iHCI 2013 Conference Report

The seventh annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference took place at Dundalk Institute of Technology, on June 12th and 13th 2013. Organised by CASALA, the conference featured presentations from UCD, TCD, Dundalk IT, IADT, UCC, DCU and CIT, as well as international speakers from the UK and Sweden. Since its inaugural event in 2007, iHCI has been first and foremost the venue for the Irish HCI community to meet and discuss their work “at home” and to create national awareness and visibility for a growing field of research in Irish academia and industry.

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Irish HCI Conference call for papers/participation

2013 marks the seventh year of the annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) conference. This year iHCI will take place on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June at Dundalk Institute of Technology. HCI researchers, students and practitioners are invited to participate. The conference format will include long and short papers from the HCI community as well as a posters and demo section. A new event for the 2013 conference will involve talks by Ireland’s senior HCI researchers –who will present their top-tier HCI conference/journal papers (e.g. from CHI, CSCW, TOCHI, UIST) at iHCI.

This year’s conference will not be organized around a specific theme. Instead, we encourage submissions on novel HCI concepts, insightful surveys of existing work, or concrete, significant, transferable research based on the implementation and evaluation of a working system. Speculative short papers (up to 4 pages) may report work in progress or an interesting idea that is not yet fully developed. The organizers are also seeking an interactive workshop such as the one which accompanied the conference in 2009. More details to follow on this. Continue reading

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Track on Teamwork, Collaboration and Patient-Centered Care at CBMS 2013

Bridget Kane, Saturnino Luz, (both from Trinity College Dublin) and Pieter Toussaint (NTNU Norway) are organising a special track on Track on Teamwork, Collaboration and Patient-Centered Care at CBMS 2013.

Communication, Teamwork, Interaction and Mobility are terms we have come to associate with healthcare work. Communication can be synchronous or asynchronous, coupled and often mediated by multimedia technology. The challenge of co-ordination and supporting co-operation in these work settings is an on-going problem for designers and developers. Co-ordination of information among teams and between institutional settings is critical for efficient and effective healthcare delivery.
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Casala at DkIT to host iHCI 2013

Julie Doyle and the staff at the Casala Research Centre will be hosting the 7th Irish HCI conference, with a tentative date of 12-13 June. (Update Dec 2012) Sonja Hermann from the TCD Centre for Bioengineering will be joining them as co-chair. Call to be released soon – watch this space!

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iHCI 2012 Conference Report

The sixth annual Irish Human-Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference took place at NUI Galway on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June. Organised by the School of Education, NUI Galway, it was the first time that the conference was hosted in the west of Ireland. The theme of iHCI 2012 was ‘Poetics of Design, Narratives of Use’, looking at the broad array of creative methods and tools used to design different technologies for a range of user contexts and application domains, including healthcare, education and mobile work. Highlights of the iHCI 2012 conference included: a keynote lecture ‘Between Film and Digital Media’ by Professor Rod Stoneman, Director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media; a tour of the National Computer & Communications Museum, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), NUI Galway; and an Alan Turing commemorative lecture. Saturday 23rd June 2012 marked the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, one of the pioneers of modern computing and mathematics. The conference featured presentations and technology showcases from academia and industry, with speakers from UL, GMIT, TCD, DCU, UCC, UCD, Dundalk IT, Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden and NUIG.
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Seminar@TCD: Interacting is Performing, Dr. Michael Nitsche, Georgia Tech.

On behalf of Mads Haahr:

TCD School of Computer Science & Statistics – Seminar Notice

Speaker: Associate Professor Michael Nitsche

Institution:  School of Literature, Communication and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology

Title:  Interacting is Performing
Date: Friday June 1st 2012
Time: 14:00 with tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards
Location: Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Map: http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php

 Abstract: Interacting is Performing

An argument for expressive forms of interaction and how they play out in our physical surroundings. The talk will present background and examples from the work at the Digital World and Image Group at Georgia Tech. We combine performance into our interaction design for various technologies, including web, mobile, and physical prototypes. The talk should be of some interest to students in interaction design, digital humanities, and those who look beyond individual technologies for their digital media design.

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Seminar@TCD: Dr. Gavin Doherty – Mental Health Technology: Designing for Engagement

Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, 3pm, 30th April 2012

Mental health difficulties are currently the leading cause of disability in developed countries (WHO metrics). While uptake of technology in the area has been slow, a variety of new technologies to support mental health treatment are emerging. Many of these aim to improve access to treatment and to provide more engaging and relevant treatment to clients. However, technologies which suffer from usability problems or which fail to take into account the real needs of clients and the context in which treatment is provided are unlikely to succeed. In this talk I will discuss the unique challenges posed by this domain and the different ways we can use technology to help. I will explore the issues by presenting our experience of development of an online intervention.

Online mental health interventions can benefit people experiencing a range of psychological difficulties, but attrition is a major problem in real-world deployments. I discuss strategies to reduce attrition, and present SilverCloud, a platform designed to provide more engaging online experiences. I present the results of a practice-based clinical study of an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme for depression. I discuss strategies for design in this area and consider how the quantitative and qualitative results contribute towards our understanding of engagement.

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Seminar@UCD: Dr. Claire McInerney – Taking Action Through Learning and Knowledge Management – Diabetes Mellitus: Improving Health Care through Communication & Information

School of Information and Library Studies, UCD, on 25 April at 4 PM.

Room 106, Library Building (SILS is above the
Career Center, to the right of the James Joyce Library).

Dr. Claire McInerney is visiting UCD from Rutgers University in New Jersey, US.

TALK DM – Taking Action Through Learning and Knowledge Management –
Diabetes Mellitus: Improving Health Care through Communication & Information

TalkDM is funded under a grant from the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). As a two-year
long pilot and planning study, the overall purpose of the grant is to
evaluate the feasibility of using Knowledge Management as an
innovative framework to enhance primary care practices’ adoption and
sustainability of patient self-management support, including
Motivational Interviewing and related counseling and behavior change
approaches and patient tools, in order to improve glycemic, blood
pressure and lipid control in patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Continue reading

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Irish HCI Conference 2012 – Call for papers

iHCI 2012: 6th Annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference
‘Poetics of Design, Narratives of Use’

Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st June 2012
National University of Ireland, Galway

Conference Website.

Call for Papers
2012 marks the sixth year of the annual Irish Human Computer Interaction
(iHCI) Conference. This year iHCI will take place on Wednesday 20th and
Thursday 21st June at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The conference theme for 2012 is ‘Poetics of Design, Narratives of Use’,
with a focus on discussing, exploring and challenging the role that
different artefacts, perspectives, methods and tools play in the design of
new technologies.

Submissions will discuss the frames, discourses, resources and symbols that
we employ at different stages of the design process, from ideation and
conceptualisation through to the appropriation and evaluation of computing,
across a range of use contexts: artistic, cultural, social, organisational
and educational. The particular emphasis of this year’s conference will be
to look at the broad range of methods – artistic/impressionistic, creative
and scientific – we use to design, implement and evaluate technology, and to
share stories of the design, deployment and evaluation of computing in
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Seminar at UL: Prof. Barbara Czarniawska, “‘Nomadic Work as Life Story Plot’

The third and last event of the 4th NWL International Seminar Series is on Monday at 3.00pm. A few places are still available, so if you are interested in attending this seminar, please register for it by contacting Fabiano.Pinatti@ul.ie.

In this seminar Professor Barbara Czarniawska from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden will be presenting the paper ‘Nomadic Work as Life Story Plot’.

When: Mon 10th October (3.00-4.30pm)
Where: UL (room CSG-001, Computer Science & Information Systems Department)
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