UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 4th October: Antti Salovaara, University of Helsinki, Finland - Evaluations as time machines: Studying the future HCI in the present
Antti Salovaara, University of Helsinki, Finland

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 4th October: Antti Salovaara, University of Helsinki, Finland - Evaluations as time machines: Studying the future HCI in the present

Abstract

In his talk, Antti will extend his CHI2017 essay (http://bit.ly/2lHXodD) that discussed the problem of possible futures in HCI methodology, especially in its prototype evaluations. He addresses a blind spot in HCI's evaluation methodology: that we rarely consider the implications of the problem that a prototype can never be fully evaluated in a study. That is, the prototype under study exists firmly in the present world, in the circumstances created in the study, but its real context of use is a speculative, partially unknown future state of affairs. This present-future gap is implicit in any evaluation of prototypes, be they usability tests, controlled experiments, or field trials. A carelessly designed evaluation may inadvertently evaluate the wrong futures, contexts, or user groups, thereby leading to false conclusions and expensive design failures. In his talk, Antti will illuminate how to approach the present-future gap conceptually and to mitigate it with empirical techniques.

Biography

Dr. Antti Salovaara is an adjunct professor and principal investigator at the University of Helsinki, Finland. With a background in human-computer interaction (HCI) and cognitive science, he studies "repurposive appropriation" (e.g., http://bit.ly/2nNgtIF) - the processes by which users discover new purposes of use for technology. This research includes both quantitative and qualitative methods, and particularly field trials on technology prototypes. Antti has been an associate chair for DIS since 2014 and for CHI since 2015.

https://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/aksalova/
https://scholar.google.fi/citations?user=SFkQ65sAAAAJ