In my second week of the REU program, I am now in the brainstorming phase of my research. In the beginning of the week I used my time to get familiar with the all the programs and softwares I will be using to conduct my research, and also getting everything situated with the IRB. Reading articles during my first week really helped me understand certain terminology and also gave me a better idea of understanding the research I will be conducting. This week was a handful and the work is starting to get very tedious, but it is nothing I am not used too. I am looking forward to the further weeks to come.
During the summer research I am hoping to accomplish a vast amount of work. I understand that this will take much more effort than usual, and it is a task I am ready to pursue. On the learning side of things, I want to enhance my critical thinking skills. Being able to think well and solve problems systematically is an asset for any career. Within my respective lab, I want to learn more about HCI in general. Humans interact with technology on a day to day basis. Studying those interactions to make technology safer and more user-friendly is something I never came across before and would like to have a broad understanding of social interaction with technology upon leaving this summer research.