The Interface Ecology Lab is a team of innovative researchers dedicated to positioning expression, creativity, participation, and learning in central roles in human relationships with information and computing. We develop interdisciplinary research and education from our home in the Texas A&M Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
6/2014  The Interface Ecology Lab team's labor of love addressing how to inspire people with interactive information is published in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI), the premier journal in the multidisciplinary field of human-computer interaction.
3/2014  The Interface Ecology Lab releases TweetBubble, a free and open source Chrome extension that helps users explore social media network connections in Twitter.
1/2014  Two Interface Ecology Lab papers accepted to ACM CHI 2014, the leading conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

IdeaMÂCHÉ is interactive, cloud-based, curation tool that uses information composition as a medium of curation. Curation is the process of finding, choosing, collecting, arranging, annotating and browsing information to connect and form ideas. In IdeaMÂCHÉ, clippings are presented as rich bookmarks, combining visuals with metadata, and supporting navigation back to source and linked web pages. The metadata is rich, such as authors, categories, and citations of articles and patents, and price, ratings and store sections of Amazon products. Expressive compositing operations on clippings can be used to create a visual sense of connectedness among adjacent elements.

current publications + presentations
Kerne, A., Webb, A.M., Smith, S.M., Linder, R., Lupfer, N., Qu, Y., Moeller, J., Damaraju, S., Using Metrics of Curation to Evaluate Information-based Ideation , ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI), 21(3), June 2014, 48 pages.
Qu, Y., Kerne, A., Lupfer, N., Linder, R., Jain, A., Metadata Type System: Integrate Presentation, Data Models and Extraction to Enable Exploratory Browsing Interfaces, Proc. ACM Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS) 2014, 107-116 [18%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2607023.2607030
Hamilton, W., Garretson, O., and Kerne, A. Streaming on Twitch: Fostering Participatory Communities of Play within Live Mixed Media, Proc. CHI 2014, 1315-1324 [23%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557048
Linder, R., Snodgrass, C., and Kerne, A. Everyday Ideation: All of My Ideas Are On Pinterest, Proc. CHI 2014, 2411-2420 [23%].
Webb, A.M. and Kerne, A., Embodying Diagramming through Pen + Touch Gestures, CHI 2014 Workshop: Gesture Interaction Design: Communication and Cognition, Toronto, Canada, April 2014.
Webb, A.M., Kerne, A., Linder, R., Lupfer, N., Qu, Y., Keith, K., Carrasco, M., Multi-Scale Information Composition: a New Medium for Freeform Art Curation in the Cloud, CHI 2014 Workshop: Curating the Digital: Spaces for Art and Interaction, Toronto, Canada, April 2014.
Fischer, J.E., Jiang, W., Kerne, A., Greenhalgh, C., Ramchurn, S.D., Reece,S., Pantidi, N., Rodden, T., Supporting Team Coordination on the Ground: Requirements from a Mixed-Reality Game, Proc. Design of Cooperative Systems (COOP) 2014, 49-67 [42%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06498-7_4
Fei, S., Webb, A.M., Kerne, A., Qu, Y., and Jain, A., Peripheral Array of Tangible NFC Tags: Positioning Portals for Embodied Trans-Surface Interaction, Proc. ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2013 [29%].
Webb, A.M., Linder, R., Kerne, A., Lupfer, N., Qu, Y., Poffenberger, B., and Revia, C., Promoting Reflection and Interpretation in Education: Curating Rich Bookmarks as Information Composition, Proc. Creativity and Cognition 2013, Sydney, Australia, June 2013. [32%]
Kerne, A., Latulipe, C., Drucker, S.M., Candy, L., Höök, K., Webb, A.M., and Carroll, E. Evaluation methods for creativity support environments, Proc CHI 2013 Extended Abstracts, 3295-3298.
Linder, R., Webb, A.M., and Kerne, A., Searching to Measure the Novelty of Collected Ideas, CHI 2013 Evaluation Methods for Creativity Support Environments Workshop, Paris, France, May 2013.
Damaraju, S., Seo, J.H., Hammond, T., Kerne, A., Multi-tap sliders: advancing touch interaction for parameter adjustment, Proc IUI 2013, 445-452.
Hamilton, W., Kerne, A., and Robbins, T., High-Performance Pen + Touch Modality Interactions: A Real-Time Strategy Game eSports Context, Proc. UIST 2012, Cambridge, MA, USA, OCT 2012.
Moeller, J. and Kerne, A., ZeroTouch: An Optical Multi-Touch and Free-Air Interaction Architecture, Proc. CHI 2012, 2165-2174 [23%]. Best Paper Honorable Mention.
Hamilton, W., Kerne, A., and Moeller, J. Pen-in-Hand Command: NUI for Real-Time Strategy eSports, CHI 2012 Video Showcase, Austin, TX, May 2012. In Ballroom D Tuesday: 11:30 - 12:50; 7 pm - 8:30.
Webb, A.M. and Kerne, A., Creative Visual Thinking through Information Composition + Diagramming, CHI 2012 Visual Thinking & Digital Imagery Workshop, Austin, TX, USA, May 2012.
Linder, R. and Kerne, A., Using Information Composition to Represent Connections Among Events Across Time and Place, CHI 2012 Workshop - Heritage Matters: Designing for current and future values through digital and social technologies, Austin, TX, USA, May 2012.
Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A., Hamilton, W. A. The Team Coordination Game: A zero-fidelity simulation abstracted from fire emergency response work practice, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI) 18, 4, 2011, 37 pages.
Kerne, A., Hamilton, W., Toups, Z., Culturally Based Design: Embodying Trans-Surface Interaction in Rummy, Proc CSCW 2012, 509-518 [top 9%].
Damaraju, S., Kerne, A., Comparing Multi-Touch Interaction Techniques for Manipulation of an Abstract Parameter Space, Proc. International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2011, 221-224.
Qu, Y., Kerne, A., Webb, A.M., Herstein, A. Interoperable Metadata Semantics with Meta-Metadata: A Use Case Integrating Search Engines. Proc ACM DocEng 2011, 171-174 [53%].
Toups, Z. O., Hamilton, W. A., Kerne, A. Zero-fidelity simulation: Engaging team coordination without physical, functional, or psychological re-creation, Proc. MODSIM World 2011, 451–459.
Webb, A.M., Kerne, A. Integrating Implicit Structure Visualization with Authoring Promotes Ideation, Proc Joint ACM/IEEE Conf on Digital Libraries (JCDL), June 13–17, 2011, Ottawa, Canada.
Moeller, J., Lupfer, N., Hamilton, B., Lin, H., Kerne, A., intangibleCanvas: Free-Air Finger Painting on a Projected Canvas , CHI Works-in-Progress -- Extended Abstracts of the 29th International Conference on Human factors in computing systems, May 7-12, 2011, Vancouver, BC, CA.
Moeller, J. and Kerne, A., ZeroTouch: A Zero-Thickness Optical Multi-Touch Force Field, CHI Interactivity -- Extended Abstracts of the 29th International Conference on Human factors in computing systems, May 7-12, 2011, Vancouver, BC, CA.


Toups, Z.O., Kerne, A., Hamilton, W. A., Shahzad, N. Zero-Fidelity Simulation of Fire Emergency Response: Improving Team Coordination Learning, Proc CHI 2011, 1959–1968 [26%].
Kerne, A., Qu, Y., Webb, A.M., Damaraju, S., Lupfer, N., Mathur, A. Meta-Metadata: A Metadata Semantics Language for Collection Representation Applications, Proc ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 26–30 2010.
Moeller, J., Kerne, A., Scanning FTIR: Unobtrusive Multi-Touch Sensing through Waveguide Transmissivity Imaging, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Cambridge, MA, Janurary 25–27 2010.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., Deriving Image-Text Document Surrogates to Optimize Cognition, Proc ACM DocEng 2009, Munich, Germany, Sept 16–18.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., Berry, S., Test Collection Management and Labeling System, Proc ACM DocEng 2009, Munich, Germany, Sept 16–18.
Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A., Hamilton, W. Game Design Principles for Engaging Cooperative Play: Core Mechanics and Interfaces for Non-Mimetic Simulation of Fire Emergency Response, Proc ACM SIGGRAPH Games 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, August 3–7, 2009, 71–78, [DOI:10.1145/1581073.1581085].
Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A., Hamilton, W., Blevins, A. Emergent Team Coordination: From Fire Emergency Response Practice to a Non-Mimetic Simulation Game, Proc ACM Group 2009, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, May 10–13, 2009, 341–350, [DOI:10.1145/1531674.1531725].
Hamilton, W., Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A. Synchronized Communication and Coordinated Views: Qualitative Data Discovery for Team Game User Studies, Ext Abs ACM Computer Human Interaction 2009, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, April 4–9, 2009, 4573–4578, [DOI:10.1145/1520340.1520702].
Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A., Hamilton, W. Motivating Play through Score, ACM Computer Human Interaction 2009 Workshop on Engagement by Design, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, April 4–9, 2009.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Smith, S. M., Webb, A., Dworaczyk, B., combinFormation: Mixed-Initiative Composition of Image and Text Surrogates Promotes Information Discovery , ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 27(1), Dec. 2008, 5:1-45,
Kerne, A., Damaraju, S., Kumar, B., and Webb, A. Meta-Metadata: A Semantic Architecture for Multimedia Metadata Definition, Extraction, and Presentation, Poster and Demo Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Semantic and Digital Media Technologies, Koblenz, Germany, 3-5 December 2008.
Damaraju, S., Kerne, A. Multitouch Gesture Learning and Recognition System. , Extended Abstracts of IEEE Workshop on Tabletops and Interactive Surfaces, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1-3 October 2008.
Kerne, A., Toups, Z.O., Dworaczyk, B., Khandelwal, M. A Concise XML Binding Framework Facilitates Practical Object-Oriented Document Engineering , Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Document Engineering, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16-19 September 2008.
Kerne, A., Smith, S.M., Koh, E., Choi, H., Graeber, R., An Experimental Method for Measuring the Emergence of New Ideas in Information Discovery, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI), 24 (5) July 2008, 460-477.
Webb, A., Kerne, A. The In-Context Slider: A Fluid Interface Component for Visualization and Adjustment of Values while Authoring, Proceedings of ACM Advanced Visual Interfaces, Napoli, Italy, 28-30 May 2008.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Representing Collections as Compositions to Support Distributed Creative Cognition and Situated Creative Learning, New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (NRHM), 13(2) Dec 2007, 135-162.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., Webb, A., Damaraju, S., Sturdivant, D., Generating Views of the Buzz: Browsing Popular Media and Authoring using Mixed-Initiative Composition, Proceedings of ACM Multimedia, Augsburg, Germany, 23-29 September 2007.
Koh, E., Caruso, D., Kerne, A., Gutierrez-Osuna, R., Elimination of Junk Document Surrogate Candidates through Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Document Engineering, Winnipeg, Canada, 28-31 August 2007.
Webb, A., A Transitory Interface Component for the In-Context Visualization and Adjustment of a Value , M.S. thesis, Texas A&M University, August 2007.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., Hill, R., Creativity Support: Information Discovery and Exploratory Search, Proceedings of ACM SIGIR Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23-27 July 2007.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Smith, S.M., Choi, H., Graeber, R., Webb., A., Promoting Emergence in Information Discovery by Representing Collections with Composition, Proc ACM Creativity & Cognition, Washington DC, June 2007, 117-126.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Creativity support: the mixed-initiative composition space, Proc Joint ACM/IEEE Conf. on Digital Libraries (JCDL), Vancouver, June 2007, 509-509.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., combinFormation: Exploring Multiple Searches Together through the Mixed-Initiative Composition Space, ACM Computer Human Interaction 2007 Workshop on Exploratory Search and HCI, San Jose, California, USA, April 2007.
Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A., Implicit Coordination in Firefighting Practice: Design Implications for Teaching Fire Emergency Responders, Proc ACM Computer Human Interaction 2007, San Jose, California, USA, April 2007, 277-286.
Toups, Z. O., Kerne, A., Location-Aware Augmented Reality Gaming for Emergency Response Education: Concepts and Development, ACM Computer Human Interaction 2007 Workshop on Mobile Spatial Interaction, San Jose, California, USA, April 2007.
Webb, A., Kerne, A., Koh, E., Joshi, P., Park, Y., Graeber, R., Choreographic Buttons: Promoting Social Interaction through Human Movement and Clear Affordances, Proc ACM Multimedia, Santa Barbara, Oct 2006.
Graeber, R., Kerne, A., Henderson, K., ZooMICSS: a zoomable map image collection sensemaking system (the Katrina Rita context), Proc ACM Multimedia, Santa Barbara, Oct 2006.
Toups, Z. O., Graeber, R., Kerne, A., Tassinary, L., Berry, S., Overby, K., Johnson, M., A Design for Using Physiological Signals to Affect Team Game Play, Proc Augmented Cognition International, Oct 2006, San Francisco.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., I Keep Collecting: College Students Build and Utilize Collections in Spite of Breakdowns, Proc European Conf on Digital Libraries (ECDL), Sept 2006, Alicante, Spain.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Dworaczyk, B., Mistrot, J.M., Choi, H., Smith, S., Graeber, R., Caruso, D., Webb, A., Hill, R., Albea, J., A Mixed-Initiative System for Representing Collections as Compositions of Image and Text Surrogates,
Proc Joint ACM/IEEE Conf. on Digital Libraries (JCDL), June 2006, Chapel Hill.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Choi, H., Dworaczyk, B., Smith, S.M., Hill, R., Albea, J., Supporting Creative Learning Experience with Compositions of Image and Text Surrogates, Proc Ed Media 2006, June 2006, Orlando.
Toups, Z., Overby, K., Kerne, A., Graeber, R., Cooper, T., Alley, E., Censor Chair, ACM SIGCHI Intl Conf on Advances in Computer Entertainment, June 2006, Hollywood.
Alley, E., Cooper, T., Graeber, R., Kerne, A., Overby, K., Toups, Z., Censor Chair: Exploring Censorship and Social Presence through Psychophysiological Sensing, Proc ACM Multimedia, Nov 2005, Singapore, 922-929.
Koh, E., Kerne, A., Berry, S., Test Collection Management and Labeling System, Proc ACM DocEng 2009, Munich, Germany, Sept 16-18.
Stenner, J., Kerne, A., Williams, Y., Playas: Homeland Mirage, ISEA/Zero One, Aug 2006, San Jose.
Stenner, J., Kerne, A., Williams, Y., Playas: Homeland Mirage, Proc ACM Multimedia, Nov 2005, Singapore, 1057-1058.
Kerne, A., doing interface ecology: the practice of metadisciplinarity, Proc SIGGRAPH Art and Animation,
Aug 2005, Los Angeles, 181-185.
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Sundaram, V., Mistrot, J.M., Generative semantic clustering in spatial hypertext, Proc ACM Document Engineering 2005, Nov 2005, Bristol, UK, 84-93.
Kerne, A., Smith, S.M., Choi, H., Graeber, R., Caruso, D., Evaluating Navigational Surrogate Formats with Divergent Browsing Tasks, Proc ACM CHI, April 2005, Portland, Oregon.
Kerne, A., Mistrot, J.M., Khandelwal, M.,Sundaram, V., Koh, E., Using Composition to Re-Present Personal Collections of Hypersigns, Proc Computational Semiotics in Games and New Media (CoSIGN), Sept 2004, Split, Croatia.

Thanks for support provided by the National Science Foundation.