Archive for the ‘Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)’ Category

Four Experiments in Handwriting with a Neural Network

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Four Experiments in Handwriting with a Neural Network by Shan Carter, David Ha, Ian Johnson, and Chris Olah.

While the handwriting experiments are compelling and entertaining, the author’s have a more profound goal for this activity:


The black box reputation of machine learning models is well deserved, but we believe part of that reputation has been born from the programming context into which they have been locked into. The experience of having an easily inspectable model available in the same programming context as the interactive visualization environment (here, javascript) proved to be very productive for prototyping and exploring new ideas for this post.

As we are able to move them more and more into the same programming context that user interface work is done, we believe we will see richer modes of human-ai interactions flourish. This could have a marked impact on debugging and building models, for sure, but also in how the models are used. Machine learning research typically seeks to mimic and substitute humans, and increasingly it’s able to. What seems less explored is using machine learning to augment humans. This sort of complicated human-machine interaction is best explored when the full capabilities of the model are available in the user interface context.

Setting up a search alert for future work from these authors!

Human-Computer Interaction Lab – Tech Papers

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Human-Computer Interaction Lab – Tech Papers

Twenty-five (25) years worth of research papers, presentations, software and other materials from the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland.

I discovered the tech report site in the musings of Kim Rees, Thoughts on the HCIL symposium.

From the overview of the HCIL:

The Human-Computer Interaction lab has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.

We believe it is critical to understand how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies. To this end, the HCIL develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology. Our primary activities include collaborative research, publication and the sponsorship of open houses, workshops and symposiums.

I mentioned the tech reports, don’t neglect the video reports, presentations and projects while you are browsing this site.

If I were making a limited set of sites to search for human-computer interface issues, this would be one of them. Yes?