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Beyond Medics goes to Scottish Parliament


A display of life-saving medical technology by University of St Andrews researchers stole the show at the annual Universities Scotland reception for MSPs in Scottish Parliament within the Garden Lobby at Holyrood last week.

Dr David Harris-Birtill, founder of Beyond Medics, and David Morrison had a steady stream of politicians eager to try out a working prototype of their ground-breaking Automated Remote Pulse Oximetry system which automatically displays the individual’s vital signs – heart rate and blood oxygenation level – through a remote camera, without the need for clips and wires.

David Harris-Birtill (left) and David Morrison (centre) with Edinburgh South MSP Daniel Johnson (right), a St Andrews alumnus.

Dr David Harris-Birtill (left) and David Morrison (centre) with Edinburgh South MSP Daniel Johnson (right), a St Andrews alumnus.

 

WatchMI won honorable mention award at MobileHCI 2016 (Florence, Italy)


Congratulations to Hui-Shyong Yeo, Aaron Quigley and colleagues, who won best paper honorable mention award for the paper WatchMI at MobileHCI 2016.

Yeo also attended the Doctoral Consortium and demoed the WatchMI during the demo session.

The “WatchMI: pressure touch, twist and pan gesture input on unmodified smartwatches” paper which appears in the Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI’16) can be accessed via:

The Doctor Consortium and Demo paper can be accessed via:

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Sidetap and Slingshot at UIST 2016 (Tokyo Japan)


Congratulations to Hui-Shyong Yeo, Aaron Quigley and colleagues, who won best poster at UIST2016.

The Sidetap and Slingshot paper which appears in the Adjunct Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’16) can be accessed via:

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RadarCat at UIST 2016 in Tokyo, Japan


RadarCat (Radar Categorization for Input & Interaction) was presented at UIST 2016 this week in Tokyo, Japan. RadarCat is a small, versatile radar-based system for material and object classification which enables new forms of everyday proximate interaction with digital devices.

The RadarCat paper which appears in the Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’16) can be accessed via:

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Welcome Chris Norval


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This week sees a new member of the group join SACHI.  Chris Norval is a postdoctoral researcher working with Tristan Henderson on a project to predict when social media users consent to having their data used for health research.
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Deep View in the News


We are happy to report that there has been a wide dissemination of the results of the Deepview Project through a variety of press outlets.

BBC click features excerpts from an interview with one of our researchers about Gazer.

Furthermore a number of press articles have been written and circulated. The following shows a selection of articles and the venues that publicised each article.

  • “Soon we’ll be able to watch 3D images without the big specs, thanks to St Andrews researchers”. thenational.scot
  • “Diseñan una pantalla que reacciona a la mirada del espectador”. referion.com

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.

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.

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

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Games Night


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Friday night was games night at SACHI, this week featuring a couple of scary games for Halloween!  The night began with pizza followed by three rounds of social deduction game One Night Ultimate Warewolf.  The main event was the Cthulhu themed Elder Sign from the designers of Arkham Horror.

Fortunately the team was able to stave off the imminent return of the Ancient Ones to enjoy the delicious range of cakes and other treats provided by or own Fearn Bishop.  Thanks Fearn!

Welcome Hui-Shyong Yeo


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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.

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