How level and type of deafness affect user perception of multimedia video clips

Speaker: Dr Stephen Gulliver
Title: How level and type of deafness affect user perception of multimedia video clips
Abstract: This talk describes research which investigates the impact that hearing level and type has on the perception of multimedia. Independent variables include use of captions and deafness type. The Quality of Perception (QoP) metric was used to assess user perception and encompasses both the user's level of satisfaction, but also user ability to assimilate informational content. Experimental results show that hearing has a significant effect on participants' ability to assimilate information from multimedia, independent of video type or use of captions. It is also shown that captioned video does not necessarily provide deaf users with a greater level of information but changes user focus, providing a greater level of contextual narrative information.


Wireless Sensor Networks: Design and deployment of real-life applications

Speaker: Dr. Elena Gaura, Reader in Pervasive Computing, Director of Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University, www.cogentcomputing.org
Title: Wireless Sensor Networks: Design and deployment of real-life applications
Abstract: After 20 years of intensive research, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) as enablers of detailed, continuous, multi parameter, spatio-temporal field sensing have not yet found their killer application nor met the enthusiastic forecasts of million parts/year industrial need and low per unit costs. Looking back at practice and developments in the WSN domain, the talk will travel the infamous hype cycle, from the Technology Trigger, through the Peak of Inflated Expectations to the Trough of Disillusionment up to the present raising Slope of Enlightenment. Examples from world wide research are brought forth, highlighting the hurdles, design traits and common development cycles for current real-life WSN applications. A body sensor network application design, implementation and deployment is presented as a case study, as it encapsulates many of the WSN development typical challenges for the practitioner in the domain: stringent safety critical compliance needs, technologically unaware end-user, harsh deployment environment, small footprint, flexibility allowing for future growth and finally, multidisciplinary nature from design to deployment.


Towards a Framework to the Design of Tailorable User Interfaces

Presenter: Vania Paula de Almeida Neris, PhD. student from University of Campinas‚ Brazil
Vania got her Computer Engineering degree in 2002 from the Federal University of Carlos in Brazil and her Master degree in Computer Science, in 2005, from the same University. Now, in her PhD. course, she is researching how to design tailorable user interfaces based on Semiotics methods and Participatory Design.
Title: Towards a Framework to the Design of Tailorable User Interfaces
Abstract: In this Seminar, Vania will talk about her work to formalize a framework to support the design of tailorable interfaces considering different interaction requirements from users with different skills, under the principles of Design for All. Two study cases are being developed in which PAM and SAM were applied to clarify the problem, model the organizational context and elicit users and system requirements with direct participation of those involved.

Henely Business School Public Lecture (26/11/08)

Speaker: Dr Andrew Herbert Chairman, Microsoft Europe
Title: The Role of Corporate Research in an Era of Open Innovation


Design Principles in Architectural Evolution: a Case Study (joint work with Yijun Yu and Angela Lozano)

Presenter: Michel Wermelinger
Title: Design Principles in Architectural Evolution: a Case Study (joint work with Yijun Yu and Angela Lozano)
Abstract: We wish to investigate how structural design principles are used in practice, in order to assess the utility and relevance of such principles to the maintenance of large, complex, long-lived, successful systems. In this paper we take Eclipse as the case study and check whether its architecture follows, throughout multiple releases, some principles proposed in the literature


A Semiotic Approach to Valuing Information in Decision Analysis with Concerning Intrinsic Characteristics of Information

Binbin Liu and Keiichi Nakata
Informatics Research Centre
Henley Business School
University of Reading

Abstract: Assigning value to information is a process of sign interpretation especially in decision analysis, which is determined by the decision context. Modelling the value of information faces a great challenge because of the intangible nature of the information. Much research has assessed the information value by many different techniques, each of which has advantages and limitations, but little regards the semiotic analysis or considers jointly the decision analysis and the intrinsic characteristics of information. This paper, thus, aims to demonstrate and implement a semiotics based approach for information value modelling. Through assessing the attributes of the information, analysing the outcomes of the decisions, and calculating the information gain in the decision context, the paper attempts to interpret information characteristics and decision context into the science of information value.

Virtual Research Environments

Presenter: Stephen Cook
Title: Virtual Research Environments
Abstract: Virtual research environments (VREs) and e-research are concerned with the application of ICT to the activities of intellectual inquiry and research. In this talk, the current proposal will be discussed to construct a European Laboratory for Software Evolution (ELSE) as an e-research facility. How this proposal, which the IRC is co-leading with the University of Hertfordshire, relates to informatics research concerns will be also presented.


Introduction to me

I am currently a PhD research student at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. My research interests mainly lie in information and knowledge management, organisational semiotics, information engineering, information economics, information axiology, and information service brand strategy.