As a part of EU Code Week programme Computing@UCLan organized a coding session for all UCLan students. The idea of the event was to make coding more visible, demystify these skills, and to bring motivated people together. All students regardless of their background (computing or non-computing) were encouraged to join the event. There were many attendees at the session from different UCLan’s Schools and short survey revealed high student satisfaction. The session was led by Dr. Marija Katic, Dr. Daniel Bowen Fitton, Dr. Matthew Paul Leslie Horton and a PhD student Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas. Find out more about EU Code Week @ http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-652_en.htm
This week Dr Dan Fitton, Dr Peggy Gregory, Dr Matt Horton and two Child-Computer Interaction MRes students visited Ashton Community Science College to carry out research studies into designing for Maker technologies and teen social media preferences. A massive thanks to the class teacher John Houghton and the Year 7 pupils involved!
Prof Janet Read from the ChiCI Group at UCLan and Dr Shuli Gilutz from Tel-Aviv University gave a course on Research Methods for Child-Computer Interaction this week at the prestigious CHI 2015 conference in Seoul, Korea.
Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, Senior Research Scientist, Flickr and Yahoo! Labs will be giving a talk titled Sharing Feelings, Photos & Passwords on Monday, 1st June 2015, 7:00pm, TVI Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Building, UCLan. Please register on EventBrite if you plan to attend at http://goo.gl/FYPRVE
Every day we make decisions about which technologies to use: what phone to buy, how to share files with collaborators, how to check your bank balance. These choices are not just about the best technology for you to use as an individual, but also about the decisions made by your colleagues, family, friends and others around you. In this talk, I’ll discuss research with over 180 participants exploring how people share passwords, how they manage their bank accounts and finances, and how they store, share and safeguard their photos, documents and data. I’ll talk about the complex moral and emotional decisions people navigate as they make these decisions, and discuss implications for the design of financial tools, next-generation password access, and tools to help us manage our data.
Jofish Kaye is a Senior Research Scientist at Flickr and Yahoo Labs. His research explores the social, cultural, and technological effects of technology on people, and how people’s decisions and behaviors can change and improve those technologies. His previous work has ranged from studies of long distant relationships and computerized smell output to visualizations of Twitter and academic publications. He is co-Chair of the CHI 2016 conference, occasionally teaches at Stanford University, and has a Ph.D in Information Science from Cornell, a Masters degree in Media Arts & Sciences and a B.S. in Cognitive Science, both from MIT.
Utilising the existing ‘UCLan Robot’ platform two new robots were created by visiting undergraduate students from the University of Montpellier. The robots include an on-board Raspberry Pi (with camera) with battery pack and wifi adapter. They are controlled through an Android application showing a live stream from the camera and enabling control by tilting the phone or pressing the directional buttons. The Robots are used on undergraduate applicant/open days and other engagement activities.
Obi (Chinedu Okwudili Obikwelu) submitted his PhD thesis titled ‘Evaluating Scaffolding in interactive games with children’ this month. He joined the ChiCI Research Group 3 years ago, part funded by the UCLan International Scholarship Scheme.
Well done Obi!!!
Computing and the Allied Health Professions Research Unit have been jointly awarded funding for a summer intern under the UCLan Research Internship Scheme (URIS). The project, titled “Creating an interactive RehabApp for patients with patellofemoral pain”, will involve the successful student working closely with academics in the Allied Health Professions Research Unit to understand the requirements for a mobile app that will be designed and developed under the supervision of academics within Computing. Further information and how to apply can be found though here. The UCLan staff involved in the project are Dr Daniel Fitton, Dr Ambreen Chohan, Dr Jessie Janssen and Prof. James Selfe.
Helen Hewerton, currently a Research assistant in the Research and Innovation Office at UCLan and MRes Child-Computer Interaction Student, gave a talk for computing staff and postgraduate students titled ‘Introduction to Developmental Psychology for Computing Researchers’.