Archive for the 'Conferences' Category

Oct 04 2013

Looking for Student Authors and Spotlights

Do you blog or update Facebook whenever you find a bad user interface? Consider posting on the HFIDO blog! This is a great way to share your thoughts with the greater HFIDO, Bentley and UX communities. Also, we want to show that HFIDers know a thing or two about UX :)

We are looking for students to post about:

  • Interesting insights on interfaces you experienced or worked on
  • UX book reviews
  • Experiences with events like conferences, hackathons, design jams, and etc.
  • Anything you want to share with HFIDO!

Also, we are still looking for student accomplishments for our Student Spotlight posts. Accomplishments can include publications, presentations, book reviews, awards, and other significant contributions.

Please contact Kathy Dang to post for the blog or to nominate someone for a Student Spotlight.

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Sep 27 2013

October UX Events in Boston (and beyond!)

Check out these events in the Boston area! There are a few options for those of you outside of Boston as well. Let us know if there are events others may be interested in and we will include it on the list!

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Aug 29 2013

Call for Student Accomplishments and Authors

HFIDO is made up of very talented and accomplished members and the HFIDO board wants to recognize YOU on our blog! We are looking for portfolios, publications, book reviews, experiences with hackathons, startup weekend projects you’d like to share, or interesting insights you’ve gained in the UX field, etc.

Please contact Kathy Dang to nominate yourself or someone you know.

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May 16 2013

On Publishing and Presenting

“When you do a lot of writing, you’ll end up with lots of ideas and articles at various stages, including your idea lists, articles you’ve just started writing, halfway-finished articles, completed drafts that you need to review, final versions you’re waiting to publish, and articles that have already been published. It’s hard to keep track of all these pieces without good organization.” Learn more at UXmatters.

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Oct 20 2012

HFES UX Day in Boston next week on Wed., Oct. 24

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, October 22-26. User Experience Day is a dedicated programming track geared for user experience (UX) professionals on Wednesday, October 24, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

The goal is to deliver a great program of techni­cal sessions and networking opportunities for all attendees. This is your chance to make personal connections with a variety of UX professionals from around the world. The full day of high-quality programming includes something for everyone:

  • 8:30 to 10:00 am – Invited speaker Bill Buxton, author and principal UX researcher at Microsoft Re­search, presents “The Human Factors of ‘Simple’ Devices”
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 noon – “UX and Agile Development” panel discussion chaired by Marc L. Resnick of Bentley University with John F. (Jeff) Kelley of IBM, Jay Elkerton of Emerson Process Management, Russ Beebe of Vanderbilt University, and Ania Rodriguez of Key Lime Interactive
  • 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Best UX paper competition
  • TBD – Future leaders speed networking (by invitation only), sponsored by Key Lime Inter­active
  • 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Happy hour at Lucky’s Lounge, sponsored by Emerson Process Management

Interested? Learn more about User Experience Day events  and also HFES conference information.

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Apr 24 2012

UPA Boston Annual Conference – Monday, May 7

Join more than 500 UX professionals, on Monday, May 7 for the eleventh Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) Boston annual conference at the Sheraton Boston Hotel!

This is a great conference for HFID students to attend – it’s local and registration is only $95 for fulltime students, or $195 for working professionals. It’s also the biggest UX event of the year in Boston, and a great place to network!

It’s a packed day of 32 talks, ranging from mobile design and testing to reporting research findings to ethnography to evangelizing UX and more. Come see current HFID students Amanda Davis and Vignesh Krubai present “Designing for Education: An iPad Case Study”!

Also see HFID alumni including Kris Engdahl, Eva Kaniasty, Michael Ledoux, Jen McGinn, Dharmesh Mistry, Susan Rice, Bob Thomas, and many others share their experience and acquired wisdom.

See the full schedule for yourself and register today!

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Mar 01 2012

Healthcare Experience Design Conference, 3/26-27

The Healthcare Experience Design Conference from Monday, March 26 to Tuesday, March 27 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel, blends the perspectives of healthcare thought leaders, product developers, and design implementers across a broad spectrum of healthcare technologies and delivery channels to maximize healthcare UX.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Stephen Anderson, Ind. Consultant
  • BJ Fogg, Stanford
  • Dustin DiTommaso, Mad*Pow
  • Todd Park, US Health and Human Services
  • John Yesko, Walgreens
  • Tim Kieschnick, Kaiser Permanente
  • Jill Reed, Allscripts
  • Meredith DeZutter, Mayo Clinic
  • Mitch Higashi, GE Healthcare
  • David Rose, MIT Media Lab
  • John Weiss, WebMD

RSVP today!

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Jan 05 2012

Review of the 2011 UPA International Conference

“The 2011 Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) International Conference took place from June 21 through June 24, 2011. The conference lived up to its theme, “Designing for Social Change”, and heralded the 20th anniversary of the UPA Conference. Approximately 600 experienced and novice usability, user experience, and user interface design professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency, in Atlanta, GA. This was my first UPA Conference, and I was fortunate to be an on-site volunteer. My expectations for this conference mirrored my experience of the many other conferences I’ve attended in the past, but this conference wildly exceeded my expectations. There were ample networking opportunities, education in usability, interaction with experienced professionals, and a glimpse of the disciplines’ future.”

UPA 2012 will be in Las Vegas, from June 5th to 8th – read the full article on UXmatters.

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Aug 01 2011

Go to UX Week for Free, Courtesy of MailChimp

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MailChimp Will  Send 2 Full-Time Students to UX Week (for Free)!

How to Apply

Submit a video (two minutes max) to by 8/5 that

  1. Showcases your most interesting school or personal project(s).
  2. Explains why you want to come to UX Week.
  3. Tells how you’ll use your brain full of UX for good (rather than evil) by attending.

Major Tips

  • You’re responsible for all your own travel, meals, and accommodations.
  • Using the phrase “out-of-the-box” is grounds for immediate disqualification.

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Check out the complete contest details at

Ready. Set. Good luck!

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May 05 2011

UPA Boston is Looking for Volunteers

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The annual UPA Boston Conference is recruiting volunteers for the event, scheduled this year for May 25 at the Cambridge Hyatt. The volunteer responsibilities are pretty straight forward and most people who do it have a great time.

People who are accepted as volunteers will be given a schedule for their responsibilities prior to arriving at the conference. Roughly 50% of their time is taken up with volunteer tasks some of which is at the registration table and some of which is as ‘helping hands’ in sessions.

Registration fees are waived for volunteers and they are welcome to participate in all aspects of the conference when they are not performing their duties.

If you are interested, please contact Cay at and she will get right back to you. We do accept people on a first come/first serve basis so interested students should probably take action pretty quickly :-)

If people would like additional information on the conference itself, the can visit

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May 03 2011

UPA Boston: Look Who’s Talking

Chris Haas has announced the speaker roster for this year’s UPA Boston event on May 25th.. There are a lot of  HFID-affiliated folks on the list! Congratulations to those current and former HFID students on the panel.

Last year’s conference was excellent. Do try to attend if you can. Note that students get a very generous discount. You can register here:

Check out this tempting list of presentations:

Avram Baskin (and panel)

Certification of Usability Professionals

Dan Berlin


Putting design psychology to work

Sarah Bloor


Beyond Features and Flow: Finding the “Why” in Experience Design.

Anna Bradley


Localization research: If we can do it, so can you!

Tony Brown


Video Wall UX – Multi-Touch

Dustin DiTommaso


More Than Points: Architecting Engagement Through Game Design Thinking

Dustin DiTommaso


Grid Systems: Building Blocks to a Better User Experience

Kris Engdahl


Usability of Electronic Health Records

Jonathan Follett


Designing Enterprise Dashboards

Debra Gelman


Conducting Multiple-Method Design Research with 6-8 Year Olds: A Case Study

Vijay Hanumolu

4 mobile apps 2 dev teams 1 Enterprise mobile solution – An (sleepless) Interaction Designer’s experience doing mobile design in Agile!

Michael Hawley


Beyond Usability Testing: Assessing the Usefulness of Your Design

Eva Kaniasty


Mobile App Design for BehaviorChange

Demetrios Karis


Diary Studies: An Overview and Practical Advice

Justin Kaufman


See me, feel me, touch me, heal me: Accessibility and opportunity in mobile computing.

David Kozatch


Let’s Put it All Together: Why UX Practitioners and Marketing Researchers Need to Join Forces Now

Jeremy Kriegel


Agile 101

Traci Lepore


I’m in the user’s shoes, now what? How finding an empathetically user-centered perspective on design builds innovation.

Tom McCann


Are the in-store and e-commerce shopping experiences really that different?

Jen McGinn


Persona Development:Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Dharmesh Mistry


Can “Smart Home” technology change the future of how older adults live?

Joe Ranft


The Nuts and Bolts of Running a Single Person Consultancy

Colleen Roller


When 98% is more than 100%: how number format influences judgment and decisions

Amanda Rotondo


Values in design: A hands-on workshop

Michael Ryan


Rock! Paper! iPad! Comparing UX Tools on the iPad to Traditional Methods

Will Schroeder


Lightning Prototyping Strikes Again: Very Rapid Design and Test Revisited

Kyle Soucy


Collaging: Getting Answers to the Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask

Julie Strothman


Fact or Question? Analytics for User Experience

Brian Sullivan


Designing for Awareness in the Attention Economy

Bob Thomas (and panel)


Building Out a User Experience Team: Making UX Relevant Companywide

Tom Tullis


How Should Text Links Be Presented?

Tom Vollaro


Creating an online community for user research: moving beyond Facebook and Twitter

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Feb 21 2011

Courses, Conferences, & Competitions

hfido calendar screenshotWe’ve updated the hFIDO calendar to reflect a whole lot o’ upcoming activities that may be of interest, including the following:

  • Presenting Data and Information: A One-Day Course taught by Edward Tufte
  • Boston CHI Professional Development Seminars
  • UPA Intl, 20-24 June, Atlanta GA
  • Healthcare Experience Design Conference

For the full list of events, including logistics and descriptions, check out the hFIDO Calendar.

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Feb 15 2011

Boston UPA’s Call for Papers for May Conference

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This just in from Chris Haas, HFID alum and Boston UPA bigwig….
The 10th UPA Boston annual conference will be held near the end of May. While date and location details are being finalized we are pleased to announce that the call for presentation submissions is now open!

This one-day conference offers an unprecedented opportunity for 32 presenters to share their thoughts, practices, case studies, and more! Last year the conference drew 450 attendees so it’s a unique platform for getting your ideas out, fostering communication, and sharing your experiences.

We invite UPA Boston chapter members, unaffiliated individuals, professionals, students, and members of other organizations to submit presentation abstracts to:

We can’t have this event without you, get those abstracts in!

– The UPA Boston Advisory Board

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Oct 14 2010

2010 NE HFES Student Conference

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Come network, learn, and cheer on your HFID classmates when they present at the 2010 NE HFES Student Conference!

Event Details

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Oct 10 2008

User Centered Design or Activity Centered Design

I recently started following some very interesting conversations on the IxDA discussion forum.

One fiery debate about User Centered Design (UCD) Vs. Activity Centered Design (ACD) was great.  It seems to have been instigated in a large part by Donald Norman’s polemic against “Human Centered Design” (HCD) in favor of ACD.

Jared Spool brought some good historical perspective to the discussion.

In this follow up discussion, I liked Robert Hoekman’s analysis of the distinctions between the two methods.  I’ve included the main points here.

1. UCD = persona descriptions; ACD = activity analysis (focused on users, objects, and the activities themselves)

2. UCD = research focused on user goals, aimed at a niche audience; ACD = focused on how people perform activities, abstracted to a wider audience

3. UCD = involves talking to users in (almost?) every case; ACD = designer can sometimes/often become a SME on the activity with very little or no outside research

4. UCD = users are unreliable, unstable, and often unpredictable; ACD = activities are relatively stable, by comparison

I feel strongly both ways. :)

By the way, Jared Spool’s User Interface 13 Conference is in Cambridge October 13-16.  It could be fun if you have the time and money to attend.

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Oct 02 2008

Biofeedback Research Methods

When: Thursday, October 9th, 2008  7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Bentley College, LaCava 305 A/B

What: Dan Berlin, Senior Research Associate at OTOinsights, and Jeremi Karnell, President of One to One Interactive, will be speaking about their company’s quantitative methods for measuring user engagement.  This is accomplished by measuring physiological and emotional reactions to media (Web sites, applications, video, etc).

Dan and Jeremi will be bringing the equipment that is used to gather users’ physiological response: the bioharness (heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, and 3D pitch), the Neurosky (EEG), and a Tobii eye-tracker.  The equipment will be demonstrated and the company’s methodology will be discussed.

To ensure that we will have space for everyone, please RSVP to

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Oct 19 2007

Cyberposium 13

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Oct 18 2007

Future of Entertainment 2: MIT Media Lab

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