Computing @ UCLan ran two activities at the UCLan Science festival, both conceived and created by Dan Fitton. The first provoked players to think about novel interaction methods by racing robots round a track controlled by a Dance Mat or Drum Kit, the other showcased maker technologies and physical games through a ‘digital egg and spoon’ race. Both activities proved hugely popular with large queues to take part throughout all three days of the event. The activities were made possible through the hard work of many members of the computing team – Brendan Cassidy, Matt Horton, Janet Read, Lorna McKnight, Vinh Thong, and Andra Balta.
The international ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference will be organised by the ChiCI Research Group from UCLan and run in Manchester in 2016. Further details will be confirmed very soon and the web site can be found at http://idc2016.org.
The annual ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference was held this year at Tuffts University in Boston, USA. Prof Janet Read was part of the expert panel that opened the conference, a short paper by Dr Dan Fitton (Exploring children’s designs for maker technologies) was presented during the conference, and both Janet and Dan were involved in the conference closing and handover.
JoFish Kaye (Research Scientist, Flickr and Yahoo! Labs) visited UCLan in June as part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme this year and gave a talk titled Sharing Feelings, Photos & Passwords. The video footage from this is now online at https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11428.