TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION LABORATORY
Centre for Language Research RQ#257

Student Research
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Major Research Areas
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Poster on Illustrations Design
Poster on 3D Printing & Scanning
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ABOUT THE TECH COMM LAB
Research at the Center for Language Research in University of Aizu is focused mainly on topics related to second language acquisition. The technical communication lab adopted a rather different approach in its research focus and devotes time on understanding how human-computer interaction builds up from the end-users' perspective, how the interface facilitates the process of such interaction and in situations where EFL-based students confront technical documents and web-based interfaces, written in English. 

This laboratory is designed to facilitate student research in technical communication, with English as the medium of general communication, procedural text and complex visuals design in technical documents as the outcome, understanding of cognitive and behavioral processes with different online and/or print tasks as the theoretical background and framework, different forms of usability testing and mainly quantitative approach as the broad experimental methodology, and any web-based platform (demonstrating procedural task) as the major interface to be analyzed.
 
3D Scanning and 3D Printing in the Technical Communication Lab

LEGO Prototyping and Preparation for 3D Scanning

3D Scanning with iSense Scanner

PURPOSE & MOTIVATION

Purpose & Motivation:

General Purpose: The general purpose of this lab would be to develop students’ technical writing and communication skills in English. The lab will be designed to help students in computer science at important stages of their academic careers—from junior students planning to start with their graduation thesis to Graduate students writing dissertations. In this proposed writing and design environment, focus will be on imparting higher standards of pedagogy, instilling professional mindset, inculcating entrepreneurial values, developing strong work ethics and improving skills in information design, documentation and collaborative processes for task execution. The purpose for this laboratory would be to provide every assistance possible to students who are willing to learn professional and technical communication skills for computer science-based applications. 

Specific Research Focus: 

Research projects in this laboratory will focus heavily on developing English-based instructions for technical procedures, content planning, authoring, management and delivery and information design for diverse interactive platforms. Students will conduct research on various writing and design processes related to technical procedures in user manuals, brochures, quick guides, help files, technical websites, animations and illustrations, intelligent graphics, with in-depth analysis of literature on human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology and usability-related issues. Student supervision will draw on my extensive research and teaching background coupled with experience in corporate consulting. 

Mission Statement: To Prepare Students for Leadership in Technical Communication

Student Involvement: Currently, this laboratory will be used to supervise five graduation thesis students. The students have already signed up with me for their graduation thesis and they will start spending time in the lab and get functionally involved in their respective projects, as soon as it is operational. Future projects might see increased student-student cooperation with other labs in the university, resulting in a win-win logistical situation, value addition and enriched research outcomes.

Benefits: 

The laboratory entertain multiple initiatives.
  • The lab is the base for all activities related to ACM Professional Chapter on Elearning and Technical Communication, founded by Prof. Roy.
  • The lab extend a strong support to International Transactions on Elearning and Usability journal which is a open-access journal (discontinued as of now). In future, the idea is to re-start the journal with publication of student projects. 
  • The lab co-sponsor an annual ACM Chapter conference every year. Active student involvement is generally the focus of this event, but involves faculty from many other universities.
  • The lab hosts a number of student projects for graduate and undergraduate elective courses. 
  • Students showcase their projects during the open campus events on a frequent basis.
  • Regular meetings with students and 24/7 access to lab.
  • Access to advanced technical writing and usability software
  • Access to multiple resources on statistics, design, cognition, methods and analysis.