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We are Social: social interaction & social-emotional competencies



Speakers: Geraldine Fitzpatrick: TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) , Petr Slovak: University College London

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

In this seminar we will discuss two different strands of research broadly connected to us ‘being social beings’. In the first strand, we use the Give&Take project as an example to explore how a focus on peer interaction and mutual social support might provide an alternative to more functional monitoring-based approaches to technology support for older people. In the second strand, we go back to basics, recognizing that many of the social interaction technologies we build often presume a basic set of social emotional (SE) competencies; but we have little knowledge about how to scaffold or support learning of these competencies with technology. These questions become all the more important as HCI turns towards designing for well-being, where decades of research position SE competencies---such as self control, perseverance, or empathy---as basic requirements for a happy and fulfilling life. We explore the key challenges involved in developing SE competencies, and how technology could meaningfully help address these, capturing this in a conceptual framework based on Schön’s notion of reflective practicum.

About the speaker:

Geraldine Fitzpatrick is Professor of Technology Design and Assessment at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) where she leads the Human Computer Interaction Group and the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology. She was previously Director of the Interact Lab at the Uni of Sussex, User Experience consultant at Sapient London, and Snr Researcher at DSTC/Center for Online Health in Australia. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, with a particular interest in technology support in everyday contexts for collaboration, health and well-being, community building and active engagement for older people. She sits on various advisory boards, and serves in editorial and program committee/chair roles in various CSCW/HCI/health related venues. She is also an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Petr Slovak is a Visiting Research Fellow at UCL Interaction Centre and Honorary Fellow at the Evidence Based Practice Unit at UCL, both as part of a Schroedinger Fellowship funded by Austrian Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in HCI, as well as a BSc in psychology and BSc&MSc in computer science. His research is at the intersection of HCI, Prevention Science, and Educational Psychology, focussing on understanding how technology can meaningfully support the development of social emotional skills in educational and therapeutic settings. As part of this work, Petr has developed collaborations with multiple organisations including Committee for Children (largest social-emotional learning program in the US), Microsoft Research Redmond, Cornell University, University of California Santa Cruz and others.

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When & where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 28th April 2017

AG08 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom