Mobile Matters

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At a Glance

8:00 Check-in and Breakfast - Diamond Atrium

8:30 Welcome Address - Jennifer Barton, Vice President for Research, University of Arizona - South Ballroom

9:15 Morning Breakout Sessions/Workshops

11:30 Lunch & Keynote Address - Professor Daniel B. Work, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - South Ballroom

1:15 Afternoon Breakout Sessions/Workshops

3:30 Poster Session & Networking - Diamond Atrium



Title: Welcome Address
Presenter(s): Jennifer Barton
Abstract: Welcome Address by Dr. Jennifer Barton,  Interim Vice President for Research, University of ARizona
Location: South Ballroom


Title: SBS Goes Mobile with jQuery Mobile
Presenter(s): David Celaya
Abstract: The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce its first mobile services—Wise Advising and Ticket Dog! Wise Advising is an appointment scheduling system allowing students to make appointments with advisors on the go. Ticket Dog allows faculty and staff to request technical, IT support while away from their desks. Both Wise Advising and Ticket Dog were built using jQuery Mobile—an HTML5-compliant user-interface system built on the jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Topics include page structure, widgets, theming, and navigation.
Track: Research
Location: Catalina Room

Title: A Blind Child CAN Use an iPad - Learn About the AnimalWatch Vi Suite Project's App & More
Presenter(s): L Penny Rosenblum and Tom Hicks
Abstract: Students who are blind and have low vision can have success with iPad apps! During this session the audience will learn the background to the AnimalWatch Vi Suite's 3 year federal project and discuss current training programs for teachers in Arizona. We will view a demonstration of the AnnimalWatch app with Bluetooth keyboard and refreshable braille display as well as the UAbacus app that was developed in collaboration with OIA.
Track: Education
Location: Rincon Room

Title: An introduction to including social media in mobile applications
Presenter(s): Mike Mckisson
Abstract: TBD
Track: Social Media
Location: Santa Rita Room

Title: Mobile Matters… Now What?! Understanding the Mobile Landscape
Presenter(s): Auste Viesulas
Abstract: Mobile matters, but it’s a complex and ever-changing landscape. This interactive session will provide you with a high-level overview of the mobile ecosystem. You’ll get a better understanding of the different sectors of the industry, and understand how to map your job search within this dynamic but complex environment, and develop the right questions to ask as you decide where to focus your entrepreneurial energies.
Track: Best Practice
Location: Tucson Room

Title: Workshop: Teaching with Mobile Technologies
Presenter(s): Jonathan Sprinkle, Vanessa Garrison, and Gregory Anderson
Abstract: Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle, Assistant Professor, ECE
Vanessa Garrison, Applications Systems Analyst/Developer, Senior, SBS
Gregory Anderson, Information Technology Manager, Classroom Technology Services
Track: Research
Location: North Ballroom


Title: Interactive Abstract Mirrors on Mobile Devices.
Presenter(s): Javier Villegas
Abstract: If you are interested in video processing projects and multimedia installations, have you considered using mobile devices?  Mobile devices are well suited for interactive video processing since they are simultaneously capable of image capture, display and manipulation. In this session, we’ll discuss some of the exciting capabilities of mobile and develop an understanding of key design decisions which impact interactive art projects on mobile platforms. In particular, we’ll discuss design issues that involved porting into mobile environments (e.g., the iPad) and an analysis/synthesis strategy for the creation of real-time abstract representations of the camera input -- A key component of many of my interactive arts projects.
Track: Research
Location: Catalina Room

Title: Apps in a Flash
Presenter(s): Charlie Hill and Gary Carstensen
Abstract: This talk will describe how the OIA Programming Team uses Adobe Flash® Professional to create mobile apps.  The apps they create can be built to install on iOS and Android devices, as well as on a desktop (PC or Mac).   Using Flash® saves time, as the code has to only be written once to create apps for multiple types of devices; smart phones, iPads, Kindle Fire, etc.  The team uses Adobe Flash Professional® and the output is packaged with an embedded AIR® Runtime to make it available to multiple operating systems.  Apps that have already been created using this method include: Chemistry by Design, the UAbacus, the Heart App and the Pottery App (State Museum).
Track: Education
Location: Rincon Room

Title: The Smartrek Project - How UA Planted a Seed and Helped it Grow
Presenter(s): Yi-Chang Chu
Abstract: Smartrek is a collaborative easy-to-use traffic app powered by a sophisticated backend system. Smartrek rewards drivers for leaving earlier, later and/or taking a less congested route. Smartrek aims to solve the urban congestion problems through active demand management. Smartrek has been entirely funded by UA visionaries in its early development stage, followed by various institutional resources. Three years mark a long journey for a UA faculty but many credits go to several university forward-looking leaders. This talks presents the history of the Smartrek project, how we focused on Why, then How and What to communicate with various audience along the way, and what we have learned from users and investment community, and where we go from here.
Track: Business
Location: Santa Rita Room

Title: Technology, a means to an end
Presenter(s): Thibault Imbert
Abstract: Technology is fascinating, but should this be what's driving us? What are the things you can do to differentiate yourself today? With all that noise, what are things you should be looking at? In this talk we will look at the different technologies available today to build amazing experiences and what's coming tomorrow. We will focus on the importance of learning, crafting and getting out of your comfort zone and most importantly, never be religious about a technology.
Track: Research
Location: Tucson Room

Title: Workshop: The Design Process: Mobile Web & Mobile Apps
Presenter(s): Evi Loveres and Jenny Wendt
Abstract: Evi Loveres, Visual Designer,  Vice President Student Affairs Office
Jenny Wendt,  Interaction Designer,  Vice President Student Affairs Office
Turn that killer idea into a mobile site or app that makes your users say 'ahhhh' - and not out of frustration! Following these simple steps will demystify the process of building a user-centric mobile experience. Looking at planning, content, hierarchy, mood boards, wireframes that deal with fat fingers, tons of viewport sizes and orientations, and yes, the fact that your experience won't just end at launch, this session will have exercises and takeaways that you can apply to your next great app / site idea.
Track: Best Practice
Location: North Ballroom

12:00pm - Keynote Address

Title: Monitoring traffic with smartphones during extreme congestion events
Presenter(s): Daniel B. Work, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract: The rapid growth of data streams from smartphones has fundamentally changed how transportation systems are monitored, and also how this information is communicated to commuters. For example, many commercial companies now offer real-time traffic information based predominantly off of GPS data from smartphones, which is a dramatic shift from prior systems based on expensive, dedicated traffic sensing infrastructure.

This talk will detail some of the motivations for this shift, and some of the new challenges we face when building systems reliant on smartphone based sensing. While the coverage and capabilities of these systems continue to expand, achieving accurate traffic estimates during special events remains a difficult problem. This is because the real-time data streams from GPS equipped smartphones are often sparse in space and time, especially on surface streets. Moreover, during extreme events, many municipalities deploy human traffic controllers to manage atypical traffic conditions, which further increases the need for sensing.

Motivated by these issues, I will describe a new approach to monitor traffic with smartphones, known as TrafficTurk. Inspired by Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for crowd-sourcing human intelligence tasks, TrafficTurk enables temporary large-scale traffic sensor deployments to improve data coverage during extreme congestion events. TrafficTurk emulates the simple but surprisingly effective manual counting devices traffic movement counters used by most municipalities to periodically measure traffic counts at intersections, but with streaming data capabilities and cheap deployment costs. Experimental deployments in New York following Hurricane Sandy and a 100-node test in Urbana will be discussed.

Location: South Ballroom


Title: Make Your Own Icon Font
Presenter(s): Rebecca Macaulay
Abstract: With device display densities on the rise, traditional methods for displaying graphical elements are quickly becoming obsolete; stick a 72dpi graphic on a retina display and you'll see what I mean. Support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) is still sketchy, but support for fonts—also vector-based—is better. I will demonstrate how to make your own eye-candy icons and get them on your site by means of an open-source vector software (Inkscape), the CSS3 @fontyourface declaration, and a couple of online services.
Track: Business
Location: Catalina Room

Title: Beyond Responsive: Javascript recipes for making your website behave more like an app
Presenter(s): Thomas Bourgeois
Abstract: The browser delivers way more than just content. Javascript straight-up or leveraged with libraries like jquery or modernizr can enhance user interaction in very sophisticated ways with not very much overhead. In this talk we’ll learn functional examples techniques to add app-like behaviors to your site such as: infinite scrolling and emulating push notifications. If time permits we will delve into examples of ajax and json (using Drupal) that can add some data service options to further extend your site's capabilities.
Track: Best Practice
Location: Santa Rita Room

Title: Overcoming the GAP Between K-12 and Next Step – College
Presenter(s): Thomas Molina and Michelle Ortiz
Abstract: In this presentation we will explore technologies that can be used alongside instructional solutions to overcome gaps between high school learning and college learning.
Track: Education
Location: Rincon Room

Title: UA Enterprise GIS:  Responsive Web Map Application
Presenter(s): Grant McCormick, Balaji Viswanathan, and Matt Rahr
Abstract: The University's Enterprise GIS has developed a new responsive web map application which will be described in terms of its development process, its current functionality, and its vision for providing greater value for the UA community into the future.
Track: Best Practice
Location: Tucson Room

Title: Workshop: Tech Transfer Arizona
Presenter(s): Doug Hockstad
Abstract: Doug Hockstad, Director, Tech Transfer Arizona
Track: Business
Location: North Ballroom


Title: eContent: Using Etexts for Teaching, An Update
Presenter(s): Garry Forger, Cheryl Cuillier, and Ryan Hively
Abstract: The University of Arizona is involved in a pilot project for the Fall 2013 semester exploring the use of eTexts and the Courseload eContent platform.  In this session we will provide an update on the progress of the pilot, provide feedback we have received from both students and faculty on the use of the etext platform, and we talk about the Courseload interface and answer questions on acquiring and using the platform. Campus partners for the pilot: UITS, OIA, University Libraries and UA Bookstore.  Relevant links:  eContent  Courseload
Track: Education
Location: Catalina Room

Title: Today’s Technology Making 1984 Reality
Presenter(s): Thomas Molina and Kay Mathiesen
Abstract: Today’s technology allows greater access to real-time activity information than ever before. This talk will explore access to data from a business perspective and then incorporate the legal and ethical implications of access.
Track: Business
Location: Rincon Room

Title: Mobile Accessibility
Presenter(s): Dawn Hunziker
Abstract: Individuals with disabilities and mobile Web users experience similar interactions and barriers when using the Web.  By following the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines” and “Mobile Web Best Practices,” Web content is more accessible to everyone regardless of situation, environment or device. This session will highlight shared design techniques in the guidelines which ensure Web content is accessible for all users.
Track: Best Practice
Location: Santa Rita Room

Title: Mobile Meeting Schedule: a Responsive Table in the Real World
Presenter(s): Mark Newhouse
Abstract: How did adaptability and a pinch of JavaScript solve a mobile scheduling nightmare? Join this session to learn how a messy meeting table was transformed to mobile through a web search, existing tools, and a creative solution. Come take a look at how it was done!
Track: Best Practice
Location: Tucson Room

Title: Workshop: SociaLink
Presenter(s): Hector Rosales
Abstract: Hector Rosales, Student, Eller College of Management and College of Humanities & Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, SociaLink App
Track: Social Media
Location: North Ballroom

Symposium Tracks

Research: How is mobile technology impacting and influencing the way you conduct research? Have you developed an app to collect or map data? How have mobile technologies helped you distribute information and/or improve how you communicate with existing or new populations?

Social Media: How are you leveraging mobile technologies to facilitate how you and your audiences connect? How are you weaving the power of platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram into your mobile strategy? How do you use mobile to rally groups, spread news and reach new people? And what results/metrics have you gathered that show your success?

Business: What are the marketing, design and consumer basics that you wish every developer understood? How have you cultivated an idea from seedling to a fruitful product?

Best Practices: Aside from its great seed idea, every great app is developed on the successes – and failures – of its predecessors. How has your app set a higher bar for key elements, like accessibility, usability, development techniques, marketing and security? What best practices did YOU take into account when developing your app? If your app flopped, why? What key lessons did you learn to ensure your next app is a success?

Education: What ideas do you have to improve the academic environment? Is it an opportunity for students to learn outside the standard classroom? How is mobile enabling faculty to share their knowledge and collaborate? We want to hear how you are shaping and changing the face of learning and education with mobile technology!

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