2007 SURF-IT Schedule
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology
University of California, Irvine
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Information
Technology (SURF-IT) presents a four-part summer seminar series, featuring
faculty projects involving SURF-IT students. The program will conclude
with a poster session.
Calit2 presents the first in a series of summer seminars by faculty mentors for "SURF-IT," Calit2's interdisciplinary summer research program for undergraduates. Each event will feature two faculty mentors from the program. A light lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m., prior to the seminars. The event is open to the public.
Time: 12:00 Noon
Speaker: Peter O. Krapp
Title: "Beyond Play - Artificial Worlds and Gaming Capital"
Abstract: When players of computer games buy and sell game items with real money, and when real profit can be made by working in the game, then new social and cultural relationships emerge -- the familiar separation of play from productivity begins to disappear. There are now many game-based economies from which people can and do draw a real-money profit. World of Warcraft, Everquest and Second Life are familiar examples. This project will use quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the response to these phenomena from game developers and players, and will trace a history of what passes for "play" and what constitutes a "game." Can such emergent play resist classification as "work," and must it do so to maintain subscriptions?
SURF-IT Fellow: Nathaniel Pope, Economics
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Bill Tomlinson
Title: "Blog Readers"
Abstract: Blogs have become a powerful force in the news media, a popular outlet for self-expression, and the object of an increasing amount of academic research. Most research thus far has focused on the bloggers - social network analyses between bloggers, tools to assist in blog publication, and understanding the presentation of self through a blog. But blog readers can also play a very large part in shaping the blog, and they often do - through channels such as comments, email, IM, and in-person interaction. This project is a study of blog-reading practices in order to understand the role of the reader in this increasingly prominent medium. The investigation will consist largely of ethnographic-based methods, including participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and experience sampling, as well as other methods, including automatic tracking and logging of reading patterns.
SURF-IT Fellow: Mark Sueyoshi, International Studies
Calit2 presents another in the series of summer seminars by faculty mentors for SURF-IT, Calit2's interdisciplinary summer research program for undergraduates.
Time: 12:00 noon
Speaker: Professor John
Title: "Active Space: Visualizing Motion Capture Data"
After a short seminar presentation, participants will be invited to
experience the Active Space work directly, in the New Media Arts Lab, room
2100 downstairs. The event will conclude around 1:00 p.m.
SURF-IT Fellow: Quin Kennedy, Computer Science
This seminar is part of a series by the faculty mentors in Calit2's program of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Information Technology (SURF-IT).
Speaker: Dr. Donald J.
Title: "Context-Aware Messaging: Nomatic*Gaim and Nomatic*Aid"
Nomatic (for presence) is a context-aware instant messaging (IM)
architecture, that works with all major IM protocols on all major operating systems through a plug-in architecture. What Nomatic does is
to figure out where you are and what you are doing from sensors that are with your computing platform. That information is reported to a central
server which utilizes machine learning techniques to develop a semantic interpretation about the name of your current place, activity, or social
context. The result is that the people on your IM list can see where you are and what you are doing - as you describe it. Although clients can be
built on any IM platform, most of the reference code is based on the open-source project pidgin (formerly gaim), which we have augmented with
the ability to communicate to our presence management service.
SURF-IT Fellow: Danish Khan and Sam Kaufman; both are Informatics majors