Aaron Genest University of Saskatchewan

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Dr. Carl Gutwin. My current research interests are:

  • tracking and visualizing gestures made over 2D maps
  • enhancing web navigation by improving hypertext links
  • characterizing user behaviour in real time environments
  • evaluating graph visualizations

You can find my personal page at aarongenest.net

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Publications

KinectArms: a Toolkit for Capturing and Displaying Arm Embodiments in Distributed Tabletop Groupware
Genest, A., Gutwin, C., Tang, A., Kalyn, M., Ivkovic, Z. (2013), CSCW 2013, To appear.
Why Expressiveness Matters in Command & Control Visualizations
Genest, A., Bateman, S., Tang, A., Scott, S., Gutwin, C. (2012), ACM CSCW Workshop on Crisis Informatics, Workshop organized by Volkmar Pipek, Jonas Landgren, and Leysia Palen..
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Height Visualizations for Improving Gestural Communication at Distributed Tables
Genest, A., Gutwin, C. (2012), The ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Seattle, Washington, USA, 2012.
Characterizing Deixis over Surfaces to Improve Remote Embodiments
Genest, A., Gutwin, C. (2011), ECSCW 2011, Aarhus, Denmark. 253-271.
Enhancing Expressiveness in Reference Space
Tang, A., Genest, A., Shoemaker, G., Gutwin, C., Fels, S., Booth, K. (2010), ACM CSCW Workshop on New Frontiers in Telepresence, Workshop Paper.
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Research

KinectArms
Gestures are a ubiquitous part of human communication over tables, but when tables are distributed, gestures become difficult to capture and represent.
Learning The Land: Improving map-based interactions
When people consult maps together, they use gestures as a component of their interactions. However, when collaborators are remote to each other or communicating asynchronously, the gesture information can be lost.