CSE Strategic Hiring Initiative

Jaime Ruiz
Eliciting Gestures from Users
Colorado State University
White 411
March 17, 2016

An elicitation study is a widely used tool in user-centric computing to inform the design of gestures. This approach consists of presenting participants with a system action or task and requesting them to suggest a gesture to be used as a trigger.  In the first part of the talk, I will discuss the benefits of conducting elicitation studies and highlight our work using elicitations studies to design and categorize gestures for new interaction techniques for smartphones and smartwatches. In the second half of this talk, I will present some ongoing work aiming to modify the elicitation procedure in order to elicit more natural gesture sets.  I will conclude the talk with a description of our vision of gestural interaction in relation to work we are currently undertaking as part of at $2.1 million, 5-year grant funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


Jaime Ruiz is an Assistant Professor and director of the HCI Lab in the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Ruiz holds a BS in Psychology from University of California, Davis, a MS in Computer Science from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo in Canada. He was CSU’s first recipient of a Google Faculty Award, and is currently a co-PI on a $2.2 million USDA NIFA grant and a $2.1 million DARPA grant.