Wednesday 09 March 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Andy Stratton (Computing, SHU)

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Title: Building on Blockly – experience with Google’s Visual Programming language Speaker: Andy Stratton (Computing, SHU) Blockly is a block based programming language that offers unique benefits for research in many different areas. Though Blockly appears to offer a Scratch like approach, Blockly does not include its own language, but can be used to generate executable code in many different […]

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Tuesday 23 February 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Chris Roast (Computing, SHU)

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Title: Visualising maths…Getting stuck with spreadsheets Speaker: Dr Chris Roast (Computing, SHU) This talk will cover various aspects of the EQUS project – which looks at enhancing the quality and usability of spreadsheet. The EQUS innovation aims to make the relationship between spreadsheet functionality and its visual representation easier to understand, addressing the difficulties of comprehending the textual form. The […]

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Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Keith Cheverst (Computing & Communications, Lancaster University)

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Title: Exploring the role of Locative Media relating to local history in a rural village community Speaker: Dr Keith Cheverst (School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University) Hosted by: Dr Luigina Ciolfi (Communication, SHU) Dr Keith Cheverst is a Reader in Human-Computer Interactions at Lancaster University where he obtained his PhD in 1999. Keith has also held the position of […]

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Tuesday 26 January 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Fatima Isiaka (PhD Computer Science, SHU)

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Title: Physiological correlates to online behaviour Speaker: Fatima Isiaka (C3RI PhD Student, Computer Science) Hosted by: Dr Kassim Mwitondi The user experience of web application and browsing is mostly studied via tangible measures such as task completion time, surveys and comprehensive test, which are based on subjective approach. The main purpose of Fatima’s study is to use physiological measures such […]

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Tuesday 08 December 2015 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Jacob Habgood (Software & Games Development, SHU)

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Title: Blending chocolate, broccoli and skeletons: Harnessing intrinsic motivation in game-based learning Speaker: Dr Jacob Habgood (Software & Games Development, SHU) Despite decades of research in the field of game-based learning, commercial approaches to educational game design in 2015 are often no more progressive than those used on consumer audiences in the 1980s. This is characterised by a superficial, “chocolate-covered […]

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Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Ruth Deller (Communication, SHU)

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Title: Soap opera anniversaries as media events Speaker: Dr Ruth Deller 2015 has seen three soap operas celebrate major anniversaries: EastEnders’ 30th, Neighbours’ 30th and Hollyoaks’ 20th. Recent years have also seen milestone anniversaries for Coronation Street and Emmerdale, whilst soap-like drama Casualty is currently gearing up for its 30th anniversary in 2016. In this presentation, I analyse the way […]

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A history of forensic science: British beginnings in the twentieth century – Prof Alison Adam

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How and when did forensic science originate in the UK? This question demands our attention because our understanding of present-day forensic science is vastly enriched through gaining an appreciation of what went before. A History of Forensic Science is the first book to consider the wide spectrum of influences which went into creating the discipline in Britain in the first […]

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Wednesday 10 November 2015 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Luigina Ciolfi (Communication, SHU)

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Title: Making Place for Work and Life Speaker: Dr Luigina Ciolfi This talk outlines some open issues and questions surrounding the study of place-making to support work and life activities. Much literature has explored how physical places are reconfigured by people to support work activities, and also how impromptu workplaces are often “made” by workers on the move out of […]

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Wednesday 28 October 2015 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Simon Polovina (Business Computing, SHU)

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Title: Models, Conceptual Structures, and Enterprise Architecture Speaker: Dr Simon Polovina (Business Computing, SHU) Many disciplines rely on models to represent reality. Models may range from a miniature representation of some physical entity, to a simplified representation of a system or phenomenon so we can understand and test it. Not all models can represent their corresponding real-world entities as easily […]

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