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…

BAAP Colloquium 2018

Last week I attended the British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium (12th til 14th April) at the University of Kent. This is the biannual conference for those who study speech, particularly from an empirical/variationist perspective. It was my first time attending this conference but everyone was very friendly and supportive of each other. I presented…

TLANG

Last week, I attended a seminar (“Language, social media and migration”) at the University of Birmingham hosted by the TLANG project. The seminar explored the use of social media by people in contexts of mobility and migration, and how identity is performed and relationships built through these digital interactions. The work that was presented was so inspiring,…

Workshop on Conversation Agents at the Mixed Reality Lab

Last week, I visited the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. The workshop was hosted by Stuart Reeves, Joel Fischer, and Martin Porcheron, and focused on conversational agents (e.g. Amazon’s Alexa); the biggest take home being that we don’t really have conversations with these devices, and their design does not allow for repairs…

Alexa Skills Workshop

Last week Gavin and Selina attended an Alexa Skills Workshop hosted by David Low from Amazon. In just a few hours we learnt the basics of how to code an Alexa skill and release it for others to use. David also took the time to talk to us about our research and the practicalities of…

NorSC at DIS 2017

Last week the majority of the NorSC team went to the ACM SIGCHI conference Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) in Edinburgh.  There was lots to do! Tom and Gavin, and Selina had posters to present, Dave Kirk was on the organising committee for a workshop (“People, Personal Data and the Built “) that Kay and Adrian attended, and Shaun…