Geographic HCI

Speaker:  Johannes Schöning – Bremen, Germany
Topic(s):  Human Computer Interaction


In my talk I will present an overview on our current research interests. Our interests lie at the intersection between HCI, geographic information science and ubiquitous interface technologies. Geography is playing an increasingly important role in areas of HCI ranging from social computing to natural user interfaces. In particular, we focus on spatial ubiquitous interface technologies by investigating how people interact with digital spatial information and create new methods and novel interfaces.

In my lecture, I will for example focus on a controlled examination of society-level and route-specific externalities of routing algorithms. Millions of people use platforms such as Google Maps to search for routes to their desired destinations. Recently, researchers and mapping platforms have shown growing interest in optimizing routes for criteria other than travel time, e.g. simplicity, safety, and beauty. However, despite the ubiquity of algorithmic routing and its potential to define how millions of people move around the world, very little is known about the externalities that arise when adopting these new optimization criteria, e.g. potential redistribution of traffic to certain neighborhoods and increased route complexity (with its associated risks). 

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  30 - 60
Duration:  30 - 60 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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