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28 October, 2014
05:30 PM
MITRE Building C, Room 1C132, 202 Burlington Rd. Bedford, MA 01730 Eventbrite RSVP

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Responsible Research and Design — Tips for Avoiding the Unethical Turn of Events

In this 10-minute talk, Jen will use recent and historical case studies of how research and design have gone awry, and what could have been done to avoid them. Let’s be honest, the lines aren’t always clear about when we should or shouldn’t ask a question or obtain informed consent — or are they? In this talk, Jen will highlight laws and guidelines that apply to research with “human subjects” (yes, that’s another term for “participants”) as well as the difference between “engaging” user interfaces and those that promote addictive behavior.

Jen McGinn is a Senior Manager of User Research at Oracle in Burlington, MA. She has been collecting user data for a dozen years, having worked for Sun Microsystems, Nokia, and SolidWorks before joining Oracle in 2009. Jen holds a BS in Information Systems and an MS in Human Factors in Information Design.

The Effect of Responsive Design on Users

When websites use responsive design, how does it change the user’s experience? Are sites perceived differently at different breakpoints? Does it affect task completion?

Daniel Weiss is a Sr. User Experience Engineer in the Collaboration and Social Computing group at MITRE. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon. His work has been published and presented in a number of venues including the highly-competitive CHI conference.

Three Ingredients for Responsive Tables

See how you can combine three css declarations to create a variety of responsive table layouts.

By day Marsha Nunes is a Senior Human Factors Engineer at MITRE.  At night she’s working on a new responsive website for the Broomstones Curling Club with its many tables.

Behavioral Economics: Good and Evil Practices in the Insurance and Financial Industries

Behavioral economics applies economics and design psychology to explain irrational behavior. Classical economics holds that people are rational and driven by self-interest, and that they weigh the pros and cons of everything when making purchase decisions. But these assumptions break down because people often do not make decisions in unemotional, rational ways – consciously. We often make decisions in emotional, irrational ways – intuitively. Behavioral economics can offer significant insights into designing products and applications that help people. But these principles can also be twisted to sell products and services that do not serve our best interests. This presenter will showcase real-world case studies, based on behavioral economics, from the financial and insurance industries to show how behavioral economics can be used for good – or evil

Bob Thomas is Director of User Experience at Liberty Mutual, where he has worked for the last 6 years expanding usability best practices and building out a user experience team. His background includes usability research, usability testing, graphic design, and product management, and he has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He has presented at local, national, and international UXPA conferences. He is on the Board of Directors of NH UXPA. He holds an MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University, an MBA from Suffolk University, and a Bachelors in English from the University of Nebraska.”