IDC seminar on Co-design by Marianne Markowski (2 short talks)

March 22, 2016 at 11:00 am

Dr. Marianne Markowski

Marianne_Markowski2Short talk 1: Co-design, collaborative design or participatory design?

My short talk explores the different interpretations of the word co-design and how it can be understood in different contexts. The perspectives range from HCI, systems design, participatory design to innovative and transformative design perspectives. I further offer a view on the applicability of co-design from a UX practitioner perspective  and my personal definition of co-design, which I developed as a researcher researching with older people.

Short talk 2: Cross-disciplinary views of affective experiences through research skills development

This short talk constitutes a work-in-progress report of our activities in knowledge and skills development when examining affective experiences in online and offlinecultural encounters. The presentation will engage with the different understandings of disciplinary viewpoints around the topic and argue that ‘affective experiences’ are understood and researched in very diverse ways.


Marianne Markowski has recently completed her PhD studies into designing online social interaction for and with older people. Her practice-based investigation looked at design processes as well as creative design practice (e.g. Teletalker prototype). With her research she explored different forms of participant and researcher engagements.

She currently works as a freelance UX designer and researcher before joining University of Greenwich’s Centre for Positive Ageing as a research fellow.

Alongside academia Marianne has been working in user experience design and user research for over a decade. She has evaluated a wide range of software and platforms starting from kiosk, desktop, interactive television to mobile applications and handsets. She led and worked on UX projects B2C and B2B in the retail, banking, education, mobile and government sectors.

IDC seminar – Empowering people to tell their unique stories – The design of creative writing user interfaces

March 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

Dr. Pedro Campos (University of Madeira, Portugal and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)


Creativity is an inspiration that many people have and always want more – but it is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon. In this talk I will briefly cover some design principles for creativity support tools as well as perspectives on creative interaction. I will focus on user interfaces for creative writing Creative writing is often used as a pedagogical tool to increase literacy. It can also be used to build positive relationships and encourage dialogue across diverse communities. Creative writing gives a voice to marginal groups in society, helping them to tell their stories. In this sense, new tools for creative writers can be used to support community-based writing projects and encourage people from all backgrounds to find their voice and tell their unique stories. But we also believe that creative writing can be used not only for the mental well-being of underserved populations but as a way to empower people to tell their unique stories and thereby increase society’s awareness of their situations and challenges.

Bio: Pedro Campos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira, Portugal, and Senior Researcher of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, where he served as Vice President from 2012-2015. He is also Associate Researcher at the Visualization and Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces Group at INESC-ID Lisbon. He is a founding member of IFIP’s Technical Committee 13.6 on Human Work Interaction Design, becoming elected as Chair for 2014-2017. He is also Portugal’s national representative at the TC13 and serves the editorial boards and program committees of several Human-Computer Interaction journals and conferences. He has authored more than fifty research papers and has lead or participated in several EU, national and regionally-funded scientific projects.

IDC seminar: Datathons – An Experience Report of Data Hackathons for Data Science Education

March 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

Dr. Craig Anslow (Middlesex University)

craig-anslowLarge amounts of data are becoming increasingly available through open data repositories as well as companies and governments collecting data to improve decision making and efficiencies. Consequently there is a need to increase the data literacy of computer science students. Data science is a relatively new area within computer science and the curriculum is rapidly evolving along with the tools required to perform analytics which students need to learn how to effectively use. To address the needs of students learning key data science and analytics skills we propose augmenting existing data science curriculums with hackathon events that focus on data also known as datathons. In this paper we present our experience at hosting and running four datathons that involved students and members from the community coming together to solve challenging problems with data from notfor-profit social good organizations and publicly open data. Our reported experience from our datathons will help inform other academics and community groups who also wish to host datathons to help facilitate their students and members to learn key data science and analytics skills.

This is a practice for the talk that Craig will give at the SIGCSE 2016 Conference:


Craig Anslow is a senior postdoc fellow working on the FP7 VALCRI project.


IDC Seminar – What is an explanation?

February 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

Dr. Simon Attfield (Middlesex University)

simonExplanations are important for investigations. For one thing, the stories that we construct to ‘make sense’ of evidence stand as explanations for that evidence. But what is an explanation – exactly? We all feel we know how to give an explanation and know one when we hear it, but when asked to say what an explanation is, exactly, we may be hard pressed. In this talk I will explore some prominent philosophical theories of explanation, including Hempel’s deductive-nomological  or covering law model. I will then use Clarke’s theory of common ground to explore the idea that good explanations involve complementing an explainee’s existing knowledge in order to render the explanandum (the thing to be explained) more likely in their eyes.


IDC seminar: Show and Tell with the visitors from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands

February 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

We will have a Show and Tell with the visitors from the School for Communication, Media and IT of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands (one of Middlesex’s Erasmus partners).

Room: HG06

Time: 9am – 12pm.


0900 – 0915h Arrival, tea / coffee

0915 – 0930h Welcome and Introductions

0930 – 1015h Hanzehogeschool Presentations / Show and Tell

  • Herman ten Kate, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Internationalization
  • Drs. Marjan de Jonge, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the educational program Interactive Media & Technologies (IMT);
  • Dr. Jelle de Boer, Lecturer / Researcher User Experience and Blended Learning;
  • Mr. Corné Kox, Lecturer Interactive Media &Technologies.

1015 – 1100h IDC Presentations / Show and Tell

  • Prof. William Wong, overview of the Interaction Design Centre
  • Dr. Chris Rooney, overview of the VALCRI project
  • Dr. Nallini Selvaraj, research assistant at IDC
  • Ms. Matylda Gerber, Erasmus exchange student at IDC

1100 – 1120h Coffee / tea

1120 – 1150h Discussion

1150 – 1200h Wrap Up and Action Items

1200h End