Presented at the Blended Interactions Workshop at CHI 2013, Paris, France

Researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Edinburgh Napier University collaborate to create “A Blended Space for Tourism at the Genesee Country Village & Museum”. Brian O’Keefe from RIT presented at the Blend13 CHI 2013 Workshop in Paris, France. The workshop brought international researchers together to envision the impact of Blended Theory could have on the future of collaborative environments.

Presentation: A Blended Space for Tourism: Genesee Country Village & Museum
Brian Presenting “A Blended Space for Tourism: Genesee Country Village & Museum”

Our presentation discussed the concept of a blended space and used it to explore the design of a visitor experience in a nineteenth century living history village and museum in western New York. Blended spaces aim to produce a more harmonized user experience (UX) of a place, by considering the correspondences between physical and digital spaces and by considering the movement through these spaces. Our research paper was ranked amongst the top papers in the workshop.

Brian introducing Digital Agents at Genesee Country Village and Museum

Brian introducing Digital Agents at Genesee Country Village and Museum

RIT students and faculty present MET research at CHI 2013 Paris, France

Our students were glowing with excitement to present our work-in-progress poster at CHI 2013 Paris. Mobile Experiences for Tourism (MET): Brick City Tours (BCT),  is a series of mobile services aimed at prospective university students who are visiting the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus.

Our students were able to meet the most innovative researchers in the HCI Community. Our hihglight was when Jakob Nielsen took his time to stop at our poster and have a long conversation with our students, while learning about Mobile Experiences for Tourism at RIT.

Students present research at CHI 2013 Paris

Students present research at CHI 2013 Paris

Our ongoing research and development is looking at improving key visitor problem areas while on an RIT tour. Our goal is to leverage user-centered design methods to develop a mobile service to strengthen the connection and facilitate visitors to make an informed decision when choosing which school to attend. Our ACM paper discusses the project’s design rationale, process, and outcomes, while introducing the evaluation iterations for a mobile service aimed at prospective students so they can experience the innovations of RIT students and faculty.

Definitive Innovation Presentation: Shamiyah, Sasson, Parulski

Prof. Shamiyah On Friday, April 12, 2013, the MS HCI program hosted Professor Michael Shamiyah from the DOM (Design, Organization, Media) Research Lab in Austria. Professor Shamiyah led a 4o-minute discussion about how inventors innovate in business environments and corporate culture. The discussion revolved around the innovations of Ferdinand Porsche (founder of Porsche and Volkswagen) and how his inventions were 100 years ahead of their time. The presentation highlighted the invention of the first hybrid car in 1900, how every Porsche has three distinctive lines, how Porsche looked to aviation to make cars aerodynamic and highlighted the worlds first ever car crash in the mid 1800s.

Prof. Shamiyah Porsche Principle Innovations

Prof. Shamiyah Porsche Principle Innovations

Professor Shamiyah drew parallels between the innovations at Porsche and the innovations of Kodak as leaders of technology and the user experience. Professor Shamiyah uncovered a pattern of innovation through his rigorous video documentary with key Kodak inventors. The overarching message to the audience was that designers and innovators need to translate design ideas into a language that people of today could accept.

Steve Sasson, the inventor of the digital camera in 1975, and Ken Parulski, who commercialized the first digital camera, were both in attendance and participated in the talk.

These game-changing inventors then opened a discussion to the students for feedback and questions. On behalf of RIT, we would like to thank Professor Shamiyah for his excellent presentation and also thank our guests, Steve Sasson and Ken Parulski, for contributing to the RIT student experience!

Ken Parulski introduces Steve Sasson

Ken Parulski introduces Steve Sasson

Steve Sasson introduces Prof. Shamiyah

Steve Sasson introduces Prof. Shamiyah

Porsche Principle Innovations – Documentary on Innovation in Corporate Culture

Professor Michael Shamiyeh, Head of Design-Organization-Media (DOM) Research Laboratory to Discuss PORCHE Innovations

When: 4.12.2013 – Time: 1:00 PM

Where: Student Hall of Innovation – Rochester Institute of Technology

Prof Shamiyeh is head of the DOM (Design -Organization – Media) Research Laboratory in Austria.  He holds degrees from Harvard, AA London and TU Vienna. He is an expert on innovation, including corporate structures which promote innovation. He recently completed a major study of the history of innovations at Porsche.  As part of the project, he produced two DVDs which analyze the reasons for Porsche’s success, and include video interviews with their leading innovators and managers.

Prof. Shamiyeh is coming to Rochester for a project related to historical innovations at Kodak. He will be conducting video interviews with Steve Sasson, Ken Parulski, Dana Walcott, and several other Kodak inventors and senior managers.


Faculty Recognition at RIT

Students Creating Mobile Experiences

Since Fall of 2011, Brian O’Keefe, a visiting professor for the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences, has been teaching Mobile Experiences for Tourism. This is a unique, multidisciplinary course experience in which students across a number of graduate-level, academic programs work collaboratively to develop mobile technologies with a specific focus on the tourism industry. In its most recent offering, students worked to develop a mobile experience, known as Brick City Tours. Not only has the course provided students with a “pseudo work place” experience in which to apply their skills, they have also contributed to cutting edge research in mobile technology infrastructures that can be used in the tourism industry.

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