Informatics Seminars 2019/20

2019/20 Semester One

  • Please refer to the campus map for the exact location of lecture rooms.
  • Please pay attention to the change of venue: The first 4 seminars (October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) will take place in KE LT1 (Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1) and the other seminars will be in Astley Clarke Lecture Theatre (AC LT).

Fri October 4, 14:00 in KE LT1 (Host: Jan Oliver Ringert)

Catherine Menon (University of Hertfordshire)

Title: Ethically-informed Safety-Critical Development for Autonomous Vehicles

Abstract:The development of autonomous vehicles requires careful consideration of the ethical issues involved. These include questions of risk criteria, risk consent and risk / benefit trade-offs, and the ethical decisions made during development will have a significant impact on the eventual behaviour of the AV. In this talk I discuss a framework for embedding explicit discussion of ethical considerations within the AV safety case.

Fri Oct 11, 14:00 in KE LT1 (Host: Effie Law)

Björn W. Schuller (University of Augsburg, Germany, and Imperial College London)

Title: AI meets Voice - The Geheimwaffe of mHealth?

Abstract: Regarding our voice as biomarker for a plethora for health states may seem less expected at first. Yet, more than a decade of competition challenges organised by the speaker and his colleagues have repeatedly unveiled the voice’s enormous potential in this role: Earlier prediction of neurodevelopmental to neurodegenerative disorders and a remarkable selection of psychological disorders could already be demonstrated feasible to some degree when meshing modern signal processing and machine learning for voice analysis. In addition, the voice bears information on our emotion, personality, and manifold further states and traits of the one using it. In this talk, we will first go through the latest and greatest in Computational Paralinguistics – mixing Artificial Intelligence and Speech Analysis. We will then move to the specific requirements arising from exploiting this encouraging blend in the domain of mobile health, or mHealth for short. Automated voice analysis in everyday settings for health monitoring indeed is quite a challenge beyond data privacy and robustness. “Green” efficient computing and explainability are yet two further recent grand challenges to be faced at this moment. Solving these challenges, however, may be rewarded by an oncoming age of real-time on-site unobtrusive and non-invasive health monitoring available to most of us anytime and anywhere – the secret weapon of mobile health?

Fri Oct 18, 14:00 in KE LT1 (Host: Effie Law)

Nadia Berthouze (University College London)

Title: Body movement technology as a rich modality to capture and regulate emotional experiences

Abstract: With the emergence of full-body sensing technology come new opportunities to support people’s affective experiences and needs. In my talk, I will present our work on technology for chronic pain management and discuss how such technology can lead to more effective physical rehabilitation through integrating it in everyday activities and supporting people at both physical and affective levels. I will also discuss how this sensing technology enables us to go beyond simply measuring one’s behaviour by exploiting embodied bottom-up mechanisms that enhance the perception of one’s body and its capabilities.

Fri Oct 25, 14:00 in KE LT1 (Host: Effie Law)

Alexandra Cristea (Durham University)

Title: Learning Analytics: Challenges and Successes

Abstract: With the advent of big data, user and customer analytics are brought to the forefront of several areas, such as Computer Science, Statistics, and Psychology, to name but a few. Within this, an emerging important area is that of learner analytics, a new field enabled by the recent advances in analytical and visualisation tools for big data, and the improved data formats and advances in computing technology [according to the Higher Education Academic in UK]. Learner Analytics refers to the measuring, collecting and analysis of data about learners and their environments, with the aim of improving teaching and learning practices, usually in online environments. This talk uncovers this exciting new field of research, discussing challenges, success stories, specific aims and goals in the context of education, and future developments. Some recent results on MOOCs are also presented.

Fri Nov 1, 14:00 in AC LT

Fri Nov 8, 14:00 in AC LT (Host: Genovefa Kefalidou)

Panos Koutsouras (Sony)

Title: User research at PlayStation

Abstract: This talk is about the convergence of use research and the gaming industry, with a particular focus on how user research is practiced within PlayStation. I will first cover what testing usability means in the context of video games and how it differs from traditional user experience. I will then walk you through the services we provide to our first and second party studios, and more specifically on how these services fit within the development lifecycle of video games.

Bio.: Panos studied Information Technologies in his home country, Greece, but made a switch to Human Computer Interaction through an MSc programme at the University of York. Through this experience, he got hooked with research and decided to pursue a PhD in Digital Economy, which he acquired on 2017. His passion for research and video games led to his current position at PlayStation, where he works as a User Researcher.

Fri Nov 15, 14:00 in AC LT

Fri Nov 22, 14:00 in AC LT (Host: Jose Rojas Siles)

Maria Angela Ferrario (Lancaster University)

Title: Human Values in Software Engineering


Fri Nov 29, 14:00 in AC LT

Fri Dec 6, 14:00 in AC LT

Fri Dec 13, 14:00 in AC LT (Host: Genovefa Kefalidou)

Stuart Reeves (University of Nottingham)

Title: TBA

Fri Dec 20, 14:00 in AC LT

2019/20 Semester Two

Fri Jan 17, 14:00


Fri Jan 24, 14:00 (Host: Genovefa Kefalidou)

Alan Dix (Swansea University)

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Fri Jan 31, 14:00 (Host: Effie Law)

Leandro Minku (University of Birmingham)

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Fri Feb 7, 14:00 (Host: Hongji Yang)

Boguslaw Obara (Durham University)

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

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