Dr Jason Alexander ‘Shape-changing Displays: how can robotics radically change a touchscreen?’

Date(s) - 16/11/2018
1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

The University of Edinburgh

SICSA DVF Jason Alexander, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University will be giving a talk at the Cyber Physical Systems Workshop on 16th November at the University of Edinburgh. 

Title: Shape-changing Displays: how can robotics radically change a touchscreen?

Shape-changing displays dynamically change their physical geometry based on the underlying digital content. They have wide application from ‘pop out’ buttons on touch-screens to novel physical data representations. While Human-Computer Interaction researchers have begun to explore this area, their efforts are constrained by technology availability and limited cross-disciplinary collaboration with researchers with mechatronics, robotics, and material science expertise. This talk will describe shape-changing displays and the grand challenges faced by the field. It will particularly highlight areas where robotics can play a key role in their development as an undisguised call for collaborators who are interested in bringing their expertise to this area.

Bio: Jason Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. He is currently on sabbatical and is a SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow. He has a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bristol. His research is broadly in Human-Computer Interaction, with a particular interest in developing novel interactive systems to bridge the physical-digital divide. His recent work focuses on the development of shape-changing interfaces—surfaces that can dynamically change their geometry based on digital content. He also has interests in data physicalization, digital fabrication, and novel haptic interaction techniques.

Dr Alexander is being hosted by Professor Lynne Baillie, Heriot Watt University

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