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Persuasive Games Competition - Calling all student Games Designers!

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Is designing games your thing? Do you think games can contribute to the understanding of science? If this sounds like you, we’d love to see you at the Persuasive Games Competition!

The CHI+MED project and UCL Interaction Centre invite teams of students to design a game that will be made freely available on errordiary.org. Prizes will be awarded at the final showcase, including £1000 for first place, £500 for runner up and £500 for the people’s choice. Get started by registering here for our kick-off event, which will be taking place on Feb 1st 2014.The event is only open to students (at any level of higher education, from any institution, and in any area) so student ID will be required. Please check out the details on the competition website to find out more.

JOB - Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction Design - closing date 7th Jan 2014

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We are looking for a post doc research associate to join the Intel Collaborative Research Institute, which is a joint venture between UCL/Imperial and Intel, on Connected and Sustainable Cities. The institute is investigating, developing and deploying adaptive technologies that can optimize resource efficiency, and enable new services that support and enhance the quality of life of urban inhabitants and city visitors. There are many fundamental, technical, social and urban challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to accomplish this. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining methodologies from computer science, the social sciences, interaction design and architects to improve how cities are managed and maintained in order to ensure and enhance citizen well-being.

We are looking for someone who can lead, design and run large user studies in the wild. This involves using a diversity of physical protyping, design and social science techniques. The research will involve working on a number of projects and as part of a collaborative team of computing researchers from UCL, Imperial and Intel.

Job: Research Associate in Human-computer Interaction - deadline 3rd Jan 2014

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Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work as part of a multidisciplinary group within the CHI+MED project. CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices) is an EPSRC-funded project to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps.  By understanding more about device design and human factors, medical errors can be reduced thus saving lives. For more information visit our opportunities pages

SEMINAR 4th Dec: Amanda Carr: Digital infants: Very young children’s interaction with touch screen technology

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Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 3pm in B32, Gordon Square (26)

This talk will address issues in the public debate over very young children’s use of screen media. In particular, it focuses on the physical and cognitive limitations which can restrict children’s meaningful interaction with technology and poses the question of how touch screens might be used to overcome some of these developmental limitations. As well as examining very young children’s understanding of technology, the talk will also address its potential effect on developmental processes.

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