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


 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

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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Seminar at UL: ‘Work Around – Practices around Technology, Space and the Ever-changing Nature of Organisational Life’

The second event of the 4th NWL International Seminar Series is approaching. In this seminar we will be hosting Dr. Mark Perry from Brunel University (UK), who will be presenting the paper ‘Work Around – Practices around Technology, Space and the Ever-changing Nature of Organisational Life’.

Dr. Perry is an interdisciplinary researcher with interests spanning cognitive science, computing and social science and ‘user studies’. He was originally trained as a psychologist (BA (Hons.), Cardiff University), a cognitive scientist (MSc, Cardiff), and an interdisciplinary PhD (Brunel), having worked at a variety of places along the way, including Goldsmiths College (London), Hewlet-Packard Research Labs (Bristol), Stanford University (USA), and the Appliance Studio (Bristol). For the past few years, most of his research has revolved around the use of mobile information and communications technology, and in the use and design of ubiquitous/pervasive computing and networked information appliances.

All are welcome to attend. Attendance is open and free, but places are limited therefore prior registration is required.

When: Fri 30th September (2.30-4pm)

Where: UL (room TBC)

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History and Future of HCI

Liam Bannon has a very interesting article on the history and future of HCI in the July+August 2011 issue of Interactions. In it he traces some of the key moments and movements that have influenced the development of HCI: human factors, human centred automation, participative design, CSCW, and most recently interaction design. Liam’s account positions these developments as moves toward a more nuanced approach to understanding how people design and use technology. He concludes this account by considering how a more human-centred approach might re-frame current research topics such as ambient assisted living and the assumed benefits of recording everything about our lives through complete logging of our locations, communications, and purchases. His optimism about this being a time to re-imagine our field through openness to new forms of thinking about human-technology relations captures the commitment to human potential and rigorous thinking that drew many of us to HCI. This article deserves a serious read, and our students deserve to read it too.

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Fifth Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference at CIT in September

2011 marks the fifth year of the annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference. This year it will take place on the 8th & 9th of September at Cork Institute of Technology. Full details of the event can be found on the ihci2011 website.

The Irish HCI community has grown considerably over the past number of years supported through the iHCI conferences, the establishment of the ACM SIGCHI chapter, and the partnership with industry mediated through groups such as Interaction Design Association (IxDA Dublin) (IxDA Limerick). The 2011 conference is hosted by the Media Communications Department at CIT, and is a local chapter activity of SIGCHI Ireland.

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New SIGCHI Ireland Website

We’ve just deployed a new website for SIGCHI Ireland to make it easier for groups doing HCI research in Ireland to contribute news, events, and updates. Send an email to Gavin Doherty if you want to register someone from your HCI group.

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Several Irish Papers at CHI 2011

Irish institutions were well represented at CHI 2011, with papers from UCC, DCU, UL, plus two from TCD. This is a great result at such a highly competitive and high profile venue.

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