Queen-MaryThe Illusion of Intelligence, a short film by SMARTlab PhD student Karolina Zawieska with Bart Kevelham, Maher Ben Moussa and Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann has won the Best Student Video Award at the AAAI 2012 Video Competition, held in conjunction with the AAAI-12 Conference in Toronto Canada, July 22–26 2012.


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Dr Aviva Cohen joined SMARTlab as a researcher in 2011. At the time she was focusing on the Research & Hope website.  SMARTlab provided structure and support that helped her to develop this further. It also gave her tools that enabled her to move forward with another idea, Neuro Hero. Aviva developed this to help people like her husband, Steve, who was left with a severe speech deficit following a stroke.


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We are delighted to announce that Professor Lizbeth Goodman has been elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee, in recognition of her contribution to scholarly research.

Following a rigorous peer-reviewed selection procedure, the results were verified by the electoral subcommittee on 21 March 2012. Professor Goodman was one of three nominees elected to the committee.  RIA website | on Twitter

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Dr Camille Baker and Dr Denise Doyle graduated at an impressive UEL ceremony that took place on Tuesday, 15 November 2011, at the O2 Centre, London.

The SMARTlab ladies were two of just seven PhDs to graduate from UEL this year, and experienced the extra special treatment well deserved for attaining the highest academic qualification honoured. The PhDs enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of having the hood and hat placed on them by the Chair of the Board of the University in a regal manner, and Master’s graduates flocked around them afterwards to pose for snapshots with a rare breed PhD! (more…)

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Oct. 2010 – SMARTlab is pleased and proud to announce the opening of SMARTlab’s new main base in Ireland at University College Dublin, where Lizbeth has been appointed Professor of Inclusive Design for Education/Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Executive of the Innovation Academy!


Lizbeth will also continue to supervise and direct the PhD Programme in London and to direct the development of our other new sites soon to open in Seattle at the University of Washington, and in Toronto and around the world! Watch this space. . .

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SMARTlab Faculty, Dr Ryya Bread is recently appointed Curatorial Director for Kestle Barton, a new arts venue situated on 50 acres of farm and woodland near The Helford, in Cornwall, UK (www.kestlebarton.co.uk). After a five year conservation and restoration phase, the doors opened to the public for the first time in May 2010, featuring our first exhibition of the season: Rupture – contemporary photography by Patrick Shanahan of the post-mining landscape of Cornwall.

This first season features four solo exhibitions that have something to say about Cornwall; including photography, sculpture, painting and a unique installation of archival and contemporary works around the role of St. Ives in WWII. Dr. Bread joined the team early in 2010 to help get the gallery and the arts programme operational for the first season and to begin outlining more long term curatorial objectives for the future of Kestle Barton.  The aim is for the converted farm to be a self-sustaining venture that integrates arts, conservation and the farming history of the site into an inclusive model of community and artistic engagement.

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logoOn the 25th June, a number of SMARTlabbers participated in Arts Award advisor training, which will allow us to facilitate and mentor young people into gaining a recognised Arts qualification.

The Arts Award is a mainstream qualification for all young people aged 11-25 – and is a flexible, achievable way of gaining accreditation for any creative activity being delivered to young people.

To run the Arts Award with young people, mentors need 2 to 3 years experience of working with with young people, and be trained and registered as Arts Award advisers.

The specially commissioned adviser training day on 25th June at Smartlab introduced the Arts Award, how it is delivered to young people in a range of settings, and how moderation works. This training day was aimed at people from Smartlab, Futurelab, and AYME (Association of Young People with ME) in order to provide insights for those who might be involved in developing the Firestarter Arts Academy online project, an initiative by AYME and Ruth Jones to offer Arts Award training to young people with ME, with creative collaboration from SMARTlab.

Now individual advisers are trained we can run the Arts Award in any other settings we work in and can deliver bronze and silver awards.

The trainer Ruth Jones developed the Firestarter Arts Academy project. Ruth is an associate of Arts Award, and a senior trainer/moderator. She is a specialist youth arts trainer and consultant, and develops and manages youth arts projects. Recent work includes an arts/sports pilot project called Football Arts Academy, and has just been commissioned to develop a proposal for Arts Award & London 2012 for Arts Council England / Arts Award.

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SMARTlab’s (& Firestarter Arts Academy) New Arts Award Advisers:

Toby Borland, Dr Deveril, Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, Dr Chris Hales, Rachel Lasebikan, Celine Llewellyn-Jones, Stanislava Mislanova, Kasia Molga, Anna Sophia Schenk, Alison Ooldfield, Futurelab, Lyndsey Grant, Futurelab, Duncan Thomas, Futurelab, Mary Jane Willows, AYME, Martin Malii-Karlsson

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Times Higher Awards 2008 shortlists InterFACES for ‘Outstanding Support for Students With Disabilities’>> October ’08

SMARTlab’s InterFACES was one of just six British university projects nominated for this year’s prestigious THE (Times Higher Education) Awards 2008.

The award nomination recognised the innovative research work that SMARTlab does in developing new technologies, multimedia interfaces and other tools to empower and give voice to the world’s vulnerable and disadvantaged communities including children in hospital, youth at risk, women in developing countries, aboriginal peoples, elderly citizens and people with disabilities.

In particular Principal Investigator Dr. Mick Donegan, Co-PI Professor Lizbeth Goodman and the research team James Brosnan, Dr Brian Duffy, Dr Rachel Armstrong, Bobby Byrne, Camille Baker, Toby Borland, Sapna Ramnani, Jeremi Sudol, Aejaz Zahid, Jana Riedel, Vanessa Wiegand et al have all been recognized for their outstanding work on InterFACES – Setting free creative expression for students with the most complex disabilities.

We would especially like to thank Microsoft and Tata for jointly sponsoring our second Awards table, including the cost of flying in James Brosnan (our collaborator and user-tester with Cerebral Palsy) and his assistant from Dublin for the event. Microsoft and Tata are committed to the roll out of SMARTclubs for the world’s digital citizens, including people with disabilities.

THE Awards Shortlist:

Press Release:

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