Three presentations and one rejection

irst, the bad news: my submission to the CHI 2010 Work-in-Progress stream was not accepted for publication. The reviewers gave favourable feedback about the topic, the timeliness of the contribution, and the opportunity to study these systems in context, but noted that there was not an explicit emphasis on methodology and evaluation. This is valid; however, my understanding of the Work-in-Progress stream was that this venue is specifically provided as a channel for sharing this kind of incomplete research. Nevertheless, the feedback has helped me to understand those aspects of my research that need to be articulated more fully in order to meet the requirements of peer-review. It would have been a thrill to be accepted and present in April, but I’m not crushed; CHI is difficult to get into. Here’s to other venues and to CHI next year!

The good news: I’ve recently had the opportunity to make presentations about the results of North House and the direction of my research to three different groups. It’s always enjoyable to distill ideas and results into a coherent and articulate presentation that is relevant to different audiences, including public servants and policy planners, engineers in industry, and my fellow students. Please find my slides from each presentation below.

BC Hydro is the public energy utility in British Columbia. They have funded my research to this point in my degree through a MITACS grant. In my presentation on January 8th, I presented the findings from my ongoing literature review.

Johnny Rodgers and Dr. Lyn Bartram

Halsall Associates is an engineering firm with both Canadian and international offices that is focussed on sustainability in buildings and construction. We were invited to present our work on North House to them on November 23rd at their office in North Vancouver. This presentation included a fairly detailed discussion of the home automation system by Chris Brandson of VerTech Solutions, who I worked closely with on North Hosue.

Dr. Lyn Bartram, Chris Brandson, and Johnny Rodgers

Finally, last night (February 2nd) I presented a pre├žis of my research agenda to my Qualitative Methods of Inquiry class at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology. This presentation walks through my research goals, problem, projects, methods, and questions as I am currently thinking about them.

Johnny Rodgers