User-Lab host International Design for Engagability Conference (iDeC) (UL4)
|Event Date/Time: Jul 06, 2004||End Date/Time: Jul 07, 2004|
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design’s User-Lab to host International Design for Engagability Conference (iDeC)
The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design’s User-Lab http://www.user-lab.com will host the host International Design for Engagability Conference (iDeC) on the 6-7th July 2004 in Birmingham, West Midlands.
User-Lab is a unique facility in art, design and media education, based in Birmingham, West Midlands. The lab aims to facilitate knowledge transfer between designers, businesses and technologists in the growing area of experience design. The first iDeC will bring together, researchers, designers and organisations and focus on issues in providing accessible, usable and engaging products and services.
iDeC comprises of presentations and keynote speakers from commercial and research organisations. The aim of the conference is to bring together a wide range of practitioners with their own unique insights into understanding the user experience.
Registration to the conference is free to speakers (and up to three colleagues), the press and students, but excludes the cost of catering and proceedings.
20 minute slots with 10 minutes for questions)
10.30 QOC matrices: an alternative practical notation for design space analysis, Englefield, P & Tibbits, M
11.00 The Ethics of Engagement, Knight J
11.30 On-Line Consumer Behavior and Culture by Ghada R. El Said 12.00 Mobile Group Music Improvisation, Bryan-Kinns, N
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch in UCE canteen
13.30 Applications for self-aware systems. Why would we need conscious shoes? Pepperell, R
14.00 Industrial design - engaging with, and incorporation of, emerging technologies, Thompson, S
14.30 Experiences in designing an online community for children with cystic fibrosis, Beale, R and Newton, T
15.00 Harnessing our Natural Brain Frequencies for Improved Learning - Normal or Paranormal?, Abbot, J
User-Lab, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Gosta Green, Birmingham, B4 7DX
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 331 5595, Fax: + 44 (0) 121 331 7994
Address and maps
John Knight, Usability Engineer or Sharon Shakespeare
Telephone: +44 (0)121 331 7870
Fax: +44 (0)121 331 7871
The conference will address the aforementioned and be of interest to those involved in researching, designing and manufacturing user-centred products and services (usability and accessibility) and are areas that will be addressed at the iDeC.
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Received and Accepted Papers:
Applications for self-aware systems: Why would we need conscious shoes? Pepperell, R
On-Line Consumer Behavior and Culture by Ghada R. El Said
Mobile Group Music Improvisation: Bryan-Kinns, N
QOC matrices: An alternative practical notation for design space analysis, Englefield, P and Tibbits, M
The Ethics of Engagement: Knight J and Pandir, M
Industrial design: Engaging with, and incorporation of emerging technologies, Thompson, S
Conference Themes: Affective computing, Digital media, E-Learning, E-Retail, Games, HCI, Interactive arts, Mobile devices and ubiquitous computing, Public access kiosks and interactives.
For more information and how to book for the event, visit:
This press release in available in PDF, plain text and Word formats. Photographs are available of the User-Lab team. The media spokesperson for User-Lab is John Knight, Usability Engineer.
User-Lab is a non-profit making organisation based at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design http://www.biad.uce.ac.uk/. The lab is part of the Institute’s Research Department and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in digital media design, human-computer interaction, psychology and software engineering.
The lab comprises three purposely built testing and design labs that are equipped with the latest technology for conducting behavioural, physiological and psychological research.
The lab has two related functions: to carry out research into the digital experience and, based on the results of this work, to develop an innovative commercial service.
In the two years since its inception, the lab has been involved in a number of collaborative projects with RDAs, FEs, charities and the public and private sector. The outcomes of these projects range from assisting start up businesses to training, as well as the lab’s core business of user-centred design services.
User-Lab runs Web Accessibility Training with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) http://www.rnib.org.uk/ and ECOTEC an international research and consultancy organisation http://www.ecotec.com/.