The Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTDC) promotes the study of innovative scholarly and applied research and programs on the social and economic implications of information and communications technology in the Pacific region, emphasizing the potential uses of technology for social good, promotion of digital inclusiveness, sustainably improving the quality of life, and empowering public discourse on good governance.
Project web site: http://pictdc.socialsciences.hawaii.edu/index.html
Co-director- Dr. Jennifer Sunrise Winter
The opportunities and dangers of increasing reliance on user-generated and user-vetted information sources require concerted study. To that end, Rich Gazan is Co-PI with Chirag Shah of Rutgers University on a 3-year, $491K Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to study online Q&A in STEM education, to develop and field test a Q&A module that will allow STEM learners to assess crowdsourced information alongside more traditionally authoritative sources.
Responsible faculty- Dr. Rich Gazan.
How would you describe an Ansel Adams photograph of a scene within Yellowstone National Park to a person who cannot see, or has low vision, or has difficulty interpreting print materials, or simply prefers information in audible forms? Those varied audiences (including people who are blind, with low-vision, print dyslexic, and audio-oriented) deserve full access to public discourse, and The UniDescription Project has been created to serve them. That effort includes field research at U.S. National Park Service sites around the country as well as the development and application of a webtool, at www.unidescription.org, and related mobile apps.
Project web site: https://www.unidescription.org
Principal Investigator: Brett Oppegaard
HINT lab research examines technological use and the positive or negative effects on humans. Research involved in HCI helps to remodel and improve our use in technology in order to improve the use of new technology for our benefit.
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HICHI- Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab
This is an interdisciplinary team of researchers interested in understanding how people use information systems and dedicated to informing design based on human performance data. Variety of empirical methods is used here, including formal experiments, ethnographic analysis, and participatory design.
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Director: Scott Robertson