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  • 1. Research Portfolio 2011 Debopriyo Roy, PhDFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 2. DEBOPRIYO ROY, PhD Associate Professor Technical Communication & Usability Director - Technical Communication Laboratory Center for Language Research School of Computer Science and Engineering University of Aizu, JAPANFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 3. With my Ph.D Supervisor October 7, 2004 Debopriyo has done very well in his doctoral coursework, both in terms of satisfying typical course requirements and in terms of his turning class assignments into original research. I would like to concentrate on the latter because his productivity is unusual for a graduate student. - Dr. Robert Krull (Retired Professor of Communications, Dept. of Language, Literature and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York).Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 4. Research Focus - Document Design Practices How do you know that your document is well-written? Is it effective and user-friendly? Does it help with procedural task completion?Research dealing with typography, visual organization, layout, formatting, genre-based text construction etc. My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. 2008. Designing Text-Graphics Procedural Instructions for Surgical Patient Education Modules: An Experimental Study. Technical Communication Quarterly. Roy, D. 2010. Concept Maps for Teaching Technical Writing to Computer Science Majors. A Case Study in a Japanese Technical Institute. International Journal of Learning. (Volume 17, Issue 1, pp.421-442). Roy, D. July, 2010. Concept Map-Oriented Technical Writing Approach for Computer Science Majors in an EFL Context: Understanding Text Applications in an Experimental Study. Proceedings of the IEEE Professional Communication Society Annual Conference, Netherlands. Roy, D. July, 2010. Reading Strategies for Procedural Information in EFL Business Writing Environment: An Exploratory Analysis. Proceedings of the IEEE Professional Communication Society Annual Conference, Netherlands.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 5. Research Focus - Procedural Visuals Design Practices How do we design technical illustrations such that each step in the process is well-explained and understood even without associated text? Research dealing with intelligent graphics, body positions, viewpoint research, sub- assemblies, sequential layout etc. My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. 2008. Procedural Instructions for Surgical Patient Education Modules: Spatial Perspectives in Technical Communication. VDM Verlag Press. Roy, D. 2007. Significance of Configuration and Subassemblies in Sequential Procedural Instructions: An Experimental Study. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 50 (2). 147-162. Roy, D. 2006. Using Graphic Indicators to Facilitate Mechanical Reasoning in Procedural Graphics. Technical Communication. 53 (4). 1-17. Roy, D. 2009. Designing Complex Instructional Illustrations: A Case Study with Patient Education Modules. Proceedings of the IEEE Professional Communication Society Japan Chapter Annual Conference. Tokyo, Japan. Roy, D. 2007. Designing an Experimental Study to Explore Spatial Representations in English Software Manuals for Non-native Speakers. Proceedings of the IEEE IPCC, Seattle, WA. Roy, D. 2006. Text-Graphic Instructions that Help Readers Mentally Animate Procedures: A Case Study with Surgical Patient Education Modules. Proceedings of the IEEE IPCC, Saratoga Springs, NY. Krull, R., Roy, D., D’Souza, S., and Morgan, M. 2003. User Perceptions and Point of View in Technical Illustrations. Proceedings of the Society for Technical Communication, Dallas, TX, pp. 19-26. Roy, D., & Sharp, D. M. 2003. Reader Perceptions in Sequencing Procedural Graphics of Complex Machines. Proceedings of the IEEE IPCC, Orlando, FL, pp. 230-238. Krull, R., Sharp, D, M., & Roy, D. 2003. Canonical Views in Procedural Graphics. Proceedings of the IEEE IPCC, Orlando, FL, pp. 22-28.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 6. Research Focus - Usability Testing Processes Usability testing of documents to explore users navigational patterns, types of errors, time spent, feelings, eye movement, think-aloud etc. Research focusing on how readers think through a process, layout, the cognitive load related to specific online tasks etc. My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. March 2011. An Argument on the Use of Eye Tracking and Think-aloud Protocols as Mutual Support Systems for Usability Testing. Proceedings of the International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Valencia, Spain. Cortez, P, Roy, D and Vazhenin. A. (2011). Mobile Assisted Language Acquisition. An Overview of the Field and Future Opportunities Based on 3G Mobile Capabilities. Paper presented at the 1st ACM Chapter Conference on E-learning and Technical Documentation. Aizuwakamatsu, Japan ( Proceedings of the International Transactions on Elearning and Usability, 2011). Roy, D. 2007. Designing an Experimental Study to Explore Spatial Representations in English Software Manuals for Non-native Speakers. Proceedings of the IEEE IPCC, Seattle, WA.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 7. Research Focus - Statistical Analysis of Web Interactions Types of statistical analysis to explain how the user interacts with a program, time spent, navigation patterns, number of clicks etc? Research focusing on various kinds of experimental design, extensive data collection, data entry and subsequent analysis (parametric and non-parametric) using SPSS and Morae usability testing software. My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. March 2009. Exploring the Usability of Collaborative Interfaces and Users’ Preference in Combining Resources for Technical Document Production. Proceedings of the International Technology, Education and Development Conference.Valencia, Spain. Roy, D & Brine, J. (2008). Structured Authoring of Technical Documents through Systematic Collaboration in Using Open-Source Technologies. Proceedings of the 7TH IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education, Innsbruck, Austria. Morae Usability Testing SoftwareFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 8. Research Focus - Cognitive and Behavioral Framework Research explaining how readers logically and sequentially think about an online interaction/task, and behavioral outcomes during such interactions. The focus is on the study of different mental models. My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. 2006. Using Graphic Indicators to Facilitate Mechanical Reasoning in Procedural Graphics. Technical Communication. 53 (4). 1-17. Roy, D. 2006. Text-Graphic Instructions that Help Readers Mentally Animate Procedures: A Case Study with Surgical Patient Education Modules. Proceedings of the IEEE IPCC, Saratoga Springs, NY. Roy, D. 2004. A Self-Paced Approach to Hypermedia Design for Patient Education. Proceedings of ACM SIGDOC Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, pp. 27-32.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 9. Research Focus - Online Collaboration and Interface Design How do users handle multiple open-source collaborative tools for document production? How do they coordinate document production and editing responsibilities? How do they handle the different interfaces? What do they expect the interface to do? My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. March 2009. Exploring the Usability of Collaborative Interfaces and Users’ Preference in Combining Resources for Technical Document Production. Proceedings of the International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Valencia, Spain. Roy, D. and Brine, J. March 2009. Intelligent Graphics and Media Richness: Redefining Text as a Medium. Proceedings of the International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Valencia, Spain. Roy, D. March 2011. A Discussion of the Pedagogical Issues in Designing Collaborative Systems in EFL-based Business and Technical Writing Courses. Proceedings of the International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Valencia, Spain.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 10. Research Focus - Technical Writing Market in India Is the Market in India prepared enough to handle technical communication projects? With the recent surge in IT business and education, but with the British literary tradition still in place, how is India coping with the new business and technical English as is needed for instructional writing? My selected publications on the topic Roy, D. 2010. India as an Outsourcing Destination for Technical Writing Projects: The Dynamics of Language, Culture, Education and Business. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 11, pp. 317-337. Roy, D. June 2009. Off-shoring Technical Writing Projects to India: Studying the Potential in an Emerging Market. Proceedings of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference,. Bad Hofgastein, Austria.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 11. Research Tools & Interfaces Learning Management System: WEB CT, Moodle, Edu 20.org Usability Engineering & Research: Contextual Inquiry, User & Task Analysis, Usability Observations in Lab & Natural Settings, Focus Group Research, Interviewing, Questionnaire Survey (Survey Monkey), User Interface Analysis & Design, User Interface Evaluation Techniques, Rapid Prototyping, User Interface/Web Development Operating System: Window 95/98/2000/NT/XP Web Technology / Authoring Programs: Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Framemaker 7.2, Camtasia, Snag IT, Macromedia Captivate, WordPress, Doomby Document Authoring / Editing: Adobe Framemaker, Google Docs, Calameo, Issuu Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs Data Collection and Analysis: Morae Usability Testing, SPSS, Stat View, SurveyMonkey Graphic Design: PhotoShop, Poser Figure Artist, Illustrator, Adobe Flash Language Learning: FLAX, IHMC Concept Mapping Software, Hot PotatoesFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 12. Project on Spatial Orientation: Technical Illustrations Design in Physical Space (2001-Current) How should technical illustrators demonstrate physical orientation to understand procedures? What should be the characteristics of the display plane for visualizing procedures? How do we design body/object positions in user manuals most effectively for second language speakers such that a minimalist text approach is viable. Would readers in EFL context understand the subtle difference within body and object positions /orientations, based on difference in tasks when explained with minimal English text?Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 13. Project on Mobile-Assisted Language Learning & Interface Design (2010-Current) This usability project reported extensively on the design and results of a focus group-oriented study; undertaken using an IPod based English learning application for five advanced EFL-based students in a Japanese technical university.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 14. Project on Designing Technical Illustrations (2003-Current) Process Graphics In traditional instructional design, information designers create instructions with the whole assembly context in mind, while the readers have a smaller context; only being able to follow the instructions in the designer’s chosen order and content presentation (text + graphics). Problem with Complex Machine Instructions: 1. Multiple components involved (additions and change Process - Outcome Graphics across subassembly). 2. Multiple Subassembly shown. 3. Different camera angles shown (body-centered, object- centered). A problem arises due to inconsistency between the information designer’s and the reader’s mental models (Norman, 1983). Outcome GraphicsFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 15. Project on Concept Maps for EFL Contexts - Concept Maps and Finance (2010 - Current) REPRESENT THE FOLLOWING IN CONCEPT MAPS 1. Text clues provided in the graphic 2. Write two possible outcomes showing relation between price and real GDP 3. Explain the declarative relations - definitions of the curves 4. Explain the structural relations - how price is related to Real GDP, How price is represented vis-a-vis LRAS, How price is represented vis-a-vis SRAS etc. 5. Explain the functional relations - how average demand changes, how average supply changes with change in external conditions, etc. 6. Explain the logical relations - factors that causes a change in SRAS, AD curves, reasons for inward and outward shift, external conditions that prompt a shift, why LRAS is horizontal? 7. Explain the conditional relations - Explain in a concept map as to how an increase in investment might lead to inflationary expansion. Show the logic with nodes and connections. 8. Explain the sequential relation - Represent the sequence of events in a concept map, starting from what happens once there is an increase in investment.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 16. My Book in Amazon Text http://www.amazon.co.jp/Procedural-Instructions-Surgical-Patient-Education/dp/363909395X/ ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310864403&sr=8-1Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 17. Research Projects & Funding JSPS (MEXT) International Travel Grant (2011) Travel Destination: International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference in Malta, 2011. Topic: Concept Map Design and Procedural Information Processing Funded: 245,000 JPY Intramural Conference Funding for ACM Conference - University of Aizu - JPY 380,000 - 2011 (Debopriyo Roy and John Brine) Intramural Conference Funding for ACM Conference - University of Aizu - JPY 780,000 - 2010 (Debopriyo Roy and John Brine) Competitive Research Grant of JPY 325,000 from University of Aizu, Japan -2010 Study Completed: Concept maps in Information Design for EFL contexts Kakenhi Research Grant of 1480,000 Yen (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)] – External Funding - 2007-2009 Study Completed: Designing Screenshot affordances for Collaborative use of Open-source technologies: Research on Patterns of Technology Use Competitive Research Grant of JPY 1040,000 from University of Aizu -2008 (With Prof. John Brine) Study Completed: Business Communication and Elearning in Moodle Competitive Research Grant of JPY 849,000 from University of Aizu, Japan -2007 Study Completed: Designing Screenshot Affordances for Software User Manuals Intramural research grant of $5000 from University of North Texas -2006 Study Completed; Designing Spatial Orientation for Surgical Education (Principal Investigator) Faculty Summer Research Grant of $5000 from University of North Texas -2006 Study Completed; Project on Outsourcing Design Project to India (Principal Investigator) Modern Language Association Travel Grant – $300 – 2005 Purpose - Funded for attending Philadelphia MLA convention as a Graduate Student Extramural research grant of $1000 from Society of Technical Communication –2004 Study Completed; Dissertation on Designing Surgical Instructions (Principal Investigator)Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 18. Research Accomplishments UNT/Sabre Project: (English Department Announcements: October 9, 2006) Debopriyo Roy has won high praise from officials at Sabre Airline Passenger Solutions in Southlake. In September, Sabre’s Airline Passenger Solutions (APS) Training and Delivery team hosted twenty of Deb’s technical writing students as part of a community partnership project. The goal of the ongoing project is to offer UNT students a chance to gain real-world industry experience to enhance their academic progress. During the September session, APS Training employees hosted four SabreSonic training sessions spanning several functional areas. The UNT students participated in the training, thus assisting in the effort to develop optimal methods for self-paced/computer-based training. By all accounts, everybody involved enjoyed their time together. The event served as a catalyst for new training methodologies, and energized both the UNT students and the APS Training teams.Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 19. Research AccomplishmentsFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 20. Recent Project AccomplishmentFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 21. IEEE PCS AdCom Nomination This is a worldwide nomination for 2007-08Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 22. Research Initiatives Director, Technical Communication Laboratory https://sites.google.com/site/techcommlabroy/Friday, July 22, 2011
  • 23. Supervising Research Projects for Graduation Thesis Project # 1: Website Localization and Cross-Cultural Communication in English: A Case Study with East Japan Railway Company Project # 2: English Website Analysis with Morae Software: A Case Study with East Japan Railway Company Website Project # 3: Using Morae for Software Analysis: Towards User-Centered Design of English Text and Websites Project # 4: Using Poser Figure Artist Software to Generate Technical Illustrations for Physical Actions in English User Manuals Project # 5: How Users Coordinate Multiple Programs for Document Production in EFL-based Technical and Business Writing Courses: A Statistical AnalysisFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 24. ACM Professional Chapter Initiative Japan Elearning and Technical Communication ACM Chapter Charter Date: 15-Jun-10 CLR, University of Aizu Fukushima Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan 9658580 droy@u-aizu.ac.jp Phone: 81-0242-37-2585   URL: http://clrweb.u-aizu.ac.jp/elearntechcomm/ Chair: Dr. Debopriyo Roy ACM URL: http://campus.acm.org/public/chapters/geo_listing/index.cfm?rabbr=Japan&inus=0&ct=ProfessionalFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 25. Annual ACM Chapter Conference on Elearning and Technical Communication http://web.me.com/johnbrine/Symposium3/Introduction.html Conference Chair: Debopriyo Roy and John BrineFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 26. International Transactions on Elearning and Usability Journal Editors: Debopriyo Roy & John BrineFriday, July 22, 2011
  • 27. Other Involvements Member, Technical and Scientific Committee, WASET -2009-Present Vice-Chair, IEEE Professional Communication Society Japan – 2008-2009 Member, International Programming Committee, IASTED Web-based Conference-2010 Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication – Present Reviewer, International Professional Communication Journal -2009 – Present Conference Co-Chair, IEEE Technical Meeting on eLearning & Usability -2009 – Present Program Chair, IEEE PCSJ Seminar, Univ. of Aizu, Japan -2007 Reviewer, Technical Communication -2006 Chair of the session on Distance Learning and Internet Classroom, SW/TX PCA/ACA-2006-2007 Panel Chair, Session on Technical Writing, SW/TX PCA/ACA-2006Friday, July 22, 2011