Dr. Gwizdka meets with president of PolandFerguson, John  | Oct 09, 2017
On Sept. 20, Texas iSchool Assistant Professor Jacek Gwizdka took part in a meeting with President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej Duda at the Kościuszko Foundation in New York City, where they discussed how to increase and improve scientific and scholarly exchanges at all levels between the United States and Poland.
Dr. Gwizdka was one of 25 scholars of Polish origin and ancestry who work at American universities and research institutions who were invited to the meeting. The 25 scholars were selected from STEM disciplines represented by Polish scientists in the Kościuszko Foundation Collegium of Eminent Scientists, to which Dr. Gwizdka was elected in 2015.
Founded in 1925, the Kościuszko Foundation is a national not-for-profit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian organization named for Thaddeus Kościuszko, a close friend of Thomas Jefferson's, with whom he shared ideals of human rights.
In 1798, Kościuszko dedicated all his American assets to the education and freedom of U.S. slaves. The Kościuszko Foundation is dedicated to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increase American understanding of Polish culture and history. The foundation has also awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.
Dr. Gwizdka investigates eye-tracking for adaptive user interfacesFerguson, John  | Jul 17, 2017
School of Information Assistant Professor Jacek Gwizdka, a co-director of the iSchool’s Information eXperience (IX) Lab, is a principal investigator on a new project called “Eye-Tracking for Adaptive User Interfaces.” The project is being funded by Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The main goal of this three-year project is to improve user-system performance in systems with complex displays. Eye-tracking and facial expression detection technologies will be used to sense user cognitive and affective mental states and adapt the display or adjust the training procedures. The objective of adaptation is to improve the user’s situation awareness, reduce mental workload, and proactively provide relevant information. Dr. Gwizdka will supervise a graduate student who will assist in designing and conducting experiments in the IX lab to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed approach. The resulting techniques should be applicable to environments with complex information, requiring sustained attention and tasks of long duration.
The iSchool’s Information eXperience Lab is a research facility dedicated to the study of human interaction with information across a wide range of digital formats and devices. The lab provides iSchool faculty, students, research collaborators and clients with a state-of-the-art facility in which to conduct research on broadly construed human-information interaction (HII) research topics, including effects of fundamental human capabilities on HII, evaluation of user interface and interaction design, usability, and all aspects of user experience.