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UbiComp 2010: Slides and Poster

ast month’s Ubiquitous Computing conference in beautiful Copenhagen was really worthwhile. Saw a lot of great work, met many interesting people, and enjoyed the amazing food and hospitality of Denmark. Thanks to the organizers for a great experience.

Here are the slides I presented in the Ubiquitous Computing for Sustainable Energy workshop on our paper, Supporting Sustainable Living: Aware Homes and Smart Occupants [PDF].

And the poster I presented on ALIS: An Interactive Ecosystem for Sustainable Living [PDF]:

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After the excellent experience I had in Copenhagen, I’m eager to attend next year’s conference in Beijing, which promises to be another fantastic event.

Poster accepted to InfoVis

ot the good news today that I’ll be presenting at the InfoVis poster session during VisWeek. The poster is a revised version of the work I presented at GRAND (which was non-archival):

J. Rodgers, L. Bartram. “Visualizing Residential Resource Use: A Framework for Design.” Proceedings of InfoVis 2010.

Effectively visualizing residential resource consumption is a key challenge of environmental conservation efforts. However, existing approaches have relied on a variety of assumptions about effective techniques without a unifying theoretical foundation, a set of criteria for categorizing different approaches, or a means of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each. This is a design space in need of some structure. We present our ongoing work to construct a comprehensive framework for the design and analysis of information visualization techniques for the provision of feedback on residential resource use. The framework is intended to serve both the investigation of existing instances and the design of future systems. It is our hope that continued refinement of this framework will deepen our understanding of effective approaches in this domain, and establish a common set of terms to characterize the field.

See you in Utah!

UbiComp 2010: Copenhagen, here I come!

his month, I got the exciting news that I’ll be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark in September to attend UbiComp 2010! I’ll be participating in three capacities:

  • as a presenter for a poster on ALIS (below) that I co-authored with Lyn Bartram,
  • as a presenter for a workshop paper on Aware Homes and Smart Occupants in the Ubiquitous Computing for Sustainable Energy workshop, alongside Lyn Bartram and Rob Woodbury, and
  • as a student volunteer!

I’ve never been a volunteer at an academic conference before, so I’m stoked to take part in that respect, and the workshop will be a great opportunity to meet others in our part of the field, and share our ideas. I’m very excited about the opportunity.

The poster presents the motivation and design rationale behind ALIS, the Aware Living Interface System, that has been deployed in North House and West House. The major components of the system are presented, and a few of the lessons learned are discussed. The abstract will be available in the conference proceedings, and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

J. Rodgers, L. Bartram. “ALIS: An Interactive Ecosystem for Sustainable Living.” Proceedings of UbiComp 2010.

Engaging occupants in conservation efforts is a key part of reducing our ecological footprint. To this end, we have developed the Aware Living Interface System (ALIS), an integrated in-home system that supports residents in awareness of resource use, facilitates efficient control of house systems, and encourages conservation in daily activities. Initial responses from deployments in two high- profile sustainable homes indicate the potential and challenges involved in supporting sustainable living.

Our workshop paper goes into more depth on the same topic, exploring our design rationale and process during the development of ALIS. I’m very interested to learn what others in the field have been doing in regards to sustainability and conservation.

See you in Scandinavia!

Posters at Graphics Interface and GRAND

his week I’m in Ottawa at the Graphics Interface and GRAND conferences, hosted at the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. I’ll be presenting posters at both on Wednesday June 2nd. The GI poster session is from 1:30-2:30, and the GRAND poster session is from 4 to 5:30. For reference, the two posters and proposals I’m presenting are included below.

Graphics Interface

Rodgers, J., Bartram, L., and Fan. J (2010). Ambient and Artistic Visualization of Residential Resource Use.

Proposal available online at at the GI Poster Session Proceedings (2 pages). The complete poster session proceedings are available here. My colleague Jin Fan‘s work on informative art on water use has been integrated into the poster, as it is closely related to my research direction.


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Rodgers, J. and Bartram, L. (2010). Residential Resource Use Feedback Technology: A Framework for Design.

Proposal available online here: Rodgers_Bartram_GRAND_2010_Camera_Ready_Proposal.pdf (4 pages).


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Chasing the Negawatt: Visualization for Sustainable Living

y first publication as a Masters student has hit the digital shelves! It’s now available from the publisher and in the ACM Digital Library. It’s exciting to see our work in print. Our thanks to Theresa Marie-Rhyne and Dennis Taylor for their support and for editing and helping us prepare the document for publication.

L. Bartram, J. Rodgers and K. Muise. “Chasing the negawatt: Visualization for Sustainable Living.” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 30 (3), pp. 6-12, 2010.

Information visualization has an important role in enabling residents to understand and manage their use of resources in the home. Existing solutions designed for building managers in industrial and commercial contexts don’t account for the diverse factors at play in effective visualization of residential energy consumption. Such factors include placement, visibility, aesthetics, and integration with an information and visualization ecosystem. To provide a viable solution for homes, researchers developed the Adaptive Living Interface System (ALIS). ALIS is the interactive computing and information visualization backbone of North House, a net-zero home that placed fourth in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. This combination of green building methods with pervasive visualization technologies could be a powerful vehicle for encouraging conservation in a residential setting. However, simply transferring current approaches into the residential environment is inappropriate. Also, evaluation of these techniques involves myriad challenges.

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