ICAD2011 Think Tank
Monday 13h00-17h30, ICAD2011 Conference, Budapest
ICAD2011 again hosted a Student Consortium/Think Tank. This year it was an informal 'question and answer' style consortium of promising graduate students (at a range of stages in their program, both masters and doctoral level) and distinguished research faculty. Think Tanks are opportunities for students to discuss their research, brain-storm problems and techniques, explore opportunities for collaborative projects, and gain invaluable feedback and advice from some of the most experienced researchers in the field. It was free to all students registering for the main conference.
The half-day program was divided into two main sessions. In the first session, participants split into pairs to discuss each other's projects. They then reported a brief summary of their partner's project back to the whole group. This provided an opportunity for all participants to practice succinctly describing the salient features of their own projects as well a practice in quickly summarizing in order to report those features an unfamiliar one. Faculty provided comments on various specific features/issues of each project.
The second session, structured around the process Inputs / Doing It / Outputs provided the opportunity for faculty to provide more general feedback, both in response to the presentations in the first session as well as other consequential ideas and ancillary advice ranging from research methods to appropriate publication organs, to collegiality and employment opportunities.
Derek Brock Computer Scientist, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence Naval Research Laboratory, Washington.
John H Flowers Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Matti Gröhn Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Brain and Technology team.
Bruce Walker Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology.
David Worrall Composer/Sonifier, Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Music, Australian National University. Think Tank Coordinator.
School of Environmental Scienes, University of East Anglia, UK.
Open-source software developer and statistician.
Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chiba University, Japan.
|Philart (Myounghoon) Jeon
Engineering Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Queen Mary University of London, UK.
Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia.
|R Michael Winters
McGill University, Music Technology, Canada.
Comments and Feedback
General (anonymous) comments from the participants about their experience of the 2011 ThinkTank:
- Discussion about perception and fatigue was interesting and insightful. It helped me position my own stance on fatigue and its relation to my research/project.
- Helpful advice about learning terminology from other disciplines so that we may answer calls to papers across multi-disciplinary conferences/journals.
- In general the Think Tank session worked very well and for me specifically it gave a good overview of the area of sonification and showed how wide an area it covered! It also worked well as an ice breaker session for students who might be a bit unsure of ‘conferences’, if this was their first one.
- The 5 minute talks about other students work worked well and the staff feedback was useful. We never really got to look at the questions we were asked to come up with before the session, which was slightly disappointing, although we covered some of the general issues in the discussion session on Inputs / Doing It / Outputs.
- I think the student think tank should definitely be run again next year, in a similar format to this one, but possibly extend it a bit to allow for more discussion and the questions (see above) if there are a similar number of people.
- I found the ThinkTank to be a fun and helpful networking and learning opportunity, and I received some quite useful feedback on my project. Overall I thought the format was effective. However, I left the session feeling uncertain what to do next-I wished I had a better starting point on entering into the existing auditory display and sonification literature, and I also was hoping for more suggestions on people who I should talk to and whose work I should read.
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