Madeline Balaam

madeline.balaam@ncl.ac.uk | Faculty

Madeline Balaam

I'm a Lecturer in Interaction Design within the School of Computing Science here at Newcastle University. My work focuses on designing for digital health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on digital public health and digital women's health.

I co-lead the Digital Public Health strand of the Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC) launched in Open Lab in 2015 with Prof. Ashley Adamson in the Institute of Health and Society. My focus in this 5 year long project is understanding how social computing can radically change the ways by which public health is delivered. In particular, I'm interested in how these technologies can enable bottom-up approaches to public health, where communities can commission, co-design and create their own public health content. FeedFinder, a mobile application which supports women in finding, reviewing and sharing places to publicly breastfeed is one exemplar of this approach. From a public health perspective, FeedFinder enables women to create good quality content for another to support one another in a positive health behaviour. More than this, FeedFinder allows women, businesses and other institutions to collect data about women's breastfeeding experience, and where necessary use this data to lobby for better breastfeeding support. The core questions that I will be working over the next few years is how we can evaluate public health interventions such as FeedFinder that make use of social capital and how do we make these kind of interventions sustainable over the long-term (i.e. when DERC comes to an end).

Over the last few years I have become increasingly interested in how digital technologies intersect with women's health - and I guess I can track this back to a ACM CHI workshop I led in 2013 on Motherhood and HCI. Since then, along with FeedFinder, I have been involved in the design and evaluation of Labella, a embodied, mobile application for allowing women to better understand their intimate anatomy. The work for me is fascinating, from the innovation in design methods to enable design work around such intimate concepts, through to the application of digital technologies within this domain. From here, I have became fascinated in how platforms like Twitter have been used in relation to women's rights, and the extent to which such acts of activism can actually lead to social, cultural, or political change - I watch the #repealthe8th with great interest.

I have a keen interest in how digital technologies can and should revolutionise teaching practices within HE, and actively experiment with new routes to offering productive teaching and learning experiences for computing science students at Newcastle University. I've experimented with and continue to experiment with 'flipped classrooms' and ideas around self-flipping and the use of bootlegger as a learning and teaching tool.

I have the great pleasure of supervising some wonderful PhD students, including Gavin Wood, Kevin Marshall, Teresa Almeida, Haneen Qarabash, Matt Wood, Emma Simpson, Zeinab Shams Ailee, and Anna Vasilchenko. I am always of course looking for talented new students, so if you're interested in digital health, digital public health, digital women's health please get in touch!

I started my academic career with a PhD at the University of Sussex, where I explored the role that a tangible technology could play in supporting emotional communication in the classroom.

I'm looking for a mobile interaction designer to join my team - see details about the 3 year post here

If you want to know more please see: www.madelinebalaam.co.uk


http://www.madelinebalaam.co.uk

2017

Experiences of Delivering a Public Health Data Service
Simpson E, Comber R, Garbett A, Jenkins E, Balaam M, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems6171-6183

2016

Wristband Accelerometers to motiVate arm Exercise after Stroke (WAVES): study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial
Moore SA, Da Silva R, Balaam M, Brkic L, Jackson D, Jamieson D, Ploetz T, Rodgers H, Shaw L, van Wijck F, Price C, Trials
Virtual.Cultural.Collaboration - Mobile phones, video technology, and cross-cultural learning
Sarangapani V, Kharrufa A, Balaam M, Leat D, Wright P, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016341-352
Interactivity: Looking at the vagina through Labella
Almeida T, Wood G, Comber R, Balaam M, CHI EA '16 Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems3635-3638
Factors important for women who breastfeed in public: a content analysis of review data from FeedFinder
Simpson E, Garbett A, Comber R, Balaam M, BMJ Opene011762
The impact of digital technology on health of populations affected by humanitarian crises: Recent innovations and current gaps
Mesmar S, Talhouk R, Akik C, Olivier P, Elhajj IH, Elbassuoni S, Armoush S, Kalot J, Balaam M, Germani A, Ghattas H, Journal of Public Health Policy167-200
A Real-Time IVR Platform for Community Radio
Kazakos K, Asthana S, Balaam M, Duggal M, Holden A, Jamir L, Kannuri N, Kumar S, Mamindla A, Manikam A, Murthy M, Nahar P, Phillimore P, Sathyanath S, Singh P, Singh M, Wright P, Yadav D, Olivier P, Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 16)343-354
On Looking at the Vagina through Labella
Almeida T, Comber R, Wood G, Saraf D, Balaam M, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems1810-1821
Syrian Refugees and Digital Health in Lebanon: Opportunities for Improving Antenatal Health
Talhouk R, Mesmar S, Thieme A, Balaam M, Olivier P, Akik C, Ghattas H, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16)331-342
HCI and Intimate Care as an Agenda for Change in Women's Health
Almeida T, Comber R, Balaam M, Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 16)2599-2611

2015

CueS: cueing for upper limb rehabilitation in stroke
Holden A, McNaney R, Balaam M, Thompson R, Hammerla N, Ploetz T, Jackson D, Price C, Brkic L, Olivier P, British HCI '15 2015 British HCI Conference18-25
Evaluating Digital Tabletop Collaborative Writing in the Classroom
Heslop P, Preston A, Kharrufa A, Balaam M, Leat D, Olivier P, Human-Computer Interaction–INTERACT 2015: 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference531-548
Evaluating Digital Tabletop Collaborative Writing in the Classroom
Heslop P, Preston A, Kharrufa A, Balaam M, Leat D, Olivier P, 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference531-548
On Looking at the Vagina through Labella
Almeida T, Comber R, Wood G, Saraf D, Balaam M, 34TH ANNUAL CHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS, CHI 20161810-1821
Understanding the lived experience of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: opportunities for design
Webster M, Foster E, Comber R, Bowen S, Cheetham T, Balaam M, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '15)140-149
Syrian Refugees and Digital Health in Lebanon: Opportunities for Improving Antenatal Health
Talhouk R, Mesmar S, Thieme A, Balaam M, Olivier P, Akik C, Ghattas H, 34TH ANNUAL CHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS, CHI 2016331-342
Exploring Learning Ecologies among People Experiencing Homelessness
Strohmayer A, Comber R, Balaam M, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2275-2284
Can a kitchen teach languages? Linking theory and practice in the design of context-aware language learning environments
Preston A, Balaam M, Seedhouse P, Rafiev A, Jackson D, Olivier P, Smart Learning Environments
LApp: A Speech Loudness Application for People with Parkinson's on Google Glass
McNaney R, Poliakov I, Vines J, Balaam M, Zhang P, Olivier P, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems497-500
LApp: A Speech Loudness Application for People with Parkinson's on Google Glass
McNaney R, Poliakov I, Vines J, Balaam M, Zhang P, Olivier P, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15)497-500
Designing for and with People with Parkinson's: A Focus on Exergaming
McNaney R, Balaam M, Holden A, Schofield G, Jackson D, Webster M, Galna B, Barry G, Rochester L, Olivier P, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems501--510
FeedFinder: A Location-Mapping Mobile Application for Breastfeeding Women
Balaam M, Comber R, Jenkins E, Sutton S, Garbett A, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems1709-1718

2014

Making Wellbeing: A Process of User-Centered Design
Marshall K, Thieme A, Wallace J, Vines J, Wood G, Balaam M, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2014)755-764
The dept. of hidden stories: playful digital storytelling for children in a public library
Wood G, Vines J, Balaam M, Taylor N, Smith T, Crivellaro C, Mensah J, Limon H, Challis J, Anderson L, Clarke A, Wright PC, SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems1885-1894
The Dept. Of Hidden Stories: Playful Digital Storytelling for Children in a Public Library
Wood G, Vines J, Balaam M, Taylor N, Smith T, Crivellaro C, Mensah J, Limon H, Challis J, Anderson L, Clarke A, Wright PC, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems1885-1894
Intimate care: exploring eTextiles for teaching female pelvic fitness
Almeida T, Comber R, Olivier P, Balaam M, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems5-8 
The European Digital Kitchen Project
Seedhouse P, Preston A, Olivier P, Jackson D, Heslop P, Balaam M, Rafiev A, Kipling M, Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature1-16
Exploring the Acceptability of Google Glass as an Everyday Assistive Device for People with Parkinson's
McNaney R, Vines J, Roggen D, Balaam M, Zhang P, Poliakov I, Olivier P, SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2551-2554
“It usually takes three of us, a few beers and a lot of imagination”: A qualitative exploration of what it means and takes to do research
Balaam M, Davies R, Dade-Robertson M, Fraser M, BITE: Receipts for Remarkable Research14-24
Kitchen as Classroom: Shifting perspectives in the design and evaluation of new technologies for learning
Preston A, Seedhouse P, Balaam M, Rafiev A, Jackson D, Olivier P, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2014
Retraining function in people with Parkinson’s disease using the Microsoft kinect: game design and pilot testing
Galna B, Jackson D, Schofield G, McNaney R, Webster M, Barry G, Mhiripiri D, Balaam M, Olivier P, Rochester L, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation1-12

2013

A Part Practical and Part Conceptual Response to Orchestration
Balaam M, Computers & Education517-519
Learning extended writing: designing for children's collaboration
Heslop P, Kharrufa A, Balaam M, Leat D, Dolan P, Olivier P, 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC)36-45
Tables in the Wild: Lessons Learned from a Large-Scale Multi-Tabletop Deployment
Kharrufa A, Balaam M, Heslop P, Leat D, Dolan P, Olivier P, CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems1021-1030
Digital portraits: photo-sharing after domestic violence
Clarke R, Wright P, Balaam M, McCarthy J, CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2517-2526
The French Digital Kitchen: Implementing Task-Based Language Teaching beyond the Classroom
Seedhouse P, Preston A, Olivier P, Jackson D, Heslop P, Pl&#246, tz T, Balaam M, Ali S, International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching50-72

2012

Collaborative Strategic Reading on Multi-Touch and Multi-User Digital Tabletop Displays
Maslamani JA, Windeatt S, Olivier P, Heslop P, Kharrufa A, Shearer J, Balaam M, EUROCALL211-216
PD Kinection - Retraining function with exercise based computer games for people with Parkinson’s disease
Galna B, Jackson D, Olivier P, Schofield G, Barry G, Balaam M, McNaney R, Webster M, Mhiripiri D, Rochester L, Parkinson's UK Research Conference
ChronoTape: Tangible Timelines For Family History
Bennett P, Fraser M, Balaam M, Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI)49-56
The French Kitchen: Task-Based Learning in an Instrumented Kitchen
Hooper C, Preston A, Balaam M, Seedhouse P, Jackson D, Pham C, Ladha C, Ladha K, Ploetz T, Olivier P, 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp)193-202
Magic Land: the design and evaluation of an interactive tabletop supporting therapeutic play with children
Pykhtina O, Balaam M, Wood G, Pattison S, Kharrufa A, Olivier P, DIS 2012: Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference136-145

2011

Enhancing interactional synchrony with an ambient display
Balaam M, Fitzpatrick G, Good J, Harris E, CHI 2011: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems867-876
Motivating mobility: Designing for lived motivation in stroke rehabilitation
Balaam M, Rennick-Egglestone S, Fitzpatrick G, Rodden T, Hughes AM, Wilkinson A, Nind T, Axelrod L, Harris E, Ricketts I, Mawson S, Burridge J, CHI 2011: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems3073-3082

2010

Rehabilitation Centred Design
Balaam M, Rennick-Egglestone S, Hughes A, Nind A, Wilkinson A, Harris E, Axelrod L, Fitzpatrick G, 28th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Extended Abstracts Volume4pp
Exploring affective technologies for the classroom with the subtle stone
Balaam M, Fitzpatrick G, Good J, Luckin R, 28th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems10pp

2009

<strong> </strong>Supporting affective communication in the classroom with the Subtle Stone
Alsmeyer M, Good J, Luckin R, Journal International Journal of Learning Technology188-215

2008

Developing a novel interface for capturing self reports of affect
Alsmeyer M, Luckin R, Good J, Human Factors in Computing Systems: Extended Abstracts6pp

2007

Getting under the skin of learners: Tools for evaluating emotional experience
Alsmeyer M, Luckin R, Good J, Artificial Intelligence in Education: Building Technology Rich Learning Contexts That Work

Associated Projects

  • Vacancies in Open Lab
    Open Lab is Hiring! We are always on the look out for talent in the lab, whether you are an excellent developer, awesome interaction design, or an ethnographer with a passion for digital technology. We currently have three post-doc vacancies within...
    August 30, 2011
  • React!
    React! is a web app designed and developed to support teenagers who are at risk of anaphylaxis (severe food allergies) and their friends in learning about the signs of different types of reactions and what to do in such circumstances. The app itsel...
    August 30, 2011
  • FeedFinder
    We have been working with local women and community breastfeeding groups to create a breastfeeding mapping mobile application called FeedFinder. In our initial design work we found that women had felt trapped in their house in the early days of h...
    August 30, 2011
  • LanCook
    Following the success of the “Language Learning in the Wild” project, which used the Ambient Kitchen as a platform for Task-Based Learning of French, we began working with the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences on a broader Eu...
    August 30, 2011
  • TRUMP: A TRUsted Mobile Platform for the Self - Management of Chronic Illness
    Chronic illnesses are now the leading cause of death in both developing and developed countries. While the UK and India have very different practices and structures for healthcare delivery, the effective management of chronic illness is a priority for ...
    August 30, 2011
  • PATINA: Personal Architectonics of Interfaces to Artefacts
    Through the course of their research, scholars are faced with competing relational networks and “ontologies of space”—this being the structural limitations of, and other factors that affect the way users experience, their virtual, physical and im...
    August 30, 2011
 
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