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…

NorSC at CHI 2017

The Computer-Human Interaction conference (CHI) 2017 was hosted in Denver, Colorado in May, the leading gathering of interdisciplinary researchers interested in HCI. NorSC presented a number of papers at the conference: Following various studies as part of the CuRAtOR project, Tom, Gavin, Ioannis and Shaun published their work around designing second-screening experiences around reality TV,…

NorSC at DIS 2017

Last week the majority of the NorSC team went to the ACM SIGCHI conference Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) in Edinburgh.  There was lots to do! Tom and Gavin, and Selina had posters to present, Dave Kirk was on the organising committee for a workshop (“People, Personal Data and the Built “) that Kay and Adrian attended, and Shaun…

IxDA North-East

On October 5th, we were delighted to present at IxDA-North-East, a local group of The Interaction Design Association (IxDA), an organisation “improving the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design, through community, sharing, self-organisation and contribution to the practice and development of Interaction Design”. The talk was an opportunity to describe our interests…

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds is an anthology of ‘place poetry‘ by British black and Asian poets. It was published in 2012 by Bloodaxe Books and edited by the Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay, James Procter (Newcastle University) and Gemma Robinson (University of Stirling). Described as “an alternative A-Z of the nation”, its geographically-organised structure represents poetry…

Brutalism at NorSC

As might be clear from the image attached to this post, as well as throughout our website, we have an interest in brutalist architecture, concrete and “ugly” buildings. This post will explain why, a social computing and human-computer interaction group, has pictures of concrete everywhere. Our fascination with brutalism is actually grounded in the works…

Design fiction

One of my areas of interest is that of design fiction. Design fiction covers a large range of potential techniques, approaches and stances. It ranges from fiction about the design of digital technologies to the fictions about design. Typically design fictions are intended for small audiences. One use of a design fiction is to help…