Re-energising British HCI

(by Shaun) So British HCI 2015 has come and gone. We had 250 people from 20 countries come and visit us and contribute to the workshops, the doctoral networking event, the hack, the paper sessions, keynotes, panels, the town hall meeting, the unconference in the student union, the EPSRC/ESRC lunch, the ...

LiSC at CHI PLAY 2015

This year's edition of SIGCHI's Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY) is quickly approaching, and with the acceptance of two full papers and one note, it's been a great success for us. What makes this even sweeter (besides the conference being hosted at our doorstep in ...

Ben’s CHI and DiGRA Reflection – Part 2

Following on from my post last week about CHI 2015 in Seoul, in this post I reflect on the Conference of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), which I attended last month in Lüneburg, Germany. As mentioned, the two conferences vastly differ in scale - CHI is a spectacle, ...

Gearing up for British HCI

Posted by Shaun. So it’s been quite a long and winding road to get here but it’s almost time for British HCI 2015. The lead up to conference has been – shall we say – somewhat controversial in many ways and I’ve learnt a lot. We’re very proud of the ...

Ben’s CHI & DiGRA Reflection – Part 1

A Spring of contrasts for me this year, as I was fortunate to be able to attend both the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI), and the Conference of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) within a few weeks ...

18 Months without Google

Last year I wrote a blog post about my experiences giving up Google. I thought it would be useful to revisit this briefly to talk about my experience now it has been a year and a half. Mainly, not much has changed since that post. I live an (almost) Google-free ...

Create4Dementia – Reflection

Posted by Tom. On 30th & 31st May I attended the Create4Dementia hackathon, held at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle. The task was to create provocative and interesting designs and prototypes to, among other objectives, help challenge commonly held beliefs towards dementia. Unlike many conventional hackathons, there were large numbers of people ...

Designing Wheelchair-controlled Games for Kids

As part of a project that explores movement-based video games for people using wheelchairs, we teamed up with charity Go Kids Go to playtest our games. This meant making our way up to Hull to attend Go Kids Go’s latest wheelchair skills training workshop, where we ...

Thinking critically about designing for dementia?

For the first big event on our EPSRC-funded network on social computing and mental health, on the 30-31st of May 2015 we are inviting teams of designers, coders, hackers, makers and researchers to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Create-4-Dementia. The event is organised by our colleagues at ...

Tom’s week in Aberdeen

Posted by Tom In February I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Aberdeen to spend a week with Dr Karen Salt, a co-investigator on the CuRAtOR project. The aim of the week was to get to grips with Critical Discourse Analysis, an approach to studying ...

Performance and Games: outcomes of recent workshop

Posted by Conor The Performance and Games Workshop@Nottingham took place on 27th and 28th October 2014 at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham. The session was intended to generate design-ideas for mixed-reality games in an interdisciplinary setting. Working in teams of 5 or 6, participants ...

CHI 2015 success!!

Posted by Conor We've just heard the results of the peer review process for ACM SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). It has been a successful year for LiSC - we have had 4 full papers accepted, as well as 1 workshop. There shall, no doubt, be ...

Internet Privacy and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Rings of Power

Posted by Conor This is a brief and nerdy post, being concerned with both internet privacy and J.R.R. Tolkiens ‘Lord of the Rings.’ An analogy that I really like was made one recent lunch time in the LiSC office, between the method of payment for current internet technology and the Rings of ...

Faculty Position Advertised: Lecturer in HCI

We are currently seeking to appoint a Lecturer with established research expertise in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). You will be expected to hold a PhD (or working towards), and should be able to demonstrate an excellent existing track record in HCI, or related, research fields. Once in post, ...

We are hosting the UK HCI 2015 conference in Lincoln

We are delighted to announce that the 29th British Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2015) will be held in Lincoln from 13th-17th July 2015. The conference is organised by LiSC in conjunction with the BCS Interaction Specialist Group....

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