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Design at Work

City's HCID Open Day on 30th April will be a forum for researchers and designers from some of the UK’s top agencies to discuss the design of products used in work environments.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

City University London's Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID) will be hosting its annual Open Day from 12:30pm to 5:30pm on 30th April in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering exploring the theme ‘Design at Work’. 

City's Centre for HCID is one of London's largest human-computer interaction related research groups. The HCID Open Day is a free mini conference put on by the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design (HCID) in collaboration with the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice, at City University London. The Open Day (sponsored by Saros Research, Reed Business Information and Bunnyfoot UX) is made up of concurrent talks and workshops with keynotes in the evening and an after party.

HCID 2014Drawing on human-computer interaction (HCI) and a number of sub-fields such as iterative design, the Kansei Method, Top Modeler and Computer-integrated Manufacturing, Organization, and People System Design (CIMOP), for instance, designers and researchers come up with appropriate and efficient products for business environments. HCID2015 will feature free talks and workshops encompassing the myriad aspects of design at work. Dr Stephann Makri will enlighten participants about ‘Serendipity by Design’ and Dr Jon Bird will lead a session titled ‘All work and no play? Technology interventions to improve social interactions in the workplace. Fiona Jack of Saros Research will deliver her findings on ‘Beyond User Testing: Benefits of Deeper Engagement with Users’. Another interesting presentation will be made by Stavros Gazornis of cxpartners who will deal with ‘Co-design: group therapy to bridge the client-user gap’.

Participants will also be treated to tours of the state-of-the-art City Interaction Lab. 

Professor of Systems Engineering and Head of City's Centre for HCI Design, Professor Neil Maiden, said:

"HCID2015 provides the perfect environment for academics, researchers and practitioners in the related fields of creativity, workplace design, user experience, the internet of things and human-computer interaction to explore and exchange ideas and experiences. A stimulating and exciting day is in store for all attending, especially persons who would like to study at City.”

Definition
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

HCI a discipline concerned with the study, design, construction and implementation of human-centric interactive computer systems. A user interface, such as a graphic user interface (GUI), is how a human interacts with a computer, and HCI goes beyond designing screens and menus that are easier to use and studies the reasoning behind building specific functionality into computers and the long-term effects that systems will have on humans.

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