Ping (zestyping ) wrote,

Disasters, driving, disruption, and distributed work.

I went to this morning's panel on real-world HCI hoping to hear about the design of computer systems for helping in disasters. It was more of a grab bag, though.

Here are some tidbits:

In experiments simulating the use of robots to find disaster victims, teams of two operators running a single robot were 9 times more likely to find a
victim than a single operator.

According to analysis of data from the WTC disaster, robots provided information to only the operators. Operators had to send information up the chain; sometimes it took up to 12 hours for information to reach the right authority.

Computer models of participants in group work can help you find interesting things to look for in your experimental data, which might save you from having to run an unfeasibly large number of experiments.

About 85% of people have used mobile phones while driving at some point. At any given moment, about 8% of drivers are using their phones. Monitoring the driver's cognitive state (based on sensing eye gaze and other behaviour) and using that to adjust the trigger threshold for early collision warning systems can help prevent accidents.

When people get distracted using their laptops in meetings, there is about a ten-second threshold that both the speaker and the laptop user can tolerate. Beyond ten seconds of laptop use, the laptop user becomes completely disengaged from the meeting and has difficulty re-engaging.
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