Participation in the ACM CHI Community of Researchers

Posted on: July 31, 2014

By Jina Huh

Over the past few years, faculty and students in the Department of Media and Information have increasingly participated in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported collaborative work (CSCW), and social computing research. ACM, the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific and educational computing society, offers a number of conferences in the areas of HCI, CSCW, and social computing research.

For many computing fields such as HCI, conference proceedings are considered as archival publications. The review process is more robust than that of many journal venues. For instance, at ACM CHI (full name: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), the premier conference in HCI, one paper will have at least four full length reviews (each one page or more), where one is a meta-review written by the associate chairs. After the reviews have been received, authors can write a rebuttal. All reviewers will re-examine authors’ rebuttals, add post-rebuttal reviews and potentially adjust their review scores. The program committee then calculates a cut off score for automatic rejects, based on the weighted review scores considering the expertise of each reviewer. All papers above the cut off score will be discussed at the program committee meeting. If there are papers that have fluctuating review scores, the associate chair responsible for the paper will add the paper to the "papers to discuss" pile. Over the two full day period, all program committee members physically gather together, separated by subcommittees to discuss each paper and decide which papers to accept. More reviews by other associate chairs will be added if the reviewers and the associate chair cannot come to agreement, resulting in receiving five to six reviews total for some papers.

The most recent ACM CHI was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from April 26 to Mary 1, 2014. MSU faculty and students not only participated as authors and presenters of papers, they served as program committee members, reviewers, and student volunteers. The following papers by faculty and students from the Department of Media and Information and the School of Journalism were presented:

  • Jacob Solomon - "Customization Bias in Decision Support Systems"
  • Jina Huh, Wanda Pratt – "Weaving Clinical Expertise in Online Health Communities"
  • Kami E. Vaniea, Emilee Rader, Rick Wash – "Betrayed By Updates: How Negative Experiences Affect Future Security"
  • Taiwoo Park, U. Lee, I. S. MacKenzie, M. Moon, I. Hwang, J. Song – "Human Factors of Speed-based Exergame Controllers" (Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award: Top 5%)

Furthermore, Rick Wash served as a panelist for "Crowdfunding: An Emerging Field of Research." Emilee Rader and Jina Huh served as associate chairs. In the past, Susan Wyche has served as an associate chair.

Altogether CHI 2014 had 115 sessions of Papers, Notes, and TOCHI presentations, 12 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), 3 sessions of Case Studies, 6 sessions of alt.chi presentations, 31 Courses, and 8 Panels. Under exhibitions, 15 students gathered for Doctoral Consortium, 241 Works-in-Progress (posters), 64 Interactivity, and 24 Research Demos. 8 student groups competed for student game competition, 12 competed for design, and 15 competed for research. Over the weekend, 31 workshops and the Doctoral Consortium were held. These venues address multiple research topics and approaches that make up the diversity of the CHI research community. Among these, Papers and Notes are considered as archival, full publications. Research presented as papers or notes at CHI cannot be republished elsewhere. 21 submissions (1%) received a best paper and 84 submissions (top 5% of all submissions) received an Honorable Mention award.

At CHI 2014, 1,433 full Papers and 610 Notes (2043 in total) were submitted of which 382 Papers and 83 Notes (465 in total) were accepted (a 22.7% acceptance rate). For full papers only, the acceptance rate was 27%. In the past, the acceptance rate of full papers ranged from 16% to 45% (once in 1982, the first CHI program), resulting in the overall acceptance rate of 23%. Notes are shorter in length (4 pages instead of 10 pages for full papers) and are expected to be equally strong contributions albeit smaller in scope. Therefore, notes tend to have much lower acceptance rate than full length papers, since it is hard to make good contribution within 4 pages.

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Figure 1. Acceptance rate at CHI over the years. Source: dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2556288&CFID=341989192&CFTOKEN=67817859

CHI 2015 will be held in Seoul, Korea from April 18-23, 2015. The deadline for papers and notes is September 22, 2014. Please check the proceedings for CHI available in the ACM digital library (dl.acm.org) if interested in submitting papers at CHI.

Related venues in HCI, CSCW, and Social Computing include ACM CSCW and Social Computing and ACM Group in which many of our faculty and students are actively participating as program committee members, authors and reviewers. ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction and Human-Computer Interaction are considered top tier journal venues in the CHI community.

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Our new department name

Posted on: July 1, 2014

By Johannes M. Bauer

As of July 1, 2014 we have a new name: Department of Media and Information (MI). We hold our alumni in high esteem and treasure the accomplishments and memories associated with the TISM-period that lasted from 2003-2014. With these considerations in mind, we did not let go of the name Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media (TISM) casually.

However, we strongly believe that the new name better reflects our identity and diversity as a dynamic, interdisciplinary and energetic community of researchers, creators, and teachers united by a passion for all aspects of media and information. A member of the iSchools Consortium, the department offers an environment of engaged learning and scholarship in which we design, explore and study the next frontiers of media and information technology, content and applications.

Telecommunications continues to be an indispensable platform of our hyper-connected world. The world's most fascinating machine, it is the nervous system of the Internet of people and of things, of online and social media, ubiquitous computing and the cloud, and emerging media and information services. We will continue and deepen our strong research and teaching program related to the networking and IT aspects as they relate to the media and information ecosystem of the twenty-first century.

IP networking, client and server side web management, mobile technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and ubiquitous computing all will remain core aspects of our teaching and learning. We will more strongly integrate these areas with our strong presence in human computer interaction, social media, as well as uses and applications of IT in commercial, not-for-profit and governmental organizations.

The name change is an opportunity to reflect on the history of the department and its achievements. Founded in 1958 as the Department of Radio, Television, Film, the department was renamed the Department of Telecommunication (TC) in 1975 and it became the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (TISM) in 2003. Each prior name change reflected major shifts and expansions in the teaching, research, and outreach and in the communication environment.

We believe the new name will be more robust and sustainable. Given the importance of media and information in the contemporary world, we believe that our department can play a special role in helping to meet the land-grant university goal of providing young people and professionals with a liberal and practical education that prepares them for the various pursuits and professions of life.

Media and information continue to converge and integrate in innovative and unforeseen ways. The Internet of Science is rapidly becoming the Internet of Entertainment (Eli Noam) and ubiquitous connectivity is changing all aspects and all stages of life. We will continue our vision to education, design and research advanced media and information technologies with the goal to harness its great benefits for society.

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Strong Showing at the ICA

Posted on: May 27, 2014

by Johannes M. Bauer

Last week, extending through Memorial Day weekend, the annual conference of the International Communications Association (ICA) took place in Seattle, WA, dedicated to the overarching theme of "Communications and the Good Life". The premier academic event for scholars in the field of communications and media, the conference brought together several thousand researchers from around the world. Twenty-five divisions and interest groups are dedicated to areas as diverse as Communication and Technology, Communication Law and Policy, Game Studies, Health Communication, Instructional and Development Communication, Political Communication, Organizational Communication, and Visual Communication Studies.

The strength and intellectual leadership of our college in many of these and other fields manifested itself in a strong presence of CAS researchers. 86 MSU faculty and graduate students presented 56 papers in several pre-conferences and during the main conference. Both the Media and Information (MIS) and the Communications (COM) PhD programs showcased their latest research. 48 faculty and students were affiliated with the interdepartmental MIS PhD program, involving faculty from the Departments of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (soon to be renamed to Department of Media and Information), Advertising and Public Relations, and Journalism.

Jointly and individually, the 27 MIS doctoral students and 21 MIS faculty presented 38 papers on topics ranging from the emotional, socio demographic and other facets of the digital divide, online security, social media and political change, health communication, cyberbullying, and broadband policy. 38 scholars from the Department of Communication and other MSU departments presented an additional 19 papers. The quality of the research is reflected in six top paper awards won by CAS faculty and graduate students. Congratulations go to:

  • Hsin-yi Sandy Tsai (TISM) & Johannes M. Bauer (TISM). Best Faculty Paper, Communication Law and Policy Division.
  • Young June Sah (TISM) & Soyon You (Samsung Electronics). Top Four Student Paper, Communication and Technology Division.
  • Laura Gibson (U Penn), Andy SL Tan (U Penn), Derek Freres (U Penn), Nehama Lewis (U Haifa), Lourdes Martinez (COM), & Robert Hornik (U Penn). Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division.
  • Morgan E. Summers (COM) & Katherine Justyna Denker (Ball State U). Top Three Paper, Instructional/Developmental Communication Division.
  • Yi Zhu (COM). Top Student Paper, Intercultural Communication Division.
  • David D. Clare (COM), Ashley A. Hanna (COM), Amanda J. Holmstrom (COM), Morgan E. Summers (COM), & Catherine M. Musatics (MSU), Top Three Faculty Paper, Interpersonal Communications Division.

To celebrate the achievements of the past year, to introduce new faculty members and bid farewell to leaving colleagues, MSU invited to a reception on Friday night, attended by a large crowd of alumni and colleagues who packed Ballroom D at the Sheraton. With Seattle showing its best weather, the conference was memorable academically and culturally.

ICA Reception

Full house at the MSU reception

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On the Frontiers of Communications Technology and Research

Posted on: April 15, 2014

bauer-j-chair-360pxGuest Blog by Johannes M. Bauer, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

On April 9, 2014, 31 of the most talented students of the Department of Media and Information (MI) received scholarships at a ceremony at the University Club. These awards were made possible by the generosity of our alumni and other benefactors whose careers were influenced by our department and Michigan State University. Their willingness to pay it forward enables us to support the next generation of professionals and we thank them for their support! It also keeps us motivated to continue our research, design, teaching and outreach.

We could not be in a more exciting place. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are at the heart of innovation and growth in our modern digital economy and offer tremendous job opportunities. Living in a hyper-connected world, we are continuously in touch with other people and events via social media, mobile Internet access, and increasingly smart devices and sensors. Change in the world of information technology is breathtaking. More than half the existing jobs will be automated in the next two decades and the new ones are not yet known. How does one successfully educate for this rapidly evolving future?

Our response to these challenges is to teach our students how to continuously learn and adapt. We achieve this by creating strong synergies between teaching and research, supported by additional opportunities to apply this knowledge to practical problems. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to develop T-shaped professionals, very knowledgeable in their area of expertise but also strong at understanding the bigger business, political and cultural environment in which they will work and live in the future.

This innovative approach to learning benefits our students from day one. The Media Sandbox project, since late last year under the leadership of David Wheeler, involves students from their freshman year in hands-on creative projects. Likewise, many of our world-class professors generate research experiences for undergraduate students in their labs and classrooms. During their junior and senior years and at the graduate level, students benefit from project-based and experiential learning, often in close contact with clients in the public, private and nonprofit sector who help guide and evaluate student work.

The value of our education is enhanced by the cutting-edge research and creative work conducted in TISM. Not only does this research improve the quality of instruction, it also offers many opportunities for students to become involved in interesting projects. Strong research groups exist in human-computer interaction, social media, social computing and collective intelligence, games and meaningful play, health and ICT, the effects of ICT on development, as well as in media effects and policy. Our research faculty is complemented by an outstanding creative and digital media faculty. Our research and creative work is funded by public and private sector organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Agency for International Development, NASA, the McKesson Foundation, Facebook and Google, among others. In 2013, TISM faculty published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, proceedings and books and released numerous creative products, including films, games and software.

Practical relevance and usability is the third component of our approach. For example, researchers in the BITLab under the direction of Emilee Rader and Rick Wash study online security, crowdsourcing and the effects of algorithmically curated information on users. The team in the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab, directed by Brian Winn, develops exercise games for NASA's Mission to Mars, games that support recovery after illnesses, and games that teach financial skills. Researchers in the ICT4D and media effects group, including Susan Wyche, Charles Steinfield, Mark Levy and Robert LaRose study and design social and mobile media to enhance lives in communities as diverse as farmers in developing countries to libraries in Michigan cities.

Researchers in the Trifecta initiative, dedicated to studying the role of communication technology in the provision of health services, including Shelia Cotten, Wei Peng and Jina Huh, develop and study the technology to improve lives of disadvantaged communities. Research in the areas of distributed teams and collective intelligence explores how social media and advanced communications technology can be harnessed to facilitate innovation and the generation of new and better knowledge. The list could go on and on, but the main point is: students and faculty interact in a vibrant environment of teaching, learning and research.

Our faculty regularly share their knowledge with practitioners. Constantinos Coursaris and Wietske van Osch have given presentations to organizations as diverse as the Michigan Republican Caucus, Leo Burnett and Steelcase. Sometimes, contributing to practice requires spending time as an expert in government, as Professor Steve Wildman did when he served as the Chief Economist at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during 2013.

Achievements of faculty are recognized with numerous honors and prizes. Troy Hale has been awarded 13 Emmy Awards, 10 Telly Awards and numerous other recognitions since he joined the department six years ago. The creative work by Carrie Heeter is shown in the San Jose Museum of Technology as a permanent exhibit and other work regularly is featured in film festivals. In February 2014, Robert LaRose won the prestigious W. J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award and Wei Peng the All-University Teacher Scholar Award. In March 2014, Saleem Alhabash won the inaugural Mary Alice Shaver Award presented by the American Academy of Advertising.

Academic departments are dynamic places with colleagues coming and going. It is this change that keeps our minds sharp and innovative. We congratulate Joseph Walther for being named the Wee Kim Wee Professor of Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and wish him all the best in his new endeavor! We are pleased that Eduardo Nakasone, University of Maryland, will join us in the fall to strengthen our work on ICT and development. In response to the transformation of our field and to signal the strength and depth of our faculty and students, we will be renamed to Department of Media and Information as of July 2014. We are excited about these changes and invite you to follow our future initiatives with regular visits to our website or email Johannes M. Bauer.

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Welcome

Posted on: September 4, 2013

Welcome to the Department of Media and Information (M&I). We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary and energetic community of researchers, creators and teachers united by a passion for all aspects of media and information. A member of the iSchools Consortium, the department offers an environment of engaged learning and scholarship in which we design, explore and study the next frontiers of media and information technology, content and applications. Aware of the tremendous social and economic opportunities and effects of the Internet, social media, mobile communications and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), we also have a keen interest in the social effects of computer-mediated communications.

Students in our undergraduate programs can specialize in film production, game design and development, the creation of human-centered technology, media and information management, and policy. We have designed our curriculum flexibly to allow our students to pursue their passions and interest while building skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will position them well in a broad range of exciting, future-oriented careers. Many of our courses are also offered online so that students have more options to complete their degree within four years. Recent graduates are working at companies such as Facebook, Electronic Arts, ESPN, CBS, Discovery, WILX, Quicken Loans, GE, Ford, Liquid Web, and TechSmith to name but a few.

Our graduate programs offer options to acquire advanced practical knowledge in human computer interaction (HCI) as well as in media and information management. We also offer an online certificate in serious games. An increasing number of our graduate level courses is also available online. Our graduate degree programs position our graduates for a range of attractive career options in traditional and new media as well as in the IT technology sector.

We believe in the need to combine specific skills with the ability to understand the transformational forces affecting media and information in the U.S. and worldwide. With this goal in mind, our curriculum offers theoretical, practical, and integrative elements. Many courses use experiential learning that immerses students in practical problem-solving, often with private and public sector clients. Moreover, students can gain hands-on research and design experience in the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab, the Behavior Information Technology Laboratory (BITLab), several digital media studios, and the Quello Center for Media and Information Policy.

Our teaching benefits from the presence from innovative research groups covering many aspects of this modern media and information ecosystem. Strong teams exist in the areas of social media, human-computer interaction (HCI), management information systems, health IT and apps, information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), media effects and policy, serious games and meaningful play, as well as media arts. Faculty and students have been honored with numerous top-paper prizes at national and international conferences, and prestigious awards, including Emmys and Addys.

Our young and dynamic faculty is among the best in the country. During 2014, M&I faculty published 85 peer-reviewed pieces of research and creative scholarship (nearly four publications per faculty). Faculty and students worked on grants totaling $2.9 million awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DoA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as well as companies such as Facebook and Google.

Take advantage of the great faculty and other opportunities offered by M&I! And do not hesitate to step by and see me if you have any questions or if we can be of any other assistance!

Johannes M. Bauer
Professor and Chairperson
bauerj@msu.edu | (517) 355-8372

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