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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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GRAND NCE

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.

Upcoming Graphics Interface and GRAND Conferences in Ottawa

got the good news this week that I will be traveling to our nation’s beautiful capital for two conferences taking place in early June. At the first, Graphics Interface, I will be presenting a poster on ambient and artistic visualization of residential resource use. This research has grown out of my prototyping efforts in this area during the development of ALIS v2 for West House.

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

Supporting sustainable resource use in the home requires a range of feedback techniques to enable informed decision-making. These techniques can include traditional screen-based interfaces, but these tools often require too much effort and attention from already-busy residents. An alternative approach is the provision of ambient and artistic visualizations integrated into the domestic environment. This method reduces the attention required of residents, increases aesthetic interest and coherence with the home, and enables situated and timely feedback on resource use. We present the theoretical basis of our research, discuss how we have applied it to the development of prototypes in two green home projects, and detail our ongoing efforts to evaluate techniques within this domain.

After GI, I will be attending the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence Conference as a student representative of the Human-Centered Technologies for Sustainable Living research node. There I will be presenting a poster on the emerging design framework that I have been working on as part of my thesis research:

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

Providing effective feedback on resource consumption in the home 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, or a means of reliably comparing the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. This is a design space in need of some structure. We present a comprehensive framework for the analysis and design of tools that provide feedback on residential resource use. We base this framework on our research experience in three contexts: 1) the design and implementation of energy management systems in two high-profile sustainable homes, 2) an extensive review of the relevant literature, and 3) an analysis of existing products and tools in the marketplace and research community. We propose five sets of dimensions upon which these tools may be mapped: Context, Behaviour, Human Factors, Aesthetics, and Data. The framework serves both the investigation of existing instances and the design of future systems. We offer this framework in order to deepen our understanding of approaches to providing feedback on resource use, and in hopes of establishing a common set of terms to characterize the field.

Hope to see you in Ottawa!

Poster submitted to Graphics Interface

oday Lyn and I submitted a poster proposal to the 36th Graphics Interface conference, to be held in Ottawa in June. According to the conference website, it is the oldest continuously-scheduled conference in the field, inviting research in interactive systems, human computer interaction, and graphics. We decided to focus our contribution on our research in ambient and artistic information visualization of residential resource use, with the prototypes from North House and West House as examples.

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

Supporting sustainable resource use in the home requires a range of feedback techniques to enable informed decision-making. These techniques can include traditional screen-based interfaces, but these tools often require too much effort and attention from already-busy residents. An alternative approach is the provision of ambient and artistic visualizations integrated into the domestic environment. This method reduces the attention required of residents, increases aesthetic interest and coherence with the home, and enables situated and timely feedback on resource use. We present the theoretical basis of our research, discuss how we have applied it to the development of prototypes in two green home projects, and detail our ongoing efforts to evaluate techniques within this domain.

Framework paper submitted to InfoVis

fter significant effort, I today submitted my first full-length paper as first author to Information Visualization 2010. My supervisor, Dr. Lyn Bartram, co-wrote as second author.

In contrast to our submissions to IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, CHI, and UbiComp, which more or less took the form of design studies with accompanying discussion, our submission to InfoVis is explicitly a theory paper. In it, we propose a framework of dimensions related to the visualization of residential resource use. This theoretical structure is the by-product of our work on North House and West House over the past 18 months, and the accompanying literature reviews and environmental scans of the marketplace that we have undertaken throughout the process. I hope the reviewers see the potential that this domain represents for InfoVis researchers.

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

Providing effective feedback on resource consumption in the home 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. We present a comprehensive framework for the analysis and design of visualization instances in the domain of residential resource use. We base this framework on our research experience in three contexts: 1) the design and implementation of energy management systems in two high-profile sustainable homes, 2) an extensive review of the relevant literature, and 3) an analysis of currently available tools, both commercial and research-based. Our proposed framework comprises five sets of dimensions upon which visualization tools may be mapped: Context, Behaviour, Human Factors, Aesthetics, and Data. It serves both the investigation of existing instances and the design of future systems. We offer this framework with the intention of laying the groundwork needed for a deeper understanding of approaches to visualizing resource use, and in hopes of establishing a common set of terms to characterize the field.


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