I am writing this in the final day of this very hectic year. I am thankful to all of my colleagues for making this such a successful and interesting year. I met new friends as well as colleagues and friends from current, recent and not so recent collaborations. Thanks for the good times!
CATAC 2014 in Oslo (June)
I had the opportunity of meeting my oldest academic tribe who I have seen every other since 1998 at the first Catac Conference in 1998. The last conference took place at The University of Oslo where my friend Charles Ess now works as a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Media studies. Here is a popular boy in the city…
…and this is me with some colleagues at the CATAC dinner. Sitting next to me is Herbert Hracovech , one the founding members of the CATAC community.
August in Alicante
Well not much to add other than having a well deserved sunny break!
Participatory Design Conference in Namibia
Without a doubt one of the highlights of the year. In early October I had the opportunity of co-chairing the Doctoral Consortium of the PDC conference with my colleagues Andy Dearden from Sheffield Hallam University and David Hakken from Indiana University. The DC was quite successful and we all learned a bit more of what is like to do research in PD! You can see below some of the DC friends having a dinner:
… and this is me just before the conference dinner.
NORDICHI 2014 in Helsinki (October)
In late October I attended the NORDICHI conference where I was able to co-chair the HWID workshop with the usual suspects, i.e. Torkil, Pedro, Arminda and Barbara. You can see us below having a drink somewhere in Helsinki:
… my colleague Cecilia Oyugi and I had also a full paper accepted at this conference from our work in usability research in Kenya. Here is me presenting that paper in a pretty crowed room (thanks to Ather Nawaz for the picture!):
… walking around Helsinki I bumped into this monument to the great Finnish composer Sibelius:
Last but not least in December: ACM SIGDOC and BCS Sociotechnical
In December I had the opportunity to re-ecnounter my colleague Liza Potts at the offices of the British Computer Society in Covent Garden, London. In this meeting we discussed possibilities for collaboration between the ACM SIGDOC group and the BCS Sociotechnical Group, which I co-chair. It seems my PhD students Daniel Cabrero, Ali Gheitasy and I will be submitting papers to their conference in Limerick, Ireland in July.