- APA 2012; HFES 2012
- HCI 2013; HFES 2013; *华人差传大会 CMC 2013
- HFES 2014; *LFL 2014; *FIRST 2014
- HRI 2015; CSCL 2015; RSS 2015; HFES 2015; Humanoids 2015; *FIRST 2015
- SoutheastCon 2016; *WORD 2016; RO-MAN 2016;*FIRST 2016; *华人差传大会 CMC 2016
- EERA 2017; HRI 2017; *LFL 2017; ONR 2017; *RTR 2017; HFES 2017
Big conferences between 2012 and 2017 that I still remember:
On my way back from lunch, I walked through the Department of Computer Science at Duke and saw this wall of mailbox. Unlike metal or plastic doors at any resident housing I had seen before, these mailbox have transparent glass doors, so that you can easily tell whether there is anything in your mailbox without opening it. What a clever design! The lock at each glassdoor also gives users an option whether to lock it.
From Dr. George Gopen's one-day writing workshop, I learned amazing psychology of readers. More specifically, readers process information in a certain way when reading scientific work, and therefore, if we write as they expect, we can make a strong case, and it is easier for readers to read. For each sentence, we should be clear about the subject of the sentence, keep the verb close to the subject, provide a link to the old information, and stress new important information in the end of a sentence. The structure is fixed, but the substance for positions in the structure can be moved and has to be decided by the writer. The decision of the flow and what to stress makes each individual's work unique. The message seems so simple, but overcoming unconscious bad writing habit and practicing this principle takes a long way.
Together with a few other authors' helpful writing books, this workshop enhanced my belief that scientific writing skill can be trained. It is a pleasure to make sense of things and make one step closer to good communication. Thank you, Dr. Gopen.
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.