Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sharing Feelings, Photos & Passwords


Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, Senior Research Scientist at Flickr and Yahoo! Labs will be giving a talk at UCLan as part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme Public Lecture Series.

Every day we make decisions about which technologies to use: what phone to buy, how to share files with collaborators, how to check your bank balance. These choices are not just about the best technology for you to use as an individual, but also about the decisions made by your colleagues, family, friends and others around you.

In this talk, Jofish will discuss research with over 180 participants exploring how people share passwords, how they manage their bank accounts and finances, and how they store, share and safeguard their photos, documents and data. He will discuss the complex moral and emotional decisions people navigate as they make these decisions, and discuss implications for the design of financial tools, next-generation password access, and tools to help us manage our data.

Jofish Kaye is a Senior Research Scientist at Flickr and Yahoo Labs. His research explores the social, cultural, and technological effects of technology on people, and how people’s decisions and behaviors can change and improve those technologies. His previous work has ranged from studies of long distant relationships and computerized smell output to visualizations of Twitter and academic publications. He is co-Chair of the CHI 2016 conference, occasionally teaches at Stanford University, and has a Ph.D in Information Science from Cornell, a Masters degree in Media Arts & Sciences and a B.S. in Cognitive Science, both from MIT.

The event which is being hosted by the School of Physical Sciences and Computing, UCLan will be on Monday, 1st June, 7:00pm, at TVI Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Building, UCLan.

Please register on EventBrite if you plan to attend at


Educate North Awards 2015: Lancashire Science Festival shortlisted!

We are delighted to announce that the Lancashire Science Festival has been shortlisted for the Educate North awards Innovation category.

The awards celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England. A large number of professionals and industry experts will be judging the awards which are being staged in association with The Daily Telegraph, Barclays and the University of Manchester Intellectual Property UMIP.

The conference will take place all day on June 3, followed by the awards at the Hilton in Deansgate, Manchester.

More information and a full list of those shortlisted can be found on the website.

Big thanks to all those who have sponsored and supported us over the years!

Demolition Street: William Titley

Using video and digital imaging techniques, found objects and current archiving methodologies, the project contributes to the current discourse surrounding issues of displacement in the face of adversity and legislation of the processes of regeneration and renewal of place.

Private View Evening on 7th May 17:30 – 19:30

A collection of audio-visual artworks from the artists’ personal archives, and informed by a real life situation on Bright Street, Colne, Lancashire.

In 2005 the artist worked with residents to document the effects of a local government regeneration strategy to demolish their homes and make way for gardens for the remaining residents.

The work, which includes photography, video and found objects, explores notions of home and has developed around ideas of location, the self and spatial ownership. From domestic interviews about life on the street, to atmospheric shots of the vacated properties, the exhibition contributes to discourse surrounding issues of displacement in the face of adversity and legislation of regeneration and the renewal of place.

William’s work, engaging in a sense of place, is informed by a discursive interest in anthropology, histories, architecture and socially engaged art practice.

Exhibition opening times: From 5th May to 5th June 2015

Monday 9am to 5pm

Tuesday 9am to 8.30pm

Wednesday 9am to 5pm

Thursday10am to 5pm

Friday is 9am to 5pm

Special Events with the artist.

There is a series of Visual Matrix workshops for visitors to give feedback on, and contribute to the development of the exhibition. The artist will be in attendance and the event will be facilitated by Julian Manley, (from The University of Central Lancashire). The workshops are for adults or well-behaved and accompanied young people, unfortunately the workshops are not suitable for young children.

Each workshop is intimately linked to the exhibition and includes discussions around the interpretation of the work on display. Booking is essential as there are limited places.

Please contact Vicci McCann at to reserve your place.

Workshop details:

Fri 8th May 10.30-12.30

Thurs 21st May: 14.00-16.00

Fri 22nd May 10.30 – 12.30

Thurs 4th June 10.30 – 12.30

For enquiries about the workshop content please contact Julian Manley at

3D Future

We’ve been awarded a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering to run 3D-printing events here at UCLan.

The project will include events that take place out and about within the community. We’ll also hold workshops on campus at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre for school groups and girl guides.

The grant will give people the chance to have a go at 3D printing for themselves. We will be visiting local cafes and bars as well as taking the 3D printers into museums with engineers on hand to chat with people about what they do.

Dr Hadley Brooks, Lecturer in Engineering, who will be involved in delivery some of the events, said:  “3D printing is going to be one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, shaping all industries from health, transport, sporting goods, machinery and electronics. I am excited about the opportunity to show future inventors the power of this technology with hands-on demos, and by presenting cutting edge research from UCLan and around the world.”

3D printing has huge potential for the future and so we are also going to be asking people to submit their own 3D printing designs via social media so we can make them. We will also be creating short videos starring engineers setting small engineering challenges you can try at home. Watch this space for more info on how you can get involved and have a go at 3D-prinitng for yourself.

Image by gynti_46



In the run up to the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC) official opening we asked people to share their memories from school science. The two most popular were the Screaming Jelly Baby and the Van der Graff generator. We could only pick one, so during the YSC launch we got out our trusty generator and demonstrated it with a group of local primary school students.

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During the event UCLan staff and students also performed their best science demos and competed to be the names the first ever winner of the UCLan and Ri YSC BestDemo Competition. The audience (local primary school students) voted for the winners were presented with their award by the Minister of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP. Watch the winning demo from Tracy Bradford and Steve Harris below.