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Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Making Hospitals Safer
Ann Arbor, MI

An engaging talk on the role of human factors engineering in making medical devices safer and a tour of the National Center for Patient Safety's hands-on museum of medical devices. Brought to you by The The Michigan Usability Professionals' Association and the University of Michigan student chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Live Web Site Evaluations: Branding, Message, Content, and Usability
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Perficient, Inc.

November 8 , 2007
World Usability Day for Michigan
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/71425636
The Michigan State University Usability & Accessibility Center in conjunction with the Michigan Usability Professionals? Association

The event focused on usability in healthcare and included workshops and presentations on usability in software, products, and health care services by the following usability experts: Jason Withrow, Richard Sheridan, Jennifer Baird, Shane Lovellette, Janine A. Purcell, James Brennan, Sumanth Muthyala, Ergin Salih, Laurie Kantner, and Dr. S. Ann Becker.

October 16, 2007
Live Web Site Evaluations: Message, Branding, and Usability
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Senior Usability Architect, Compuware Corporation

August 21, 2007
Design for Two Different Generations: A User Experience Challenge
Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

July 24 , 2007
Optimizing the User Experience for Package Design
Laura Bix, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Michigan State University School of Packaging

May 20, 2007
Alarming Usability: Optimizing the Design of an Alarm Clock
Follow up slides [1,30 MB]

March 28, 2007
Creating and Evangelizing a Corporate Web Standards & Usability Program
Deb Ermiger, EDS

February 19-22, 2007
Internet User Experience 2007 Third Annual Conference
A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today's web site user experience: http://www.internetuserexperience.biz/

January 17, 2007
Search Analytics: Diagnosing What Ails Your Site
Louis Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld Media
Presentation slides

November 14, 2006
World Usability Day for Michigan
http://www.usability.msu.edu/conf2006.asp
A full day of free workshops and presentations on the topics of usability and accessibility as they relate to everything from web sites to automobiles.

Live Web Site Evaluations (Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus)
Community-based user research (Jeff Grabill)
New Communication Technology for the Deaf (Christopher Hunter)
Vehicle Order Management Usability (Chad Esselink)
"Products for People" Podcasts (Tim Keirnan and Tom Brinck)
Driver Distraction Research (Paul A. Green)

August 16, 2006
Survey of User Interface Prototyping Tools
Brian Phelps,
Pfizer.
Presentation [3,11 MB]

August 9, 2006
Obsession: Finding the Sympathetic Heart of Design
Tom Brinck, Creative Director, A9.com.
Presentation [1.68 MB]

June 27, 2006
SnagIt 8 ? The Challenge of (Re)designing a Successful Product, TechSmith Corp.
Balancing your product?s user experience between ease of use, the ability to discover its capabilities and creating an overall positive response is a tall order, but when you get it right, the payback is worth the effort.
Presentation [2.11 MB]

May 18, 2006
Usability Practitioners and Technical Communicators--Kindred Spirits?
A panel of four speakers discussing how usability and technical communication intersect, overlap, or occasionally have areas of contention
Mary Jane Northrop, Enlighten PPT presentation [3.32 MB]
Gina Tecos, Usability Engineer at Compuware Corporation. PPT presentation [1.2 MB]
Laurie Kantner, Director of Client Services at Tec-Ed, Inc. PPT presentation [1.4 MB]
Timothy Keirnan, Jackson National Life Insurance. Presentation [1.7 MB]

February 20-23, 2006
INTERNET USER EXPERIENCE 2006 conference
A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today's web site user experience: http://www.internetuserexperience.biz/

November 3, 2005
World Usability Day for Michigan
http://usability.msu.edu/conf3.asp
Real World Usability Success Story
Carol Barnum, Professor of Information Design and Co-Director of the Usability Center, Southern Polytechnic State University, and author of Usability Testing and Research

Useful, Usable, AND Desirable: How One Washer Changed the Face of Laundry
Laura Vennie and Sara Ulius Sabel, Usability Specialists from Whirlpool

Accessibility Experts Lead the Way to Profits by Design
Speakers: Stephen Blosser and Michael J. Hudson MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

User Experiences and System Issues with Online Recommender Systems
Speaker: Joseph Konstan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, and author of Word of Mouse: The Marketing Power of Collaborative Filtering

October 12, 2005
Live Usability Evaluations of Local Web Sites
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, President of the Michigan UPA and UPA International Board Member
Sites relevant to Southeast Michigan were reviewed. These included Thomson Gale, Jackson National Life Insurance, and Techsmith Corporation

October 4, 2005
Live Usability Evaluations of Local Web Sites
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, President of the Michigan UPA and UPA International Board Member
Sites relevant to Western Michigan were reviewed. These included Amway, National City, and Zondervan

May 11, 2005
Latest Research: Human Behavior on the Web
Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International
Bibliography

March 14-15 , 2005
INTERNET USER EXPERIENCE 2005 conference
A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today's web site user experience: http://www.iue2005.com

February 23, 2005
Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Developing Useful and Usable Software
Barbara Mirel, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and author of Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Designing Useful and Usable Software

December 2, 2004
The UMTRI Driving Simulator and Its Use for Driver Interface Research
Dr. Paul Green, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Interview with Paul Green

October 26-27, 2004
Second Annual Usability and Accessibility Conference
USABLE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Persuasive Communication in Industry, Government, & Higher Education
A two-day conference for professionals, faculty, researchers, Web designers, systems software developers, and IT managers across a broad range of disciplines and industries: http://usability.msu.edu/conf/

October 5, 2004
UPA International Efforts to Ensure Voting Usability: Can Usability Truly Save Democracy?
Josephine Scott, Compuware Corporation
Interview with Josephine Scott

August 24, 2004
PDtrials.org: Accessibility and Usability in the Design of a Web Site for Parkinson's
Disease
Tom Brinck, Diamond Bullet Design
QuickTime Presentation [8,223 KB]
Interview with Tom Brinck

July 20, 2004
Methods & Deliverables of Web User Experience
Jason Withrow,Washtenaw Community College
PPT presentation [439 KB]
Interview with Jason Withrow

June 24, 2004
User interface design and evaluation at Bose Corporation
Dr. David Aurelio, Bose Corporation

May 6, 2004
Usability: A Business Case
Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

April 1, 2004
Usability ROI: Making it Practical
Stephanie Rosenbaum, Founder and President, Tec-Ed, Inc.

March 16, 2004
TechSmith Case Study: Usability Evolution and How It Impacted a Usability Product
Shane Lovelette, TechSmith Corporation
Magelone Bollen, TechSmith Corporation
Allen Dalton, TechSmith Corporation

November 19, 2003
Search Log Analysis for User Research
Louis Rosenfeld, Independent Consultant

September 30, 2003
Identifying and Exploring Innovative Design Opportunities Through Design
Research and Prototype Development
Pamela Nyberg, Sanford Corporation

May 29, 2003
The State of Web Site Usability Today and Next Steps for Improvement in the Short and Long Term
Keith Instone, IBM
Laurie Kantner, Tec-Ed, Inc.
Tom Brinck, Diamond Bullet Design
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Compuware Corporation

April 15, 2003
Section 508: Aiming for Accessibility
Piyusha Paradkar, UI Answers

February 20, 2003
Introducing Usability to Development Staff through 'Certification'
Robert Watkins, Flagstar Bank

UPA's Position on Certification
Laurie Kantner, Tec-Ed, Inc.

January 23, 2003
Stalking the User: How Anthropology Helps Design Successful Products
Stephanie Rosenbaum, Tec-Ed, Inc.

December 11, 2002
Egreetings Web Site Redesign: An Information Architect's Approach
Chris Farnum, ProQuest

November 14, 2002
Usable Graphic Design Essentials for the Web: What usability specialists should know about design and implementation of web graphics (and what graphic/visual designers should know about usability)
Yelena Babin, Interface Design and Graphics Consultant

October 16, 2002
CyberLaw and You: What New Media Professionals Must Know
Christopher Julliet, Technical Writer, Consultant, and Attorney

April 9, 2002
Usability on Consumer Retail Web Sites: Is There Still a Problem?
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Compuware Corporation

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