Research Talks

UCD CASL Seminar Series
UCD Institute for Discovery (formerly UCD CASL),
University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
On 30 April 2015

Title: Social Computing Saga: An Episode on Connected Living and Human-Sensor Network
Abstract. Social Computing is the study of information technology and digital media as social and cultural phenomena. In the age of so called connected living, the research focus has now firmly shifted to mapping and understanding human interaction across many individuals for solving problems collaboratively where the computer and the communication system act as a media. The emergence of new forms of digital connectedness opens up many opportunities to explore and understand human behaviour, and develop new innovation service. Such innovations include the canonical example from Wikipedia to writing a complete crowd sourced dictionary. In this talk I will discuss how social computing research emerges and provides an innovative research platform to help find solutions to problems deeply rooted in the society; as an example case, to support social science research on online health care intervention. In particular I will introduce the Dynamics Lab – PatNet project from both social science and social computing perspective as an example case.


UXINDIA 2013 : International Conference on User Experience Design
Indian Institute of Management (IIMB) at Bangalore, India
On 24, 25 & 26th Oct’13

Title: Design for Systems that are Social
Abstract. Social Computing is a relatively new research domain within the computing paradigms. In recent years, we may observe that many social computing systems have exerted one of the most impactful impressions among public, mostly through using popular online social networking sites. It has dramatically changed the way how people act and share thoughts and views. It has changed the way business companies think about promoting their products. There are various social computing systems that are already popular; however, there are many being introduced on a regular basis. Despite its popularity, how a social computing system should be evaluated, yet remained an uncovered mystery among the practitioners. There are various opinions about how to evaluate social computing systems, but most of them focus on as if an individual user interacting with a system.

Since the introduction of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) domain, researchers and practitioners focus on evaluating interactive systems, they design user experience through innovative design knowledge and practice. For designing a ‘traditional’ or standalone system there are available off-the-shelf knowledge, tools and technologies. There are well established norms, community knowledge and practice that the researchers and practitioners may utilize and can contribute for the ‘user experience design.’ However, for the social computing systems the user experience design remains in the age of ‘black window.’ This talk will focus on how to overcome this barrier; and it will also address how to design user experience for social computing systems; and how to evaluate them.

Could be found here on speakerdeck


eChallenges 2014 Conference in North Ireland, the UK

Title: PatNet Exploring Social Media and Bio-sensors for a Patient Driven Health Care System

People are increasingly becoming health-conscious and therefore prefer monitoring their health conditions for various reasons (e.g., sports, medical health). Similarly, patients are also keen to utilize bio-sensors that are readily available in the market. As a result, patient driven health care systems are gradually becoming popular among the medical professionals. A patient driven medical health care facility gives access to an enormous amount of data that may revolutionize the existing health and care system. However, there is a little known about how to tap into the potential patient driven knowledge and information in a systematic order. The PatNet project provides some of the stepping stones into this domain of patient and sensor social networks. This project focuses on patient-driven health care models and services. The research examines the potential to both improve traditional healthcare systems and expand the concept of health care through new services. This research rationale outlines the challenges and opportunities that the proposed model shows.

More could be found here.