Tandem Language Learning poster presented at ACM ITS in Scotland

Tabletop Tandem Language Learning

MSc student Erik Paluka recently presented his research on tandem language learning applications for digital tables at the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference in St. Andrew’s, Scotland.  Erik’s research is designed to facilitate conversation-based language learning between partners who are learning one another’s language through interactive media browsing and collaborative activities.

UIST 2012 Student Innovation Contest

This past summer, Erik Paluka, Meng-Wei (Daniel) Chang, and Zach Cook from the vialab entered the UIST Student Innovation Contest. The goal of the contest was to create novel interactions on state-of-the-art hardware. Synaptics provided them with a pre-production trackpad prototype that can detect pressure and location for up to five fingers. With this trackpad, the vialab members created an application prototype called “Multiple Independent Semantic Text Selection Using Pressure”, which allows users to quickly select multiple words, sentences, or paragraphs using multiple cursors and pressure. On October 8, 2012, Erik Paluka presented the group’s demo at UIST 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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