MiUPA 2006 events

November 14, 2006

World Usability Day for Michigan

A full day of free workshops and presentations on the topics of usability and accessibility as they relate to everything from web sites to automobiles.

  • Live Web Site Evaluations (Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus)
  • Community-based user research (Jeff Grabill)
  • New Communication Technology for the Deaf (Christopher Hunter)
  • Vehicle Order Management Usability (Chad Esselink)
  • “Products for People” Podcasts (Tim Keirnan and Tom Brinck)
  • Driver Distraction Research (Paul A. Green)

August 16, 2006

Survey of User Interface Prototyping Tools

Brian Phelps, Pfizer.

August 9, 2006

Obsession: Finding the Sympathetic Heart of Design

Tom Brinck, Creative Director, A9.com.

June 27, 2006

SnagIt 8 – The Challenge of (Re)designing a Successful Product, TechSmith Corp.

Balancing your product’s user experience between ease of use, the ability to discover its capabilities and creating an overall positive response is a tall order, but when you get it right, the payback is worth the effort.

May 18, 2006

Usability Practitioners and Technical Communicators–Kindred Spirits?

A panel of four speakers discussing how usability and technical communication intersect, overlap, or occasionally have areas of contention

  • Mary Jane Northrop, Enlighten
  • Gina Tecos, Usability Engineer at Compuware Corporation
  • Laurie Kantner, Director of Client Services at Tec-Ed, Inc.
  • Timothy Keirnan, Jackson National Life Insurance

February 20-23, 2006

Internet User Experience 2006 conference

A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today’s web site user experience.

Interview with Robert R. Johnson on Teaching Usable Software Design

Usability Education in the Copper Country: Teaching Usable Software Design at Michigan Tech

Timothy Keirnan spent part of his recent vacation to the Keweenaw Peninsula of upper Michigan talking with Professor Robert R. Johnson, Chair of the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University. In this interview, Dr. Johnson talks about a National Science Foundation project to teach user-centered design to software engineering undergraduates.

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Interview with Paul Green on Usability-in-Driving

The following interview was recorded on April 19, 2005.

Dr. Paul Green hosted MIUPA’s December 2004 meeting at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Besides describing UMTRI’s mission and projects, he took us upstairs to let us try the driving simulator. Tim Keirnan caught up with Dr. Green four months later to discuss more usability-in-driving issues, current projects at UMTRI, and the value of side-impact airbags in today’s new cars.

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MiUPA 2005 Events

November 3, 2005

World Usability Day for Michigan

  • Real World Usability Success Story Carol Barnum, Professor of Information Design and Co-Director of the Usability Center, Southern Polytechnic State University, and author of Usability Testing and Research
  • Useful, Usable, AND Desirable: How One Washer Changed the Face of Laundry
    Laura Vennie and Sara Ulius Sabel, Usability Specialists from Whirlpool
  • Accessibility Experts Lead the Way to Profits by Design
    Speakers: Stephen Blosser and Michael J. Hudson MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • User Experiences and System Issues with Online Recommender Systems
  • Speaker: Joseph Konstan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, and author of Word of Mouse: The Marketing Power of Collaborative Filtering

October 12, 2005

Live Usability Evaluations of Local Web Sites

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, President of the Michigan UPA and UPA International Board Member
Sites relevant to Southeast Michigan were reviewed. These included Thomson Gale, Jackson National Life Insurance, and Techsmith Corporation

October 4, 2005

Live Usability Evaluations of Local Web Sites

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, President of the Michigan UPA and UPA International Board Member
Sites relevant to Western Michigan were reviewed. These included Amway, National City, and Zondervan

May 11, 2005

Latest Research: Human Behavior on the Web

Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

March 14-15 , 2005

Internet User Experience 2005 conference

A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today’s web site user experience.

February 23, 2005

Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Developing Useful and Usable Software

Barbara Mirel, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and author of Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Designing Useful and Usable Software