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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).

UCLIC papers Honourable Mentions at CHI 2015

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Congratulations to all the people at UCLIC who received Honourable Mentions for their CHI 2015 papers: Nadia Berthouze, Anna Cox, Jo Iacovides, Nic Marquardt, Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, Yvonne Rogers.

MSc Teaching Administrator advert

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We are currently recruiting a Senior Teaching Administrator in the UCL Interaction Centre - please see the advert on the UCL Jobs pages - you can also download the Job description and Person Spec. The closing date is Fri 6 March 2015 with interviews on 12 March. The post is available from 20 April 2015.

SEMINAR 4th March: Saskia Bakker - Design for Peripheral Interaction

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Wednesday, 4th March 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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SEMINAR 18th Feb: Tony Easty - The Development of a Human Factors-Informed Approach to Improving Health Care Safety in Canada

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Wednesday, 18th Feb 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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In this talk, I will trace the origins of the application of human factors methods to issues of patient safety in health care in Canada, giving the background to safety issues and the gradual introduction of a human factors-informed approach in several jurisdictions. I will provide examples of projects that have been undertaken and will talk about the spectrum of activities presently underway.

SEMINAR 11th Feb: Kristina Höök - Designing for Somaesthetics

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Wednesday, 11th Feb 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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SEMINAR 4th Feb: Petr Slovak – Supporting learning of social and emotional skills by digital technology [CANCELLED]

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Wednesday, 4th Feb 3pm, Chadwick 2.18

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I will discuss a series of on-going projects in which we aim to understand how digital technology can facilitate the development and learning of social and emotional skills. Drawing on recent results to be presented at CHI'15 and CSCW'15, I will emphasise two specific case studies. In the first, we cooperate with a MSc. counselling program at the University of Nottingham to explore how feedback of bio-signals and other data can be used to support the training of student counsellors. The second then focuses on how technology can facilitate social and emotional skills learning more broadly, working in collaboration with researchers and developers of 'Social and Emotional Learning' (SEL) curricula in educational psychology. These curricula are already deployed in over 40% of primary schools within US, as part of prevention programs for both in-risk and general populations, thus providing an opportunity for an interesting test-bed for new technologies in this space.

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!

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!

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