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PhD opportunity at UCLIC

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We are currently advertising a PhD studentship position in the UCL Interaction Centre in partnership with the BBC - the project will be on the 'Curation of Digital Content across Internet of Things' and is due to start in April 2015. Please see more information about this on the Computer Science PRISM site at https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=103 - you can also apply for the studentship through this link. The closing date is Fri 20th Feb 2015, with interviews soon after Mon 9th March.

UCL will have a great presence at CHI 2015

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Authors from UCL will have a great presence at CHI 2015, the premier conference in Human-Computer Interaction, which takes place in Seoul, Korea, April 18 - 23 2015.

SEMINAR 21st Jan: John Rooksby – Mobile Devices in Everyday Use

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Wednesday, 21st Jan 3pm, Chadwick 2.18


Mobile phones and other digital devices have, for many, become a mundane part of everyday life. They are used frequently throughout the day, often in brief snatches, and often in forgettable ways that are embedded within the goings-on of everyday life. In this talk I will outline a study in which we have been collecting log data about how people use mobile devices. The log data we collect includes what times devices are unlocked and locked, what apps are launched, and when a device is being charged. I will describe issues in making sense of this log data, and explain why it is important to couple data collection with qualitative enquiry. I will describe two qualitative components of our work: firstly interview studies with people who have used our loggers, and secondly a video study in which we observed how people used their mobile devices while watching TV in their homes.

SEMINAR 14th Jan: Tom Rodden - Unremarkable infrastructures: From Home Networks to Smart Grids

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Wednesday 14th January 3pm, Chadwick 2.18


We are familiar in HCI with designing novel user experiences that are stimulation entertaining and engaging. However, this talk will not be about entertainment or excitement. Rather I wish to focus on the mundane and how we think of supporting user interaction with the increasingly complex digital systems infrastructures that surround us. These infrastructures are increasingly interwoven with our everyday activities as we share the world we inhabit with a diverse set of digital devices. However, these infrastructures have changed very changed little and are still reliant on protocols and approaches that were established in the early days of the Internet although the context of use and the expectations of those who would use it are radically altered.

Welcome new starters

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We welcome two new starters to UCLIC who arrived on Mon 5 Jan - Imogen Lyons  will be working as an RA on the ECLIPSE project and Frederik Brudy will be doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Yvonne Rogers and Dr Nic Marquardt. We hope you will enjoy your time at UCLIC!

Magic Shoes: UCLIC Researcher Ana Tajadura-Jimeneze discusses her research with New Scientist

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Ana Tajadura-Jimeneze, UCLIC based ESRC Research Fellow, recently talked to New Scientist and the BBC about her work as part of the 'hearing body' project, including a pair of sandals that make you feel lighter by changing the sound of your walking.

Radio: Yvonne Rogers on Smart Cities

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 Last month, Yvonne Rogers visitinted Madrid and gave a radio interview on the topic of smart cities. Listen to the interview here.

SEMINAR 3rd Dec: Mark Sujan - Studies of Resilience in Healthcare: Clinical Handover and Organisational Learning

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Wednesday, 3rd December 3pm, Bentham B10 Seminar Room 1

Mark Sujan - Warwick Medical School

SEMINAR 12th November - Carolyn Canfield:Experience based co-design for system transformation led by older persons moving in, out of and across Ontario’s healthcare system

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Wednesday 12th November 3pm, Torrington Place 1-19, 115 Galton Lecture Theatre Experience based co-design mobilizes the unique expertise of patients, their families and carers for healthcare improvement. The clients of care systems can best identify needs and direct development for successful solutions to close service gaps and improve outcomes that matter to patients.
Is it really possible to defer to those dependent on care to identify priorities for transformation, prepare specifications for technological aids and then co-produce innovative design, development, testing, implementation, evaluation and spread? If you’re not involving the end user in your technological solution, you are likely missing the problem.

Within the context of Canadian healthcare, with its similarities and contrasts to the NHS, Ontario's Northumberland PATH project is empowering 300 older persons with complex health conditions to reflect, redefine and reconfigure health services using technology to assist. Patient pursuit of wellbeing crosses system silos and targets user-identified drivers for an improved quality of life. I’ll introduce you to this innovative project’s origins, realization and achievement as a leading model of experience-based co-design that is rapidly implementing customer-led health delivery. Yes, there’s an app for that!

SEMINAR 29th Oct: Neil Maiden - Computer Science Research to Support the Residential Care of Older People with Dementia

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Neil Maiden - City University London

Wednesday, 29th October 3pm, Bentham B11 Seminar Room 4

SEMINAR 22nd October: Robert J.K. Jacob - Reality-Based Interaction, Next Generation User Interfaces, and Brain-Computer Interfaces.

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3pm on the 22nd of October in Malet Place Engineering Building, 1.03

Robert J.K. Jacob – Tufts University, currently visiting UCL Interaction Centre

SEMINAR 15th October: Rebecca Fiebrink. Interactive Machine Learning for End-User Systems building in Music Composition and Performance

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Rebecca is from Goldsmith's University

Wednesday 15th October 3pm

Malet Place Engineering Building 1.03

SEMINAR 8th Oct: Katja Hofmann - Microsoft Research

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Wednesday, 8th of October, 3pm

Bentham House B10 Seminar Room 1

SEMINAR 1st October - Duncan Brumby: Improving the everyday interactions with your phone, and maybe medical devices too

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3pm Wednesday the 1st of October

Bentham House B10 Seminar Room 1

Welcome to new PhD students!

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We have a number of new PhD students joining UCLIC this Autumn - these are Joe Newbold, Nikki Newhouse, Melanie Herrmann, Judith Borghouts, Mahria Khatana and Jake Rigby. We hope you will enjoy your years at UCLIC!

Research Associate position on ECLIPSE project

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We are recruiting a post-doctoral research associate to work on the ECLIPSE project, making observations on the use of infusion pumps in hospitals. Please see the advert and further information on the job description and person specification. To apply, please go to:

SEMINAR 9th July - Madhu Reddy: The Challenges of Designing Health Information Technology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

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Wednesday July 9th 3pm, Malet Place Engineering Building 1.20

Madhu Reddy from Penn State University

ICRI and UCLIC at Tour de France with Vox Box!

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On Monday 7 July, researchers from ICRI and UCLIC will have the VoxBox tangible questionnaire at le Tour de France fan park at Green Park.

"Fieldwork for Healthcare" Book Launch Competition: 5 copies of Volume 1 to give away!

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Fieldwork for Healthcare Book Picture

We’re developing a network of people that are interested in Fieldwork for Healthcare from a human factors, HCI, informatics, ethnographic, user experience, ergonomic, design and usability related perspectives. We have run two CHI workshops, published a book, have another book forthcoming, and there is talk of a journal special issue and another workshop in the pipeline. We want to broaden our network and reach out to more researchers and practitioners who want to hear about and get involved in future activities. To help us achieve this, Morgan & Claypool Publishers have given us five copies of the new book to give away, all you have to do to enter the competition is to join our email list to receive future announcements. Visit the website to find out more.

Congratulations! Recent UCLIC PhD finishers

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Congratulations to UCLIC PhD students Rose Johnson and Bernadino Parades who have both recently passed their PhD viva's with minor corrections!

SEMINAR 13th Nov: Caroline Jay - Attention approximation: From the Web to Multi-Screen Television

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Wednesday 2nd July 2014 at 4pm, Engineering Front 103 & 104 Executive Suite

Caroline Jay from from the University of Manchester

PhD studentship closing date extended

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We are extending the deadline of the funded PhD studentship on how Multimodal feedback can help in Chronic Pain Rehabilitation - please see the advert. To apply, please send the completed application form to Louise Gaynor by 24 June 2014 - interviews will be around the end of June or soon after.

SEMINAR 4th June: Jon Whittle & Gillian Symon - Multi-Sensory Experiences: Exploring Work-Life Balance in a Digital World

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Wednesday 4th June 2014 at 3pm, Chadwick B05 LT

Jon Whittle from Lancaster University and Gillian Symon from Royal Holloway University of London.

SEMINAR 29th May: Marianna Obrist - Multi-Sensory Experiences: How we experience the world and how we design technology

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Wednesday 29th May 2014 at 3pm, Medawar G01 Lankester LT

Marianna Obrist from the University of Sussex

SEMINAR 21st May: Alexandra Lang - Designing technologies for teenage health lifestyles

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Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 3pm, Malet Place Eng 1.03

Alexandra Lang from the University of Nottingham

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