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Work & Research Activities 
Stacie L. Hibino
[hibino at acm dot org]

Overview

This section is organized as follows:

Work and Teaching Experience

Work Experience

01/2002 - present
Eastman Kodak Company (Employee from 06/2004; Consultant from 01/2002 to 06/2004), San Jose, CA. 

09/1997 - 09/2001
Software Production Research Department, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, Naperville, IL. Member of the Technical Staff: conduct research in several areas including: information visualization, next generation services for wireless handheld devices, collaborative systems, and user interfaces.

06/1990 - 09/1996
Project FLAME (Foreign Language Applications in the Multimedia Environment), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Technical, Design, and Educational Specialist: Design and develop interactive multimedia applications for foreign language and multi-cultural learning and instruction; oversee maintenance of multimedia hardware; review and integrate new technology.

Summer 1990
Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering Departments, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Project Leader: led team of six in designing and developing software for promoting math and science to young adolescents, with focus on females and minorities.

06/87 - 08/89
InterUniversity Consortium for Educational Computing (ICEC), Pittsburgh, PA. Programmer and Technical Support: Programmed; provided technical software support for faculty, staff, and students at member schools; gave software demonstrations; maintained electronic distribution lists; wrote articles and edited a bimonthly newsletter.

Teaching Experience

Winter 1992
Toolbook Workshops. Led a series of three three-hour workshops on the introduction and use of Toolbook with Multimedia Extensions.
June 1991
MediaText Workshops at NECC'91 (National Educational Computing Conference, Phoenix, AZ) -- coordinated over 20 workshops with over 500 participants.

Research Projects

Projects at Bell Labs

handiMessenger


awareness-enhanced universal communication for wireless handheld devices (joint work with Audris Mockus)

handiMessenger is an awareness-enhanced universal communication service for use on a wireless Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). The service is designed to address the key problem of initiating a successful and timely communication in collaborative work by transparently integrating messaging, awareness, and communication services to be accessible by a mobile user in any situation. Through the handiMessenger service, users can access their messages (e.g., email, instant messages, connectIcons), check the current availability of their team members, view individual and group calendars, access corporate documents, and use simple click-to-communicate links to initiate various modes of communication between a variety of endpoints. This can all be done from the user's handheld wireless PDA. The tight integration of awareness information with messages, calendars, and communication is designed to:

Within handiMessenger, we are also exploring the integration of next generation voice services, such as third party call control for SIP phones.

InfoStill


an information visualization environment to support the end-to-end process of analyzing data using information visualization (joint work with Ken Cox, Audris Mockus, Graham Wills, and Lichan Hong)

A task analysis of infoVis tasks indicated that infoVis users spend a significant amount of time working on important tasks outside of data exploration -- tasks such as preparing data, collecting and ranking results, and creating a presentation of results. Unfortunately, infoVis research typically focuses only on data exploration. In the InfoStill project, we are thus working towards supporting the end-to-end process of infoVis data analysis. Our new infoVis infrastructure allows users to:

This type of support is essential to making infoVis more accessible to non-infoVis experts.  

LiveDocs


web-based information visualization documents that provide guided exploration of data for naive infoVis users (joint work with Audris Mockus and Todd Graves)

We refer to our web-based presentation of results generated by InfoStill as LiveDocs. LiveDocs incorporate the interactive infoVis applet views created with mmvz into the context of a standard web page. In addition, we have enhanced LiveDocs with mmvz scripts. This allows us to place scripts for view manipulation directly into standard web links or form elements. This is particularly useful for linking view manipulations right next to the relevant textual inquiry (e.g., so users can simply click a link to make data selections that help "tell a particular story about the data"). Adding this feature to LiveDocs provides a simple way of guiding readers in exploring data results.  

mmvz


java-based visualization library (joint work with Ken Cox, Graham Wills, Audris Mockus, and Lichan Hong)

mmvs is a new, component-based infoVis library written in Java. The characterization of, and requirements for this library were determined through a commonality analysis. Our mmvz components are the key infoVis components used in InfoStill and LiveDocs.  

Natural Language Interface to InfoStill


(Joint work with Ken Cox, Lalita Jagadeesan, David Mantilla and Beki Grinter)

Current infoVis interfaces typically restrict user input to the traditional mouse and keyboard. Recent technologies are now enabling new modes of interaction such as speech. In this project, users can manipulate views and pose data analysis inquiries to InfoStill using our patented natural language interface and response approach. Our interface uses the power of Sisl (a domain-specific language for multi-modal services) and the built-in features of IBM's Via Voice to exploit the features of natural language while complementing the standard mouse interface. Sisl provides flexibility on both the way and the order in which commands are specified.  

Task Analysis of Users Analyzing Data Using Information Visualization


A task analysis was conducted to identify the types of tasks users do when analyzing data with an existing infoVis tool. The goal of the task analysis was to identify ways in which to better support users in the process of analyzing data using information visualization. In the task analysis, we observed five infoVis experts using an existing infoVis environment (EDV: the Exploratory Data Visualizer). The analysis revealed 44 different tasks divided into seven categories of high-level analysis tasks:

When asked to rate the importance of these high-level tasks, users gave highest ratings to planning, exploration, preparation, and presentation tasks, followed by slightly lower ratings for statistics (other), overlay and re-orientation tasks. Overall, users indicated that they typically spend only 25% on average, and 40% at most, of their time on data exploration. This means that they spend more than half of their analysis time on other tasks, all of which are typically unsupported by an infoVis system. The results of this task analysis were used in the design of our InfoStill system.  

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