HFSP Young Investigator Grant holders Rafael Carazo-Salas, Attila Csikasz-Nagy and Masamitsu Sato and colleagues At scientific conferences, bigshot PIs and newly qualified Ph Ds might be standing next to each other without ever exchanging a word.
The PI is inevitably caught up in talking to old colleagues, and the new Ph D is afraid of asking a question in front of an audience of several hundred scientists.
Yet how do you break those invisible barriers between senior and junior scientist or between theoretician and experimentalist, and start the crucial conversations that will lead to new collaborations and scientific breakthroughs?
However, instead of randomly matching people to each other, we collected information from the participants (who had previously collaborated with each other, what method each one was familiar with and what methods each one wanted to learn) and used that information to calculate optimal matches for everyone.
We organized two speed dating events, with five pairing rounds each.
During the first event, we forced participant exposure to completely unknown techniques, that is without taking into account which techniques they would like to know about (i.e., the ‘knowledge distance’ between participants was maximized).
Abowd, Aruna Seneviratne, and Thomas Strang (Eds.). While the user-centered design methods we bring from human-computer interaction to ubicomp help sketch ideas and refine prototypes, few tools or techniques help explore divergent design concepts, reflect on their merits, and come to a new understanding of design opportunities and ways to address them.
In Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Ubiquitous computing (Ubi Comp '07), John Krumm, Gregory D.
Rapidly exploring application design through speed dating.
We present Speed Dating, a design method for rapidly exploring application concepts and their interactions and contextual dimensions without requiring any technology implementation.
Situated between sketching and prototyping, Speed Dating structures comparison of concepts, helping identify and understand contextual risk factors and develop approaches to address them.
We illustrate how to use Speed Dating by applying it to our research on the smart home and dual-income families, and highlight our findings from using this method.