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International Workshop on
Digital Empathy

In association with Ulster University 2016 Convocation Annual Lecture

"Robots: to protect and serve" by Professor Noel Sharkey, Sheffield University

31 October 2016, The Great Hall, Magee campus

Workshop programme

  • Workshop programme

    9:30am Workshop Introduction
    Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, Dean, Faculty of Arts
    9:45am SESSION-I: Digital care
    Chair: Dr. Murat Akser, Lecturer in Cinematic Arts, Ulster University (Magee)

    "Digital mental health: using online mobile applications in suicide prevention & mental illness treatment''
    Prof. Siobhan O'Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University (Coleraine)
    10:00am "ARK empathy: Access Research Knowledge for Northern Ireland''
    Prof. Gillian Robinson, Director of ARK, Ulster University (Magee)
    10:15am "Dignity and deception in robot companions for older people''
    Dr. Amanda Sharkey, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield University, ENGLAND
    10:30am "Chatbots that care''
    Prof. Mike McTear, Professor Emeritus, Ulster University & Granada University, SPAIN
    10:45am "SenseCare: empathetic smart environments"
    Dr. Ray Bond, Lecturer in Computing Science, Ulster University (Jordanstown)
    11:00am Refreshments break
    11:30am SESSION-II: Digital music accessibility & aesthetics
    Chair: Dr. Adam Melvin, Lecturer in Popular and Contemporary Music, School of Creative Arts & Technologies (Magee)

    "Humanising design: mixed methods analysis of impaired control-gesture capability"
    Dr. Brendan McCloskey, Musician & Software Developer in Assistive Creative Technologies, Belfast
    11:45am "Sounding human with data: The role of embodied conceptual metaphors and aesthetics in representing & exploring data sets"
    Dr. Brian Bridges, Lecturer in Creative Arts & Technology, School of Creative Arts & Technologies (Magee)
    Dr. Stephen Roddy, PostDoctoral Researcher, Centre for Future Networks & Communications, Trinity College Dublin, IRELAND
    12:00pm "Aesthetic resonance: history, present and future"
    Dr. Tony Brooks, Associate Professor & Director of SensoramaLab, Aalborg University (Esbjerg), DENMARK
    12:30pm PANEL-I DISCUSSION: "How can robots care?"
    Convener: Prof. Chris Nugent, Director, CSRI
    Panel Members:
    Tony Brooks, Amanda Sharkey, Hugh McKenna, Bryan Bridges, Goretti Horgan, Mike McTear
    1:00pm Lunch
    2:00pm SESSION-III: Robot ethics
    Chair: Dr. Kevin Curran, Reader, School of Computing & Intelligent Systems, Ulster University (Magee)

    "Religious and ethical implications of robotics"
    Dr. David Glass, Senior Lecturer, Ulster University (Jordanstown)
    2:15pm "Robots like me"
    Prof. Ipke Wachsmuth, Senior Professor, CITEC, Bielefeld University, GERMANY
    2:45pm

    SESSION-IV: Digital emotions & sentiment

    Chair: Prof. Paul Mc Kevitt, Head of Research Graduate School (Pro-Tem)

    "A recommender system for media assets based on sentiment analysis"
    Eleanor Mulholland, DEL-CAST Ph.D. Research Student, Ulster University (Magee)

    3:00pm "Emotional student models for game-based learning"
    Dr. Karla Munoz, CEO, BijouTech, Co-Lab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)
    3:15pm Refreshments break
    3:45pm SESSION-V: Story Tales & Telling
    Chair: Dr. Tom Maguire, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Ulster University (Magee)

    "Promoting interspecies empathy through digital play"
    Alan Hook, Lecturer in Interactive Media, Ulster University (Coleraine)
    4:00pm "Digital StoryTelling on borders"
    Adrian O'Connell, Ph.D. Research Student, Ulster University (Magee)
    4:15pm "Staging Digital Ideas"
    Dr. Tanya Dean, Lecturer in Drama, Ulster University (Magee)
    4:30pm PANEL-II DISCUSSION: "Engineering empathy for the future of life"
    Convener: Dr. David Glass, Ulster University (Jordanstown)
    Panel Members:
    Ipke Wachsmuth, Tanya Dean, Alan Hook, Paul Moore,  Karla Munoz, Adrian O'Connell
    5:00pm

    SESSION-VI: Ulster University 2016 Convocation Annual Lecture

    Chair: Prof. Paul Mc Kevitt, Vice-Chair, Convocation Executive Committee
    "Robots: to protect and serve"
    Professor Noel Sharkey, Sheffield University, ENGLAND 


    SAMHAIN INTERVENTION: "AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL"

    5:50pm Q&A and Vote-of-thanks, John O'Neill, Chair of Convocation Executive Committee
    6:00pm Refreshments
    7:00pm Close and Legenderry Carnival Parade
  • Speakers

    Workshop Speakers include:

    Professor Siobhan O'Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences,
    Ulster University (Coleraine)

    Professor Gillian Robinson, Director of ARK, Ulster University (Magee)

    Professor Mike McTear, Professor Emeritus, Ulster University &
    Granada University, SPAIN

    Dr. Ray Bond, Lecturer in Computing Science, Ulster University (Jordanstown)

    Dr. Tony Brooks, Associate Professor & Director of SensoramaLab,
    Aalborg University (Esbjerg), DENMARK

    Dr. Brian Bridges, Lecturer in Creative Arts & Technology,
    School of Creative Arts & Technologies (Magee)

    Professor Ipke Wachsmuth, Senior Professor, CITEC, Bielefeld University, GERMANY

    Professor Noel Sharkey, Sheffield University, ENGLAND

  • Partners

    • Faculty of Arts Research Graduate School
    • UU Convocation Executive Committee
    • UU Convocation
    • [HE]Arts of STEM
    • Arts & Humanities Research Instutute (AHRI)
    • School of Creative Arts & Technologies
    • Institute for Research in Social Sciences
    • International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)
    • Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI)
    • Psychology Research Institute
    • The Imagineering Quarter
    • Sensum