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’.
On the 15th December the ChiCI Research group visited Hesketh With Becconsall All Saints C.E. Primary School and worked with Year 4 to carry our some research studies. The studies were about maker technologies, designing apps for Google Glass, evaluating mobile apps, and digital handwriting.
Shawn Lawson, Professor of Social Computing at Lincoln, visited the ChiCI group at UCLan and gave an extremely interesting talk titled ‘Dogs, crime and poverty porn (and HCI): some recent research from the Lincoln Social Computing Research Centre’.
Professor Janet Read will be running a course on research methods in Child-Computer Interaction (CCI) at the CHI (Computer-Human Interaction) Conference in 2015 in Seoul, Korea. This is the first course of its kind in the world and has been derived from the MSc/MRes module on Child Computer Interaction taught here exclusively at UCLan.
The British HCI Conference has been organised this year by the Child Computer Interaction Group (ChiCI) at UCLan and will bring together global experts who study how computers and computer technology can be made more useful to humans.
HCI relates to all kinds of users, from children to the elderly, and technologies, from mobile apps and social networking to Google Glass. It is down to HCI that the letters on an iPhone keypad expand to allow for easier typing and it explains many human irritations such as when the ‘done’ button on a phone’s screen changes sides and the user can’t find it. Read more.
250 Pupils from St Michaels CE High School in Chorley have visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to take part in a sustainability day as part of a wider study into teenage energy consumption.
The year nine pupils worked with UCLan’s ChiCi (Child Computer Interaction) Group to share their ideas on ways that future technology can reduce our impact on the environment; this included a straw that can successfully filter any type of water, phones made from recycled plastic bottles and shoes that can charge a mobile phone. They also tested out apps developed by the ChiCi team that assess their domestic energy use and their understanding of it. Read more.