These are a collection of my thoughts, and really, a diary of my research - I don't intend to write here every day, but hopefully once I get into the swing of it maybe once a week.
I have a PhD studentship available to someone interested in doing interaction design work investigating the role for digital technologies in supporting play within a children's hospital. We have a hospital interested in collaborating with us, so this is a real opportunity to do some wonderfully applied work that could make a real difference to children's experiences of staying in hospital. Take a look at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/cs026 to find out how to apply. The deadline is May 8th 2012 so get in contact with me if you have any questions!
Just started working on a CHI paper for the 2011 conference in Vancouver. The paper is describing the results of a study that the Interact lab strand of the Shyness in Pervasive Computing project has been working on over the last year. The study explored whether ambient visualisations can support the development of rapport in interactants. The results are pretty interesting, suggesting that visualisations responding to mirroring behaviours, and back-channel responses can increase these types of behaviours in pairs of participants completing a planning task. This is especially interesting given the sub-conscious relationship between these types of body language and feelings such as rapport, and trust. I'm enjoying unpacking this analysis and its implications in the article.
I can't seem to stop thinking about how technologies might better support or augment face-to-face social interactions.