Transformational Media Lab Director, Beth Karlin, trekked to Dunedin, New Zealand during the entirety of March, in part of her ongoing mission to transform contemporary media into the field of sustainability. But this time around, Karlin has enlisted the help of some fellow, foreign colleagues.
With the aid of Dr. Rebecca Ford and other associates at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment (CSAFE), the CUSA researcher was able to accomplish an impressive series of tasks while in the Maori homeland. Specifically, the bulk of this includes publishing two papers to the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII) and the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Although the two researchers come from diverse backgrounds, they have been productively collaborating since 2011, combining Ford’s engineering education with Karlin’s psychological know-how to develop interrelated, residential energy feedback and behavior-based energy conservation projects.
The two published papers, entitled, “Graphical Displays in Energy Feedback Technology: A Cognitive Approach” (2013) and “The Usability Perception Scale (UPscale): A measure for evaluating feedback displays” (2013), cover the concept of eco-feedback, which heavily draw focus from Karlin’s graduate research programs and doctoral dissertation. Karlin also gave two separate talks at the University of Otago’s Center for Science Communication and the Victoria University of Wellington’s Psychology Department, debuting her lab’s most recent findings in a presentation entitled, “Transformational Media: A New Approach for Sustainability.”
During her time there, Karlin stated to the University of Otago that she is, “excited to learn more about all of the other projects going on at Energy Cultures and CSAFE and hopefully identify some fruitful areas in which we can continue to collaborate in the future.”
Since then, Karlin has been in numerous talks with the Centre to have a reciprocal visit from Dr. Ford in July this year.
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