Pedro is a PhD student of Prof. Patrick Baudisch’s Human Computer Interaction lab in Hasso Plattner Institut, Berlin. Pedro creates wearable interfaces that read & write directly to the user’s body through our muscles [proprioceptive interaction]. Pedro augments humans & their realities by using electrical muscle stimulation to actuate human muscles as interfaces to new virtual worlds. His works have been published at ACM CHI and UIST. A believer on the unification of art and research, often gives talks about it [Campus Party’13, A MAZE’14, NODE’15]. Makes and writes music using turntables [in eitr]. Enjoys writing about music [in jazz.pt magazine] and tech [as digital content editor at ACM XRDS].
The UIST student innovation contest (aka the “SIC”) is one of those rare moments in a student’s life: a chance to present work at the heart of one of the top venues in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). In fact, UIST (i.e., ACM’s conference for User Interface Software and Technology) is often acclaimed as the top conference for those driven by hardware / software novelty, mad inventors of the HCI kind, and the likes.
So if you are a student interested in HCI and never had a chance to visit one of the main conferences, here’s your chance; because the UIST SIC is not only a place to meet some of your favorite researchers while they try out your demo, it is also a remarkable conference to learn about the bleeding edge of the field, a financially supported opportunity for those teams that have less support by applying the UIST SIC travel grants,` a chance to get some fabulous prizes — there’s 3K USD for the winning teams but also participation awards — last but not least, it is your chance to get in touch with some novel hardware: electrical muscle stimulation:
Here are XRDS we keep on meditating over 2015 by looking forward at what 2016 will bring, here’s some of our bloggers opinions of what the next 3.154e+7 seconds might have entailed for Computer Science:
The last day of CHI in Seoul left everyone with that bittersweet taste of ending mixed with nostalgia and, was still a great day to see great research!
For me, the day started off with Augmented & Virtual Reality in the Real World (VR is here to stay!) and followed onto Interacting with Floors & Situated Displays (have you seen BaseLase? Check that video or the image below, quite an interesting approach to a portable large screen).
The last session of the CHI spectrum this year was Speech & Auditory Interfaces, which focused on lots of abstract sound UIs — really nice works there, go check it out if you are into sonic interaction. After this it was time for the closing keynote, by pop musician Psy. A local hero in mainstream Korea for obvious reasons and a humble speaker that decided to allude to his career build up and share lots of his personal insights with the HCI audience. At last, the next CHI was announced… see you all in San Jose for CHI’16!