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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

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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

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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!

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