Katherine Isbister

August 2012

Spending the second summer of my Humboldt Experienced Researcher fellowship here in Berlin, working hard on papers and proposals, as well as a book for MIT Press, and catching a breather from a busy research year. In the 2011-2012 academic year my lab group did quite a bit of demo-ing of Scoop! our movement-based math game funded by Microsoft Research--we presented it at CHI, Foundations of Digital Games, the National Science and Engineering Festival in Washington in D.C. and at the World Science Festival in our own backyard in June. We ran a rigorous study on the effects of Scoop! that we are writing up now.

We also finished up Yamove! our cooperative dance battle game funded by Yahoo Research. Yamove! debuted at the NYU Game Center's No Quarter exhibition, and was also featured at the World Science Festival. I'll be giving a keynote at Mobile HCI in September discussing the research basis and outcomes from this project.

Finally, I am very proud of a Ph.D. student I'm co-advising, Napa Sae-Bae, for her excellent full CHI paper on the multi-touch authentication iPad application she has been developing. Napa's project was featured in Forbes and the New York Times this past year!