University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ)

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to update the blog. Well, after Stanford I spent a fantastic half a day walking around San Francisco, and then I got into the almost eternal flight to New Zeeland. There I was received by Carl Gutwin, my supervisor, and by Andy Cockburn, who leads the HCI and Multimedia Lab. (Note: Andy is probably the best host ever).

My last day in NZ I got to visit the lab, and meet and get to know the work of Andy’s students and David Ahlstrom, a visiting researcher. David is an expert in menu selection. Jason Alexander is just finishing his Ph.D., but he is already well known for his work on document navigation. Finally, the other student I got to spend considerable time with is Suzanne Tak, who is bulding some fancy prototypes for application switching (let’s hope that she releases the first version to the public soon!).

After that I got to briefly visit the HIT lab, meet Mark Billinghurst, and see a demo by Andy’s ex-student Julian Looser.

Christchurch has definitely been one of the highlights of the trip so far. I would like to thank everyone for their hospitality (special thanks to Andy), and for their insightful questions at the talk.

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