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SEMINAR 2nd October: Chi Thanh Vi - Detecting Error-Related Negativity for Interaction Design

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Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 3pm in B32, Gordon Square (26)

Detecting Error-Related Negativity for Interaction Design

Error Related Negativity (ERN) is triggered when a user either makes a mistake or the application behaves differently from their expectation. It can also appear while observing another user making a mistake. In this talk, I will discuss the ability to detect ERN using off-the-shelf headsets. I will also investigate ERN in collaborative settings where observing another user (the executer) perform a task is typical and then explores its applicability to HCI. The results show that online single trial ERN detection is possible using off-the-shelf headsets during tasks that are typical of interactive applications including single-user and collaborative environments. However there is a trade-off between the detection speed and the quality/prices of the headsets. Based on the results, I will discuss and present several HCI scenarios for use of ERN in interactive tasks and collaborative settings.

Applications open for funded PhD at UCLIC - Deadline 1st November

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Funded PhD Studentship: Investigating Smart Meters in the Home
UCL Interaction Centre, UCL Energy Institute, EDF Energy R&D UK


Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship to understand how people use and react to Smart Meters and home energy data. Jointly based at the UCL Interaction Centre and the UCL Energy Institute, the student will be part of internationally leading Human-Computer Interaction and energy research groups.
The project intends to conduct research on how people use and understand home energy data and how future systems might be better designed to meet peoples’ needs. Under the supervision of Duncan Brumby (UCL Interaction Centre) and Tadj Oreszczyn (UCL Energy Institute), the student will conduct field studies to understand peoples’ behavior and attitudes towards energy usage following a user-centered design perspective  Based on this understanding, prototype Smart Meter systems will be built and evaluated. A particular focus of the planned work will be given to understanding how feedback on energy usage should be represented so that people can easily understand their usage patterns. 

SEMINAR 26th Sep: Monica Tentori - Behaviour-Aware Computing

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Thursday 26th September, MPEB Room 6.12a, 12-1pm

Monica Tentori is visiting from CICESE, in Ensenada, Mexico.

ACII'13 Best Paper Award

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Congratulations to UCLIC's Harry Griffin, Hane Aung, Bernardino Romera-Paredes, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze and their co-authors whose paper: Laughter Type Recognition from Whole Body Motion won the best paper award at this year's Affective Computing And Intelligent Interaction conference.

SEMINAR 11th Sep: Sarah Renouf - Responses of hazardous and harmful drinkers to an interactive online intervention: A think-aloud study

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Date: Weds 11 Sept 2013
Place: MPEB Room 6.12a

Abstract: Most drinkers consume alcohol responsibly but a proportion drink hazardously or harmfully, posing a threat to lifelong health and wellbeing. Online alcohol interventions can target this population as they are less likely to seek help for their drinking. The workplace is a potential setting to introduce online interventions. This study utilised think-aloud interviews to explore the real-time responses of fourteen adult hazardous and harmful drinkers to Down Your Drink (DYD), an online interactive intervention aimed at helping them manage their drinking. Semi-structured interviews were conducted one month later to explore their experiences since viewing DYD and their thoughts about alcohol health promotion in the workplace. Thematic analysis resulted in six themes: discussion of drinking identity, desire to acquire knowledge, reactions to the website, acquisition of knowledge, conditions for change and DYD in the workplace. Many participants did not identify their drinking as problematic and consequently did not perceive DYD as personally relevant; however they desired information to understand problematic drinking and the effects of their personal consumption. With sampling limitations in mind, these findings tentatively suggest implications for the design and delivery of online interventions, such as emphasising the consequences of current drinking habits and individuals’ personal risk.

Community graffiti project hits news!

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Cambridge Graffiti Newspaper Picture

The city community project, headed by Intel ICRI PhD student Lisa Koeman and research fellow Vaiva Kalnikaite, made it to the front page of the Cambridge News and the BBC online site last Saturday.

It is a nice angle about perceived and real differences across the North-South divide in cites.  They are asking shopkeepers and shoppers along one busy street in Cambridge  - that has a north-south railway tracks divide -  to voice their opinions about their community using a cool technology device they built and displaying these differences using graffiti street visualisations. This project is ongoing for the next 2 weeks.

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