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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).

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.

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