Thursday 12pm, 3 March 2016

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Investigating Ideation: Media, Modalities, and Methodology

Andruid Kerne

Professor - Texas A&M University


The Interface Ecology Lab investigates ideation through new media for representing human expression, new embodied modalities of interaction, and new methodologies for evaluation. Ideation is the generation, expression, and development of new ideas. Ideation media include Pinterest, Twitter, live streaming, and free-form web curation, which we designed to promote creative cognition of relationships among curated clippings and annotations. Interaction modalities for ideation include the Chrome web browser, for maximum impact, pen+touch, which takes advantage of human embodied cognition through kinematic chains, and NFC, a simple technology of interconnection. Designing studies to collect data to develop understanding of if and how interactive systems meet user needs is a wicked problem in human-computer interaction design research. The Interface Ecology Lab develops and applies evaluation methodologies. We perform mixed methods evaluation, connecting qualitative, quantitative, and visual data. Among these, information-based ideation metrics build on decades of creative cognition research. The presentation will be given using our cloud-based IdeaMâché system for free-form web curation, which integrates sketching, writing, clipping, explorable contextual semantics, and a zoomable interface. IdeaMâché has been fruitfully used on assignments by 1895 students, spanning 18 course offerings in 6 departments, resulting in 219,100 pageviews.


Andruid Kerne is a researcher working at the intersection of science and art to support human creativity and innovation through computing and education. He is associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, and director of the Interface Ecology Lab []. Andruid holds a B.A. in applied mathematics / electronic media from Harvard, an M.A. in music composition from Wesleyan, and a Ph.D. in computer science from NYU. He was the Papers Chair of ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015.

Andruid Kerne’s research has been supported by NSF, Google, Cypress Semiconductor, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Guggenheim Museum, ACM CHI, UIST, SIGGRAPH, CSCW, JCDL, Multimedia, CIKM, TEI, Creativity and Cognition, EICS, ToCHI, and ToIS, Ars Electronica Center, the Boston CyberArts Festival have presented his output. He was Papers Chair for ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015 and Interactive Arts Co-Chair for ACM Multimedia 2008, 2009, and 2010. He serves on program committees such as CHI, JCDL, MM, and TEI. Press coverage spans Time, MSNBC, Discovery News, Popular Science, PC World, New Scientist, Slashdot, Engadget, Gizmodo, and Le Monde. He has directed industry projects and developed systems for NASA JPL, AT&T, The Discovery Channel, Proctor and Gamble, Mitsui, and Boeing.