Reducing Information Pollution

Information Overload Day 2014

Tame the Overload!

Join us October 21st at 11:00 AM EDT for a free online webinar with 3 great speakers and a Q&A clinic


  1. Swimming against the current – the insurmountable task of changing the corporate email culture – Eran Yariv
  2. Should We Control Our Own Attention: Media Multitasking and Cognitive Control – Eyal Ophir
  3. Quantitative email usage measurement as a tool for generating actionable insights.
  4. Information Overload Solutions Clinic – Submit your questions

Presentations and Papers

Now that the event has concluded, the speakers have been kind enough to share with everyone their presentations, which you can download below:

 About the speakers

Eran Yariv

Eran is an engineering manager at the Microsoft Israel R&D Center in the Personalization team. Eran and his team are developing Cortana – Microsoft Personal Assistant. Eran has over 16 years of experience at Microsoft, both in Redmond WA and internationally developing and shipping products in the core Windows Operating System and other platforms. Eran holds a B.Sc. degree in computer science from the Technion. Eran’s Talk Abstract: For the past 10 years I’ve been an active evangelist of Effective Outlook, a system composed of simple approaches and set of rules-of-thumb to regain sanity when working the flood of messages we get on a daily basis. In this talk I’ll describe why I started this, how I approached this within Microsoft, and how it worked for me (quite well) and for others around me (not so well…).

Eyal Ophir

Eyal is a user experience designer. His research at Stanford University with Clifford Nass and Anthony Wagner on the cognitive control styles of high and low media multitaskers has been profiled by the New York Times, Scientific American, Wired, PBS, the BBC, NPR, and countless other networks around the globe, and is broadly cited in scientific texts on media and attention. As a designer, working for such companies as Facebook, Rockmelt, and Yahoo, he leverages this research to design information interfaces that are both powerful and attuned to the needs and constraints of the human mind. Eyal’s Talk Abstract: Decades old research has shown that the human mind is not optimized for parallel processing, yet today’s information environment surrounds us with more parallel streams of information than ever before. Some have chosen to embrace media multitasking: they watch television while texting friends, browsing the web, working, or even driving. Others choose to resist the lure of multiple media, steadfastly insisting on focusing on one thing at a time. I’ll review my work on the cognitive control patterns exhibited by these two groups – the high and low media multitaskers, as well as implications of choosing one attentional orientation over another. From my experience in designing information interfaces, I’ll also discuss emerging paradigms designed to help us take advantage of this wealth of highly accessible information while retaining the ability to make decisions about our own attention.

Haim Senior

Haim is the CEO & Co-Founder of Knowmail. Prior incorporating Knowmail, he worked for 4 and a half years at EMC on major Big Data projects in the Military Industries and Finance sectors. His main focus was on how to translate the massive amount of data into knowledge and visualize it in that everyone can understand. Haim has over 12 years of experience in value selling to small and large corporates and he is fascinated by how technology can solve major business issues. Haim holds a B.A. degree in computer science from the IDC. Haim’s Talk Abstract: Quantitative email usage measurement as a tool for generating actionable insights.
Abstract: While most information overload data is based on surveys and interviews it is rare to have access to a real measured-data based on actual end-users activities. During the past four months we installed real sensors in two departments in each large corporate (total of three) in order to suggest actionable insights on user habits to drive corporate efficiencies around communication. The application we used was based on email client and was responsible to collect: Time spent, importance and urgency of a message, actions etc. We used that individual data to build clusters of departments and roles and built an analytical engine to emphasize communication inefficiencies. Those inefficiencies translated to insights and actions which we asked the company to respond. Post change we used the same methodology to measure positive or negative impacts. We plan to use the IORG webinar to present both the process of our study and the results. We will provide real examples on how it is possible improve communication efficiencies by using real end-users data analytics and present them as clustered actionable insights


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