Jun 30 2015

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security at Carleton

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SOUPS 2014

Usable Privacy and Security is the field where Human-Computer Interaction and Cybersecurity meet. The premier research conference in this area is SOUPS: the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security. This year the conference will be held here at Carleton, July 22-24! The Local Activities Chair is Sonia Chiasson, and the Technical Program Co-Chair is Robert Biddle. The Lightning Talks and Demos Chair is Elizabeth Stobert, who recently finished her PhD and is now at ETH Zurich.

See: http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2015/

Jun 01 2015

Elizabeth Stobert, PhD

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2015-05-01, 3:26 PM
Today, Elizabeth Stobert successfully defended her PhD.
Congratulations Elizabeth!
Robert Biddle

May 01 2015

Visit by Prof. Martin Kropp

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We’re very lucky this year to have as a sabbatical visitor Prof. Martin Kropp, from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). He has been doing excellent work on support Agile Software Development processes. In particular, he and his colleagues have developed a truly impressive agile card wall system aWall (shown above, also see a presentation). He has also conducted surveys of Agile Software Development in Switzerland. We hope to work together on these projects while he is at our lab in Ottawa, April-July.

Oct 01 2014

New Security Paradigms Workshop in Victoria

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The annual New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) is not a typical conference. It specifically invites new ideas, even if there are limitations or incomplete aspects. And it only invites people actually presenting or otherwise involved. Moreover, everyone who does attend is expected to participate throughout. And it has a Trojan Rabbit as it’s mascot (pictured above). This year NSPW was in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, Canada. Elizabeth Stobert presented her work on Versipass, A Password Manager That Doesn’t Remember Passwords.

Aug 01 2014

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security in Silicon Valley

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SOUPS, the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, was in Silicon Valley this year: it was held on the campus of Facebook. The number of papers submitted this year was an all time high, and the number of people registering hit the room limit of 200. Another first this year was that the proceedings were published by Usenix, the Advanced Computer Systems Association. They are available free from the Usenix SOUPS 2014 site.


Jul 01 2014

Psychology of Programming in Brighton

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For those of us who spend lots of time doing it, programming is an intense activity. And an intensely human activity. Despite this being experienced since the days of Babbage and Lovelace,  little attention has been devoted to this aspect, but an important exception is the annual Psychology of Programming Workshop, held this year in Brighton, UK. I have followed this workshop from a distance for many years, and this year I was invited to speak: I enjoyed it very much and I hope to attend again. From a perspective of HCI, it always occurs to me that programming systems quickly push beyond the capacity of the models we normally adopt: programming requires immense investment, and the invisible and dynamic complexity remains a formidable challenge for human capabilities. I was especially pleased to have time to chat with Thomas Green, who has influenced my work since I came across his book Human Interaction with Computers (shown above) in a Cambridge bookshop in 1979. It was one of the first books on HCI, before that term was coined, and it addressed many issues which remain challenging today.

May 09 2014

Stevenson Gossage, MCS

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2014-05-09, 11:38 AM
Today, Stevenson successfully defended his MCS (Master of Computer Science)
Congratulations Stevenson!
Robert Biddle

Apr 25 2014

Shujah Shazada, MAppSc

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2014-04-25, 6:26 PM
Today, Shuja successfully defended his MASc (Master of Applied Science)
in HCI thesis!
Robert Biddle

Mar 01 2014

OOP 2014 in Munich

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This year I was invited to give a presentation at OOP in Munich. OOP has been running for many years, and has grown beyond Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) but kept the name. It has a strong industry orientation, but I found it much different than industry conferences I have attended in North America: there seemed to be less hype, and a more professional attitude. Most sessions were in German, and many in English. I gave presentations on Human Factors in Computer Security, and also on Cultural Issues in Software Development. I also had time to walk around Munich and visit several museums. I was especially impressed by the Deutsches Museum and was pleased to see the extensive exhibit of the early computers of Konrad Zuse (Z3 shown above.)

Oct 14 2013

Surface Computing for Collaborative Analysis Work

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We are pleased to announce that our book on surface computing has now been published by Morgan&Claypool.
It’s part of their series: Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics edited by  John M. Carroll, Penn State University. It’s Surface Computing and Collaborative Analysis Workno access, by Judith Brown, Jeff Wilson , Stevenson Gossage, Chris Hack , Robert Biddle Morgan&Claypool, 2013.
The book is a survey of the area, especially linking the technology of surface computing to the domain of analysis work. This is one of our main current research areas, and the book documents our starting position.
Robert Biddle



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