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Research Projects
Developing Technology to Support Complex Work of Trauma Teams
CAIP/SC&I, Rutgers University, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, & Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
The goal of this project is to lower the potential for medical errors during resuscitation by providing an integrated information capture and display system to be used during trauma resuscitation. Current work includes comprehensive user studies that will lead towards understanding of collaboration, information sharing, and communication in the trauma bay. We are employing the principles of ethnographic approach (observations of real and simulated trauma resuscitations, focus groups and interviews with trauma team members) to identify current problems and the points where errors are critical. Findings from these studies will be used to specify the rules for displaying verbal and visual information.
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RU faculty members:

Ivan Marsic, CAIP
Ahmed Elgammal, CS
Michael E. Lesk, SC&I
Aleksandra Sarcevic, SC&I

RWJUH/CNMC faculty members:

Randall S. Burd, MD, PhD, CNMC
Jeffrey S. Hammond, MD, RWJUH
Meredith Tinti, MD, RWJUH
Minnette Markus-Rodden, PCCNP, R.N., RWJUH


Siddika Parlak, CAIP
Turgay Senlet, CS
Ishani Chakraborty, CS

Finding Happiness: Indexing Emotions in Digital Video
SC&I, Rutgers University
In this research, we proposed a novel way of searching large video data collections semi-automatically for instances of people expressing emotions. This could be done by engaging the user’s intelligence in the search process in conjunction with an automated search assistant (agent) that would not only perform searches but also help the user phrase queries and define new search concepts. Research plan includes extensive user studies followed by the software development in collaboration with researchers from SIEMENS Corporate Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ.

This work was funded by the National Science Foundation (IIS-0441172).
Slow Tetris: Collaboration across Heterogeneous Computer Platforms
CAIP Center, Rutgers University

This research compared collaborations taking place in homogeneous and heterogeneous environments in two situations: 1) when one collaborator leads the communication, and 2) when both collaborators equally participate in the communication. In particular, we studied consequences of introducing two types of platform disparities: 1) display size, 2) and dimensionality of the representation. We analyzed the performance and conversations taking place looking for changes in the collaboration, so we can have a better understanding of how to support the collaboration among mixed environments.
See paper published in the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.
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This work was funded by the National Science Foundation
(CNS-0123910), New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, and by the Rutgers Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP) and its corporate affiliates.

For the purpose of this study we developed a video game called Slow Tetris:

Faculty members:

Marilyn M. Tremaine
Ivan Marsic

Research Associate:

Allan Meng Krebs


Maria C. Velez
Bogdan Dorohonceanu
Dezhi Wu
Aleksandra Sarcevic


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Last updated: February 27, 2011