Attending ECSCW 2018 and new paper

This week, I am attending ECSCW 2018, the 16th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: The International venue on Practice-centred computing and the Design of cooperation technologies, taking place in Nancy (France). I will also present a long paper, written with my colleague Ellie Lockley: “From Work to Life and Back Again: Examining the Digitally-Mediated Work/Life Practices of a Group of Knowledge Workers”. The work was made possible by an activity grant from the EPSRC Balance Network. You can follow the conference on Twitter using the #ECSCW hashtag.

“CultureLabs” has started!

As of April 1st 2018, a new exciting project has started: “CultureLabs” is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Framework Programme and will explore how culture and heritage can be instruments for social inclusion.

CultureLabs will develop a digital platform to support those heritage institutions such as libraries, museums and theatres who wish to work with communities from immigrant, refugees or migrant backgrounds to share cultural heritage and understanding. A quick description of the project’s aims can be found here.

Nine partners will work collaboratively across six countries and particularly on four case studies, two in Italy, one in Finland and one in the UK. This is a new approach to social engagement with new citizens and it’s about sharing information and culture both ways; with new residents learning the cultural heritages of their new homes and sharing information about their own history with their new communities. CultureLabs will support participation in culture and the primary focus will be on approaches that build positive awareness about communities’ own heritage and memories, and engage their members as bearers and producers of culture.

 The CultureLabs platform will be used to enable community participants to document, share and reconfigure their own cultural content. Digital technology will be used to create dialogue between communities and it will be designed with the end-users in mind.
The project’s official kick-off took place in Athens on April 12-13 2018, hosted by the project coordinating partner, the National Technical University of Athens. Other partners together with SHU are the European Forum for Migration Studies at the University of Bamberg (Germany), Singular Logic (industry, Greece), Platoniq (social enterprise, Spain), Fondazione Sistema Toscana and COOSS (cultural cooperatives, Italy), Museovirasto – The Finnish Heritage Agency (public heritage body, Finland), and the People’s History Museum (UK).

New article published

A new article, “On the perceptual aesthetics of interactive objects“, written with Alessandro Soranzo, Daniela Petrelli and John Reidy has been published (open access) in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. The paper is based on the recent project with colleagues in the Dept. of Psychology examining people’s reactions to manipulating interactive tangible objects. Another publication focusing on the tangible interaction side of the work can be found on the TEI 2016 proceedings.

PhD Scholarship opportunities at SHU

My university, Sheffield Hallam University (UK), is currently inviting applications for funded PhD scholarships across a range of subject areas. This is a competitive process and applicants must satisfy a number of eligibility criteria.

Specifically, I will be supervising students in three areas:

Those who are interested in applying to study under my supervision are warmly invited to contact me directly to discuss their ideas and topics towards the application.

Full information on how to apply is detailed on the website. Deadline for applications is February 1st, 2018. Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place in early March 2018. Successful applicants will enrol in September 2018.