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.



David Harris-Birtill speaks at Pitch@Palace event in Glasgow

On the 9th February 2016 Dr David Harris-Birtill gave a talk on the automated remote pulse oximeter system work that is in development in SACHI, and which his start-up company Beyond Medics Limited is working to commercialise. This was a great day in which 20 companies gave short 3 minute pitches describing their businesses. At the event, David also met Prince Andrew, and had the opportunity to discuss this exciting work with other companies and funding groups, including Scottish Enterprise.

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.



Dr David Harris-Birtill presents his research to 1,000s in India

Dr David Harris-Birtill gave a talk at the 6th Edition of the International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with IT, held on 16th – 17th October 2015 at the Lalit Ashok in Bangalore, India. David’s research presentation was titled “Remote Sensing of Heart Rate and Blood Oxygenation Level Using Gaming Camera-based Technology”, and was presented to 800 delegates who attended the session in person, as well as the 8,216 who virtually attended the meeting, streaming his talk in 32 countries.


After the session, David was presented with a commemorative plaque for his research, as shown in the photo above.


Welcome Hui-Shyong Yeo

Hui-Shyong Yeo

Photo by Hui-Shyong Yeo

This week we have added a new member to the group. Hui-Shyong Yeo is a 1st year PhD student in the SACHI research group, supervised by Prof. Aaron Quigley. Hui-Shyong is particularly interested in exploring and developing novel interaction techniques that transcend the barrier between human and computers, especially on topics such as gestural/mid-air interaction, mobile/wearable interaction, Augmented/Virtual reality and text entry.

Before he came here, he was a researcher at UVR lab, KAIST. He worked on several projects such as on-body clothing design system using projection mapping and Mixed Reality remote collaboration system.


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..