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…

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…

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…

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…

ARCOM 2016

I had the pleasure of attending my first Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference (ARCOM) this week. The conference brings together academics and practitioners to develop, promote and discuss research topics around the construction industry sector. Although it was the 32nd annual conference, it was the first year that a theme had been adopted….

CHI 2016

The CHI 2016 conference was held this year in May in San Jose, California, USA, which, sitting at the foot of Silicon Valley seems an apt place to host a conference about human-computer interaction. NorSC had a strong representation of main track papers, as well as alt.chi papers and involvement with workshops. I had the…