Sexta-feira, 27 de Novembro de 2009
Desafio Seminário - Entrevista

This post will be written in Portuguese because it is part of an asignment made in class.




Em resposta ao desafio da Prof. Margarida Almeida, aqui ficam as respostas do meu colega Ricardo Magalhães ao questionário efectuado.


1) De que forma enquadras a tua investigação no actual paradigma da Web Social?

A minha investigação não se enquadra directamente neste paradigma dado que se centra em objectivos mais fechados quanto ao utilizador. A componente social não possui um destaque evidenciado pelo que dá primazia a conteúdos específicos para um determinado utilizador.


2) De que forma a tua investigação pode contribuir para alterações de atitudes e comportamentos?
As principais possíveis alterações de comportamento com o objecto desta investigação estão relacionadas com o próprio método de obtenção da informação, bem como o seu contexto. O utilizador poderá desenvolver novos hábitos de aquisição de dados que lhe serão relevantes de forma diferente dos paradigmas de interacção tecnológica tradicionamente utilizados.


3) A tua investigação centra-se numa lógica de valorização do indivíduo ou de uma organização?

Ambas. Numa lógica individual permitirá ao utilizador obter informação adequada ao seu perfil. Numa lógica organizacional permite que a comunidade académica possa obter informação relacionada com a instituição constituindo-se como um serviço adicional oferecido de e para a instituição. 


4) A tua investigação explora uma lógica entusiasta ou numa lógica crítica? 

O projecto em questão explora uma lógica mais entusiasta, visto que almeja encorajar uma utilização mais íntima e personalizada da tecnologia com o utilizador. O utilizador beneficiará da sua interacção com o sistema, ao mesmo tempo que lhe poderá incutir novos modelos de paradigmas de interacção com o próprio sistema e tecnologia. 


5) De que forma a tua investigação actua na inter-dependência tecnologia-sociedade?

Dado o cariz de serviço institucional que o projecto pretende apresentar aos seus utilizadores, um dos seus objectivos é causar interdependência do seu uso na sociedade, neste caso comunidade, em que está inserido. O projecto pretende ser uma ferramenta de utilização diária e neste sentido poderá actuar nos meios de obtenção de informação do meio académico que o envolve, potenciando assim uma relação de comunicação mais vincada com os meios tecnológicos.


Até breve!

Terça-feira, 24 de Novembro de 2009
Human-Computer Interaction Resource



I have been really busy the last weeks but today I have got a few minutes for myself, so I thought it would be nice to read some papers and make some developments in what is concerned to my dissertation.


While I was looking for some interesting materials I found a very helpful Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Group from the University of Stanford – Stanford HCI Group. The researchers from this group are “dedicated to advancing the field of human-computer interaction.” Their research themes include “ubiquitous computing, novel interaction techniques, tools for enhancing designers' creativity, and rapid prototyping tools.”


Fortunately, these researchers are very kind and they provided a list of their past and current projects which can be found here, and it can be very useful for case study matters.


But the thing that I loved the most was that they have provided access to the entire video lectures of the Human-Computer Interaction Seminar.


Some lectures are about one hour long so I guess I will spend the next weekend watching them.


Hope this resource was helpful. I expect to give you some news about my dissertation's project really soon.




Quinta-feira, 12 de Novembro de 2009
Assignment #5?



After a really hard day, I am too tired to write this post, but I could not disappoint you, so here is the answer to this week’s assignment.


Previous Note: Read Ricardo’s post before reading this one, because he already gave some examples of personalization of information related to Interactive Public Systems.


My work: Providing Personalized Information based on a Personal Recognition’s System connected to (and presented on) an Interactive System - PontoDeCA. 


So, the question is:

How can your project be used for business purposes?


Some examples: 




A Personalized Recognition’s System connected to an Interactive Display could be useful because:


-          - If the firm has an elevated number of services/departments this kind of system may be useful to avoid that recent employees get lost in the company’s immediacies. How? If the company’s identification card has data related to his/her office post, and if the firm possesses several Interactive Systems at some points of the building, when the employee is detected some information about his/her position can be shown and a itinerary to his/her working station could be marked;


-         -  If the ID Card has some information about the employees schedule it can also show information about the menu of the nearest canteen or the prices of the nearest cafeteria when the worker is detected by the system;


-         -  If the ID Card could have information about the employees’ meetings, if they were detected near the time of the scheduled meeting, the system could not only warn them but also indicate the route to the destination where the meeting will occur;


  I think that a system like this could facilitate and improve the life conditions at work, but of course there is one giant obstacle to this kind of systems: the workers may feel that they are being tracked along their way and that drives to important questions related with their privacy.  




A Personalized Recognition’s System connected to an Interactive Display could be useful because:


-         -  If the costumers have a shopper-card with information about the things theyI have previously bought from that store, when they were detected by the system, it could provide them information about where to find things that could be related (or in case of clothing, things that match) the ones they have already bought;


-          - If the store had a system at the shop-window the costumers wouldn’t even need to enter it, because when the system detects their cards, based on the description of the things they have bought before, it could assume what their tastes are like and give them suggestions about similar things that are inside the shop, along with the prices so that the shoppers could be able to enter the store and buy the things they need/want without spending much time finding them;


-          - If the shoppers have ordered a product, they wouldn’t have to wait to talk with someone responsible in order to obtain information about it. Instead, based on the order's code registered on the shopper-card, the system would provide them information about the situation of their orders even before they entered the store;


You can also find other examples of this kind of use in areas like:










I can imagine infinite scenarios where a personalized recognition’s system connected to an interactive display could be useful and facilitate the life of:


-          Clients

-          Costumers

-          Patients

-          Tourists

-          Visitors

-          Students

-          Teachers

-          Doctors

-          Politics

-          Shoppers

-          Employees

-         ...


In conclusion: I know this kind of systems are strongly connected with problems about the user’s data safety and privacy, this is one of the major topics of discussion, and there are different perspectives about this issue, but despite that, wouldn’t it be great to have all the information we need, brought to us without making any efforts?


I can imagine myself at the train station hearing something like this: “Hello Marília, your train is at terminal number 4 and leaves at 20:30pm. Your seat is the number 28 of the 21st carriage. The ticket’s price will be charged automatically from your account. Thank you and have a nice trip.” This would be much better than waiting hours in the line to buy one ticket home... :)


Feel free to imagine the possibilities… and give me some feedback with your opinion about it or about privacy issues. I will be glad to know your points of view!



Marília Moita
Graduated in Comunication and New Technologies
Attending a Master in Multimedia and Comunication
Leadershiped by Prof. Pedro Almeida and Prof. Mário Vairinhos
Colaboration of Prof. Luís Pedro
Developed with Ricardo Magalhães
.Dezembro 2010






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