Undergraduate achievement at 2021 ACM Conference

11 May 2021

Emily Dao, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science student in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University has been successful in having two research papers accepted for publication in the 2021 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021).

The annual flagship conference is the leading conference for Human Centered Computing research and showcases a global calibre of research. For Emily to have two research papers published as an undergraduate student is a rare and incredible achievement.

Emily was the lead author of Bad Breakdowns, Useful Seams, and Face Slapping: Analysis of VR Fails on YouTube. Emily conducted this research with co-authors Andreea Muresan, Kasper Hornbæk and Jarrod Knibbe. As Virtual Reality grows in popularity, YouTube is rife with videos of players interacting with VR in household and community spaces and failing. In these videos, players are seen colliding with furniture, falling over, hitting spectators, and experiencing fear, joy, surprise, and more.

The team analysed 233 videos to better understand the phenomenon surrounding ‘VR Fails’ and identify themes around how people fail and what causes them to fail. From these fails, the authors discussed new design opportunities for VR to enhance users’ enjoyment of VR use.

This research paper was awarded an Honourable Mention, of which only 5% of conference submissions receive the "Best of CHI" awards honor. This year, 28 papers were awarded a Best Paper award, and 114 papers received an Honorable Mention.

The second paper, of which Emily was a co-author, is TapeBlocks: A Making Toolkit for People Living with Intellectual Disabilities. Led by Kirsten Ellis and including Osian Smith, Stephen Lindsay and Patrick Olivier, the research presented a low-cost, low-fidelity toolkit intended to be accessible to those with intellectual disabilities, while promoting overall creativity and engagement.

Full copies and recorded presentations of Emily’s work will be available on the ACM Digital Library and YouTube playlist after the conference. ACM CHI 2021 will be held virtually from May 8-13. The conference, which has run yearly since 1982, is resuming after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19. CHI 2021 will be the biggest ever, with more than 4,500 participants from 75 countries registered. By contrast, the largest CHI to date, in 2019, had 3,800 participants.

Congratulations to Emily on this incredible achievement.