Organising Committee


Róisín McNaney is a PhD student in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. A trained speech and language therapist, her main focus of work is on the design and application of pervasive technologies for clinical use in the monitoring, management and quantification of specific aspects of care. She has applied clinical and research experience working with individuals with  motor disorders and a range of complex communication issues.


Madeline Balaam is a Lecturer in Interaction Design within the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. Her work focuses on designing for digital health and wellbeing. She started her academic career with a PhD at the University of Sussex, where she explored the role that tangible technology could play in supporting emotional communication in the classroom. Since then she has been fascinated by a whole range of hard-to-define concepts (like wellbeing, emotion and motivation), what they really mean within interaction, and how the digital can support our  communication,  understanding and experience of these concepts.


Kevin Marshall is a PhD student at the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. His PhD aims to understand therapeutic play within the context of a children’s hospital and use this  understanding to inform the development of a range of interactive systems that can enhance the therapeutic play within this setting. His main research area is wellbeing and how digital technologies may be used to enhance the wellbeing of those who use them. This is inspired by his previous experience as a research psychologist.

Abigail Durrant is a Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University for a project entitled Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE). Current work includes exploring the potential of photography at school to support children with additional needs in interpersonal communication, and how the design of photographic equipment could enhance this. With a background in Interaction Design, she is passionate about the study of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from social and cultural perspectives. This is grounded in her interdisciplinary career connecting the arts and sciences, industry and academia.

Janet Read is a Professor in Child Computer Interaction and is the Director of the Child Computer Interaction (ChiCI) research group at UClan. Internationally known for her work on designing and  evaluating technologies for children as well as for her work on text input with digital ink, Prof. Read manages research grants and research students, teaches research methods and advanced HCI and contributes to SET activities in local schools.
judith good

Judith Good is a senior lecturer in the Informatics Department, University of Sussex. She is interested in any uses of technology that incite people to engage with learning, and do so in meaningful  ways. Specifically, she focuses on the use of immersive virtual environments for learning, educational simulations, constructivist and constructionist learning environments, the design of visual programming languages for fostering understanding, and the use of game creation environments to foster children’s skills in programming, media creation and narrative.

judy robertson

Judy Robertson received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2001, then worked there as a researcher for three years before moving to Glasgow Caledonian University to become a lecturer in game design. She joined Heriot-Watt in 2006. In 2006, she won a Theory into Practice award from the US based Association of Educational Communications and Technology for a project in which children made their own computer games. In 2009, her teaching work in Second Life won her an IEEE Computer Society Award for Innovation in Teaching.


Gregory Abowd is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. His research interests concern how the advanced information technologies of ubiquitous  computing impact our everyday lives when they are seamlessly integrated into our living spaces. Dr. Abowd’s work has involved schools and homes, with a recent focus on healthcare delivery.


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