Tracking and Recording Technologies in Everyday Life

Tools for electronic recording have become easier to use, less expensive, and more pervasive in recent years. As a result, just when people think they understand a technology enough to react to it—avoiding or embracing it—new technologies are invented and deployed, making it nearly impossible for even the most technologically savvy to keep up. During design and initial product introduction, many different stakeholders make important choices that affect the ways in which these technologies might be perceived, used, and sometimes rejected. However, no matter what choices these stakeholders make, those people destined to encounter these technologies still choose to reject, live with, or appropriate these technologies based on their own understanding of them. Knowledge of how people make decisions about recording technologies based in both technical and social influences is critically missing today. This project contributes to ongoing research in privacy and security, ubiquitous computing, and technology and policy studies.

Nguyen, D.H., Bedford, A., Bretana, A., & Hayes, G.R. (2011). Situating the Concern for Information Privacy through an Empirical Study of Responses to Video Recording. Paper presented at the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011). [doi]

Nguyen, D.H., Marcu, G., Hayes, G.R., Truong, K.N., Scott, J., Langheinrich, M., & Roduner, C. (2009). Encountering SenseCam: Personal Recording Technologies in Everyday Life. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2009). [doi]

Nguyen, D. H., & Hayes, G. R. (2009). Information Privacy in Institutional and End-User Tracking and Recording Technologies. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 14(1): 53-72. January 2010. [doi]

Nguyen, D. H., Kobsa, A., & Hayes, G. R. (2008). An Empirical Investigation of Concerns of Everyday Tracking and Recording Technologies. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2008). [doi]


GroupMind is a multi-user, large display application that connects participants' laptops (local and remote) to foster brainstorming and collaboration. As a collaborative activity, GroupMind strives to give groups seamless and real-time communication. Our current exploration uses mindmaps (also called concept maps) as the underlying mechanism for brainstorming. The participants have synchronous access to a shared, large display workspace, as well as access to their personal workspace and laptops. Collaboration can be done at both the large display level and the personal laptop level. We conducted multiple in-lab experiments to understand GroupMind’s impacts on brainstorming activities and are continuing to explore how this and other technologies can support group collaborative creativity activities.

Shih, P. C., Nguyen, D. H., Hirano, S., Redmiles, D. F., & Hayes, G. R. (2009). GroupMind: Supporting Brainstorming through a Collaborative Mind-mapping Tool. Paper presented at the International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP 2009). [doi]

Technologies for Children with Autism

Visual schedules and choice boards are tools used in current best practices for helping children with autism and other special needs. These non-verbal kids need help communicating their choices, understanding time and activities, and so on. We are working with smart phones, small touch screens, and large touch screens as platforms to develop solutions that ease these burdens, provide logging and visualizations of data, and help automate some of the features of using these communication techniques.

Escobedo, L., Nguyen, D.H., Boyd, L., Hirano, S.H., Rangel, A., Garcia, D., Tentori, M., & Hayes, G.R. (2012). MOSOCO: A Mobile Assistive Tool to Support Children with Autism Practicing Social Skills in Real-Life Situations. Paper to appear at the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012).

Hayes, G.R., Hirano, S., Marcu, G., Monibi, M., Nguyen, D.H., and Yeganyan, M. (2010). Interactive Visual Supports for Children with Autism. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 14(7): 663-680. October 2010. [doi]

Hirano, S.H., Yeganyan, M.T., Marcu, G., Nguyen, D.H., Boyd, L.A., & Hayes, G.R. (2010). vSked: Evaluation of a System to Support Classroom Activities for Children with Autism. Paper presented at the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010). Atlanta, GA. [doi]

Marcu, G., Nguyen, D.H., & Hayes, G.R. (2009). Use of a Wearable Recording Device in Therapeutic Interventions for Children with Autism. Presented at the 8th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR 2009).

Yeganyan, M., Hirano, S., Nguyen, D.H., & Hayes, G.R. (2009). Interactive and Collaborative Classroom Visual Schedules. Presented at the 8th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR 2009).