Keynote Speakers

Professor Raymond Bond

Title: Human-centered AI for a digital health future

Raymond is a Professor in Human Computer Systems at Ulster University and a senior fellow of the UK higher education academy. He has research interests within HCI and data science, which has mainly included contributions to biomedical and healthcare informatics (digital health). Raymond has over 350 research outputs and has chaired/co-chaired a number of conferences including the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction conference and the 31st Annual European Conference of Cognitive Ergonomics.

Professor Janet Read

Title: Child Like Computing

You may remember being a child – when everything was exciting and computers were fun! Drawing on 20 years of work in Child Computer Interaction we will explore together what might happen if we were to design from the perspective of children.   There will be insights here for children of all ages, from 3 – 103 and for developers and researchers alike.  Let’s see what happens when AI meets HCI in an anything goes playground, where all the usual rules are tossed away

Janet Read is a Professor of Child Computer Interaction and the Director of the Digital Life Centre at UCLan in Preston.  For over 20 years she has been researching evaluation and design with and for children and her contributions to that field include inaugurating the International Interaction Design and Children Conference and the International Journal of Child Computer Interaction.

Professor Helen Petrie

Title: The role of human computer interaction in the design and development of technology for older and disabled people

Alan Dix famously said that HCI is the conscious of computer science. We might equally say that HCI is or can be the conscious of technology for older and disabled people. Research and development on technology in this area can be divided into two strands. One strand is trying to ensure that these user groups can effectively and satisfactorily use mainstream technologies. This work often comes under the headings of “inclusive design” (or many similar labels and “accessibility”. Unfortunately, mainstream technologies are still developed without consideration for the needs of these user groups, both in initial development and then in later improvements. The other strand is creating technologies to help older and disabled people overcome the challenges they face in life. This work often comes under the heading of “assistive technology”. In this presentation I will consider to what extent HCI has been a good conscious in these two strands of work, where we have not been a good conscious and how we can improve our scorecard in the future.