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Prof. Carlos Fernández-Llatas, Universitat Politècnica de València, visits DCC-UC


Professor Carlos Fernández-Llatas (Google Scholar profile), from Universitat Politècnica de València, visited DCC-UC during 10 days in March.65852475-9382-4453-8f0e-613a7c37ee29

Prof. Fernández-Llatas was invited by DCC UC academics, Marcos Sepúlveda, Valeria Herskovic and Jorge Munoz-Gama within the context of the project “Analysis of multidisciplinary collaboration in primary healthcare using process mining”, funded by the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, Fondecyt, Project 1150365. He met with several groups of Ph.D. and Master’s students, to provide feedback on their projects and establish collaboration opportunities.

During his visit, he gave a talk about his research: “Del Big Data a la Práctica Clínica Diaria. Una aproximación basada en Minería de Procesos Interactiva”



Andrés Lucero, associate professor University of Southern Denmark, visits DCC-UC


Andrés Lucero (Google Scholar profile), associate professor at the photo655425972764518411University of Southern Denmark, visited DCC-UC on December 21st and 22nd, 2016. He gave a talk, titled “Playful Experiences”, presenting his work on designing playful experience cards (PLEX) to design playful experiences. He will also meet with @Humalab PhD students to provide feedback on their work and explore collaboration possibilities.

Talk abstract: Playfulness can be observed in all areas of human activity. It is an attitude of making activities more enjoyable. Designing for playfulness involves creating objects that elicit a playful approach and provide enjoyable experiences. The Playful Experiences (PLEX) framework is a categorization of playful experiences based on previous theoretical work on pleasurable experiences, game experiences, emotions, elements of play, and the reasons why people play. As a result of this analysis, we examined the wide range of experiences elicited by interactive products when they are used in a playful manner. The PLEX framework has subsequently been put to practical use in design- (i.e., PLEX Cards, PLEX Design Patterns) and evaluation- (i.e., PLEXQ) related activities.


Paper presentation at UCAmI 2016


Iyubanit Rodríguez,  presented her paper, titled “Monitoring chronic pain: comparing wearable and mobile interfaces” – Rodríguez, Fuentes, Herskovic, Campos (available at SpringerLink), at the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing & Ambient Intelligence, UCAmI 2016, in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Abstract: Technologies to monitor patients are convenient for patients and can reduce health costs.UCAMI Iyubanit Chronic pain is a pain that lasts more than 3 months and affects the welfare of patients. Pain is subjective and there are applications to self-report pain, but their adherence rates are low. The purpose of this article is the understanding of the characteristics of technology that helps the adoption of these systems. We have implemented two solutions (mobile application and wearable device), in order to compare them to measure the rate of user acceptance, and also to get feedback about fundamental features of interfaces to report pain levels. To evaluate the two solutions we conducted interviews with 12 people. The results showed that when given the choice between both devices, 67 % of the users preferred the wearable device over the mobile application, and 16.5 % preferred the mobile application over the wearable device. We also found that a device for reporting pain must be specific to this purpose, aesthetically pleasing and allow users to report easily and at the right time.



Paper accepted at Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing



Our paper “A systematic literature review about technologies for self-reporting emotional information” has been accepted at the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing. This was truly a team effort, with the collaboration of three of our PhD students, Carolina Fuentes, Carmen Gerea and Iyubanit Rodríguez, as well as Maíra Marques (PhD student at Universidad de Chile) and Pedro Rossel, our collaborator from UCSC (Concepción, Chile).

The paper is available online first here.

Abstract: Emotional information is complex to manage by humans and computers alike, so it is difficult for users to express emotional information through technology. Two main approaches are used to gather this type of information: objective (e.g. through sensors or facial recognition) and subjective (reports by users themselves). Subjective methods are less intrusive and may be more accurate, although users may fail to report their emotions or not be entirely truthful about them. The goal of this study is to identify trends in the area of interfaces for the self-report of human emotions, under-served populations of users, and avenues of future research. A systematic literature review was conducted on six search engines, resulting in a set of 863 papers, which were filtered in a systematic way until we established a corpus of 40 papers. We studied the technologies used for emotional self-report as well as the issues regarding these technologies, such as privacy, interaction mechanisms, and how they are evaluated.



Paper accepted at HICSS 2017


“Are notifications a challenge for older people?: a study comparing two types of notifications” (authors: Iyubanit Rodríguez, Carolina Fuentes, Valeria Herskovic and José A. Pino) was accepted at HICSS 2017 (CORE A Ranking).

In this work, we developed a mobile application that asks users one question per day, and implemented two types of notifications to remind users to answer the question. We tested both notification types with 18 users over a period of 8 days (4 days per notification mode), We found that the ideal time for users to receive a notification depends on their activities (e.g. occupation or employment status) and discuss the issues that elderly users with low digital skills have when using a mobile application.



Pedro Rossel, UCSC Professor, visits DCC UC



Pedro Rossel,  professor from the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, visited DCC UC – HumaLab in July 2016 to continue work on applying software engineering concepts to collaborative work.

Recent joint work includes: Creating a family of collaborative applications for emergency management in the firefighting sub-domain. Rossel, Herskovic, Ormeño. Information Systems Frontiers 18(1), 2016.


IEEE Best Process Mining Dissertation winner, Andrea Burattin, visits DCC UC


With the aim to provide feedback on three process mining projects related to healthcare and higher education, postdoctoral research assistant in Computer Science at the BPM Research Cluster of the University of Innsbruck, Andrea Burattin, visited UC Department of Computer Science at Catholic University of Chile (DCC UC).


Andrea Burattin was invited by DCC UC academics, Marcos Sepúlveda, Valeria Herskovic and Jorge Munoz-Gama, in the context of the project, “Analysis of multidisciplinary collaboration in primary healthcare using process mining”, funded by the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, Fondecyt.

“The idea is to see whether we can use process mining techniques to provide useful insights on these different domains. We saw some several techniques than can already be applied to these logs and we are expecting good outcomes that would be a contribution, not for Process Mining as a discipline, but for domains as higher education and healthcare”, said Andrea Burattin about the projects he will work on: “Process Mining in Higher Education” and “Answering Frequently Posed Questions in Emergency Room through Process Mining”.

During his visit, Andrea Burattin, who was awarded in 2014 by IEEE Task Force on Process Mining with the Best Process Mining Dissertation for the doctoral thesis, “Applicability of Process Mining Techniques in Business Environments”, offered the presentation “Process Mining Techniques in Business Environments” to explain the ideas behind his research area in Computer Science.

“Applied science open problems are different from the theoretical ones. In fact, they only partially overlap each other. With this work I tried to demonstrate that if you want a technique to be successful you need this technique to be also applicable in the real world”, said postdoctoral researcher, Andrea Burattin.

After his talk at UC Department of Computer Science at Catholic University of Chile (DCC UC), Andrea Burattin attended presentations by doctoral researchers and answered questions from first and second year students. “Their doubts were less technical, but reflected a lot of interest. The impression I had from them was positive and it was nice to give this talk”, assured Andrea Burattin.

In addition to his doctoral thesis developed into the Springer book “Process Mining Techniques in Business Environments”, Andrea Burattin has published 27 articles about Process Mining, Business Process Randomization and Simulation; and Declare Models (analysis and discovery) techniques and methodologies. He is a member of IEEE Task Force on Process Mining since 2009, and of IEEE since 2010.

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