Projects

Our research is funded by the EU framework programme, UK Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Google, EPSRC – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, BBSRC, Aurix Limited, EOARD (USA), British Telecom, Hewlett-Packard, Advantage West Midlands, Office of Naval Research, Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Roche Pharmaceuticals, MoD, NCR, Microsoft, University of Birmingham Ramsay Fund, AHRC, JISC, CLAD, ESRC, AHRC.


Life-Swap Workshops

There now exists an application or device that can monitor almost any aspect of our lives. However, there is still work needed to understand better how to support people in making sense of and reflecting on their captured data. We argue that sharing personal data is a way people can swap life routines with others, and has huge potential to enable people to gain new insights into their own and others' experiences. This project involves a series of personal/life-data swap workshops from February - April 2016 during which participants will bring along and share a variety of personal data to explore different aspects of work-life balance. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops - please contact us for more information!

Contact: Rowanne Fleck

Understanding how children draw

Children like to draw, but how do they adapt the way that they draw to their own limitations and to the motivational context for action? To answer this question we conducted empirical studies on children's drawing to examine how they adapt drawing actions to their own motor variability and to extrinsic motivations (rewards). Our study consisted of drawing tasks that tested the application of a movement planning model based on statistical decision theory. The idea was to see how children act as ideal drawing planners when choosing tracing movement trajectories on touch surfaces.

Contact: Siti Rohkmah, Andrew Howes

Nonconscious behaviour change

Humans persist in behaviours that they know to be harmful, since changing one's behaviour is difficult, particularly when the behaviour has become a habit.

We are using theories and techniques from psychology to explore how to address the observed intention-behaviour gap by trying to support the automation of new, desired behaviour to the detriment of the old, unwanted behaviour. Experiments include the use of Cognitive Bias Modification methods and the use of subliminal priming.

Contact: Charlie Pinder, Russell Beale

A desktop for getting things done

The computer desktop we use everyday is essentially a filing system. However, few of us have the time or appetite to design and apply an effective system for managing our documents. To make things even harder, modern systems fragment our information across local files, email, bookmarks and web services so that every task starts with a paper chase.

We are using behavioural research and modern techniques for information management to design a desktop that is organised less around files and directories and more around who people are and what they want to achieve.

Contact: Paul Englefield, Russell Beale

Interactive Floor Installations in Liminal Spaces

We are designing interactive floor installations that influence and encourage people to reflect on their behaviour in liminal spaces. Liminal spaces refer to transformational or transitory spaces between two areas or states, a space that lies between one space and another, such as staircases, waiting rooms or train platforms.

Contact: Lindsay MacDonald, Jo Vermeulen, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicolai Marquardt, Russell Beale

Privacy Trends: Visualising privacy Language in Online Media

This project involves building a tool that will increase online users’ awareness around the privacy issues that pertain to the everyday technologies they use. The tool will analyse reports from social and news media to extract discussions on privacy. Using techniques from computational linguistics, it will aggregate and visualise this large repository of data allowing users to make sense of the privacy issues at hand.

Funded By: Google

Contact: Mina Vasalou

Taking on the Teenagers (TAKTEEN)

Aims to design technologies to impact and form teenager energy behaviour.

Funded By: EPSRC

Contact: Russell Beale