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Publications by Melanie Baljko (bibliography)
Hamidi, Foad and Baljko, Melanie (2012): Using social networks for multicultural creative collaboration. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration 2012. pp. 39-46.
Social networks can facilitate creative dialogue between participants whose geographical, cultural and social circumstances normally does not allow for such exchanges. In this paper, we present a case study of a collaborative process in which 19 participants from around the world created the multimedia, multi-language poem, "Our Digital Tapestry", on the Facebook social network. We identify and discuss the affordances of this platform with respect to support for play, control, diversity, inclusion of hypertext and multimedia, communication and relationship exploration. We also identify several restrictions of the medium that affected the project.
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Hamidi, Foad, Baljko, Melanie, Moakler, Alexander and Gadot, Assaf (2012): Synchrum: a tangible interface for rhythmic collaboration. In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2012. pp. 63-64.
Synchrum is a tangible interface, inspired by the Tibetan prayer wheel, for audience participation and collaboration during digital performance. It engages audience members in effortful interaction, where they have to rotate the device in accord with a given rotation speed. We used synchrum in a video installation and report our observations.
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Hamidi, Foad and Baljko, Melanie (2010): Collaborative poetry on the Facebook social network. In: GROUP10 International Conference on Supporting Group Work 2010. pp. 305-306.
Previous research has identified many characteristics of social networks that can support creative collaboration. To examine the possibilities and issues involved, we created a collaborative poetry project on the popular social network Facebook. Nineteen participating poets from five cities contributed to a multimedia poem written in two languages.
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Baljko, Melanie and Tenhaaf, Nell (2008): The aesthetics of emergence: Co-constructed interactions. In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 15 (3) p. 11.
In this article, we describe the aesthetics of emergence, which is our theoretical framework for an aesthetics of interaction and the underpinning of LoFi, an interactive A-life artwork that we are developing. We provide a survey of relevant concepts from the A-life and new media research communities, and we establish threads of commonalities with the HCI research community and especially the subset of that community that emphasizes aspects of user experience other than those that are characterized by performance-based measures. We describe and discuss several exemplar A-life artworks that are drawn from the last decade of jury selections of the annual Vida Art and Artificial Life Competition, conducted by Fundacion Telefonica. We conclude with a discussion of issues that are common to the A-life and HCI research communities.
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Baljko, Melanie, Kamevaar, John and Tenhaaf, Nell (2007): Sound for A-Life Agents. In: Paiva, Ana, Prada, Rui and Picard, Rosalind W. (eds.) ACII 2007 - Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Second International Conference September 12-14, 2007, Lisbon, Portugal. pp. 763-765.
Baljko, Melanie and Tam, Andrew (2006): Indirect text entry using one or two keys. In: Eighth Annual ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies 2006. pp. 18-25.
This paper introduces a new descriptive model for indirect text composition facilities that is based on the notion of a containment hierarchy. This paper also demonstrates a novel, computer-aided technique for the design of indirect text selection interfaces -- one in which Huffman coding is used for the derivation of the containment hierarchy. This approach guarantees the derivation of optimal containment hierarchies, insofar as mean encoding length. This paper describes an empirical study of two two-key indirect text entry variants and compares them to one another and to the predictive model. The intended application of these techniques is the design of improved indirect text entry facilities for the users of AAC systems.
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Baljko, Melanie (2005): The information-theoretic analysis of unimodal interfaces and their multimodal counterparts. In: Seventh Annual ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies 2005. pp. 28-35.
That multimodal interfaces have benefits over unimodal ones has often been asserted. Several such benefits have been described informally, but, to date, few have actually been formalized or quantified. In this paper, the hypothesized benefits of semantically redundant multimodal input actions are described formally and are quantified using the formalisms provided by Information Theory. A reinterpretation of Keates and Robinson's empirical data (1998) shows that their criticism of multimodal interfaces was, in part, unfounded.
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Baljko, Melanie (2005): The contrastive evaluation of unimodal and multimodal interfaces for voice otput communication aids. In: Lazzari, Gianni, Pianesi, Fabio, Crowley, James L., Mase, Kenji and Oviatt, Sharon L. (eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces - ICMI 2005 October 4-6, 2005, Trento, Italy. pp. 301-308.
Baljko, Melanie (2005): The contrastive evaluation of unimodal and multimodal interfaces for voice output communication aids. In: Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces 2005. pp. 301-308.
For computational Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) aids, it has often been asserted that multimodal interfaces have benefits over unimodal ones. Several such benefits have been described informally, but, to date, few have actually been formalized or quantified. In this paper, some of the special considerations of this application domain are described. Next, the hypothesized benefits of semantically nonredundant multimodal input actions over unimodal input actions are described formally. The notion of information rate, already well established as a dependent variable in evaluations of AAC devices, is quantified in this paper, using the formalisms provided by Information Theory (as opposed to other, idiosyncratic approaches that have been employed previously). A comparative analysis was performed between interfaces that afford unimodal input actions and those that afford semantically nonredundant multimodal input actions. This analysis permitted generalized conclusions, which have been synthesized with those of another, recently-completed analysis in which unimodal and semantically redundant multimodal input actions were compared. A reinterpretation of Keates and Robinson's empirical data (1998) shows that their criticism of multimodal interfaces for AAC devices, in part, was unfounded.
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