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#CHInclusive workshop (CHI2019)

CHInclusive:  A one-day workshop focusing on building a more inclusive CHI community, which will be held at the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019); the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction.

Find out more about this DEN supported workshop that will be held at the CHI 2019 venue in Glasgow at https://chinclusive.glitch.me/

  • Workshop date: Saturday 4 May OR Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Duration: 9.00am-5.00pm, followed by evening dinner
  • Venue: The SEC, At ACM CHI 2019, Glasgow, United Kingdom (pictured above)
  • Workshop websitechinclusive.glitch.me
  • Proposal submission deadline: 12 Feb 2019
  • *DEN Travel & Accommodation funding available – see below for conditions*

About #CHInclusive:

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has a growing body of work regarding important social and community issues, as well as various growing grassroots communities working to make CHI more international and inclusive.

By attending this workshop, participants will build on this work:  First – by reflecting on the contemporary CHI climate, and then through developing an actionable plan towards making CHI2019 and subsequent SIGCHI events more inclusive for all.

Call for Proposals:

The workshop organisers would like to invite you to take part in this one-day workshop, which will be  held on either the 4 or 5 May 2019 at CHI2019 in Glasgow. Within this workshop, attendees will proactively take part in building a more inclusive CHI community.

CHInclusion will be a highly interactive workshop where participants will first reflect on current privilege, marginalisation, and inclusion in our community, and then develop actionable ideas on how to improve inclusion at CHI2019 and future HCI events.

Workshop Submissions:

Submissions are welcomed from individuals who are concerned about inclusion at CHI and HCI more widely, and who would like to play a part in building a better future for our discipline.

In order to take part, we ask you to write a brief personal statement (maximum. 3 pages including references and short bio) in the Extended Abstract format.

The submissions should address one or more of the following statements listed below – or alternatively a related question that is important to you, and could also be important to others.


  • I think inclusion is an important aspect of the CHI community, because……
  • I think that we could improve inclusion at CHI by……
  • I have been involved in campaigning for a cause related to…, and think that we can learn from this activity and improve inclusion at CHI by……

Submissions should be sent in PDF format by the deadline of 1 February 2019 to CHInclusion2019@gmail.com.

Admittance will be on the basis of workshop relevance, and the potential of contribution to discussions and actions, as reviewed by the workshop organisers.

Further information:

DEN Travel Funding available for PhD Students

The Digital Economy Network (DEN) is able to provide funding for standard class travel and accommodation (in Glasgow) for up to five current Digital Economy PhD students* within the Network who are specifically accepted to attend this #CHInclusion workshop by the organisers.

CHI 2019 Financial Support for Students

The CHI 2019 website has also launched details of other potential sources of financial support for students wishing to attend the conference.

#CHInclusive #CHI2019


*In accordance with the DEN funding eligibility criteria and EPSRC research grant award terms and conditions.

Peer Review Workshop

A one-day workshop about the Peer Review process hosted by the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and the Digital Economy Network



Through mostly interactive exercises, this workshop, led by Dr Max Wilson of the University of Nottingham, discusses a range of approaches to Peer Review suitable for different situations (from workshops, to conferences, to peer-reviewed conferences, to journals, and more).

The workshop is split in two parts focusing on:

1) the purpose of a review

2) the process of a review

The aim of Part 1 (purpose) is to help participants understand what is expected from peer reviewing, and how the information put into a review is used by organisers later in the process, and how these vary for different venues and types of submission.

Part 2 (process) covers approaches to reading, approaches to structuring a review, dos and don’ts, and how to judge and make appropriate recommendations.

Following the workshop, we will invite you to test your newly acquired skills by reviewing submissions for the Interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Society Conference (DISCo), which is the Digital Economy Summer School Conference for 2019, taking place on 9-12 July at the University of Nottingham.

Workshop Leader:  Dr. Max L. Wilson, University of Nottingham

Dr Max L. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Nottingham.  Max is a Deputy Editor at the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. In his field, strong research contributions are peer-reviewed and published at (usually) ACM conferences like CHI and UIST.

Max has reviewed papers for Peer-Reviewed ACM Conferences for more than 10 years, served as an AC (senior reviewer) for 3 years, and is serving as an SC (area topic chair) for CHI2020. In the past, Max has served as papers chair IIiX2012, and has organised a range of workshops reviewing and accepting smaller social contributions. Max has also served as Panels chair for CHI2019 and Courses chair for CHI2017/18, reviewing contributions for community value rather than rigour of research contribution.

He received his PhD from Southampton in 2009 and has over 100 publications, including journal articles, conference papers, edited proceedings, two monographs, workshop proceedings, workshop contributions, and posters/demos.

Increasing research writing productivity at Beamish Hall

PhD students from across multiple EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training and relevant research groups recently benefited from a two-day residential facilitated writing retreat, which was held at Beamish Hall in County Durham on 27-28 November 2018.

The aim of the residential retreat, which was attended by 28 PhD students from across 10 Universities, was to create a positive, quiet and productive environment in order to maximise writing productivity via eight time-facilitated sessions over the two days.

When registering for the event, attendees were required to specify what they would be using the retreat for, and they also discussed their short, medium and longer term writing goals in pairs at the start of Day One.

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PhD students at various stages of their programmes, from across the following nine EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)/relevant research groups benefited from this event:

  • Cloud Computing for Big Data (Newcastle University)
  • Digital Civics (Newcastle University)
  • Embedded Intelligence (Loughborough University)
  • Healthcare Innovation (University of Oxford)
  • HighWire (Lancaster University)
  • IGGI: Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (Goldsmiths)
  • Media and Arts Technology (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Web Science (University of Southampton)
  • The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Loughborough University London)
Above: The Beamish Hall venue, County Durham

The majority of PhD students present were concentrating on writing or editing their thesis, although other writing goals included drafting conference papers or journal articles, literature reviews, preparing for an annual review and coding.

Student feedback included the following:

“During this writing retreat I wrote an abstract for a conference. The DEN retreat helps create an ideal environment for producing quality writing material” (PhD Student – 2016 cohort, Embedded Intelligence CDT, Loughborough University)

“I set a challenge of writing the introduction to my thesis over the first day. The writing sessions helped me to focus on the goals and made the writing more manageable. I was able to achieve my goal of writing my introduction” (PhD Student – 2015 cohort), Digital Civics CDT, Newcastle University)

The feedback from the PhD student attendees indicated that they  also specifically valued the opportunity to talk and network with peers over the breaks and dinner, share common research interests and expertise, as well as providing and receiving advice. This retreat provided an opportunity to meet with other CDT students they may not have necessarily have met, would it not been for an event such as this.

#DENWritingRetreat       #WriteDEN

IGGI 2017: Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence conference


The IGGI Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence conference is your annual game research download from 100+ PhD students and researchers at the University of York, Goldsmiths and Queen Mary (University of London), and the University of Essex.

This free to attend event will be held in York on 14 and 15 September 2017 and you can find out more and register herehttp://2017.iggi.org.uk/

Work Ethics in the Age of Automation – Panel Discussion

An INTER/SECTIONS 2017 Symposium Panel Discussion co-funded by the Digital Economy Network

Friday 8 September 2017, 5.30-6.30pm, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, E3 4QY

*Free to attend*

Automation is seen as the most important development in labour since the Industrial Revolution with futurologists predicting seismic shifts in the jobs market, but where does this leave the technology sector?

This panel discussion, chaired by Jacqueline de Rojas (president of techUK) and including Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov (human-robot/computer interaction) and Luke Dormehl (technology journalist), will look at the changing nature of the sector, different models of working, and how this impacts on the individual.

This panel is included with your Inter/Sections Symposium ticket, or may be booked separately at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intersections-work-ethics-in-the-age-of-automation-tickets-36745741502

Data Publics in pictures


Last weekend, the DEN co-funded Data Publics Conference took place in Lancaster, from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April, hosted in the University’s LICA Building. The event also live-streamed keynotes and sessions over the three days via Periscope to open up the talks and discussions to a wider audience.

Data Publics aimed to investigate the formation and representation of crowds, groups and clusters within the digital economy,  and accepted abstracts were grouped into four stands; activating publics, governing publics, provoking publics and emergent publics.

The conference consisted of keynotes, workshops, parallel sessions and an exhibition, and there was also a drinks reception and conference dinner at the Lancaster House Hotel.

You can download the Data-Publics-Programme and book of abstracts here.

There was also extensive live coverage of the event via Twitter throughout the weekend and you can catch up on this below:

  • You can see the #DataPublics Storify for social media highlights of the conference.
  • There are also pictures of Louise Mullagh and Serena Pollastri’s Walking with Data exhibit via Flickr.

Thank you to the conference organisers at Newcastle and Lancaster universities for putting on this fantastic and informative event, and to Lancaster’s Data Science Institute and the other partners that made Data Publics possible.