A session at Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012

  • c4dm
  • g.hack
  • qMedia
  • MAT PhD Doctoral Training Centre
  • John Spindler
  • UCL's CASA

Tuesday 22nd May, 2012

1:30pm to 4:00pm (GMT)

Lunch for those who attended the morning session followed by the Exhibition.

A chance to see, hear and touch the results of University collaboration. Demonstrating digital work (games, apps and hacks) created as part of ongoing collaborations. Meet students, researchers and academics who will show you their work on a variety of mobile devices and big screens.

Listen to the stories from businesses who have achieved amazing things through collaboration.

Exhibitions include:

RCUK Digital Economy
Research Councils UK (RCUK) invest £3bn annually in research in Universities and the Public Sector. The Digital Economy is a key RCUK strategic research theme. So far £138m has been invested in building the capacity and expertise needed to realise the Digital Economy through our three Digital Economy Research Hubs, led by Nottingham, Newcastle and Aberdeen Universities and training a new generation of digital economy researchers through seven Centres for Doctoral Training.

CS4FN (Computer Science for Fun) MAGIC
Computer science is behind today’s technological magic – from audio compression to imaging the human brain. See clever conjuring tricks that will challenge you to work out how they are done. We then reveal how the same techniques that make the magic work are responsible for some of the most interesting computer science applications around. http://www.cs4fn.org/

G.Hack Teapot
Take a teapot and use technology to modify/hack/enhance it. Make an interactive tabletop installation that allows visitors to navigate London through its contemporary tea culture. The Sound Mapping London Tea Houses installation was born!

Ben Bengler group music making Table
How can technology be used to enable strangers to make sweet music? Come and play!

David Meckin assistive musical instrument
A Glockenspiel controllable by a touch screen or soft padded cushions to enable everyone to join in.

Julie Freeman data visualisation owl
An owl that can be controlled by a data stream.

Christian Heinrich and Andrew McPherson's enhanced keyboard
A keyboard that can bend and sustain notes using the keys....and then can become a guitar if you feel the need!

Media Arts Documentaries
What is new media art? How are new technologies changing our perception of art and....what does it look/sound/feel like? Media and Arts technology researchers have produced these short films to explore this new and dynamic art form.

Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin the WHIMSICHORD
The WHIMSICHORD is a wearable interactive musical instrument that will react to the movement and touch of users (or Movicians) responding with sound. We have coined the term ‘Movician’ to describe this hybrid act of composition and choreography. WHIMSICHORD comprises of striking spring-like modules that are connect to a series of fixed landing-pads via retractable chords. Each component can be plucked from its landing-pad and attached to the Movician in a myriad of ways. Our soft sculptures are specially designed around the body to seamlessly grip to the Movician as they traverse space and interact with the piece to produce music. As Movicians connect to the modules they will draw elegant lines from the surrounding architecture onto to the body. These strings can be twanged to produce sound, and each participant will become a human string instrument.

Chatterbox are developing a conversation platform which enables brands and corporations to identify and engage with their community of consumers in online interactive media such as Twitter and Facebook. Powered by recent research emerging from Queen Mary University of London, we enable corporations to find and support brand advocates and manage their brand reputation. We do this by applying high grade conversation analytics to large quantities of social data in order to extract the core users who drive brand conversation and opinion.

C4DM (Centre for Digital Music) B-Keeper
B-Keeper - Drum tracker for live performance that allows you to take over the role of drums in a band. The software program analyses the beats played so that the song varies its tempo in response to the drummer.

C4DM tools
Automatic mixing & intelligent sound engineering tools

C4DM Sonic Visualiser
Sonic Visualiser - software for viewing and analyzing audio files- The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it. We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

City University London - Fly an airship
Fly an airship using your body movements, see if you can successfully navigate the course

City University London - Dynamic Boris bike visualisation
Do you use a ‘Boris Bike’? See how other people use their bike in our dynamic representation of ‘Boris Bike’ usage that visualises data supplied by TfL

City University London - Real-time eye tacking
Experience City’s Human Computer Interaction Lab. Try the real-time eye tracking that shows you where you look, and for how long, as you browse the web

City University London - Thought control
Control a computer with your thoughts using our brain interaction software

City University London - From print to digital
Learn how SAGE Publications is handling the transition

City University London - Elements
See science reported in videos and animations in our student-generated digital science newspaper, ‘Elements’

City University London - Dementia
See the City app that is helping dementia carers find new, creative ways to engage with patients

City University London - Games
Play 5 new computer games developed by Games Technology Students at City

UCL's CASA (The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) digital research from presented in a physical form: Pigeon Sim
Have you ever looked at a pigeon and wished you could experience life through its beady eyes? Well now you can, thanks to the Pigeon Simulator – created as a new way to visualise the cities and its data feeds.

UCL's CASA London Data Table
The London Data Table cycles through a series of visualisations to show to present a view of London from above. Combining a projector with a short throw lens, a table cut to the outline of London and various processing scripts and movies allowed an instant view of complex data feeds. The visualisations depict the hidden city in which we live giving people a greater understanding of transport and pedestrian flows that happen everyday in the city. The Visualisation to be shown on the day is sponsored by UCL Advances and analyses and visualises east London's Tech City.

Capital enterprise
The membership organisation for providers of business advice, training and resources to new entrepreneurs and small businesses in London.

About the speakers

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Centre for Digital Music

The Centre for Digital Music is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Music & Audio Technology. Since its founding members joined Queen Mary in 2001, the Centre has grown to become arguably the UK’s leading Digital Music research group

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Hannah Collins

Senior Creative Industries Sector Manage and Digital Economy Portfolio Manager for EPSRC

Dr Hannah Collins will present the Digital Economy Programme and explain the opportunities it offers for driving innovation in the UK.

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G.Hack is a collective of female researchers within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary

G.Hack is a collective of female researchers within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. The group is focused on sharing knowledge and developing interactive media projects.

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Patrick Weber

Research Fellow at UCL

Patrick Weber is a postdoctoral researcher at UCL interested in the discovery, understanding and visualisation of location variables characterising London's diverse business neighbourhoods and influencing their success. His recent work focuses on developing improved data, tools and visualisations of technology, digital and creative (startup) companies across London, through the combination of novel crowdsourced and social-media geodata (Crunchbase, Twitter), as well as more traditional government data

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qMedia is a new Queen Mary research initiative

qMedia is a new Queen Mary research initiative, bringing under a single umbrella
the Centre for Digital Music - c4dm
the Interaction Media and Communication group - IMC
the Multimedia and Vision Reseach group - MMV
the Doctoral Training Centre in Media and Arts Technology DTC
researchers in Social and Pervasive Computing

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MAT PhD Doctoral Training Centre

Media and Arts Technology PhD Doctoral Training Centre

The unique 4 year Ph.D. programme and 1 year Masters by Research are built around core courses in advanced research methods, interaction design and digital media processing, production and recording techniques and optional specialist modules ranging from Digital Audio Effects through Digital Rights Management to Contemporary Performance.

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John Spindler

CEO of Capital Enterprise

John Spindler CEO of Capital Enterprise. John has had over 15 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and business advisor/consultant and as well as being responsible for the day to day management of Capital Enterprise is also a director and co-owner of audio designer and manufacturer Ferguson Hill.

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The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr. Patrick Weber: Research Fellow in GIS
Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
CASA Research Associates
George Mackerron
Steven Gray

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  • Martin Ferro-Thomsen
  • Linda Essen-Möller
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Time 1:30pm4:00pm GMT

Date Tue 22nd May 2012

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