BAAP Colloquium 2018

Last week I attended the British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium (12th til 14th April) at the University of Kent. This is the biannual conference for those who study speech, particularly from an empirical/variationist perspective. It was my first time attending this conference but everyone was very friendly and supportive of each other. I presented…

Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Conference 2018

Last month (March 18th to 21st) I attended the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) in Stockholm. This year’s conference theme was Post-digital Design and was dedicated to presenting latest results in Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. Its overarching goal as described in the call for papers was to equalize the…

Try virtual reality for science

After months of struggling to get working software, there is something very pleasing about the experimental process. Here is one of our PhD students Joe working on his VR reality experiment down at the Northern Design Center. Don’t mention ANOVA!

Why black mirror is so reminiscent of a proctology exam

Obviously, I have a problem with the beloved show Blackmirror.  Why I am a dissenter is probably related to my rolls as both dyslexic, Appropriate technologist, scientist  and science fiction author of no standing whats so ever. Why do I find the program so annoying ? I guess because it’s lazy. Actually it’s not lazy….

Building Trust in AI: “Designing for Consent” Workshop

On 19th Feb 2018 I attended this highly entertaining workshop organised by the  CHERISH–DE project at the Loughboro London campus in Stratford. There was a deliberate provocative mix of lawyers, AI developers and researchers and HCI people. I got to do a two-handed talk with our long term collaborator, the marvellous Dan O’Hara from the New College of…

Emoticon Conference 2018

At the tail end of last month Shaun, Tom and Gavin attended the Emoticon Network Conference 2018. The conference took place at HereEast, a development on London’s Olympic Park site as part of the regeneration and development in the Stratford area, where Loughborough University have a campus. The Emoticon Network was formed after a UK…

TLANG

Last week, I attended a seminar (“Language, social media and migration”) at the University of Birmingham hosted by the TLANG project. The seminar explored the use of social media by people in contexts of mobility and migration, and how identity is performed and relationships built through these digital interactions. The work that was presented was so inspiring,…

Workshop on Conversation Agents at the Mixed Reality Lab

Last week, I visited the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. The workshop was hosted by Stuart Reeves, Joel Fischer, and Martin Porcheron, and focused on conversational agents (e.g. Amazon’s Alexa); the biggest take home being that we don’t really have conversations with these devices, and their design does not allow for repairs…

Smart Connected Homes in Egypt…

Last month we visited Egypt to present our work on IoT project ‘Smart Connected Homes’. The project aim is to develop a platform which will link a range of live sensor data to other data models to provide actionable advice to tenants, landlords and industry to highlight the cause of performance gaps and reduce them. …

Alexa Skills Workshop

Last week Gavin and Selina attended an Alexa Skills Workshop hosted by David Low from Amazon. In just a few hours we learnt the basics of how to code an Alexa skill and release it for others to use. David also took the time to talk to us about our research and the practicalities of…