Erin Treacy Solovey, Ph. D.

 
 

NEWS & UPDATES

September, 2017: End of Summer Quarter. Check out some of the projects on the CS 530 (Developing User Interface) course blog
August, 2017: NSF-funded REThink Research Symposium showcases research conducted over the summer by Philadelphia area high school and community college teachers. Read article.
July, 2017: Two papers presented at the Neuroadaptive Technology Conference in Berlin: "User Identification from fNIRS Brain Data Using Deep Learning" with Denisa Qori McDonald and "Toward Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments" with Ruixue Liu and Erin Walker.
July, 2017: Paper with Pallavi Powale and Missy Cummings A field study of multimodal alerts for an autonomous threat detection system" presented at HCI International 2017.
June, 2017: Paper "Semantically far inspirations considered harmful? Accounting for cognitive states in collaborative ideation" with Joel Chan, Pao Siangliulue, Denisa Qori McDonald, Ruixue Liu, Reza Moradinezhad, Safa Aman, Krzysztof Gajos and Stephen Dow presented at Creativity & Cognition 2017 in Singapore [Slides]
June, 2017: Invited talk on "Enhancing Human Collaboration with Artificial Intelligence Systems Through Brain-Computer Interfaes" at the 2017 Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics workshop on Human-Robot Interactions Applied to Health
June, 2017: Kickoff of the NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers Site for Machine Learning to Enhance Human-Centered Computing. Check out Pat's and Gloria's websites about their projects in the Advanced Interaction Research Lab over the summer.
June, 2017: Welcome to visiting DREU undergraduate research assistants, Aria (Williams College) and Caitlin (Rowan Univeristy)
May, 2017: CHI 2017 Conference in Denver, CO.
April, 2017: Welcome to new undergraduate co-op research assistants: Anush, Jeremy, Juan and Weidi!
April, 2017: Two papers from our group have been accepted to the
1st Neuroadaptive Technology (NAT) conference: "User Identification from fNIRS Brain Data Using Deep Learning" with Denisa Qori McDonald and "Toward Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments" with Ruixue Liu and Erin Walker.
March, 2017: Our paper, "Mindful Shopping: A Compulsive Buying Disorder Management Tool." with Ruixue Liu and Gabriela Marcu accepted to ACM CHI 17 Workshop on Interactive Systems for Health.
March, 2017: Our paper, AgileFood: Facilitating Adaptive Food Donation to Address Hunger and Reduce Waste" with Denisa Qori McDonald accepted to ACM CHI 17 Workshop on Designing Sustainable Food Systems.
March, 2017: Our paper Semantically far inspirations considered harmful? Accounting for cognitive states in collaborative ideation" was accepted to ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017 conference (with Joel Chan, Pao Siangliulue, Denisa Qori McDonald, Reza Moradinezhad, Safa Aman, Krzysztof Gajos and Steven Dow).
March, 2017: Our paper, Integrating Brain and Physiological Sensing with Virtual Agents to Amplify Human Perception, with Reza Moradinezhad accepted to ACM CHI 17 Workshop on Amplification and Augmentation of Human Perception
February, 2017: We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Drexel REThink Project, a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Engineering and Computer Science for Machine Learning to Enhance Human-Centered Computing. STEM and Computer Science high school teachers and 2-year college faculty in the Philadelphia Area are encouraged to apply for this program running this summer. Deadline: March 31
February, 2017: Our paper "Mental Health Markers in Language and Brain Data: Potential Diagnostic Use and Privacy Concerns" with Denisa Qori McDonald, Rachel Greenstadt and Girija Kaimal was accepted to the 2nd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health at the ACM CHI 2017 Conference in May.
February, 2017: Our paper "A field study of multimodal alerts for an autonomous threat detection system" was accepted to the 2017 HCI International Conference in July.  January, 2017: Joined program committee for ACM SIGCHI Conference on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems. Paper Abstracts Deadline: January 9.
December, 2016: End of Drexel Fall Quarter Check out some of the projects on the CS 338 (Graphical User Interface) course blog
December, 2016: CHI program committee meeting in Denver, CO.
November, 2016: Joined program committee for Neuroadaptive Technology Conference. Paper deadline: January 31, 2017.
November, 2016: Joined program committee for the 2017 NeuroIIR 2017 - CHIIR Workshop on Challenges in Bringing Neuroscience to Research in Human-Information Interaction. Paper submission deadline: January 12, 2017.
October, 2016: Our paper "Veneer: A Digital Visual Novel Game Exploring Player Empathy" (with Felicia Tucker, Chris Geib and Frank Lee) will be presented by Felicia at the Meaningful Play conference.
September, 2016: EXEL Magazine profiled my research: Driven to Distraction and it also appeared on the Drexel College of Computing & Informatics website
September, 2016: Joined program committee for ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017 conference. Call for participation, deadline January 6, 2017.
September, 2016: Beginning of Fall quarter. Teaching undergrad course: CS338 Graphical User Interfaces
August, 2016: STAR Scholars summer showcase - great job, Eni, Monica and Safa!
August, 2016: Invited talk at United Technology Research Center
July, 2016: Invited talk at Workshop on Collaborative Sensing, Learning, and Control in Human-Machine Systems at the American Control Conference
June, 2016: Start of the summer quarter. Welcome to our 3 STAR Scholars: Safa, Monica and Enioluwa!
June, 2016: End of the winter quarter. Check out some of the projects on the CS 530 (Developing User Interface) course blog
April, 2016: Joined ACM CHI conference program committee in the Engineering Interactive Systems subcommittee.
March, 2016: End of the winter quarter. Check out some of the projects on the CS 338 (Graphical User Interface) course blog
February, 2016: Late Breaking Work paper Toward Real-time Brain Sensing for Learning Assessment: Building a Rich Dataset accepted to CHI 2016, with Shelby Keating, Erin Walker and Anil Motupali
January, 2016: Paper accepted to CHI 2016 workshop on HCI and Autonomous Vehicles
January, 2016: Start of Winter term. I'm teaching CS 338: Graphical User Interfaces.
December, 2015: Travel to San Jose, CA for CHI 2016 Program Committee meeting
November, 2015: Our special issue of IEEE Computer on Physiological Computing, (co-edited with Stephen Fairclough and Giulio Jacucci) is published, including our editor introduction to Physiological Computing and a roundtable discussion by the editors, moderated by Robert Jacob.
November, 2015: Travel to Charlotte, NC for ACM UIST Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
October, 2015: Travel to Lisbon, Portugal to demo our ASL Clear project at ASSETS Conference
July, 2015: Our project "ASL CLeaR: STEM Education Tools for Deaf Students" (with Jeanne Reis, Bob Hoffmeister, Jon Henner and Kathleen Johnson) was July 20, 2015: Invited talk at NUI Central NY on Exploring Reality-Based Interactions and Brain-Computer Interfaces
June 23, 2015: Invited talk at Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics workshop on Brain Robot Interactions for Healthcare in London.
May, 2015: Drexel will lead human factors effort for new FAA Center for Excellence for UAS Research. More on this here
May, 2015: Our Interacting with Computers journal article "Investigating Mental Workload Changes in a Long Duration Supervisory Control Task" (with Mark Boyer, Missy Cummings, and Lee Spence) is published.
April, 2015: Joined the program committee for CHI 2016 on the Technology, Systems, and Engineering subcommittee. Call for papers here. Deadline September 25, 2015
April, 2015: Joined the program committee for Neuro-Physiological Methods in IR Research - a 2015 SIGIR Workshop. Call for participation is here. Deadline: May 4, 2015
April, 2015: Travel to Seoul, Korea for ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Presenting our paper "Designing Implicit Interfaces for Physiological Computing: Guidelines and Lessons Learned using fNIRS" (with Dan Afergan, Evan Peck, Sam Hincks, Robert Jacob)
April, 2015: Participating in ACM CHI Workshop on Experiencing Autonomous Vehicles: Crossing the Boundaries between a Drive and a Ride and presenting paper "Enabling Adaptive Autonomy: Brain & Body Sensing for Adaptive Vehicles" (with Dan Afergan, Daniel Belyusar, Arudra Venkat, Bruce Mehler, and Bryan Reimer)
March, 2015: End of the Drexel Winter Term. Check out the CS 338 (Graphical User Interface) course blog!
March, 2015: Paper on "Investigating Mental Workload Changes in a Long Duration Supervisory Control Task" (with Mark Boyer, Lee Spence, and Missy Cummings) was accepted to Interacting With Computing Journal.
March 9 and 11, 2015: CS 338 (Graphical User Interfaces) Final Project Demos
March, 2015: Our paper "Augmenting Spatial Skills with Semi-Immersive Interactive Desktop Displays: Do Immersion Cues Matter?" (with Orit Shaer, Johanna Okerlund, Cassie Hoef, and Jasmine Davis) will be presented at Augmented Human 2015 in Singapore.
February, 2015: Program committee for the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction. To submit a paper, see the Call for Contributions, Deadline: May 25
February 25, 2015: Talk at Drexel Neuroscience Society
January, 2015: Editing a special issue of IEEE Computer on Physiological Computing. Call for participation here. Deadline: April 1, 2015. Publish date: October, 2015
January, 2015: Our journal article "Designing Implicit Interfaces for Physiological Computing: Guidelines and Lessons Learned using fNIRS" (with Daniel Afergan, Evan Peck, Samuel Hincks, and Robert Jacob) published in ToCHI: Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.
January, 2015: Start teaching CS338 (Graphical User Interfaces
December, 2014: End of the quarter. See some of the fantastic projects on the CS 530 (Developing User Interfaces) course blog.
Fall, 2014: Joined the editorial board for the International Journal of Human-Computer Systems (IJHCS)
November 18, 2014: Our poster "Utilizing functional near-infrared spectroscopy to identify cognitive processes contributing to workload in a dual-task environment" (with Daniel Belyusar, Bryan Reimer, Bruce Mehler, Dan Afergan, and Joe Coughlin) will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
October, 2014: Workshops Committee for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). To submit a workshop proposal, see the Call for Workshops, Deadline: October 8
October, 2014: Our poster "An In-Depth Look at the Benefits of Immersion Cues on Spatial 3D Problem Solving" (with Cassie Hoef, Jasmine Davis and Orit Shaer) will be presented at the ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interfaces (SUI) in Honolulu, HI.
July 2014: Program committee for the ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI). To submit a paper, see the Call for Papers, Deadline: August 8 (extended from Aug 1)
July 2014: Program committee for the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction. To submit a paper, see the Call for Contributions, Deadline: July 10
July 2014: Talk at Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2014
July 9, 2014: Presentation for Drexel REThink summer institute in computer science for STEM high school teachers and 2-year college faculty.
June 2014: HCIC 2014 in Watsonville, CA
May 2014: DC for meetings
April 2014: Toronto for CHI 2014
March 2014: Drexel Spring Term starts. First lecture in CS 680 Brain Computer Interaction
March 2014: Added video previews for CHI 2014 papers: here and here
March, 2014: End of the quarter. See some of the fantastic projects on the CS338 (Graphical User Interfaces) blog
March, 2014: Our paper "Modeling Teamwork in Supervisory Control of Multiple Robots" (with Fei Gao and Missy Cummings) was accepted to be published in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
February, 2014: Both CHI 2014 papers (linked below) received a Best Paper Award Honorable Mention for being in the top 5% of paper submissions.
January 6, 2014: Drexel classes start. First lecture in CS 338 Graphical User Interfaces
December 8, 2013: Our papers "Classifying Driver Workload Using Physiological and Driving Performance Data: Two Field Studies" and "Dynamic Difficulty Using Brain Metrics of Workload" were accepted to ACM CHI 2014 conference
December 7-8, 2013: ACM CHI Program Committee Meeting at University of Toronto
December 6, 2013: Talk at University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 331 at 4pm
October 29, 2013: Guest lecture at Wellesley College in CS320: Tangible User Interfaces and visit to HCI Lab
October 24-25, 2013: Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Course at Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
September 9, 2013: Drexel announces new College of Computing of Informatics
September, 2013: Joined Drexel Department of Computing as Assistant Professor
May, 2013: On the "Caps and Mods" subcommittee of the ACM CHI 2014 conference program committee again. Paper deadline: Sep 18
April, 2013: On the Associate Program Committee for SIGCHI conference on Tangible, Embodied and Embedded Interaction (TEI 2014) in Munich, February 16-19, 2014. Paper deadline: August 1
April, 2013: Our paper "Investigating the Efficacy of Network Visualizations for Intelligence Tasks" was accepted to the Cybersecurity Visualization workshop at IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference to be held in June in Seattle.
April 29-May 2: Paris for CHI 2013
April 28, 2013: Organizing CHI 2013 Workshop: Many people, many eyes: Aggregating Influences of Visual Perception on User Interface Design
April 5-6, 2013: Speaker at 2013 CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop
March 4, 2013: Giving talk at the Boston Chapter of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology: Can Computers Read Our Minds? Real-Time Brain Input for Interactive Systems
March 1, 2013: Lightning Talk at Google Cambridge PhD Summit
Feb 28, 2013: SMARTS MURI annual meeting at MIT
Feb 2013: Talked with New Scientist about fNIRS brain sensing and driving
Feb 2013: Judging the Harvard College Innovation Challenge (I3) competition
Dec 2012: Talk at John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Dec 2012: Talk at MIT Day of Autonomy
Dec 2012: Paris for CHI 2013 Program Committee meeting
Dec 2012: Talk in Personal Robotics group's speaker series at MIT Media Lab
Nov 2012: Interactive Tabletop and Surfaces conference in Cambridge, MA
Fall 2012: On the program committee for ACM SIGCHI Conference on Tangible, Embedded, Embodied Interaction (TEI 2013)

Oct 2012: Talk in MIT Humans and Automation Lab seminar
Oct 2012: Our paper "Using Variable-Rate Alerting to Counter Boredom in Human Supervisory Control" will be presented at Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting in Boston, MA
Oct 2012: Presenting poster "Brain Sensing with fNIRS in the Car" at Auto User Interface conference in Portsmouth, NH
Oct 2012: Presenting poster "Collision Avoidance Interface for Safe Piloting of Unmanned Vehicles using a Mobile Device" at UIST 2012 in Cambridge, MA
June 2012: National Institute of Justice Conference poster presented
May 14, 2012: Technology Review article: "A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind" about my research and another article: "MIT's Brainput boosts your brain power by offloading multitasking to a computer"
May, 2012: Our paper: "Using Variable-Rate Alerting to Counter Boredom in Human Supervisory Control" was accepted to be presented at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference in October.
April 2012: My paper is a Best Paper Award Nominee at CHI 2012.
April, 2, 2012: Article about research with State Police. “CSAIL scientists, Mass State Police to tackle problem of roadside collisions between drivers and police vehicles”
March 15, 2012: Talk at Brown Computer Science Department.
March 13, 2012: Talk at Boston CHI at IBM Center for Social Business, 1 Rogers Street Cambridge
February, 2012: I'll once again be a judge for the Harvard I3 Innovation Challenge.
February, 2012: I'll be teaching a seminar course this semester at MIT on Human Values in Technology(Course 16).
January, 2012: My paper "Real-time fNIRS Brain Input for Adaptive Robot Autonomy" was accepted into the HRI Pioneers Workshop at the Human-Robot Interaction conference in Boston in March.
January, 2012: posted link to final CHI 2012 paper
December, 2011: My paper "Brainput: Enhancing Interactive Systems with Streaming fNIRS Brain Input"was accepted to the CHI 2012 conference in Austin, Texas in May.
November 1, 2011: Join MIT Humans and Automation Lab as a Computing Innovation Fellow
October, 2011: Dissertation Defense!
October, 2011: Providence, RI for Visweek. Poster: Near to the Brain: Functional 
Near-Infrared Spectroscopy as a Lightweight Brain Imaging Technique for Visualization
- Awarded Best Poster!
August 2011: Awarded Computing Innovation Fellowship
May 8-12: Vancouver, BC for CHI 2011 and Brain and Body Interfaces: Designing for Meaningful Interaction workshop
==> Presented: Sensing Cognitive Multitasking for a Brain-Based Adaptive User Interface
==> Presented: Meaningful Human-Computer Interaction Using fNIRS Brain Sensing
April 26, 2011: Practice CHI talks at Microsoft NERD http://www.bostonchilabs.org
April 12, 2011: Guest Lecture in MIT EECS Intelligent Multimodal User Interfaces course
February, 2011: My paper "Meaningful Human-Computer Interaction Using fNIRS Brain Sensing" was accepted to the CHI 2011 Workshop on Brain and Body Interfaces: Designing for Meaningful Interaction
December, 2010: My paper “Sensing Cognitive Multitasking for a Brain-Based Adaptive User Interface"was accepted to appear at CHI 2011 in Vancouver in May.
December 29, 2010: Jaclyn's little sister, Kailah Liat Solovey, was born.
October 15-17, 2010: Presenting a poster at fNIRS Conference at Harvard
September 24, 2010: Post CHI deadline drinks at John Havard's in Harvard Square http://bostonchilabs.org/
July 22, 2010: Talk at Human & Automation Lab at MIT
June, 2010: Our International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems article is in press: Designing a Passive Brain Computer Interface using Real Time Classification of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
June, 2010: The debut of the new ACM XRDS magazine was published, including our article: From Brains to Bytes
May 12, 2010: Boston CHI labs joint event with BostonCHI, 6:30-9pm, ground floor of 33 Oxford St at Harvard: a talk by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg on Social Data Visualization.
April 10-14, 2010: Atlanta, GA for CHI 2010 and Brain, Body and Bytes: Psychophysiological User Interaction workshop
April 7, 2010: Pre-CHI BostonCHI Labs bash
Thursday, January 28 at 7pm: CHI Bar! Hang out, eat, drink, and meet other HCI researchers and students atMuddy Charles Pub at MIT (moved from Cambridge Brewing Company because of an event taking place there).
January 6, 2010: Deadline for submissions to CHI2010 workshop: Brain, Body and Bytes: Psychophysiological User Interaction
December, 2009: BostonCHI Labs (our new alliance of Boston area HCI researchers) has a website!
December 4, 2009: Guest speaker at Wellesley College course on Tangible User Interfaces
November 11, 2009: BostonCHI Labs - 1-minute "Madness" and Dinner 6pm, Admiral Grace Hopper Room, Maxwell-Dworkin building at Harvard University
October 12-13 2009: Bay Area for talk at "When Everything is Programmable" conference at the Institute for the Future
October 3-8 2009: Victoria, BC for UIST conference
    ⇒ Presented: Using fNIRS Brain Sensing in Realistic HCI Settings: Experiments and Guidelines
    ⇒ Presented in Doctoral Symposium: Using Your Brain for Human-Computer Interaction
July 2009: Finally updated my website!
July 2009: New EEG system arrives in our lab
May 19, 2009: Became a mommy to Jaclyn Ruhama Solovey.
April 2009: Our "CHIstory" video won the Golden Mouse award for Most Entertaining in the CHI 2009 video showcase. Check it out on YouTube and on the FXPAL blog.
April 2009: Presented workshop paper at CHI 2009 Workshop on Programming Reality: From Transitive Materials to Organic User Interfaces
    ⇒Programming Reality within the Reality-Based Interaction Framework
April 2009: Student volunteer at CHI 2009
April 2009: Coauthor of paper presented at CHI 2009
    ⇒ Brain Measurement for Usability Testing and Adaptive Interfaces: An Example of Uncovering Syntactic Workload with Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy
April 2009: Coauthor of paper presented at CHI 2009
    ⇒ Comparing the Use of Tangible and Graphical Programming Languages for Informal Science Education
March 2009: Guest Lecture "Using your brain for HCI" in MAS 672 - New Paradigms for Human-Computer Interaction at MIT Media Lab

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Research opportunities at Drexel: I am currently recruiting motivated Ph.D., Masters and undergraduate students interested in Human-Computer Interaction research. Contact me if interested. Read more...