andrew m. webb
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at LSU

My research interest is in human-centered computing, specifically in bimanual interaction, information visualization, interface design, computer vision for tracking movement, art (and the beautiful interchange science and art can have), and wearable computing.

I am actively involved in the HCI research community. I have reviewed papers for ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), Multimedia (MM), Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), and Internation Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI). I have served on the program committee for Creativity and Cognition, CHI Works-in-Progress, and CHI Workshops. I have co-chaired two workshops on Evaluation Methods for Creativity Support Environments at CHI 2013 and Design Computing and Cognition 2012.

My dissertation research developed Emmâ, short for Embodied IdeaMÂCHÉ, a creativity support environment that enables visual designers to work directly with their hands, through pen and multi-touch interaction, to collect and organize information and sketch and annotate admist the freefrom, non-linear medium of information composition. My Master's thesis developed an new fluid, transitory interface component, the In-Context Slider, for visualization and adjustment of a value near a participant's point of focus. combinFormation uses the In-Context Slider as an interface for the human participant to express interest (provide feedback on relevance) on elements within a mixed-initiative composition to help direct the agents.

Being a member of the Interface Ecology Lab, I've had the opportunity to mix artistic avocations with systematic science, to design interfaces for the playful and the efficient, to explore ideas of embodied interactions that promote social invitation, and to bridge disciplinary domains improving research and understanding. In doing so, I've collected not only a better awareness of my own research but also an inflection to my creative process - a bend in my design methodology. A bend away from creating just the beautiful and practical towards designing for the experiential, the expressive, the embodied.

publications, presentations, exhibitions

Webb, A. M., Fowler, H., Kerne, A., Newman, G., Kim, J.-H., Mackay, W. E. Interstices: Sustained Spatial Relationships between Hands and Surfaces Reveal Anticipated Action, Proc. of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019, Glasgow, UK.
Lupfer, N., Fowler, H., Valdez, A., Webb, A., Merrill, J., Newman, G., Kerne, A. Multiscale Design Strategies from a Landscape Architecture Classroom, Proc. ACM DIS 2018, 1081-1093 [25%].
Webb, A.M., Kerne, A., Brown, Z., Kim, J.H., Kellogg, E., LayerFish: Bimanual Layering with a Fisheye In-Place, Proc. ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces 2016, Niagara Falls, Canada. [28%].
Webb, A.M., Pahud, M., Hinckley, K., Buxton, B., Wearables as Context for Guiard-abiding Bimanual Touch, Proc. ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2016, Tokyo, Japan. [20.6%].
Webb, A.M., Kerne, A., Linder, R., Lupfer, N, Qu, Y., Keith, K., Carrasco, M., Chen, Y., A Free-form Medium for Curating the Digital,in England, D., Schiphorst, T., Bryan-Kinns, N. eds. Curating the Digital Space for Art and Interaction, Springer, 2016, 73-87.
Webb, A.M., Wang, C., Kerne, A., Cesar, P., Distributed Liveness: Understanding How New Technologies Transform Performance Experiences, Proc. ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016, 432-437. [25%].
Webb, A.M., Pen + Touch Diagramming to Stimulate Design Ideation, Proc. ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015, Graduate Symposium, 331-332.
Linder, R., Lupfer, N., Kerne, A., Webb, A. M., Hill, C., Qu, Y., Keith, K., Carrasco M., Kellogg, E. Beyond Slideware: How a Free-form Presentation Medium Stimulates Free-form Thinking in the Classroom, Proc. ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015, 285-294. [28%].
Lupfer, N., Hamiliton, W. Webb, A., Linder, R., Edmonds, E., and Kerne, A., The Art.CHI Gallery: An Embodied Iterative Curation Experience, Interactivity Exhibit, Proc CHI 2015 EA.
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. reader's guide
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.
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.
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. Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2013, [29%]. [video]
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, 53-62 [32%].
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.
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.
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 [DOI=10.1145/2034691.2034729].
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.
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.
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.
Webb, A. and 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.
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.
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 and Cognition 2007, 117-126 [23%].
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.
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.