The Information and Interaction (I2) Research Group was established following Professor Lueg's appointment at UTAS in July 2005. The group currently consists of six PhD students across 2 campuses and is active in Honours and Masters student supervision. The group is a working example of the teaching-research nexus where research outcomes are used to make units linked to the broad area of human computer interaction (human-computer interaction, user interface design, computing in context) more interesting which in turn helps students become aware of, and interested in, research within the school and beyond.
Areas of interest within the broad, inherently inter-disciplinary area of Human-Computer Interaction:
Some 16 Honours/MComp students graduated with HCI research topics (several of them 1st class; also several AUC scholarships) and published about a dozen conference full papers, short papers and posters from their theses. Teams of HCI students won the 24h Student Design Competition at the Annual Australasian HCI conference (OzCHI) in 2009 and again in 2010, and won travel scholarships to present their work at the 2011 OzCHI conference where they came in 2nd.
The Information and Interaction (I2) Research Group maintains strong links with a number of research groups from across the globe including the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, the e-government research group at BFH Berne (both Switzerland); Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where Prof Lueg is holding an appointment as Honorary Research Fellow; UIUC's Professor Michael B. Twidale has been appointed UTAS Adjunct Professor in 2011.
For several years now the group has facilitated for students and staff to participate for free in the global ShanghAI Lectures on Natural and Artificial Intelligence (http://www.shanghailectures.org). Held by leading robotics researcher Professor Rolf Pfeifer of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, the lectures are broadcast simultanously via interactive videoconferencing to more than 20 universities across the planet with UTAS being the only participant from Australia. The lectures are complemented by 3D collaborative virtual environments and other community-building activities to promote interaction and cooperation among the participants.
The group has hosted visitors including Professor Michael Twidale (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Professor Rolf Pfeifer (Artificial Intelligence Lab, University of Zurich), Professor Gerhard Schwabe (Information Management, University of Zurich), Kirsty Boyle, one of the leading English speaking authorities on the Karakuri tradition (ancient Japanese robot culture), Associate Professor Marcus Foth, Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Associate Professor Doug Oard (College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park), Professor Moira Norrie (Global Information Systems, ETH Zurich) and Professor Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado at Boulder).
Authorised by the Head of School, Computing & Information Systems
16 May, 2012