Object Recognition with the Project Soli in St Andrews

Our lab (SACHI) in the University of St. Andrews last year applied for, and was selected to receive the Project Soli alpha developer kit along with 60 other groups around the world. Project Soli is a Radar based sensor that can sense micro and subtle motion of human fingers. You can see more about this project here:


SACHI @ CHI 2016

CHI4GoodSACHI will have a great presence at the upcoming CHI’16 conference .

We welcome the opportunity to meet students interested in studying with us, colleagues interested in visiting or collaborating, or companies interested in our work. You can find us helping and involved throughout CHI 2016 with the presentation of 5 full papers, 1 note, 1 workshop, 1 workshop paper and other activities.

SACHI @ IUI 2016

In March of 2016 Yuchen Zhao and Aaron Quigley from St Andrews attended the ACM SIGCHI Intelligent User Interfaces Conference in California. Yuchen was attending to present a long paper on a user study about location-privacy recommenders and a student consortium paper while Aaron was attending as the ACM SIGCHI Adjunct Chair for Specialised Conferences.



Microsoft Surface Hub arrives and is unboxed

Last week we were pleased to receive our Microsoft Surface hub which was awarded to us by Microsoft Research and Microsoft based on our Academic Research Request Proposal for the “Intelligent Canvas for Data Analysis and Exploration”. You can see a couple of videos of the unboxing below!

Surface Hub

SICSA DEMOfest 2015

On Thursday a large proportion of the SACHI lab and many in the School of Computer Science department headed South to Edinburgh’s SICSA Demofest.  The Demofest is a yearly meeting of the Scottish Computer Science community in which students and academics showcase the latest research to a varied audience of industry and academics.



Irish HCI conference 2015


On Friday the 23rd of October, Aaron Quigley presented a keynote talk at the 9th annual Irish HCI conference (iHCI 2015) in Dublin. The talk was entitled “Trapped in AppLand: Archipelagos of Interaction”. The conference was hosted at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin and organised by the NCAD+UCD Creative Technology Network and was sponsored by the ACM SIGCHI Chapter Ireland and the NCAD+UCD Project. The conference showcased leading research by researchers in Ireland, and by Irish researchers working internationally, through poster and curated presentation sessions. The overall theme for this year was creative technology and the future of HCI in Ireland.


IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing


Last week, Atlanta hosted the annual IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC). This brought researchers in various fields of Computer Science, particularly those in human-computer interaction and software engineering. Established in 1984, the mission of the conference is to support the design, theory, application, and evaluation of computing technologies and languages for programming, modelling, and communicating, which are easier to learn, use, and understand by people.

Daniel Rough, a PhD student in SACHI attended this conference to present his research called “Jeeves”, a visual language to facilitate ESM application creation, which was accepted as a full paper. (You can find details of this paper via our publications page).



Inauguration of the Interaction Lab Space (new home to SACHI)

The Dean of Science cuts the ribbon of our new space.

The Dean of Science cuts the ribbon of our new space.

To celebrate the remodelling of the lab space and our new space sharing with the Virtual Worlds team, we held a reception on Wednesday September 2nd.

Wine, cheese, some good conversation and a ribbon cutting moment by the Dean of Science made for a very interesting late afternoon. Thanks all for coming!

For more information (and pictures) you can visit the corresponding School Blogpost, SACHI and Virtual Worlds new space inauguration..

Microsoft Surface Hub award

Microsoft Surface Hub (image courtesy of Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Hub (image courtesy of Microsoft)

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Research and Microsoft have selected our Academic Research Request Proposal for the “Intelligent Canvas for Data Analysis and Exploration” as one of ten to award. READ MORE

LitLong app available on iTunes

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the LitLong iOS app, put together by a team of researchers and literary scholars from the University of St Andrews and University of Edinburgh, including SACHI’s Dr David Harris-Birtill, Dr Uta Hinrichs and Professor Aaron Quigley.

The LitLong:Edinburgh mobile app allows you to use your iOS device to explore Edinburgh’s literary past, and it is free! Download a copy to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to discover how your location has been represented in literature.