Two papers submitted

long with Dr. Lyn Bartram and my colleague Kevin Muise, I’ve recently submitted two papers for publication. The first, which has been reviewed and accepted, will be published in the Visualization Viewpoints column of IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications in the spring of 2010.

Bartram, L., Rodgers, J. and Muise, K. (2010). Chasing the Negawatt: Visualization for Sustainable Living.

Information visualization has an important role to play 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 do not account for the diversity of factors at play in effective visualization of residential energy consumption. In this discussion, we discuss several of these factors, such as placement, visibility, aesthetics, and integration with an information and visualization ecosystem. We then discuss how we applied our research to the design of ALIS (Adaptive Living Interface System), the interactive computing and information visualization backbone of North House, a net-zero home that placed 4th in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. We envision this combination of green building methods with pervasive visualization technologies as a powerful vehicle for helping to encourage conservation in a residential setting. However, we highlight that simply transferring current approaches into the residential environment is inappropriate. Finally, we briefly address the myriad challenges involved in the evaluation of these techniques.

The second has been submitted to the CHI Work-In-Progress stream as an extended abstract and poster submission. We’ll find out in February if the submission has been accepted.

Rodgers, J., Bartram, L., and Muise, K. (2010). ALIS: Designing an interactive ecosystem for sustainable living.

In this paper we describe the design of ALIS (Adaptive Living Interface System), a distributed system of control and feedback interfaces to support sustainable living in an alternative energy home. ALIS was developed for North House, a net-zero energy home that placed 4th in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009. We present the context and goals of our research, outline the components of the system we are developing and suggest that they comprise an interactive ecosystem, and discuss the challenges and successes we have experienced during the process. Finally, we position this work in relation to our broader research agenda into human-centered systems for sustainable living and our continued work on ALIS.