Every year in mid-May the NOWCAM conference is held at a university in the Pacific Northwest - usually UW, UBC, Simon Frasier, UWW, etc. We have had a few presentations there (the last one was Connor on narrative passwords). If you are interested in a low-key conference with lots of student participation then this might be the one. I have posted the initial announcement below.x
The 2015 meeting should be fun. Most second year students are attending, and we have two presentations (Tuesday and Thursday, see below). Please make sure to leave open Wednesday night for the traditional University of Idaho dinner for students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the HF program at the UI.
Here is the announcement of NOWCAM 2015 - an email from Steve Lindsay. I hope some of you will participate...:
NOrthWest Cognition And Memory (NOWCAM) is an annual, student-oriented conference for folks in the greater Pacific Northwest who are interested in memory and cognition. We routinely attract well over a hundred attendees for a 1.5-day program that features dozens of spoken presentations (mostly by graduate students with faculty coauthors) and scores of posters (by a mix of grad and undergrad students, again usually with faculty coauthors), plus a keynote address. The 2015 meeting is to be hosted by NOWCAM co-founder Ira Hyman at Western Washington University with will feature a keynote by Prof. Norman Brown of the University of Alberta. Norman’s lecture title is still a closely kept secret, but he is best known for his work on the organization of autobiographical memory.
If you are a faculty member interested in memory and/or cognition broadly construed, please consider attending and please talk to your students about attending and presenting. Often, undergraduate students present work that grew out of honours thesis or independent studies projects or from volunteer lab work. It greatly increases what students get out of that research experience if they get to present the work to an intellectually engaged and supportive audience. Grad students get to network with people from other schools and practice their presentation skills. And faculty mostly get to kick back a bit and hang out. It’s altogether delightful and not to be missed. And Bellingham has some excellent pubs with terrific beer.
Please mark these dates on your calendar right now.
To subscribe to the NOWCAM mailing list (which will bring you periodic updates regarding NOWCAM meetings), please visit https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/nowcam-list . You can also unsubscribe at that site at any time. Messages are few and far between.
The annual HFES will be in Chicago and a number of us are going. Connor is presenting his research on narrative passwords. We are planning to have our yearly IDAHO alumni and current student dinner on Wednesday night as usual. Location TBD.
In ten days I will present a short overview of gesture interfaces in the car at a pre-conference workshop at AutoUI'14 in Seattle. The title is "The Steering Wheel as a Touch Interface: Using Thumb-based Gesture Interfaces as Control Inputs while Driving." It is largely based on a project a number of graduate students and I worked on in my UX grad seminar in Spring and early Fall 2013. Thanks to Zach, Tom, Jordan, Krutika, Nicole, and Connor for their help, and Ryan for the inspiration.