Tuesday 12pm, 30 September 2014
UIST Practice Talks
Jonathan Harper | Joanne Lo | Steve Rubin
PhD Students - Berkeley Institute of Design
Reconstructing and Restyling D3 Visualizations
Generating Emotionally Relevant Musical Scores for Audio Stories
Highly-produced audio stories often include musical scores that reflect the emotions of the speech. Yet, creating effective musical scores requires deep expertise in sound production and is time-consuming even for experts. We present a system and algorithm for re-sequencing music tracks to generate emotionally relevant music scores for audio stories. The user provides a speech track and music tracks and our system gathers emotion labels on the speech through hand- labeling, crowdsourcing, and automatic methods. We develop a constraint-based dynamic programming algorithm that uses these emotion labels to generate emotionally relevant musical scores. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm by generating 20 musical scores for audio stories and showing that crowd workers rank their overall quality significantly higher than stories without music.
ShrinkyCircuits: Sketching, Shrinking, and Formgiving for Electronic Circuits
In this paper we describe the development of ShrinkyCircuits, a novel electronic prototyping technique that captures the flexibility of sketching and leverages properties of a common everyday plastic polymer to enable low-cost, miniature, planar, and curved, multi-layer circuit designs in minutes. ShrinkyCircuits take advantage of inexpensive prestressed polymer film that shrinks to its original size when exposed to heat. This enables improved electrical characteristics though sintering of the conductive electrical layer, partial self-assembly of the circuit and components, and mechanically robust custom shapes - including curves and non-planar form factors. We demonstrate the range and adaptability of ShrinkyCircuits designs from simple hand drawn circuits with through-hole components to complex multilayer, printed circuit boards (PCB), with curved and irregular shaped electronic layouts and surface mount components. Our approach enables users to create extremely customized circuit boards with dense circuit layouts while avoiding messy chemical etching, expensive board milling machines, or time consuming delays in using outside PCB production houses.