Computer science conferences can be very valuable. They are often the best academic forums at which the latest and highest-quality research is presented and discussed in any given scientific community. That is why the research scientists and engineers at Yahoo Labs frequently attend these gatherings and present their own findings as publications, tutorials, workshops, and posters.At most conferences, review panels not only decide which publication submissions to accept, but they also determine which they think are the most significant and recognize them with “best paper awards.” As such, these recognitions are very prestigious and it is why we are very proud to announce that the research scientists at Yahoo Labs have won two best paper awards in two weeks. Last week, Daniele Quercia’s publication, “The Architecture of Innovation: Tracking Face-to-Face Interactions with UbiComp Technologies,” won a Best Paper Award at UbiComp 2014, a premier international conference on pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Daniele’s paper measures the impact of building spaces on social interactions using wearable sensing devices. Daniele and his co-authors studied a single organization that moved between two different buildings, affording them a unique opportunity to examine how space alone can affect interactions. The analysis was based on two large scale deployments of wireless sensing technologies: short-range, lightweight RFID tags capable of detecting face-to-face interactions. They analyzed the traces to study the impact of the building change on social behavior, which represented a first example of using ubiquitous sensing technology to study how the physical design of two workplaces combines with organizational structure to shape contact patterns.
This week, Karen Church’s publication, “An In-Situ Study of Mobile Phone Notifications,” won a Best Paper Award at MobileHCI 2014, a premier human-computer interaction forum for innovations in mobile, portable, and personal devices and with the services to which they enable access. Karen and her co-authors reported on a one-week, in-situ study involving 15 mobile phones users, where they collected real-world notifications through a smartphone logging application alongside subjective perceptions of those notifications through an online diary. Their findings implied that avoiding interruptions from notifications may be viable for professional communication, while in personal communication, approaches should focus on managing expectations.In addition to Karen Church’s Best Paper Award at MobileHCI, Research Engineer Haojian Jin received an Honorable Mention Award for his paper, “ReviewCollage: A Mobile Interface for Direct Comparison Using Online Reviews.” For all of the latest research from Yahoo Labs, please visit the publications page on our website.