A Fullbright visitor for the new academic year

Chris Harris photoI am Christopher Harris, and I am a Fulbright Grantee in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and I will be working with Human-Centered Technology (IHTE) group in the  Department of Pervasive Computing.  I will be here for the full academic year and will be working with Professor Kaisa Väänänen and several other great researchers in IHTE.  I am on loan from the State University of New York in Oswego, where I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department.

My focus while at TUT is to examine cross-cultural and multi-cultural aspects of designing new interfaces, particularly in mobile payment and e-commerce systems.  I also look at how to determine the right incentives to obtain better (i.e., higher quality) results from participants.  In addition to these areas, I will also carry forward work I have begun in other research areas as well; namely:

  • crowdsourcing, gamification, and human computation
  • processing big data, visualization, and its use in HCI
  • remote and self-monitoring health services
  • technology entrepreneurship
  • encouraging computer science education from an early age

While working on my PhD at the University of Iowa, I worked in the Information Retrieval lab. My thesis examined how tasks can be allocated between humans and computers so that each can exploit their own advantages; computers can process tasks quickly and accurately while humans can handle the “difficult” cases, which occur in relevance judgments of information retrieval.  I have also worked in various industries as a management consultant and as a software engineer.

I have previously led a business analytics company in Beijing, China, a children’s education center near Chiang Mai, Thailand, and worked for the World Bank in Malawi and Zambia.  In addition to traveling, I like to swim, and play tennis. I hope that by next spring, both my ability to speak Finnish and my ability to ice skate will be vastly better than they are currently.

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