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…

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…