Web-based Wizard-of-Oz prototyping system now available

Our WebWOZ system provides designers and researchers with a quick and easy way to design and conduct Wizard of Oz experiments involving Language Technologies such as Machine Translation, Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech. WebWOZ is entirely web-based and can therefore be used with any device capable of running a modern web browser. You must register before you can use it, but after that you can design and run your own experiments online.

http://www.webwoz.com/… Read more

Talk at Newcastle Culture Lab

I gave a talk at the Culture Lab in Newcastle entitled “How do we engage users with online mental health interventions?” on the 24th of August. The lab has been doing some very interesting work in a diverse range of areas, including technology to support people with Parkinsons, and systems to support non-directed play therapy. Their interdisciplinary and creative perspective on design and user experience gives the work a distinct feel, and it’s good to see this being brought to bear on real problems.… Read more

PhD Studentship on Visualizing Multicore Performance

Improved performance is one of the main motivations behind the move towards the use of many-core processors, but how do software engineers actually do performance optimization? Can we provide better visual tools to allow programmers to better understand and improve their many-core programs? This PhD studentship in Human-computer Interaction will examine these questions.

Talk at ISRII 2011, Seminars in York and Cambridge

I will be giving a talk at the ISRII 2011 conference in April on our work with the Silvercloud platform, and the approaches we have been taking to increase client engagement. 4th May, I will give a departmental seminar at the Department of Computer Science at the University of York on “Designing Technology for Mental Health”. On the 5th of May I will give a Rainbow Interaction seminar at the University of Cambridge on “The problem of engagement in online mental health programmes”.… Read more

Silvercloud programmes in clinical trials

The first two programmes produced using the SilverCloud e-mental health platform have begun trials. Mind Balance is a cognitive behavioural therapy programme for depression, and See My Self is a psycho-educational programme on healthy body image and self esteem. Both programmes are available at TCD through the TCD Counselling Service, and See My Self is also available nationwide through Bodywhys, the eating disorder association of Ireland.… Read more

Two full papers accepted for CHI 2011

D. Coyle, G. Doherty, N. McGlade and G. O’Reilly, Exploratory evaluations of a computer game supporting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for adolescents, to appear at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011).

M. Matthews and G. Doherty, In the mood: engaging teenagers in psychotherapy using mobile phones, to appear at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011).… Read more

PhD opportunities

I am interested in hearing from high quality potential PhD students – please send me a CV if you have a relevant Masters level qualification and/or experience of working interaction design, and are interested in working on producing technologies which match real-world needs.

Prospective PhD students may be interested in a number of potential funding schemes through IRCSET – next month IRCSET will be releasing details of the 2011 postgraduate scholarship scheme: note that these scholarships are very competitive and are only awarded to students with an excellent academic background.… Read more

See My Self in user trials

The See My Self online programme for the prevention of eating disorders has now entered user trials, with collaboration from BodyWhys and TCD Student Counselling.? The programme is delivered using the SilverCloud computer-supported therapy platform developed in collaboration with the NDRC and ParentsPlus.… Read more

Fieldwork for Requirements: Frameworks for Mobile Healthcare Applications

G. Doherty, J.McKnight and S. Luz, Fieldwork for Requirements: Frameworks for Mobile Healthcare Applications International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 68 (10), pp.760-776, 2010. DOI 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2010.06.005

Ethnographic approaches to study of work in the field have been widely adopted by HCI researchers as resources for investigation of work settings and for requirements elicitation. Although the value of fieldwork for design is widely recognised, difficulties surround the exploitation of fieldwork data within the design process. Since not every development project can support or justify large-scale field investigation, the issue of how to build on previous work within a domain is particularly important.Read more

Design and Evaluation Guidelines for Mental Health Technologies

G. Doherty, D. Coyle and M. Matthews, Design and Evaluation Guidelines for Mental Health Technologies , Interacting with Computers, 22(4), pp.43-252, 2010, DOI 10.1016/j.intcom.2010.02.006 .

It is increasingly recognised that technology has the potential to significantly improve access, engagement, effectiveness and affordability of treatment for mental health problems. The development of such technology has recently become the subject of Human?Computer Interaction research. As an emerging area with a unique set of constraints and design concerns, there is a need to establish guidelines which encapsulate the knowledge gained from existing development projects.Read more