DFP Design Showcase & Poster Session

DFP Classroom - FSC 2300 & FSC Treehouse

We are delighted to invite you to the DFP Design Showcase and Poster Session on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Building on our annual DFP demo and poster event (and formerly hci@ubc demo session) held for the past 5 years, we are again including the 2019 DFP student Project showcase in this annual event.    


We are very excited to share we will have 2 Guest Speakers Carman Neustaedter, Director and Associate Professor, SIAT, SFU, and Barry Po, DFP Advisor and Chief Product Officer at mCloud (a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics ("AI&A") and IoT-connected asset care technology).


We invite you all to join in the event and to submit a demo or poster about your designing for people work. We invite works-in-progress and completed works.  


DATE: Wednesday May 1, 2019  


TIMING: 12 noon - 3:45pm

PRIZES: Multiple project prizes, each $100 (cash)

DEADLINE to submit your abstract: April 17, 5:00 pm  


Please submit the following information via this link:  


Title: Abstract (max 150 words): Author(s) (position, affiliation):

Contact email: Format: [2 options, poster* or demonstration**] *Maximum size for posters 3ft x 4ft (90 cm x 120 cm), either portrait or landscape  ** Demos will have 5ft x 2ft (150 x 60 cm) table each    






9:30 - 11:30

Presenters are invited to setup posters and demos

11:30 - 12:00

Registration & Lunch

12:00 - 12:05

Welcome & Overview of Voting Process

12:05 - 12:10

Introduction to DFP

12:10 - 1:00

Talk: Dr. Carman Neustaedter, SIAT

1:00 - 2:30

Posters & Demo sessions


Deadline for votes to be handed in

2:30 - 2:50

DFP Project Presentations - videos

2:50 - 3:00

Short Break & Coffee

3:00  - 3:35

Talk: Dr. Barry Po, mCloud

3:35 - 3:45

Closing remarks & awards announcement


For any questions, please contact Kerry Neil - neil@cs.ubc.ca    


If you are not submitting, but are planning on attending, we require you to please RSVP for catering and attendance by Friday April 26.


Speaker 1: Carman Neustaedter, Director of SIAT, Associate Professor

Title: Academic Life in a Telepresence Robot

Abstract: Telepresence attendance at academic conferences is now a reality and allows people who cannot attend in person with the opportunity to still be “present.” This is valuable for people who face accessibility challenges, cost or travel restrictions, or limited time for travel. We have deployed and studied the use of telepresence robots at three ACM conferences, Ubicomp/ISWC 2014, CSCW 2016, and CHI 2016, ranging from remote users having dedicated telepresence robots to users sharing telepresence robots both synchronously and asynchronously. In this talk, I’ll report on the telepresence offerings along with the user behaviors, experiences, and the social norms found for remote conference attendance. This focuses around three main themes: shared vs. dedicated robot usage, identity presentation and the value and challenges associated with it; and local in-person support through proxies and instant messaging backchannels. These themes point to three different areas of design exploration for telepresence robots, pointing out the limitations of existing design solutions with respect to each theme, areas for future telepresence design work, and the value in considering varied telepresence robot solutions, including both dedicated and shared telepresence robots.

Speaker 2: Dr. Barry Po, Chief Product Officer at mCloud

Title: Taking ideas out of the lab

Abstract: Bridging the gap between theory and practice is a long-time gulf that exists between the world of academic research and the world of product development (“industry”). Anyone who has been on “both sides of the fence” is keenly aware of how hard it is to take an idea from the lab and then bring it to market. Using a real-world example of product development as it happened at mCloud, this talk will share some insights and perspective into these challenges first-hand, in particular the observation that theory might be best thought of as a starting point for understanding the world rather than its ultimate conclusion.

Event directions

Once you are inside the Forestry Science building walk to the rear (south-east) of the building by passing through the large open study area and up the stairs to the 2nd level student (“treetop”) lounge area. Turn left, pass through the double doors, and room 2300 will be immediately to your right.

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