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…

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…

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…

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…