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National press coverage of Cloud Computing Centre

Prof Paul Watson and the Cloud Computing Centre are featured in the national press today, as the official plans for Newcastle's Science Central announced. Read More

Collaborative Workshop Success with Angelou Centre

SiDE researchers and colleagues from the Digital Interaction research group ran a workshop to consider longer-term partnership opportunities and challenges on a new community heritage project for the Angelou Centre, a women’s BME (Black, minority ethnic) charity in the North East of England. Read More
date: 23.10.2013

Ambient kitchen featured on BBC's Horizon

SiDE's Ambient Kitchen was featured in a special edition of the BBC programme Horizon. Read More
date: 22.05.2014

SiDE host Commonwealth Leaders & Royal Visit

SiDE Co-Investigators and researchers hosted a visit from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and a delegation of Commonwealth Leaders who visited the lab for demonstrations and talks on our latest research on designing inclusive Technology. Read More
date: 26.03.2014

Portrait project featured in parliamentary report

SiDE's Portrait project has been featured in a parliamentary report on assistive technology Read More
date: 05.08.2014

  • Good vibrations bring braille into the 21st century - Technology undoubtedly has a role to play in enabling blind people to live independent lives. The news that the world’s first braille mobile phone has gone on sale is a step in the right direction but it is also clear that more people need to learn braille in the first place.

  • Prof Pete Wright hosts Royal Visit - SiDE Co-Investigators and researchers hosted a visit from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and a delegation of Commonwealth Leaders who visited the lab for demonstrations and talks on our latest research on designing inclusive Technology.

  • Centre for Doctoral Training Success - We are delighted to announce, that following a successful application to the EPSRC, we have been awarded a Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data.

  • Kyoto Institute of Technology visit - Marianne Dee gave a presentation on the SiDE-Dundee User Pool to a multi-disciplinary group of professors from Kyoto Institute of Technology

  • Celebrating Research on BAM! Sistahood Heritage Project - There were many successes to be celebrated on 31st January 2014, when volunteers and staff from the Angelou Centre reflected on the completion of their research and development phase for the BAM! Sistahood heritage project. Over the last 5 months, researchers from the SIDE project, have been working with the Angelou Centre to develop a sustainable digital infrastructure that will support the delivery of the project over the next two years.

  • Tweet My Street presented in Montreal - Dr Graeme Mearns, Scoiety reearcher and Rebecca Simmonds, PhD student presented their research on 'Tweet My Street' at the World Social Science forum in Montrea

  • Silver Surfers present in Chicago - Angela Abbott presented co-produced research alongside the Sage 'Silver Surfers' at the Third Interdisciplinary Conference on Aging and Society in Chicago.

  • E-Footprints work featured in EPSRC Pioneer magazine - The Electronic Footprints in the Sand project, led by Budi Arief and Martin Emms has been featured in EPSRC's Pioneer magazine.

  • Road Safety Week Launch success - SiDE's Transport team hosted the launch of Road Safety Week in association with the charity Brake.

  • Collaborative Workshop Success with Angelou Centre - SiDE researchers and colleagues from the Digital Interaction research group ran a workshop to consider longer-term partnership opportunities and challenges on a new community heritage project for the Angelou Centre, a women’s BME (Black, minority ethnic) charity in the North East of England.

  • ACM UIST Student Innovation Competition - Students from SiDE received second place in the ‘Most Useful’ category at this years UIST (User Interface Software and Technology) Student Innovation Competition .

  • Technology Training for Regional Charities - The event, held on July 6, 2011, returned 60 members of regional Independent Sexual/Domestic Violence Agencies (ISVA/IDVA) to the classroom. Participants received training in the use of a (Google) document sharing web site, developed by the CCCS in collaboration with LCJB, that allows local charities to share information.

  • Culture Led Regeneration - Ranald Richardson presented a paper entitled “Culture-Led Regeneration, Creative Practice and Digital Technology: Enrolling the ‘digital natives’”, at the Regional Studies Association’s Annual Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne 18th-20th April 2011.

  • SiDE to play major role in £4m Knowledge Exchange hub - The SiDE project and Newcastle University are to play a leading role in the formation of a new regional consortium aimed at boosting the UK’s digital and creative industries.

  • Design work with Co-Opera featured in The Guardian - SiDE research carried out with the University of Hull, York University and Co-Opera has been featured in a recent article in the Guardian. The research aims to find out what synthetic-speech technology can learn from the voices of opera, building on research into the phenomenon known as ‘uncanny valley syndrome’.

  • North East Electric vehicle trials - Several activities have been ongoing with the data logging and analysis system that has been established for use in the SWITCH-EV electric vehicle demonstrator and for the SIDE driving laboratory.

  • ITS Value Proposition - Prof Phil Blythe and Dr Yvonne Huebner helped coordinate a team of experts from the IET (Institution on Engineering and Technology) and ITS UK to produce an advice note to government on the opportunities ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) offer in delivering more for our transport system with less resource.

  • David Schlesinger talk at Culture Lab - The software platforms: When the open source business makes economic sense - While traditional "community-based" open source has had significant success in server room and "back office" applications, its impact on the desktop and in mobile devices has been more limited.

  • Routledge Major Works - Prof. Feng Li will edit a new four volume book set from Routledge under its ‘Major Works’ series on: ‘E-Business: Critical Perspectives in Business and Management’.

  • EMCIS 2011 - Professor Feng Li was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the 8th European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2011).

  • ALIP Showcase event - Professor Feng Li was invited to give a presentation at the 'Assisted Living Innovation Platform' showcase event in Glasgow on 8th June 2011

  • Interview with Atau - Atau Tanaka is interviewed by NE Business

  • Mapping of Cultural and Creative Organisations in the North East - The Creative Media team (Creative Researcher Andreia Cavaco and Ph.D student Ben Jones), in collaboration with Researchers on the Society Perspective (Liz Robson) have been undertaking a mapping exercise of Creative and Cultural organisations as well as key stakeholders in the North East.

  • CEx Launch event - The Creative Exchange local launch event was held at Culture Lab on 23rd February which provided the first opportunity for the Newcastle hub's partners, academic collaborators and those with an interested in participating, to come together to discuss ideas.

  • Paul Watson debates how IT is changing the UK at the Guardian “Smart” Conference - Paul Watson debates how IT is changing the UK at the Guardian "Smart" Conference.

  • Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service advise on Community Engagement - Stephanie Cole and Louise McGlen from Newcastle Council for Voluntary service (NCVS) delivered an interactive session as part of the SiDE seminar series.

  • SMART Team Wins Identity Deployment of the Year Award -

  • Monitoring of Upper Limb Rehabilitation and Recovery after Stroke Through Gaming -

  • Situating communities through creative technologies and practices -

  • The role of technology in participation and engagement in the arts - Organised by Leeds Metropolitan University’s Knowledge Exchange Network, this series of seminars aim is to create opportunities for knowledge exchange between cultural researchers, policy makers, managers and practitioners, from across the North of England.

  • Regional Youth Work Unit - SiDE is working with the Regional Youth Work Unit - North East, a registered charity which works across the North of East of England to promote and support the development of youth work, to explore ways in which creative practices around digital technologies can complement their work with young people in the region.

  • Shaping the future of ICT research - Graeme Mearns was one of thirty-eight early career researchers invited to the EPSRC’s ‘Future Leaders in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)’ workshop hosted at Warwick University, February 16-17th 2011.

  • CENEX launch Smart Move report - CENEX, the Centre of Excellence for low carbon and Fuel cell technology launched the ‘Smart Move Trial’ report at the Green Vehicle Congress, held at the Baltic Centre, Gateshead on the 25th March 2010.

  • Parliamentary Select Committee - Professor Phil Blythe of the Transport Operations Research Group was invited to give oral evidence to the Transport Select Committee at Westminster on the 7th June 2011.

  • CraftCubes at DMY Festival -

  • Discipline Hopping Award -

  • Portrait system wins RCUK prize - Gemma Webster has been awarded £10,000 to further her research on the Portrait system for carers of dementia sufferers.

  • Transport host ITS events - The Transport Operations Research Group in partnership with ITS UK, hosted three events in four days from 28th June to 1st July 2011.

  • SiDE awarded AHRC ‘Connected Communities’ grant - The “Connected Communities” team which incorporates the Creative Media and Social Science researchers on SiDE, was awarded the AHRC’s Connected Communities Scoping Study (£40,000).

  • Music in the household paper at DE All Hands -

  • Internet Safety and Young People report published - The question of ‘online’ safety has received widespread coverage in the media, prompting the North East’s Regional Youth Work Unit (RYWU) to look into the benefits of being online and young people’s safety.

  • Kyle Montague presents at DE All Hands - Kyle Montague presented a paper at the Digital Economy All Hands conference entitled Evaluation of Adaptive Interaction with Mobile TouchScreen Devices.

  • Chris Emmerson presents at UTSG in Aberdeen - Christopher Emmerson presented at the University Transport Study Group conference at Aberdeen University on 5th January 2012.

  • SiDE driving Lab attracts national news coverage -

  • Digitally Mediated Futures - Angela Abbott presented a paper entitled “Informal Care Economies and Self-Directed Support in Tyne and Wear: Digitally Mediated Futures?” at the Regional Studies Association's annual conference.

  • Marianne Dee speaks at U3A event - SiDE researcher Marianne Dee spoke to a group of over 200 individuals at a University of the third Age event in Perth.

  • SiDE User Pool links with McKinnon centre - Marianne Dee met with staff at the McKinnon centre in Dundee.

  • Marianne Dee Tells Tales of Technology - Marianne Dee was nominated for best paper at this year’s Digital Economy All Hands conference for her paper on older people’s experiences of technology.

  • Creative Uses of ICT in Connected Communities: A Scoping Study - SiDE Creative Industries researchers presented at this year's Digital Economy All Hands conference: Digital Engagement.

  • Angela Abbott's PhD success - Angela Abbott, Research Associate in SiDE Society strand, successfully defended her thesis in July 2011, and has been awarded a PhD, subject to minor revisions.

  • Liz Robson speaks at Net Assets Seminar - Liz Robson was asked to present the findings of the SiDE Society perspective's research into harnessing digital technologies to engage young people.

  • Users needed for touch-screen project - All of our research depends on asking people to take part in a variety of different ways because without input from users we would never know how useful, useable or relevant the work is.

  • SiDE user event – Elder’s Council AGM - The Newcastle and Dundee User pools are at the core of all our research and we recruit through a number of different agencies including charities, community organisation and specialist user groups such as the Elder’s council of Newcastle.

  • Banking for the Older paper at CHI2012 - SiDE's banking for the Older Old project was the focus of a paper at this year's CHI conference in Austin, Texas. This paper reports findings from a series of participatory design workshops with ten people over eighty years old.

  • Sebastian Stein awarded best student paper at DE2012 conference - We are pleased to announce that SiDE PhD Student, Sebastian Stein has been awarded best student paper at this year’s Digital Economy All Hands conference.

  • SiDE Paper on Cloud Security wins best paper award at IEEE Cloud Com 2011 - SiDE’s Director, Prof Paul Watson, was awarded best paper at the recent IEEE Cloud com event in Athens.

  • Cloud Computing featured in THES - Prof Paul Watson, SiDE Director is featured in a Times Higher supplement this week discussing the potential benefits of Cloud Computing and its applications within society.

  • AppJam winner - SiDE researchers Kyle Montague, Mike Crabb and colleagues have been awarded the top prize for ‘Best Overall App with ‘iGiveadam’ at the UK’s first ‘AppJam’, competition, which took place in Dundee.

  • RIBA Award for Lesley McIntyre - Accessibility researcher, Dr Lesley McIntyre, has been awarded a research trust award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for her project entitled:Selwyn Goldsmith (1932-2011) and the Architectural Model of Disability: A Retrospective of the Man and the Model.

  • Vicki Hanson named as one of Top 25 powerful women engineers in Tech - Prof Vicki Hanson has been named as one of the 25 most powerful women engineers in tech, by Business Insider.

  • ICADI 2010 - Members of the SiDE team presented at this year’s International Conference on Ageing, Disability and Independence (ICADI) which was held at the Sage Gateshead on September 8-10, 2010.

  • Vicki Hanson chairs DE All Hands conference - Following the successful inaugural ‘Digital Futures’ conference in Nottingham in 2010, SiDE hosted the second meeting for the Digital Economy community, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Digital Marketing Communications in Industrial Marketing (DIMAR) - Dr Heikki Karjaluoto, Professor of Mobile Marketing from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, visited Professor Feng Li and the SiDE Business Research Team in the Digital Economy Hub on 27-28 June 2011.

  • New ALIP3 project - SALT - Prof Feng Li is PI on a new £2 million project funded by the TSB, ESRC and NIHR under the ALIP3 programme on sustainable business models for assisted living in the digital economy.

  • Cognitive Usability Paper at DE2012 - Mike Crabb, SiDE PhD student at Dundee, presented his latest research findings at the DE2012 conference in Aberdeen. The paper, co-authored by Prof Vicki Hanson and Andy Cobley considers the use of human factors to influence future online usability requirements.

  • SiDE Research Pool Needs more People with Diverse Needs & Abilities - We want a broad community of people with diverse needs and abilities to compliment our existing research pool of willing research participants

  • £2M Cloud Computing Centre Boost for Newcastle - Newcastle University has secured £2m to develop a state-of-the-art Cloud Computing Centre.

  • Telling Tales of Technology website launched - The Telling Tales of Technology website has launched which illustrates the work being undertaken by Marianne Dee at SiDE’s Dundee spoke. Marianne has been working to gather older people’s experiences of technology.

  • A Good Death paper at DE2012 - Angela Abbott presented an update on her research on ‘A Good Death’ in conjunction with Home Group and Science City, at this year’s Digital Economy All Hands conference in Aberdeen.

  • University of the Third Age to become ‘Research Ambassadors’ at Newcastle University - Dr. Angela Abbott, SiDE Society RA, was one of a number of SiDE researchers involved in an engagement event with members of U3A (University of the Third Age).

  • Electronic Footprints - A University press release published today (26th March), describes how those at risk from domestic violence can now seek help online without leaving an electronic trail behind