Shaun’s CHI 2018 reflections

After a year off in 2017 I was very happy to go to Montreal for CHI 2018 with around 15 other NorSC and NORTHLab people from Northumbria. The unofficial CHI league tables show us continuing to ride high but a little below Open Lab over the road; one highlight for me was GeordieCHI – the…

Designing smart objects as embodied agents in everyday life

At the beginning of May, Dave Kirk and David Verweij travelled to the Netherlands to take part in a week long invited workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. The aim of the workshop was to develop an interdisciplinary research agenda on smart objects to help frame future work in interaction design. The workshop brought…

DiY, IoT and the UK Maker Faire 2018

 On the 29th and 30th of April, David Verweij (PhD Student at NorSC) hosted a stand on the UK Maker Faire 2018 at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Here, we presented the first iteration of ‘Domestic Widgets’, a project that explores how the Internet-of-Things can help us in our everyday lives. These…

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,…