UCLIC Research Seminar Series
In this talk I will discuss my on-going work on two substantially different projects I am involved in at the University of Nottingham. The first, RoboClean, focuses on the use of semi-autonomous cleaning robots in food and drink factories. The second, Inter-ALTCAI, is a DfID Transform programme project to develop a virtual human for informal health advice in sub-Saharan Africa. While being contextually quite different, both projects share a common ground in that users are ultimately expected to be able to 'successfully' interact with systems in sensitive and challenging environments. In factories, socio-technical and legal constraints are a factor, as are the scale and continuous operation of food and drink factories. With Inter-ALTCAI, we are particularly focusing on pregnant and nursing mothers with limited access to healthcare-raising challenges of designing for individuals with low literacy using systems in not-so-private settings.
Martin Porcheron is a Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. He focuses on examining the design and use of 'interactive AI' systems in-the-wild in a diverse range of settings from cleaning robots in factories through to conversational smart speakers in the home. His work, including numerous best papers, draws upon multidisciplinary approaches to studying technology use including ethnographies and technology probes.