World Usability Day in the UP • November 13, 2014
Schedule of Events

World Usability Day (WUD) is an annual event highlighting the importance of humans as participants in technology. In a world where basic infrastructures (including health, education, and finance) depend on rapidly changing technologies, World Usability Day organizers call for ways to “serve people first”. This year's theme is ENGAGEMENT: "getting people on board with an idea, earning trust, and working toward mutual goals".

We are taking the spirit of WUD to the Upper Peninsula with WUD UP.  Michigan Tech is the center of our activities, but participants from other institutions are welcome. If you are interested in research, education or service that is associated with human factors, human centered design, usability, ergonomics, or other fields related to humans and technology, you are warmly invited to attend WUD UP!

Interested in participating?  Contact: Charles Wallace, Department of Computer Science – (906) 487-3431,

 9:30-11am Tour, Mind Music Machine Lab (Director: Dr. Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon, Cognitive & Learning Sciences / Computer Science)
Meese G11 Indoor wayfinding for the blind
(Seyedeh Hosseini, Rahul Bose)
Wayfinder design using an ultrasonic belt and tactile/auditory feedback
Meese G11 Brain-computer interfaces
(Matthew Vaught)
Detecting users' brain waves using an EEG device (Emotive EPOC) and controlling interfaces
Meese G08 Interactive robots for children with autism
(Ruimin Zhang)
Detecting children's behaviors (with Kinect) and responding (with Romo) via sound, speech and visualization to enhance their emotional/social interactions
Meese G04 Advanced auditory menus
(Yuanjing Sun, William Lehman)
Auditory cue design for electronic devices including auditory icons, earcons, spearcons, spindex cues, lyricons, auditory emoticons, etc.
MEEM 128 Driving research
(Jason Sterkenburg, Jayde Croschere)
Investigating emotional effects (with facial detection software, eye tracker, EEG, ECG, EMG, etc.) and secondary task effects on a driver's workload, subjective experience, and performance using driving simulators
Designing mitigation interfaces
Subliminal cues for drivers, visual & auditory warnings at grade crossings, auditory enhancements in ITS
EERC 510 Immersive interactive sonification
(Steven Landry, Joseph Ryan)
Multi-language MTU introduction, big virtual instruments, and interactive visualization and sonification for artistic performances using location, movement, and gesture tracking (with vicon tracker and display wall)

 11am-2pm Rekhi 116 : Open House, Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE)
Using various forms of technology while driving is a major topic of discussion in our culture today. Be it talking on the phone, texting, or even getting alerts, our technology can take our eyes off the road for seconds at a time. Join HIDE members as we hold an open house with our driving simulator open and on display, as well as a new technology that will soon be competing for our attention, the Google Glass.
 2-3pm Lab tours, Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology
The tour will begin at 2:00; please come to the SDC ticket counter.
Round-trip transportation from main campus provided by the WUDmobile:
departing from the MUB bus stop at 1:55 and returning at 3:05.

2:00-2:20 Exercise Physiology Lab
(Director: Dr. Steve Elmer)
Our laboratory uses human cycling exercise as a means to restore function, improve performance, and facilitate research. One specific project we will highlight relates to a cycling workstation (integrated exercise bike and computer desk) designed to facilitate increased physical activity throughout the work day. Participants will have the opportunity to try out this prototype which was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. 
2:20-2:40 Neuromechanics Lab
(Director: Dr. Tejin Yoon)
The ultimate goal of our laboratory is to improve human neuromuscular function. Our recent study is focused on the eccentric contraction exercise to improve muscle strength and power. We will demonstrate a short experiment using a computer controlled dynamometer. At the end of the test, participants will have a detailed report including the segmental body composition, muscle strength and power FOR FREE. You can compare your strength and power with MTU student athletes, and you will find our players are very powerful! Come and Have Fun!
2:40-3:00 Integrative Physiology lab
(Director: Dr. Jason Carter)
Research in the Integrative Physiology Laboratory primarily focuses on neural control of circulation in humans. These studies aim to better understand the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and orthostatic hypotension, with the goal of uncovering methods for reducing their incidence. The lab is equipped for microneurography, a specialized technique that allows us to record post-ganglionic neural activity. Other measurements include beat-to-beat blood pressure using finger plethysmography, limb blood flow using venous occlusion plethysmography, cerebral blood flow using transcranial Doppler, and heart rate/heart rate variability using electrocardiogram.
 7-8:30pm East Reading Room, Van Pelt/Opie Library : CyberSeniors screening and discussion
A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, CYBER-SENIORS adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.
Following the screening, we will have a discussion of the Cyber-Seniors project and ideas for implementation in the Copper Country. Teachers from the Copper Country Intermediate School District and members of Michigan Tech's Breaking Digital Barriers group will participate.

Check out last year's event: WUD UP 2013