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

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.


1st Year Computing Students Go Bowling

We took all 1st Year Computing students bowling this week, and we even paid! It was fun and there was quite a lot of friendly banter (and sometimes even bouts of serious competition) floating around the place. Exams are in a few weeks and bowling is a good way to de-stress before that final push to the finish line.

Quotes from some of the students who attended…

Just wanna thank all those who organised it for the bowling today. Was good fun and a good break from the norm!”

Glad I came down, even if I was disgraced by my shoddy bowling.





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.


Obi Submits his Thesis!

image1.JPGObi (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!!!


Darwin Day Lecture

IMG_0797Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, gave a fascinating talk titled ‘Adolescence: A Sensitive Period for Social Brain Development?’ for UCLan’s annual Darwin Day Celebration Lecture. This was well attended by staff and postgrad students from Computing@UClan.

Summer Intern Opportunity

Computinfastboot-androidg 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.


Seminar: Helen Hewerton

brain-78440_640Helen 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’.


ChiCI Christmas Cracker

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.

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Seminar: Shawn Lawson

IMG_0595Shawn 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’.