- The Development and Evaluation of a Peer Support System for Children and Young People with Type 1 DiabetesDiabetes is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases in the world today and numbers of affected individuals in the UK are predicted to rise, raising concerns not only for the health of the nation but also the capability of a healthcare system which is already at breaking point. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune ...Interactive storytelling endeavours to implement systems that will create narratives in which the user can become fully involved. For example, a user could interfere with the action of a well-known play, resulting in a different ending from the one they are familiar with. The aim of the IRIS project was to improve interactive storytelling technologies ...Across the UK political spectrum there is a consensus that communities need to play a greater role in local government, both in the decisions made that affect people’s everyday lives, and in the design and delivery of services provided by local government to communities. With the enormous public uptake of digital technologies including broadband internet, ...This PhD project is an experiment into participatory methods in voting systems. Its goal is to explore how electronic voting and electronic democracy applications can support different types of participation (e.g. direct push-button democracy, deliberation etc.). To extract the design requirements of technology for democracy, I develop exploratory prototypes that serve as technology probes to explore ...While multi-touch technology would at first appear to dispense with any need for it, a computer mouse has benefits that a touch-screen cannot offer. It allows for functions such as scrolling with less movement of the hands, and enables users to click on targets with a higher degree of accuracy. We therefore developed SurfaceMouse, a ...Digital portraits is a workshop process developed to explore the presentation of self using digital media. Participants are given portrait packs with inspiration tokens to generate ideas on the things that are valuable in their lives, including objects, places, people and sensory experiences. Participants then take part in workshops to create short video portraits using ...Demographic ageing has raised many issues for policy and practice, particularly in terms of how society should best support and care for the ageing population. Governments around the western world have recommended that older people should be supported to ‘age in place’, in the belief that this will also promote quality of life and well-being ...
- Performing arts use motion-capture tools for activities ranging from live productions to creative screen-bound works, choreographic notation and archiving. These activities have shaped original interdisciplinary platforms, combining artistic performance skills with research from sectors such as biomechanics, sensor development, information processing and display. While captured human movement data could be theoretically interesting to a variety ...The prolonged nature of chronic illnesses means that those who suffer from them, as well as those close to them such as family members, must have an understanding of and learn to manage the symptoms to allow them to maintain a good quality of life. The aim of the SMART2 project was to investigate how ...Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
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1pm - 6pmAlthough the potential of digital technology to assist older people and people with cognitive and physical impairments is huge, often technology is not designed in a way that fully takes into account the needs of these groups in terms of how accessible it will be. The VERITAS project’s aim is that future ICT products and ...This project builds on the Bespoke project, which resulted in the deployment of Viewpoint, a public voting device inspired by difficulties encountered when attempting to encourage residents in a Preston estate to voice their opinions. Many residents did not want to be identified as ‘busybodies’, while others felt disenfranchised and saw little reason to participate in ...Digital resources are powerful tools that can aid in the process of community building. In this project, we are exploring the ways in which trust (and legacies of mistrust) can lead to social exclusion and power imbalances within minority communities in the UK. While many of these issues have been examined separately, no previous research has examined ...
- As the sophistication of ubiquitous computing technologies increases, with advances in processing power and decreases in size users are being confronted with increasingly intelligent interfaces embedded in everyday devices. This raises an interesting challenge to consider how people might perceive and respond to technologies that demonstrate such advanced functionality. In this paper we try to further unpack ...AK-Lite is a portable version of the Ambient Kitchen and is intended for real-world home-based deployments of our experiments in pervasive sensing and display for situated cooking support. AK-Lite consists of a set of utensils fitted with accelerometers, with extra accelerometers that can be attached to handles on ovens and taps and to food containers, ...Research Associate / Assistant in Interaction Design and User Experience (Digital Social Care) Research Associate (post-doctoral): £28,982 Research Assistant (post-graduate): £26,537 We are seeking a talented, motivated researcher to contribute to the interaction design and mobile / ubiquitous computing components of the digital social care research at Open Lab, Newcastle University. This post offers the opportunity to develop ...‘My Great North Run’ is a multimodal museum installation and connected website that archives stories, photographs and drawings from the last thirty years of the Great North Run.Digital voting is used in a variety of contexts from politics to mundane everyday decisions. One of the motivations underlying many group decision-making systems is the promotion of participation, yet there is little research that explores how features of digital voting systems can be designed to facilitate this, other than providing multiple voting channels. The shift ...The aim of this project was to understand the changes in motor skill that take place during the early phases of learning a new fine motor skill task. For this project specifically, that motor skill was suturing, which we measured by attaching sensors to the surgical suturing instruments that the participants (medical students) used, in ...BinCam was a personal informatics system intended to raise awareness among young people about what they throw away and how they might decrease the amount of waste they create. A camera phone was attached to the inside of a bin lid and, using the phone’s accelerometer, lid opening and closing events could be detected. Every ...Try clicking here for more contentTry clicking here for more content
WelcomeWe are an interaction design and ubiquitous computing research group called Open Lab, based at Newcastle University. Established in 2008, the group is led by Patrick Olivier and has a core team of around eighty researchers. Our work focuses on the experience-centred design of digital technology and applied challenges in ubiquitous computing. Many members of the group originate from a disciplines outside computer science, including psychology, electronic engineering, sociology, clinical sciences, education, design and fine art.
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