Seminar: Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Safety Training and Education: Design and Evaluation aspects

Luca Chittaro
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
University of Udine, Italy

ORI LCR, 29th August 12:00.

BIO: http://speakers.acm.org/speakers/chittaro_6402

ABSTRACT:
Virtual reality (VR) experiences and serious games, i.e. video games to further training and education objectives, are increasingly used in a variety of domains, including health and safety. However, compared to entertainment games, the design and evaluation of such applications is more complex because it needs to take into account additional, multidisciplinary factors (e.g., persuasive communication and attitude change). In this talk, I will introduce and illustrate how we addressed some of these factors, aiming at improving the theoretical grounding as well as the practical effectiveness of VR experiences and serious games for safety education. I will also demonstrate applications of the proposed ideas to real-world problems. In particular, I will illustrate in detail our projects on safety education of aircraft passengers, which have been supported by grants of the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

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Seminar by Prof. Luca Chittaro, Apps for Health and Wellbeing: Physical Exercise, Breathing, Mindfulness

Apps for Health and Wellbeing: Physical Exercise, Breathing, Mindfulness

Prof. Luca Chittaro

O’Reilly Institute, LCR, Trinity College Dublin, 12:00 August 24th.

Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Udine, Italy

Different activities that can be potentially embraced by almost any person such as physical exercise, deep and slow breathing or relaxation training have been shown to have beneficial effects on health and wellbeing. Mindfulness practice allows people to gain further advantages (e.g., in terms of psychological health, social relationships, and performance at various tasks) and has become the subject of a large amount of health research, with literally thousands of journal papers published. Nevertheless, people have difficulty in learning and/or in regularly engaging in such activities, no matter how beneficial they could be to them. For these reasons, our projects explore how to use computers (and especially mobile devices) to make these activities simpler to approach and more appealing, supporting people in engaging with and practicing them. This talk will present our main project, focusing on different applications we developed for respectively physical exercise, breathing training, relaxation training and mindfulness. For each application, I will also summarize the main findings of the studies we carried out to assess the effectiveness of the apps.

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Seminar by Nic Vanderschantz – KidsQuestions: Assisting Children’s Digital Information Seeking

Nicholas Vanderschantz, University of Waikato, New Zealand

LCR, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Weds 11 July 12:00

KidsQuestions: Assisting Children’s Digital Information Seeking

Abstract
Children struggle in a variety of ways with the contemporary technologies used in the classroom. Our investigations are aimed at supporting children’s digital information seeking. We hypothesise that an interaction model specifically designed to align with the inquiry-based pedagogies common in education today would be beneficial for children’s digital information search. We conducted a requirements analysis involving children, parents, and teachers, a range of user studies through which we identified the information seeking practices and the issues school children encounter when using contemporary digital information seeking technology. We implemented and explored a search engine interface prototype that was designed to align with the inquiry-based pedagogies that we observed. This presentation gives an overview of our observations and insights gained.

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12th Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference (iHCI 2017), Dublin

The annual Irish HCI event (iHCI) will take place on the 17th November 2017 at University College Dublin.
www.ihci2017.wordpress.com
The event will have keynote talks from three leading voices in the field of HCI. It will also showcase leading research by researchers in Ireland, and by Irish researchers working internationally, through curated presentation sessions.

===Confirmed Keynotes===
Duncan Brumby, UCL Interaction Centre
Julie Doyle, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Chris Preist, University of Bristol

===Registration===
Registration for Irish HCI is free and is now open at the link below
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ihci-2017-symposium-tickets-38653202770

As space is limited please only register if you are planning to attend the event.
===Organisers===
Marguerite Barry, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
Leigh Clark, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
Benjamin R. Cowan, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
David Coyle, School of Computer Science, UCD

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EIT/ACM Summer School on e-Health and m-Health

We’ve just released an updated call for participation for our summer school on the user centered design of e-health and m-health, the school will be delivered over two separate weeks in Dublin and KTH, Stockholm, and is sponsored by EIT Health, ACM SIGCHI and the Adapt Centre at Trinity College Dublin. Thanks to the sponsorship we will be able to offer a significant number of bursaries, and have an excellent program shaping up. Read here for more details.

 

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Seminar by Prof. Aaron Quigley 5th Dec – Ubiquitous User Interfaces

Ubiquitous User Interfaces  – 12:00pm, 5th December 2016 in the Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, TCD.
Displays are all around us, on and around our body, fixed and mobile, bleeding into the very fabric of our day to day lives. Displays come in many forms such as smart watches, head-mounted displays or tablets and fixed, mobile, ambient and public displays. However, we know more about the displays connected to our devices than they know about us. Displays and the devices they are connected to are largely ignorant of the context in which they sit including knowing physiological, environmental and computational state.
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CTN Seminar- 28th Oct- Brendan Rooney (UCD)

The Creative Technology Network hosts a number of monthly seminars on topics related to human-computer interaction, interaction design and multimedia design.

Our  2016/17 programme starts with Dr Brendan Rooney talking about  Attention and emotion in reading the minds of fictional characters, avatars and “real” people.  The seminar will take place on Friday 28th October at D107 in the Newman Building at UCD. Further details of the event are below. For more information on the network and the seminar series visit http://creativetechnologiesnetwork.com

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SIGCHI Summer School Funding Available.

One of the Special Funding Initiatives the SIGCHI Executive Committee has established, under its SIGCHI Development Fund Program, is a call for applications to support HCI Summer/Winter Schools.

The SIGCHI Executive Committee provides access to a “SIGCHI Development Fund” as a benefit to all members. A new special funding initiative under this fund is for the sponsorship (partial) of Winter and Summer Schools in HCI with a deadline for application of December 1st, 2016. SIGCHI members can apply for up to $12,000 (USD) (as outlined below).

http://www.sigchi.org/about/funding/hci-summer-winter-schools

At the recent Irish HCI Conference we discussed a potential proposal to this next year – contact us if you’d like to help.

 

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10th Irish Human-computer Interaction Conference – CF Talks and Posters, Registration

The 10th annual SIGCHI Ireland conference on Human Computer Interaction will take place on Friday 14th October 2016 at University College Cork. The conference is intended to showcase leading HCI research in Ireland, and by Irish researchers abroad, and is open to all interested people. Registration for the conference is free for attendees. Please see the conference website for full details: https://irishhci2016.wordpress.com/

The conference will feature keynote talks from leading voices in the field of HCI. Speakers confirmed thus far:

Prof. Yvonne Rogers, University College London Interaction Centre
Dr. Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Steve Benford, Mixed Reality Laboratory, University of Nottingham

We will also have research talks, focusing on publications by Irish researchers at leading international venues, and poster presentations, which demonstrate the depth and breadth of HCI research in Ireland. The call for submissions to both tracks is currently open (see https://irishhci2016.wordpress.com/callforpapers/ for full details).

Research Talks
Research talks at iHCI 2016 are intended as a showcase of research that has already been published in leading international HCI venues over the past year (September 2015- September 2016). The aim is to give the authors of such work the opportunity to share their research with an Irish audience. The authors of all accepted research talks will be given a 15 minute presentation slot during the main conference.

Deadline for Submission: Friday 16th September 2016
Notification of acceptance: Friday 23rd September 2016

Posters
Submission to the Poster Track should be of original research conducted by researchers based in Ireland and Irish researchers working internationally. The work should not have been previously published and can include work in progress. All accepted posters will be presented in a poster session and networking event during the main conference.

Deadline for Submission: Monday 26th September 2016
Notification of acceptance: 3rd October 2016

See https://irishhci2016.wordpress.com/callforpapers/ for submission details

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CFP: 9th Irish HCI Conference (iHCI 2015)

For details see: https://ihci2015.wordpress.com/

The annual iHCI conference will take place on the 23rd October 2015 at
the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. It is being
organised by the NCAD+UCD Creative Technology Network, a partnership
between academics and designers at University College Dublin and NCAD
championing and facilitating cutting edge HCI collaborations, research
and design.

The conference will showcase leading research by researchers in Ireland,
and by Irish researchers working internationally, through poster and
curated presentation sessions. The overall theme for this year is
creative technology and the future of HCI in Ireland.

The event will have keynote talks from four leading voices in the field
of HCI.

Confirmed Keynotes
Sriram Subramanian, Informatics, University of Sussex
Aaron Quigley, SACHI, University of St Andrews
Anna Cox, UCL Interaction Centre
John McCarthy, Applied Psychology, University College Cork

Submissions
We invite two kinds of submissions: ***Posters*** and ***Presentations***

Submission to the Poster Track should be of original research conducted
by researchers based in Ireland and Irish researchers working
internationally. The work should not have been previously published and
can include work in progress.

The Presentations Track is a showcase of work by researchers based in
Ireland, as well as Irish researchers based internationally, that has
been published in leading international HCI venues over the past year
(September 2014- September 2015). Examples of venues include CHI, CSCW,
Interact, NordiCHI, IJHCS, TOCHI, IwC and other highly ranked
international conferences and journals. The aim is to give the authors
of such work the opportunity to share their research with an Irish audience.

In both tracks we encourage submissions that focus on Human-Computer
Interaction, widely defined. We particularly encourage submissions from
PhD students and early career HCI researchers in Ireland

Submission Details
Poster Track: Abstracts (up to 250 words in length) should be
submitted to http://goo.gl/forms/vkrWjpGcUJ. All accepted posters will
be presented in a poster session and networking event during the main
conference.

Presentation Track: A link to the paper as well as full paper
details (title, presenter/author name, abstract, venue presented) should
be submitted to http://goo.gl/forms/SqQ9yfAVFD. The authors of all
accepted presentations will be given a presentation slot during the main
conference.

Deadline for Submission: 21st September 2015
Notification of acceptance: 28th September 2015

Conference Organisers
Benjamin R. Cowan, School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD
David Coyle, School of Computer Science, UCD
Emma Creighton, Interaction Design, NCAD

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