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Congratulations! Aneesha Singh finalist at People Driven Digital unAwards

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Congratulations to Aneesha, who was awarded as finalist and runner-up for most innovative student-driven digital tool with her Go-with-the-Flow app at the People Driven Digital unAwards 2015.

Opportunities in UCLIC!

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We are currently advertising one PhD studentship in the UCL Interaction Centre - this is funded by the EPSRC in partnership with the BBC on 'Making the Future: putting people at the centre of the Internet of Things' - please see https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=123 for more information about this and how to apply. This studentship is due to start in September 2015 - the closing date is Tues 30 June 2015, but supervisors may accept applications after date.

Welcome to Jo Pearson, our new Teaching Adminstrator!

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Jo Pearson joined us last week to take over as our new Teaching Administrator on the MSc in HCI with Ergonomics in UCLIC! The post was covered after Romy Beattie left by Angela Fattibene, who did a great job managing everything for us in the interim period and we thank her for her help and wish her the best for the future.

SEMINAR 1st July: Gloria Mark - Precision Tracking of Digital Activity in situ: Patterns in Attention Focus, Mood and Stress

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Wednesday, 1st July 3pm, MPEB 1.03

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SEMINAR 19th June: Rafael Calvo - Positive Computing: Technologies for psychological wellbeing and human potential

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Friday, 19th June 1pm, 66-72GS room 405

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Two PhD Studentships in UCLIC!

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We are currently advertising two PhD studentship positions in the UCL Interaction Centre - one of these is an EPSRC doctoral training grant - applicants should a propose a topic in line with interests of UCLIC academics (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/uclic/people). Please see https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=127 for more information and how to apply - the deadline is Tues 16th June. The other studdentship is funded by the EPSRC in partnership with the BBC on 'Making the Future: putting people at the centre of the Internet of Things' - please see https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=123 for more information about this and how to apply. Both studentships are due to start in September 2015 - the closing date for the latter is Tues 30 June 2015, but supervisors may accept applications after date.

SEMINAR 3th June: Kathrin Gerling - Understanding Vulnerability at Play: Exploring Games for and with Audiences with Special Needs

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Wednesday, 3th June 3pm, 66-72GS room 405

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Welcome new students!

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We welcome Ian Renfree and Amid Ayobi, who recently joined UCLIC as PhD students!

Student Green Technology Competition!

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We have launched a Student Competition to improve UCL’s environmental impact - we're looking for students to find innovative uses for technology to help make UCL more sustainable - the best initiative will receive a £500 prize and may be implemented across UCL in the next academic year. This would also look great on your CV! For more information, please check out our competition website at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/uclic/news-events/Student-Green-Tech-Competition!

SEMINAR 20th May: Asimina Vasalou - Participatory Design with Children: Shedding Light on How Children Can Influence Technology Design

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Wednesday, 20th May 3pm, MPEB 1.20

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UCLICers nominated for UCLU teaching awards

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Congratulations to Romy Beattie and Kathy Stawarz, who have been nominated for the 2015 Student Choice Teaching Awards. Romy has been nominated for Outstanding Personal Support, and Kathy has been nominated for Outstanding Support for Teaching. 

SEMINAR 13th May: Jenny Bunn - Building an Interdisciplinary View of Personal Digital Archiving

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Wednesday, 13th May 3pm, MPEB 1.20

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SEMINAR 6th May: Petr Slovak - Supporting learning of social and emotional skills by digital technology

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Wednesday, 6th May 3pm, MPEB 1.20

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SEMINAR 5th May: Wally Smith - What stage magic reveals about our interactions with technology

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Tuesday, 5th May 3pm, Physics A1/3

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SEMINAR 29th April: Ronald Poppe - Hands off! Playing games with your body

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Wednesday, 29th April 3pm, MPEB 1.20

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UCLIC Teaching Administrator

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You may already know that Romy Beattie, our Senior Teaching Administrator, has now left UCL. We wish Romy well and would like to express our thanks for all her support and dedication over the past years.

Awards for UCLIC alumni

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We are delighted to announce that Ian Randle of Hu-Tec Associates has been appointed President-elect of the Institute David Streets of David Streets Associates. Mr Randle received the Paul Branton award for services to the Institute.

UCLIC have moved!

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UCL Interaction Centre is now based at 66-72 Gower Street.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new premises.

SEMINAR 15th April: Joint eHealth/UCLIC seminar - Enhancing engagement with digital interventions

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Wednesday, 15th April 2pm, room G08 (Sir David Davies LT), Roberts Building

SEMINAR 25th March: Ben Cowan - Lexical alignment in human-computer communication: Audience Design or Priming?

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Wednesday, 25th March 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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SEMINAR 24th March: Mike Byrne - The Butterfly Legacy: How badly-designed voting systems are as much a threat to election integrity as fraud and hacking

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Tuesday, 24th March 3pm, Taviton (16) 431

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Congratulations! Sarah Wiseman wins #ShareMyThesis competition

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Sarah Wiseman who completed her PhD at UCLIC has been awarded 1st place in the #ShareMyThesis competition for her article on “The Importance of Understanding Number Entry”. The article can be found here.

UCLICers win PALS Green Impact Awards

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The PALS Green Impact Awards are part of the Green Impact Programme, an annual exercise where departments aim to improve their environmental impact. Congratulations to the winners: 

SEMINAR 18th March: Danaë Stanton Fraser - Towards humans and robots in public space

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Wednesday, 18th March 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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I will start my talk by providing a brief overview of current projects within the CREATE Lab. I will then focus on our work within the EPSRC Being There project. Being There is examining the social and technological aspects of being able to appear in public in proxy forms. Our work at Bath is particularly exploring trust in communication. I will discuss a recent study we carried out on tele- present handshaking and also the involvement of a creative cohort as part of our impact plan throughout the project.

SEMINAR 11th March: Raymond Bond - Human Computer Interaction in Healthcare: Current Work and Opportunities

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Wednesday, 11th March 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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This presentation will provide an overview of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research studies that have been carried out by Ulster University.  The presentation will focus on HCI research within the healthcare domain. At Ulster, we have developed HCI systems for patients to encourage the self-management of chronic diseases as well as interactive user interfaces for medical professionals. We believe optimal HCI in healthcare can help both the patient and the physician. 1) The patient will only likely engage with good HCI (for example – if they are required to continuously record their own vital signs in the home – currently branded as connected health) and 2) the physician can make better decisions more efficiently and accurately with optimal HCI. As a result of our recent studies in this area, we are launching a commercial User Experience Laboratory (UX-Lab), which will allow enterprises to empirically evaluate their products using state of the art usability testing equipment which entail psycho-physiology sensors (eye tracking, electro-dermal activity, heart rate variability etc.) to derive biometrics for objectively determining the user experience. In addition to evaluating the usability of medical devices and software, we have also evaluated the usability of medical (diagnostic) images and signals. For example, we recorded the eye gaze and scan path of world leading cardiologists whilst they read the 12-lead electrocardiogram and we have also analysed eye gaze patterns from radiographers whilst they interpreted X-RAY images. Such studies will be discussed in this presentation. In summary, I will provide a brief overview of previous work and make predictions about future HCI research in healthcare (which may include natural and intelligent [adaptive] user interfaces for the patient, nurse and the doctor).

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