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