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Reflecting on Rogers & Marsden (2013) “Does He Take Sugar? Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Compassion”

Reflecting on Rogers & Marsden (2013) “Does He Take Sugar? Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Compassion”   In the cover story for the July / August 2013 edition of ACMs “Interactions” magazine, Yvonne Rogers and Gary Marsden discuss “moving beyond the rhetoric of compassion.” The authors discuss user-centered design practices and argue ...

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Research presentation: ENACT background

Below are the slides for a talk I gave at the Lincoln School of Computer Science Research Seminar on October 26th 2011. The talk describes the potential of technology to provide useful support for mental and emotional health issues and provides background to our ongoing EPSRC funded project called ENACT. Abstract: ...

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All kinds of social media and networked culture theory – Journal Club – 25/03/2011

After recently joining the LiSC Friday afternoon research group and eating all the cake for the past few weeks I was invited to give a talk in relation to my PhD project and give some theoretical/critical insight into the development of online social networking practices and related networked socio-economic trends. ...

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Online social tools for Higher Education – Journal Club 4.3.2011

John Murray came along to our session on Friday to discuss some ongoing research that he is conducting on developing social tools for Higher Education. We probably shouldn't give away the specifics of what he's doing just now, but there were some points that came up that are relevant ...

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People and Animals and Computers (and stuff) – Journal club 18.2.2011

The number of people turning up at our weekly Journal Club sessions is increasing far quicker than the number of cakes (see figure 1 for a rough estimation). However, its great to be able to get people from across many disciplines in the University together to talk about computers and ...

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Journal Club 04.02.2011 – Facebook Usage, ENACT

This week our discussion focused on social media regarding topics such as; motivation, structure and impacts of usage. The discussion of Facebook usage was in aid of the ENACT project which aims to study usage of social networking sites in order to improve the uptake of computerised ...

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Journal Club 28.01.2010 – Data.Gov.UK

With the release of new transparent data from data.gov.uk we at LiSC were buzzing with new research ideas. The new open data website allows members of the public to search open data sets released by the Government in order to generate new and interesting applications to aid ...

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Journal Club 21.1.2011 – User-Centred Design and Sherlock Holmes

With many of our research projects employing HCI research methods, we had a light discussion on one of HCI's core concepts: user-centred design. To stimulate discussion we took a look at the interesting paper, 'Pastiche scenarios: Fiction as a resource for user centred design' by Blythe & Wright ...

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Journal Club 7.1.2011 – Persuasive discussions

We held the first journal club meeting of the new year in our shiny new office on the third floor of the MHT building, overlooking the bypass, a McDonalds and some train tracks. We got together to discuss persuasive technology. We have a number of projects that ...

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Finding our research online

Just a quick note to anyone who is reading this (hi Mum!) or interested in our work that the majority of our publications are available online in the universities institutional ePrints repository. You can find it here

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Friday 16th July – Technology, Exercise and Health

This week we had a great discussion based around the idea of using technology to help motivate people to increase the amount of exercise they take on a daily basis. Richard Keegan from the Universitys Department of Sport, Coaching & Exercise Science came along to contribute his expertise ...

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Friday June 26th – Technology-Enhanced Mental Health Therapy

This friday we had a different type of journal club - we had a visit from David Coyle - a post-doctoral research fellow working jointly with Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge. David is working in an area directly related to our recently-funded EPSRC project, which is ...

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Friday 28th – Dogs, cats and video games

Last friday we gave our research centre ‘coffee and cake’ discussion over to the topic of “dogs, cats and video games”. Because of the topic, we opened this discussion up to a wider group than normal, including Duncan Rowland from the Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham and Daniel Mills ...

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Journal Club 21st May – OMG volcano LOL!1

Jamie Wardman led an interesting discussion on Crisis Informatics and Emergency Responses to Terrorist Events. The papers discussed covered the topic of 'crisis informatics' and in particular the issue of social networking and response to crisis events. The papers discussed are generally aimed at analysing behaviour on Twitter surrounding natural disasters, but ...

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Journal Club 7th May 2010 – Fear and Risk Perception

We had a very lively and productive journal club this week, based on a provocative paper from CHI2010. The main paper under discussion was Fear and the City - Role of mobile services in Harnessing Safety and Security in Urban Use Contexts, from Jan Blom et al at ...

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