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life celebration for Tom Tullis

Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Tom Tullis.

Details about how to connect will be sent out the evening before the event.

At the end of March industry thought-leader Tom Tullis was diagnosed with COVID-19. Over April, Tom fought a hard battle against the virus. Sadly, Tom passed from complications of COVID-19 on April 29th, 2020. He was 68 years old.

Tom was not only a valued member of the UXPA Boston Board, but also a highly respected international contributor to the field of UX for over 40 years. Whether he was laying the smackdown as Mr. T-Test or sharing his love of research and data with everyone, his charm, wit, intelligence, and passion had no equal. We will miss our dedicated volunteer, mentor, UX expert, photographer, teacher, author, colleague, and friend.

Please join the Tullis family to remember, celebrate, and honor Tom’s life in a remote service.

Please join at 3:45 PM to make sure you can connect with no issues. The service begins promptly at 4:00 PM. You can find details on how to attend once you obtain your ticket. Open your ticket, click the “View Links” button, and follow the instructions. Be sure to use your Eventbrite account email address when registering to make sure you can access the remote service information.

After a selection of speakers, slideshows, and memories, all attendees will be invited to join one of three reception rooms to talk with speakers and other guests.

Program Details

  • 3:45 PM – Virtual Room Opens
  • 4:00 PM – Celebration begins, welcome from GatheringUs
  • 4:05 PM – Speakers, Slide Shows, and Videos
    • Cheryl Tullis Sirois
    • Bill Albert
    • Ann Chadwick-Dias
    • Chris Hass
    • Elizabeth Rosenzweig
    • Steve Krug
    • Marguerite Bergel
    • Marty True
    • Lori LeDoux
    • Oliver Brooks
  • 5:30 PM – Celebration ends, 3 reception rooms open
    • Fidelity Folks & Alumni
    • Bentley Folks & Alumni
    • UX Folks & Friends
  • 6:30 PM – Receptions end, Zoom rooms close

A downloadable link to view the event will be posted later.

If you have questions, please contact

Daniel Leithinger – Shape Displays for Remote Togetherness

June 9, 6pm, online



We need physicality in computing now more than ever, and shape displays may help us reclaim it. During this time of remoteness, our daily experience of work and learning is a stark reminder that videos on a flat computer screen cannot replace the intimacy of touch and the feeling of presence when sharing a room. Shape displays challenge this status quo by transforming their physical shape to represent information and people. I will discuss how we can use these interfaces to enrich remote experiences, and what advances will be needed to turn them from lab prototypes into reality. Our research group’s work on prototyping tools for shape-changing interfaces and on new form technologies like shape-changing swarm robots is driven by a shared vision of a future of embodied interaction and remote togetherness beyond pixels. 


Daniel Leithinger is Assistant Professor (Computer Science and ATLAS Institute) at the University of Colorado at Boulder and head of the ATLAS NYC satellite lab. Together with his students, he creates shape-changing human-computer interfaces that push information past the boundaries of flat displays, and into the real world. Daniel received his PhD at the MIT Media Lab in 2015. His research has been presented at ACM UIST, TEI and CHI, and he has received design awards from Fast Company, Red Dot and IDEA.


  • 6-6:30pm: Networking via virtual whiteboard and zoom
  • 6:30pm: Presentation
  • 7:30pm: Q&A


We will be using:

  • A Zoom meeting for the event
  • A Miro virtual whiteboard during the pre-talk networking

Links for both the Zoom meeting and the Miro whiteboard will be sent to registered attendees.


Thank you to our generous sponsor!

Andrew Kun – Work and Well-being in Cars

Tuesday May 12, 2020

Online (link to be sent day of event)

Please register.

This is a weird time, but we’ve heard from many of you that it’s important to keep the vibrancy of the BostonCHI community alive by continuing to host our monthly events. So BostonCHI is happy to announce that our May event is on!

Please join us for a remote gathering and presentation in Zoom, live from our homes to yours.

How’s this going to work?

We are aiming to keep it fairly simple, tech-wise

We will be using:

  • A Zoom meeting for the event
  • A Mural virtual whiteboard during the pre-talk networking

Links for both the Zoom meeting and the Mural whiteboard will be sent to registered attendees


  • 6-6:30pm: Networking via virtual whiteboard and zoom
  • 6:30pm: Presentation
  • 7:30pm: Q&A


Today’s vehicles have a myriad of user interfaces, from those related to the moment-to-moment control of the vehicle, to those that allow the consumption of information and entertainment. With recent advances in automated vehicles, there is increased attention to user interactions as they relate to creating a place for work and play during a trip. Given that it is unlikely that most vehicles will be fully automated in the near future, there are also significant efforts to understand how to help the driver switch between different modes of automation. This talk will provide a brief review of these areas of research, and report on our collaborative work on the topic of creating a mobile office in automated vehicles. 


Andrew L. Kun is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and director of the UNH Human-Computer Interaction Lab. His primary research interest is in-vehicle human-computer interaction. He serves as the ACM SIGCHI Interim Vice President for Conferences, as Steering Committee co-chair of the ACM AutomotiveUI conference series, program co-chair of the 2020 ACM Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions (TEI) conference, and program co-chair of the 2020 ACM MobileHCI conference.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!