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 CHI 2017

The Computer-Human Interaction conference (CHI) 2017 was hosted in Denver, Colorado in May, the leading gathering of interdisciplinary researchers interested in HCI. NorSC presented a number of papers at the conference: Following various studies as part of the CuRAtOR project, Tom, Gavin, Ioannis and Shaun published their work around designing second-screening experiences around reality TV,…

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…

IxDA North-East

On October 5th, we were delighted to present at IxDA-North-East, a local group of The Interaction Design Association (IxDA), an organisation “improving the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design, through community, sharing, self-organisation and contribution to the practice and development of Interaction Design”. The talk was an opportunity to describe our interests…

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds is an anthology of ‘place poetry‘ by British black and Asian poets. It was published in 2012 by Bloodaxe Books and edited by the Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay, James Procter (Newcastle University) and Gemma Robinson (University of Stirling). Described as “an alternative A-Z of the nation”, its geographically-organised structure represents poetry…

Brutalism at NorSC

As might be clear from the image attached to this post, as well as throughout our website, we have an interest in brutalist architecture, concrete and “ugly” buildings. This post will explain why, a social computing and human-computer interaction group, has pictures of concrete everywhere. Our fascination with brutalism is actually grounded in the works…

Design fiction

One of my areas of interest is that of design fiction. Design fiction covers a large range of potential techniques, approaches and stances. It ranges from fiction about the design of digital technologies to the fictions about design. Typically design fictions are intended for small audiences. One use of a design fiction is to help…

ARCOM 2016

I had the pleasure of attending my first Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference (ARCOM) this week. The conference brings together academics and practitioners to develop, promote and discuss research topics around the construction industry sector. Although it was the 32nd annual conference, it was the first year that a theme had been adopted….

Hacking The Future of Money

Postcards from Brett Scott’s talk at Den2016 in Newcastle. There is much excitable talk in financial technology circles about the coming age of digital finance, cashless society and financial automation. It is often presented as disruption, but how deep does this disruption really go? Much financial technology innovation is merely the creation of new user…