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Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series 3: Digital Well-being: From Human Factors to Mixed Reality Rehab

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20 May 2021: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lib B10 Lecture Theatre
General Library Basement, (109-B10)
The University of Auckland
5 Alfred Street, Auckland CBD, 1010

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2021 Gibbons Lecture Series: 
Dissolving the interface between humans and computers

For many people, it's become impossible to imagine life without a smartphone. We're so used to keeping them close and checking them constantly without thinking. They could be seen as permanent attachments to our bodies, or permanently attached burdens.

Technologies beyond the smartphone that blur the boundaries between the human body and computers are becoming more commonplace, and are merging our work, social, personal and cultural identities. Immersive virtual reality is widespread, and seamless augmented reality seems imminent. There are also signs that full brain-computer interfaces are making their way from science fiction into reality.

Have we reached the pinnacle of these human-computer technologies? Is there more functionality or benefit we can gain? And how will they impact our wellbeing and community cohesion?

Our 2021 Gibbons Lecture Series will examine the latest technologies connecting humans and computers; the ways they are developed, the new innovations on the horizon, and how they could be used to connect ourselves to wellbeing, diversity and culture.

The 2021 Gibbons Memorial Lecture series will be held in person and also streamed live via the university website

There are four lectures in the series on 6, 13, 20 and 27 May - lectures commence at 6:00pm.
There will be some refreshments after each lecture at 7pm in the Basement Foyer of the Library Building (109-B00C1).
PLEASE NOTE: We will take necessary precautions to ensure we comply with the alert level restrictions

Lecture 3, Digital Well-being: From Human Factors to Mixed Reality Rehab

The last 50 years of human computer interaction research have seen a shift of focus from task completion and work to supporting healthy use of computers and smartphones in our everyday lives. A recent and growing body of research maps habits and uses of technology to mental and emotional health, relating patterns of use to stress and productivity. Less clear is how our everyday digital use changes us, e.g., how social platforms shape our relationships and digital interactions change how we think.

This talk will review grand challenges of research on digital wellbeing and charts the territory from pathological technology use to productive, embodied and creative use.

About the speaker

Danielle Lottridge is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland. Danielle studied at both the University of Toronto (PhD Human Factors Engineering) and Stanford University (Postdoctoral fellow in Communication), where she was the recipient of a Google Research Award. Before moving to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018, Danielle did research at Yahoo Inc, working as part of an internal innovation team that released the videochat app Cabana, which was featured among "New apps we love" by the Apple App store. Danielle's research uses the lens of Affective Interaction to reveal motivations, emotions and needs that underlie use in addition to impacts of use. This approach has been applied to better understand and to design for interactions ranging from multitasking to virtual reality as an aid for stroke survivors.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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