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Address

Postal address
Dr. J. Blustein
Dalhousie U., Faculty of Computer Science
Goldberg CS Bldg., 6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4R2
Canada
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Office
Room 218 (maps and directions)
Goldberg CS Bldg. (6050 University Ave.)
E-mail
Telephone
(+1)(902) 494-6104
Fax
(+1)(902) 492-1517
N.B.
I am an Associate professor in both Dalhousie's Faculty of Computer Science and School of Information Management.  Further details of my academic appointment are in the other information section, below.


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Research Interests

I am an active researcher.  My overall goal is to help people find and use information more effectively.  I believe this goal can best be achieved through interdisciplinary and collaborative research.  Much of my research is conducted under the mantle of the HAIKU research group.

A searchable version of my bibliography is in the collection of links to research resources I maintain primarily for graduate students.

My research is funded by CFI, NSERC, and SSHRC.

Selected Publications

In addition to my record in Dalhousie's institutional repository, a list of some selected publications (many with abstracts) is available.

My ORCID ID is 0000-0003-4347-054X.

Research Areas

My major research areas are summarized by the fields below:

Hypertext
Text which does not form a single sequence and which may be read in various orders …
(Simpson & Weiner, 1993, in the OED Additions Series)
Human-Computer Interaction
Understanding how people use computer technology, to develop tools that fit users rather than tools that users must contort to fit
Web science
What do people and communities want from [the technology of] the Web
(Shneiderman, 2007 in CACM, DOI:10.1145/1247001.1247022)
Digital Libraries
A reconceptualisation of that cornerstone of civilisation, The Library

Specifically the following topics:

Annotation, text analytics, and e-Learning
Supporting expert readers and learners by understanding their needs, and building suitable tools to support their activities
Sensemaking
Sensemaking is the process of searching for a representation and encoding data in that representation to answer task-specific questions.
(Russell et al., 1993 in INTERCHI'93, DOI:10.1145/169059.169209)
Information Seeking
… a variety of behaviors [sic] seemingly motivated by the recognition of missing information. … information seeking is typically defined strictly in terms of active and intentional behavior…
(Case, 2007, p. 81, Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior[sic], 2e, ISBN 978-0-12-369430-0)

Potential Graduate Students/Research Assistants

Please see the Graduate section (below) for topic suggestions, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.  I do not do research in data mining (except possibly specialised user interfaces).

Selected Publications

In addition to my record in Dalhousie's institutional repository, a list of some selected publications (many with abstracts) is available.

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Teaching

For details about all of my courses see my courses webpage.

A list of topics I can use books about is in a webpage just for book reps.

Course Information for 2013/2014 and 2014/2015

This Fall (Sept.Dec. 2013) I taught CSCI 3160 (User Interface Design).  The class met on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:35 until 6:55 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 11:05 a.m. until 12:25 p.m.  All of the class meetings were in Computer Science Teaching Lab #4.

Next Fall (Sept.Dec. 2014) I will be teaching CSCI 1107 (Social Computing) and CSCI 3160 (User Interface Design).

Next winter (Jan.Apr. 2015) I will be teaching CSCI 6606 (Human-Factors in Online Information Systems).

Lecture Notes, etc.

My courses webpage has information about all of the courses I teach.

I also keep a collection of material for teaching (forms, slides, notes, etc.) for a variety of courses.

Some of the materials for my current classes is available to my students through the FCS's moodle and portal websites.

Office Hours

Office Hours I do not have regular office hours this semester but I am glad to meet synchronously using Skype.

Undergraduate Advising

I am not currently doing any advising.  To make an appointment with an advisor or to ask questions about advising please send an e-mail message to <undergrad@cs.dal.ca>.

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Graduate students …

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office hours  I do not have regular office hours this semester but I am glad to meet synchronously using Skype.


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Other Information

is four parts: about me, other resources, for more …, and about this document.

About Me

How I pronounce my surname

I pronounce my family name as blustin in the International Phonetic Alphabet.  That sounds like this sound file.

Biography

As a high school student I was much more successful in humanities courses (Literature, History and Philosophy) than the Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, etc.) but because I found the way the empirical sciences explained the world enticing, and the experience I had working with researchers at the Weizmann Institute, I enrolled in biochemistry at university.  Three summers working in physiology and genetics laboratories helped me decide that my talents lay elsewhere.  I began studying computer science and philosophy but later focused my attention solely on CS.  As a tutor, and later as an instructor, I discovered the joy of teaching — of being a part of someone's learning.

My masters supervisor (Bob Webber) introduced me to hypertext and cyberpunk literature; and I introduced him to the then nascent World Wide Web.  We began a lengthy investigation into how to help people to find and use information that is the basis of my research mission.  I began my PhD studies in Computer Science under the supervision of the late Jean Tague-Sutcliffe (then the Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Western Ontario).  Mark Kinnucan, a professor in GSLIS, introduced me to the cognitive aspects of human-computer interaction just as Jean introduced me to serious experimental design and statistical analysis.  My doctoral thesis was about developing and testing methods for automatically converting lengthy scholarly texts into forms that are quick to read and understand.  In the last phases of that research it became apparent to me just how essential individual differences and interface aspects were to the effectiveness of such methods.  The way I approach my goal of helping people to find and use information continues to be deeply embedded in hypertext and, since the end of my doctoral work, has involved studies of human-computer interaction.

For further information about my research and other activities please see my homepage at <URL: http://www.cs.dal.ca/~jamie> or my research group's webpage at <URL:http://www.cs.dal.ca/~jamie/HAIKU>.

Academic Appointment

I am an associate professor in Dalhousie University's Faculty of Computer Science and hold a cross-appointment in the School of Information Management (in the Faculty of Management).  I became an associate professor (with tenure) effective July 2007.  I have been a faculty member in Computer Science (and Graduate Studies) at Dalhousie since August 2000.  I joined the Faculty of Management in 2005.

Timetable

My weekday schedule is no longer on the WWW.

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Other Resources

Hypertext Collection

I keep a mini-website of information for, and about, the hypertext community.

For Proceedings Chairs

I was proceedings chair for ACM Hypertext in 2002.  I have prepared some notes to help future proceedings chairs and kept a copy of all of the instructions, etc. that were used for that conference.

General Teaching Materials

My collection of material for teaching (forms, slides, notes, etc.) for a variety of courses is available.

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https://www.cs.dal.ca/~jamie/index.html

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