During the latter end of July this year, TML Director Beth Karlin and colleague Dr. Rebecca Ford of the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability presented two papers at the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII) in Las Vegas, held from the 21st to the 26th. The conference’s goal since 1984 has been to establish a biannual conversation and exchange of the most recent developments regarding various types of human and computer relationships and interactions, from user experience and security to online communities and augmented reality.
Their two papers explore the idea of “eco-feedback,” but with two conjuncted sets of results from the same initial experiment. Eco-feedback was defined in 1999 as “technology that provides feedback on individual or group behaviors with a goal of reducing environmental impact.” In addition, this concept significantly relates to Karlin’s other work with her Transformational Media Lab and doctoral dissertation as well, which pertains to the “smart meter” energy feedback systems being newly implemented to everyday households.
While their study, “Graphical Displays in Energy Feedback Technology: A Cognitive Approach,” suggests the necessary factors that boost the effectiveness of energy and eco-feedback messages, “The Usability Perception Scale (UPscale): A measure for evaluating feedback displays” outlines and tests the titled scale, which has built upon previous system usability scales while also integrating new concepts of psychology and general feedback.
For more information on this year’s HCII Conference, please view their website here.
Ford, R. & Karlin, B. (2013). Graphical Displays in Energy Feedback Technology: A Cognitive Approach. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Human Computer Interaction (HCII) Conference. Las Vegas, NV: ACM.
Karlin, B. & Ford, R. (2013). The Usability Perception Scale (UPscale): A measure for evaluating feedback displays. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Human Computer Interaction (HCII) Conference. Las Vegas, NV: ACM.