October 15, 2015

Seeking nominations for SIGCHI Awards

SIGCHI seeks nominations for its five major annual awards.  All nominations are due by November 15, 2015.

SIGCHI identifies and honors leaders and shapers of the field of human-computer interaction with the SIGCHI Awards. We recognize individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the field of human-computer interaction. There are five kinds of SIGCHI Awards that are selected by two committees based on your nominations, so please submit them! We encourage you to consult the SIGCHI Awards web page (www.sigchi.org/about/awards) for past awardees and more detailed award descriptions.

The SIGCHI Achievement Awards committee selects the following three awards. Submit nomination material to sigchi-achieve-awards@acm.org, to the attention of Steve Feiner (CHI Academy Member) who is the committee chair:

  1. SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award: Individuals who have contributed the very best work in shaping the field, SIGCHI's highest honor for research contributions.
  2. SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award: Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the practice, application, and understanding of human-computer interaction, SIGCHI's highest honor for practice contributions.
  3. CHI Academy: Individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction should include a summary of the person's contributions with evidence of the cumulative contribution, influence of the work on others, and development of new directions.

The SIGCHI Service Awards committee selects the following two awards. Submit nomination material to sigchi-service-awards@acm.org, to the attention of Ben Bederson (SIGCHI Adjunct Chair for Awards) who is the committee chair:

  1. SIGCHI Social Impact Award: Individuals who through their work have made substantial contributions to pressing social needs.
  2. SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award: Individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of SIGCHI through extended service to the community over a number of years.

Nominations should include:
  • a brief summary (maximum one page, preferably a PDF) of how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  • (optional) a link to the nominee's CV, if available
  • (optional) names and contact information of people who both endorse and are knowledgeable about the qualifications of the nominee.

All nominations must be submitted by November 15, 2015. General questions can be sent to sigchi-ac-awards@acm.org.

January 2, 2015

Books I've Read Visualization

I am the product of my experiences, and a significant part of my lifetime experiences are the books I have read. Strangely enough, I have kept track of every non-work (and many work-related) books that I have read since 1991. I used to write these down on paper, but a few years ago I started keeping track of them on goodreads.com. Goodreads is a fine service, and offers a nice way to see what your friends are reading.

But Goodreads does not offer any way of seeing any overview of the books one has read, and loses the opportunity to gain any insight into a person's overall readings.

So I created an interactive visualization to try and understand what the 246 books I read over the last 24 years actually were. Go try out the interactive visualization (which is not mobile friendly), and then finish reading this. The visualization is based on Keshif, a free and general tool built by Adil Yalcin, a grad student working with me. It works by showing "facets" of the dataset and supports very lightweight exploration by mousing over the facets to see how they interact with other facets. For example, in 2014, I read a lot by Hugh Howey (I loved Wool!), and those books were mostly written in 2009 or later. Also, I clearly got re-hooked on science fiction.

This approach lets you see things like most commonly read authors and genres. Also when I read books. For example, you can see that I read a lot in 1992 right after I finished my B.S. during my "gap year" when I lived in Alaska. I also started reading significantly more books 3 years ago - exactly when I bought my Kindle - which seems to be consistent with what others have found.

Anyway, take a look and see if you can learn anything else about me. Also, the code is all freely available, and shouldn't be too hard to adapt to your books if you are a bit of a web hacker.

Some technical notes:
  • Data comes straight from Goodreads API, but I downloaded it to avoid cross-site permissions issues.
  • Goodreads does not provide book genres through their API, so I manually created those in a google docs spreadsheet and load them separately and merge the two data sources.