Innovate UK (formerly TSB) is to invest up to £1m in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the area of user experience (UX). The aim is to encourage new, enhanced forms of interaction between computing systems and the people who use them. Proposals may address technologies that contribute to these new forms, such as sensing information about the user, or those that improve specific types of experience, such as mobile and wearable devices. This requested innovation could be in underlying technologies, in combining emerging technologies, or in employing tools to improve the user experience.
Examples of such innovations include, but are not limited to:
- Sensors and Interactions
- Wearable Technology
- Mobile User Experience
- Multiple Device User Experience
- Brain Controlled Computing
- Combinations of Emerging Technologies
A Briefing event is being held for this competition:
Location: Victoria, London OR Online Webinar
Date: 14th November 2014
Time: 09:30(10:00 for Webinar) until 13:30
To find out more – Click here
To sign up for either the London event or the Webinar – Click here
The deadline for EOI submissions is the 11th February 2015 – so please let Patrick and Kelly, the Research Facilitation team, know as soon as possible if you wish to apply.
The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect early career academics (D.Phil. students, postdocs or fixed-term lecturers) with opportunities to do outreach in Oxford and further afield, as well as to provide them with appropriate training opportunities and recognition for their work at an institutional level. By signing up to their database, you become eligible for training sessions, as well as have further potential for contact with professionals University wide who may wish to collaborate on outreach projects and activities.
This Network has organised a training programme covering various aspects of academic outreach, followed by a post-session drinks and networking opportunities. The agenda for the day is as follows:
4.30pm – Coffee and registration
5pm – Parallel sessions (choose between)
1) Introduction to Oxford outreach with schools (For new members of the network, or relative beginners to outreach)
2) Age-appropriate academic taster sessions: best practice sharing (For network members with some experience of outreach)
5.30pm – UNIQ Summer Schools (all levels) – University’s flagship residential summer school access programme
6.00pm – Out on the road for Oxford outreach: getting involved with the Student and Teachers’ Conferences
6.30pm Networking drinks at the Royal Oak – After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Royal Oak on Woodstock Road to network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University.
Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Time: 16:30-18:30 (18:30-20:00 Networking Drinks)
Location: Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College
To sign up to the Early Career Academic Outreach Network database – Click here
To view the detailed agenda and book a place on the training programme – Click here
EPSRC have announced calls on the topics of “Making Sense of Data” and “User Interaction with ICT”, as part of the “Towards an Intelligent Information Infrastructure” programme. Funds of up to £5 million are available in each, which is expected to support between four to six research projects, and proposals can be multi-institutional.
- Making Sense of Data
Proposals should, simply put, explore how to make sense from data. The better we can interpret the data we have, the more efficiently we can handle and communicate it. Projects are welcomed that explore how to make sense from data, by addressing high impact challenges such as:
- How to convert the vast amounts of data produced into understandable, actionable information
- How to efficiently and intelligently extract knowledge from heterogeneous, distributed data while retaining the context necessary for its interpretation
- How to ensure new techniques are realistic, compatible and scalable with real-world services and hardware systems
- User Interaction with ICT
Proposals should address future information infrastructure and environment which will involve areas such as wearable devices, autonomous systems and an internet of things. Proposals that target the below areas, as well as new ideas, are welcomed:
- Extending interaction – The development and evaluation of new techniques of interaction and use, including new modalities of input and output, and new sensors and devices.
- Building – The development and evaluation of platforms, architectures or component technologies that underpin the interaction between humans and ICT systems.
- Understanding users – Studies of different target groups and settings to inform the invention and design of new technologies.
- Evaluation – The use of experiments, studies, envisionment workshops and other forms of user engagement to understand or evaluate proposed designs or prototype technologies.
This is a 2-stage application, with the “outline” deadline for both being Tuesday 6th January 2015. Due to Christmas closures, outline applications should reach Research Services no later than Thursday, 18 December 2014.
For more information about “Making Sense of Data” – Click here
For more information about “User Interaction with ICT” – Click here
Please contact Patrick and Kelly as soon as possible if you intend to apply or have any questions.