Category: conference

The 19th European Conference on Eye Movements ECEM 2017, Wuppertal, Germany

Yeah…soooo…two years between posting is normal right? I finished my PhD thesis:

Fitzsimmons, G. (2016) The influence of hyperlinks on reading on the web: an empirical approach. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis , 231pp.

I graduated:

I kinda had a minor/major ‘what am I doing with my life crisis’ and now I’m good to be integrated back into society. I’ve been to a few EPS meetings in the last two years. I presented the first half of my thesis at EPS in Belfast in April 2017 where I pulled all the faces, ruining any chance of having a professional looking picture of myself.

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2017, August) Reading for Comprehension versus Skim Reading on the Web: How Skim Reading is Informed by Hyperlinks. Presented at Experimental Psychology Society, Belfast, Ireland.

Then, I just got back from ECEM yesterday where I presented the second half of my thesis. I also have two chapters I have not presented, neither involve eye movements so not possible to present at an eye movement conference! But papers will be written and joy will be had!

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2017, August) Reading for Comprehension versus Skim Reading on the Web:The Impact of Hyperlinks and Navigation. Presented at European Conference on Eye Movements, Wuppertal, Germany.

Wuppertal was an interesting place…

It very very much like a Super Mario level, plenty of pipes.

Excessively hilly, in fact just one giant hill front my hotel to the Uni!

The food was pretty good though and the wine tended to come in a bucket format rather than than by the glass.

I got to chair my session on Usability and Web-based interface design.

I had some interesting questions about my talk and it have actually made me remember why I liked doing this stuff in the first place! Also, I noticed that my graphs kinda look like Baymax from Big Hero 6.

 

The 18th European Conference on Eye Movements ECEM 2015, Vienna, Austria

ECEM 2015 took place at the University of Vienna from August 16 to 21, 2015. It was a very interesting conference and a lovely city to spend time in.

I presented my work on skim reading and hypertext:

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2015, August) Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web. Presented at European Conference on Eye Movements, Vienna, Austria.

The presentation seemed to be well received and I had lots of interesting feedback and questions. Also, someone wrote a news article on the session of talks I presented in and I got to be the headline photo. Scary…

Where do we look when we buy e-shop, or read on the Web?

Tyden news story skim reading

Tyden news story skim reading

St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Skim reading presentation

Skim reading presentation

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

 

Psychonomics 2014 – Long Beach, California

On the 20th-23rd November I attended Psychonomics for the first time. It is the largest conference I have attended and it was really interesting to see so much research in such a short space of time! Of course, the fact the conference was held in Long Beach didn’t impact on my enjoyment of the conference…

I spoke to lots of interesting people and got to catch up with US colleagues which is always fun. I definitely talked and ate too much, but it was a really good conference. I presented a poster on my research and my supervisor Dr. Denis Drieghe presented a talk on my most recent research.

It was interesting to see other people at the conference who were also doing Web Science type research, it seems that every year there is more Web related research, which is great! When I attended my first few conferences in psychology there was very little, if any, Web based research.  I hope to see even more in the future. But for now I am back in the cold UK, very jetlagged and ready to keep chipping away at my next experiment.

Presented at OPAM

Robbins, A., Hout, M. C., Godwin, H. J., Fitzsimmons, G. & Scarince, C. (2014, November). Where’s Volvo?: Visual search for automobiles and why attention is prioritized to school buses. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), Long Beach, CA.

Presented at Psychonomics

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M, J. & Drieghe, D. (2014, November). The Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading on the Web. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Drieghe, D., Weal, M. J. & Fitzsimmons, G. (2014, November). Reading for Comprehension Versus Skim Reading on the Web: How Skim Reading Is Informed by Hyperlinks. Presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Harvey, H., Walker, R., Liversedge, S. P., Godwin, H. J. & Fitzsimmons, G. (2014, November). Psycholinguistic Processing in Reading of Dynamic Text. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Hout, M. C., Godwin, H. J., Fitzsimmons, G., Robbins, A. & Menneer, T. (2014, November). Semantic and Visual Similarity Guide Visual Search for Words and Numbers. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

 

Sunny Long Beach

Sunny Long Beach

Massive poster session

Massive poster session

Christmas decorations - California in November

Christmas decorations – California in November

Hollywood

Hollywood

Long Beach Convention Centre

Long Beach Convention Centre

WebSci14 – Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web

From the 23rd-26th June 2014 I attended the ACM Web Science 2014 conference taking place in Bloomington, Indiana. I gave a presentation on Thursday 26th June.

PAPER – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2014) Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web. In, ACM Web Science 2014, (In Press).

PRESENTATION – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2014) Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web. Presented at ACM Web Science 2014, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

 

ECEM 2013 – Lund, Sweden

European Conference on Eye Movements – ECEM 2013 in Lund, Sweden was great this year. The talks and posters were consistently interesting and I really loved Sweden. This is the first ECEM where I have seen several researchers looking at how people engage with and read hyperlinks which was really good. It was interesting to see how other people have approached the topic. I look forward to seeing more hyperlink research at the next conference!

I gave a presentation on the first steps of measuring how people read hyperlinks and I was also involved in some other projects that were presented at the conference:

Fitzsimmons, G. & Drieghe, D. (2013, August). Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. Presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Drieghe, D., Fitzsimmons, G. & Liversedge, S.P. (2013, August). Parafoveal Preview Effects In Reading Unspaced English Text. Presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Bertram, R., Fitzsimmons, G., Drieghe, D. & Kuperman, V. (2013, August). Why spaces should be replaced by hyphens in English compounds. Poster presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Yes, the conference took place in a castle.

Web Science 2013 – Paris, France

From the 1st-5th May I attending ACM Web Science 2013 in Paris, France and presented a poster on my paper.

PAPER – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. & Drieghe, D. (2013) On Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. In, ACM Web Science 2013, (In Press).

POSTER – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. & Drieghe, D. (2013, May). On Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. Poster presented at ACM Web Science 2013, Paris, France.