TAMU Embodied Interaction Lab (TEILab)
TEILab focuses on interaction research based on the premise that humans are embodied beings. Essentially, if the human mind is 'designed' to function in a physical, spatial, temporal, and social world, how do we account for such higher-level thinking as abstraction, learning, creativity, self-identity, and motivation. For Human-Computer Interaction research, our question becomes how one might design technology to support such higher-level functions around the principles of human embodiment. TEILab explores these questions with our collaborators in a variety of areas, most prominently in human learning and creativity nurture, learning/reading support for individuals with blindness or severe visual impairment, multimodal analysis of human communication, and general human experience.
Major Recent and Upcoming Activities
- We are nearing the end of the first year of working with grade 3-5 students in Neal Elementary School on our NSF-supported "Making the Maker" project. On April 21, 2016, students and teachers from Neal Elementary and the Superintendent of Bryan Independent School District came to the Texas A&M Campus to present their projects and learning to TAMU faculty and students.
- We just concluded two successful "Making the Maker" workshops/studies on December 6 and 13 where children created lighted stories where children employed electronics-infused artwork to construct multi-media stories in our "Maker Theater". The stories are on our YouTube channel (or just go to our YouTube Playlist).
- Our next studies will be on January 24 and 31. Parents can register their 8 - 10 year-old children for the workshop/study at [Making the Maker]. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by emailing Sharon Chu
- We were awarded a NSF grant to explore Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. Convergence HTF: From Making to Micro-Manufacture: Reimagining Work Beyond Mass Production
- We received a new NSF grant on study physical enactment of imagination as a means to support expressive writing,. EXP: To Enact, To Tell, To Write: A Bridge to Expressive Writing through Digital Enactment
- Prof Sharon Chu and Prof Francis Quek gives an invited keynote at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology event on Teaching and Making on August 20, 2016.
- Prof F. Quek gives the closing plenary keynote at Fablearn Europe on June 20, 2016 in Preston UK. Title of talk: "Making in the Classroom: The Rationale, the Challenge, and the Imperative.
- We received a new grant EAGER: Making in the Colonias: Motivating STEM Participation through Making as Micro-Manufacture from a proposal in response to the National Science Foundation Dear Colleague letter on Making and Education.
- We received a new grant CHS: Small: Connecting Across Distances: Emotional Support for At-Risk Individuals through Remote Touch from the National Science Foundation, Cyber-Human Systems Program
- We have released our Making the Maker website: "http://MakingtheMaker.tamu.edu'" that serves as the face of the project. Educators and researchers can go to the site for information of how they may incorporate our research and approach in their own work and teaching
- Paper appears in ToCHI, a flagship journal of Human-Computer Interaction
- Ji-Sun Kim, Denis Gračanin, Taeyoung Yang, and Francis Quek. 2015. Action-Transferred Navigation Technique Design Approach Supporting Human Spatial Learning. "ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI)" 22, 6, Article 30 (September 2015), 42 pages. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2811258
- Paper garners Outstanding Paper Award at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction: ICMI
- Elglaly, Y. and Quek, F., “Digital Reading Support for The Blind by Multimodal Interaction,” Accepted in ACM International Conference of Multimodal Interaction, Awarded Outstanding Paper Award, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 (acceptance rate: 18% for oral presentations).
- NSF announces new ITEST award to Quek & colleagues: Strategies: Making the Maker: A Pathway to STEM for Elementary School Students
- Paper named best paper of International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS):
- Chu, S., Quek, F., and Tanenbaum, J., “Performative Authoring: Nurturing Storytelling in Children through Imaginative Enactment,” International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), Istanbul Turkey, 2013. (Awarded Best Paper of Conference Honors).
In the News
- 21st February, 2018: Our work on e-readers for the blind is feature on Texas A&M Today along with a nice video. Texas A&M Professor Develops Novel Reading Technology For The Blind
- 14th December, 2017: Our Maker learning program is featured in the Eagle News. Making the Makers: Pilot program, developed by A&M, gives kids at Neal Elementary tools to pursue STEM, By Aimee Breaux 
- 21st September, 2017: NSF announces a set of awards of on Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, including our From Making to Micro-Manufacture: Reimaging work beyond mass production workshop. NSF Issues First Convergence Awards – Including those in Human Technology Frontier Space
- 11th September, 2017: Texas A&M University announces our NSF Making to Micro-manufacture workshop. Visualization Professor Earns NSF Grant To Explore Future Of Mass Manufacturing
- 24th August, 2017: NSF announces a set of awards that addresses important societal needs through research, including our From Making to Micro-Manufacture: Reimaging work beyond mass production workshop.v NSF issues first Convergence awards, addressing societal challenges through scientific collaboration
- 19th June, 2017: Our teacher's workshop to support Making-baed education through teacher involvement is featured in the College of Architecture ArchONE news. Teacher 'making' workshop aids study, promotes STEM education.
- 7th December, 2016: Our research on STEM learning in the rural Colonias region is featured in the College of Architecture ArchONE news. "Visualization profs heading STEM study in two colonias schools
- 21st April, 2016: Neal Elementary School students with whom we have worked for nearly a year visited the Texas A&M University Campus to present their science to TAMU administrators, faculty, and students. KBTX TV came to the event and did a news spot: Bryan students engage with Texas A&M for hands-on learning
- 11th March, 2016: Texas A&M Today news highlights our research in supporting STEM learning in elementary education. Kids Explore Science With Viz Prof.
- 19th January, 2016: The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) First Bell picked up the coverage of our Neal Elementary School event: NSF Funds STEM Program That Pairs University Professors With Elementary School Students.
- 15th January, 2016: Our Making the Maker project ran a demo for parents and teachers at our Neal Elementary School site, and was covered in the local newspaper, The Eagle: Educators look to spur students' interest in STEM programs
- 3rd December, 2014: Our research on the design and development of an E-reader for the blind is featured on the Department of Visualization and the College of Architecture ArchOne website: TAMU team refines software to help visually impaired readers
- 2nd December, 2014: Our vision of widespread Making and electronics is mentioned as an example Texas A&M innovative research Innovation: An Aggie Way Of Life.
- 22nd October, 2014: The Battalion newspaper covers our NSF grant work 'Making the Maker' and other research in TEILab: New technologies raise awareness in STEM careers
- 30th September, 2014: Architecture features TEILab research on relationship between STEM learning, children's self-image, and 'Making': Study eyes influence of STEM activities on children for underrepresented groups
- 30th September, 2014:Architecture News announces establishment of the TEILab with focus on assistive technology & 'Making': New lab focuses on assistive technology, interconnectivity
- 6th December, 2013: TAMU announces Prof. Quek's hire on the President's signature hire program on STEM: TAMU initiative draws renowned researcher to visualization faculty