from Kristine Kohlheep’s professional project, I would modify my user research questions in a way that it’s more detail oriented rather than general.

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