DC-logoBCS HCI Summer Doctoral Consortium

Date: 2nd June 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Chairs: Dr Joseph ‘JoFish’ Kaye, Flickr and Yahoo! Labs, Dr Leon Watts, University of Bath
Web Site: http://www.chici.org/bcshcidc2015

What is a Doctoral Consortium?
A doctoral consortium is a one-day event where you explore your PhD topic, the practical problems of doing your research and you share your experiences in a critical but supportive context. This event will enable you to network with peers and established experts within the field of HCI while building confidence and motivating you to do even better with your research. Crucially a DC provides students with a valuable opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their work and ideas.

BCS-Funded Travel Bursaries available! Please check the web site for further info


Leadership Programme in Cyprus

This programme focuses on providing students with the opportunity to explore leadership and their own leadership potential through a residential Leadership Challenge event, based in Cyprus. This involved a group of students flying out to UCLan Cyprus to participate in an intensive three-day programme. We were lucky enough to be able to take out a group of 36 of us from our School, and we certainly made the most of it and had lots of fun!

Check out the video that one of our students made. This was filmed and edited by Felix Krause using his GoPro and trusted selfie stick!

We flew out to Cyprus on Tuesday night and arrived quite late in the evening. However, the staff at the accommodation were fantastic and even helped us pre-order lots of pizza so that we didn’t go to bed hungry.

We spent Wednesday and Thursday on the fantastic UCLan Cyprus campus undertaking the leadership classes. The campus is really modern and the facilities are superb. Here’s a group photo (supplied by Dominik Weber) from the morning when we first arrived on the steps of the main building:


We also had breakfast on campus, fuel for the day, before we started on the leadership programme…


We were lucky enough to have Friday as a free day, as it was a national holiday (Labour Day) in Cyprus. Some students used this opportunity to have a night out in Ayia Napa the night before, whilst others spent the day visiting the nearby cities or even relaxing on the beach.

We even found time to meet with some of the Cypriot staff to discuss our modules and courses.


On the Saturday the students had to present what they had learnt, and they decided to do so in an innovative manner featuring the children’s game of ‘Chinese Whispers’. We did this outside by the pool to take advantage of the bright sunny weather, who says classrooms need to have 4 walls and a roof?



Too soon, it was time to come home again. All in all it was a very successful trip and the feedback from the students was very positive. Can’t wait to go back again next year!


EU Code Week!

DSC06306.JPGAs 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


Public Lecture: Jofish Kaye

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 14.09.03Joseph ‘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.


UCLan Future Leaders Programme

LeadershipThe UCLan Future Leaders Programme starts next month in April 2015 and lasts for 12 months. It is open to all first and second year undergraduate students across the whole of the University. This is a great chance for students to gain a leadership qualification as it is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and fully funded by UCLan, so it is at no cost to students.

Leadership1It’s a great opportunity for students to gain new skills. It is also a fantastic addition to a CV and it adds value to it. We are very proud that this year we got quite a few students from Computing through the tough selection process. Initially, students have to fill in an application and write a personal statement. Once they have been approved through that they need to attend a selection day at the army barracks, it’s very challenging but also lots of fun. Those students who manage to get through the selection day then need to attend a residential. It is only after completing all these stages that a student can join the leadership programme.



UCLan Computing Robots!

IMG_0540Utilising 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.