MeetShareDance Integrated Dance Festival, Open Forum, Workshop and Flashmob – come and dance!

meetsharedance2Calling all dancers and dance enthusiasts, of all levels of experience and ability: the European/International MeetShareDance Festival is now on at UCD, led by Choreographer Cathy O’Kennedy (Fluxusdance, Counterbalance – Arts and Disability Ireland), with dancer Bobby Byrne (Counterbalance) with Monika Pozek (Artistic Director, MeetshareDance) and Douglas Scott (Full Radiance Dance, USA).

Supported by DLR Council Arts Office, Dance Ireland, SMARTlab-UCD, FluxusDance and Art Disability Ireland.

All welcome!

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Attention SMARTlab collaborators and associated networks: the second call for research proposals in the ASSISTID programme is now open!

assistid-logoASSISTID is an EU Marie Curie research programme coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute (www.doctrid.ie). The DRI brings together researchers from all of the universities and 3 Institutes of Technology on the island of Ireland in addition to partners in the UK and USA. Our research network is multidisciplinary and offers a critical mass of researchers including psychologists, social scientists, occupational therapists, engineers, computer scientists and people with ID or ASD and their families and carers, all who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with ID or ASD.

The ASSISTID programme offers a unique opportunity for researchers from a variety of disciplines  to submit an original research project in their area of interest around ID or ASD. Proposals should examine the role of Assistive Technology in improving social inclusion, independence, mobility, education and employment for people with ID or ASD. Applicants should have a PhD OR relevant research/professional experience.

View the ASSISTID Flyer here and visit www.assistid.eu for more information. The deadline is 30th September 2015.  For applications to work with SMARTlab or the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at UCD, please contact Professor Lizbeth Goodman (ASSISTID Academic Chair) in advance of application for knowledge matching and coordination of supervisors and associated supports.

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SMARTlab sends a big shout out to Pierre Jolivet…

Noć Performansa (2014)…who earned a 1st Class Honours Awards for his MFA with NCAD. Pierre’s page from the exhibition catalogue for his show in Dublin can be seen in here and the video of his groundbreaking new installation work is here – enjoy!

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Media Meets Literacy, Warsaw, Poland, 20-22 May 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 19.46.51Professor Lizbeth Goodman joins an international panel of media and literacy experts from industry, academia and the private sector to consider real and impactful research. Lizbeth will present on ‘Living Again with Assistive Technologies’ in the Time For Inspiration: Best Practices workshop on the 21st, and will host a collaborative table on the topic of Hippocratic Education and Innovation on the 22nd.

Sponsored by the Evens Foundation, Creative Media Europe (European Commission) et al.

To register: http://mediameetsliteracy.eu/presentations/
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The Knitting Map Symposium: Art, community and controversy 2005 – 2015, 14 May 2015

250604BusKnittingRiver Room, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork

Thursday 14th May, 2014

10.30am – 6.30pm

This symposium brings together art critics and other commentators to discuss a decade of The Knitting Map; its making, reception and future. This includes a keynote address by the design historian and author of The Culture of Knitting, Joanne Turney, as well as presentations by Jessica Hemmings (Head of Visual Culture, NCAD), Lizbeth Goodman (Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, UCD), art historian Deborah Barkun (Associate Professor of Art History, Ursinus College, Pennsylvania), and Sarah Foster (Lecturer in History of Design at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design).

All welcome. Please contact Jools Gilson at jgilson@ucc.ie for registration and further information.

http://www.glucksman.org/KnittingMap.html

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Live Stream of the Lecture and Virtual World demo now available:

vw2‘The Affordances of Virtual Worlds for Education and Clinical Training’ was delivered live by Prof Lizbeth Goodman and Ms Bo Zhang (PhD candidate), and live online in the virtual world Terf by Niki Herbertson and Julie LeMoine (CEO Terf, USA) on the 21st of April at the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin, as part of their New Horizons special lecture series, on ‘Apps, Technology and Social Media in Medicine’: http://www.rcpi.ie/course.php?pageID=967

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Ms Bo Zhang, a full time second year PhD student studying in SMARTlab, School of Education, has been selected for two major international competitions:

bo-award1) Bo was nominated to the Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Pudong, Shanghai in November, 2014. Working with other team members: Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Nicola Herbertson (Virtual Worlds Manager) and the CEO of the Irish Zhida International company, Mr Yu Xuan Liu, her nomination was based on her current PhD research into virtual worlds and collaborative learning games and tools for cross-cultural exchange. Out of the long-list of 2500 nominations, she was selected for the second round, and finally named in the top 45 (out of 615 shortlisted projects) projects globally, winning a travel award to return to her native China to compete in the final round.

2) Bo has also been selected as one of 12 players to represent UCD in the International Ladies Gaelic Football Team 2015 in Shanghai, China, 19-26th October!

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Professor Alexander Pasko – at UCD today to speak about the Uformia developments in digital materialisation and FREP

paskoUpdating the UCD community on important advances by Alexander, Turlif and the Uformia team since his last visit!

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SMARTlab’s Spring PhD Seminar is on, live and online, in Toronto at the IDRC of OCADU…

…Members of the UCD Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland are here collaborating on the seminar, collaborative research projects, and revving up for the Accessibility SPRINT!
Accessible webstream and recordings are available.
See Professor Jutta Treviranus‘ work cited as world-leading in supporting people with disabilities, including Stephen Hawking: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/23/how-to-speak-with-facial-expressions.html

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Professor Lizbeth Goodman named one of the world’s 50 Most Talented Social Innovators for her decades of work with SMARTlab and SafetyNET at World CSR Day, Mumbai 17- 18 February 2015

lizbeth1 lizbeth2For SMARTlab, a social enterprise founded in the UK at the OU BBC in the early 1990s, she has worked tirelessly, leading a team of scholars and technologists working together to invent and implement innovative technology tools for ‘real social change’ for marginalised and under-represented community groups and individuals, with an Inclusive Design Model enacted through each research project and performance. SMARTlab now supports PhD researchers within the Structured PhD in Education at UCD, leads major workpackages on Virtual Worlds for Learning and Games for Learning, and also regularly collaborates with industry and NGOS alike, engaging across sectors and cultures to work towards implementation of a more inclusive and empathetic society.

It is in her capacity as a global action researcher and visionary thought leader committed to embodied, genuine and deep community interaction and research impact that is scalable as well as socially vital, that Professor Lizbeth Goodman has been nominated and selected by a global community of peers for this prestigious award.

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