HCI and Silence

This week’s NorSC meeting focused on ‘silence’. We watched and discussed three videos: A Headspace ‘live meditation’ video A performance of John Cage’s 4’33 A pomodoro ‘study with me’ session. We discussed (with the 25 minute pomodoro timer ticking) ideas of silence, breaks, and absences in HCI.

HCI and Board Games

Our group meeting this week focused on “HCI and Board Games”.  We began with a discussion of previous papers from the CHI conference that have focused on board games, including studies of playing games, studies that have used games to generate requirements and data, and studies that have used games for critical reflection. The papers…

HCI and Walking

For our group meeting this week we organised a walking meeting to discuss “HCI and Walking”. The following papers were distributed before the meeting as suggestions for discussion (but we were free to discuss whatever we thought relevant): Churchill, E.F., 2010. Today’s flâneur: from HCI to place-based interaction and human-place interaction. interactions, 17(4), pp.62-66. Damen, I., Brankaert,…

Mark Warner – Lecturer

I’m a new lecturer here in the Computer and Information Science (CIS) Department at Northumbria University and have joined the social computing research group after finishing my Ph.D. in HCI at UCL’s Interaction Centre (UCLIC). My research interests are around online social privacy and computer-mediated communications. I’m interested in how people and groups develop their…

Carlos Alvarez – PhD student

I am working at the intersection of psychology and computing. My research explores wellbeing in emerging types of work, e.g. the gig economy, where working conditions vary drastically. I investigate how technologies can support platform workers in achieving a better work-life balance and ultimately aid them in being more efficient. My background includes communications, design,…

Adventuring at the Crucible

I attended the Digital Economy Crucible Leadership Programme in the summer of 2019. Truthfully, I was unsure about applying when I first came across the call for participation; I had attended a local leadership programme for early career researchers in the previous year and I had several looming deadlines at the end of the summer….

HCI & Social Computing Journal Rankings

Myself and Jamie have recently conducted an exploration of relevant journals within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing, with a view to knowing which are considered high quality (i.e. Q1). In the current research climate dominated by the impending REF assessment, it is very useful to know which journals are considered as high…

Human+

While on holiday in Rome, I was lucky enough to stumble across “Human+.The future of our species” at the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. It was an exhibition bringing together art and design projects that considered the impact technology could have upon the definition of “human”, and the contexts that we live in.   My favourite piece…

Shaun’s CHI 2018 reflections

After a year off in 2017 I was very happy to go to Montreal for CHI 2018 with around 15 other NorSC and NORTHLab people from Northumbria. The unofficial CHI league tables show us continuing to ride high but a little below Open Lab over the road; one highlight for me was GeordieCHI – the…

Designing smart objects as embodied agents in everyday life

At the beginning of May, Dave Kirk and David Verweij travelled to the Netherlands to take part in a week long invited workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. The aim of the workshop was to develop an interdisciplinary research agenda on smart objects to help frame future work in interaction design. The workshop brought…