Professor van den Hoven’s Materialising Memories Talk

As mentioned in our previous post, Professor Elise van den Hoven recently gave a talk at the University of Dundee as part of SICSA’s Distinguished Visiting Fellows programme. Elise’s talk, ‘Materialising Memories: a design research programme to study everyday remembering’, outlined how she and her team use design research to support human remembering, adopting a people-centred approach to study memory cues in everyday life. Below is a recording of Elise’s presentation; enjoy!

Update on Living Digital

The Living Digital team has been busy these past few months, here’s what we’ve been up to…

International Visitor
Professor Dr Elise van den Hoven MTD of the University of Technology Sydney recently visited Scotland as part of SICSA’s Distinguished Visiting Fellows programme, giving talks at Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, and the University of Dundee, where she was hosted by Dr Wendy Moncur.

Elise’s talk, ‘Materialising Memories: a design research programme to study everyday remembering’, outlined how she and her team use design research to support human remembering, adopting a people-centred approach to study memory cues in everyday life.

Recent Publications
  • Fraping, social norms and online representations of self. W Moncur, K Orzech, FG Neville (2016) Computers in Human Behavior. Publication Page.
In Press
  • Digital Possessions After a Romantic Break Up. D Herron, W Moncur, E van den Hoven (2016) Proc’ NordiCHI 2016.
Recent and Upcoming Talks
  • 3rd June  Keynote at the conference “Emerging priorities in mental health and addiction: the Virtual World, Ageing and Migration” Talk Website.
  • 8 June  Seminar at UCL Interaction Centre in London. Talk Website.
  • 13 June  Dundee High School – talk to S5-S6 pupils on “Being human, being digital”
  • 28 July  RCUK Digital Economy Crucible – “Delivering Impact”

Media Appearances
13 May 2016. BBC World Service – Business Daily program “What Happens to your Digital LIfe after you Die?” Listen here.

NordiCHI 2016 Workshop: HCI and Sensitive Life Experiences
Some of the team and collaborators from Drexel University and UC Irvine recently had a workshop accepted at NordiCHI 2016. The aim of the workshop is to identify current opportunities for, as well as barriers to, design of social computing systems that support people during sensitive life events and transitions. Workshop participants will explore themes across life experiences and consider similarities and differences. They will also draw on their own personal experiences and perspectives to respond to recent discourse on how to do research in sensitive contexts, building expertise within the research community.

For more information, and details on how to submit to take part, please visit the workshop site.

CSCW 2016 Paper: The Role of Digital Technologies During Relationship Breakdowns

Wendy Moncur, Lorna Gibson and Daniel Herron recently had their paper accepted into CSCW 2016! The paper explores the role technology plays in relationship breakdowns, examining findings from interviews to generate design opportunities. Take a look at the abstract below:

Relationship breakdowns are undoubtedly difficult. Access to and use of technology can exacerbate the situation. In our networked society, shared lives generate vast amounts of shared digital data which can be difficult to untangle, whilst social media can provide an outlet to emotions that can take a public and often persistent form. In this paper, we report on a qualitative study that considered the role of technology in the process of a relationship breaking down. Four main themes emerged in our findings: communicating about the separation, change in social status, shared digital assets, and moving on. Opportunities for design are identified in reducing misunderstandings via CMCs, enhancing social media, supporting intimacy in distributed families, and refining service provision.

Living Digital at CHI

This year Living Digital has a number of papers and workshops at CHI 2015:


  • Providing Adaptive Health Updates Across the Personal Social Network
    Wendy Moncur, Judith Masthoff, Ehud Reiter, Yvonne Freer, Hien Nguyen
  • Situational Ethics: Re-thinking Approaches to Formal Ethics Requirements for Human-Computer Interaction
    Cosmin Munteanu, Heather Molyneaux, Wendy Moncur, Mario Romero, Susan O’Donnell, John Vines
  • Things That Make Us Reminisce: Everyday Memory Cues as Opportunities for Interaction Design
    Doménique van Gennip, Elise van den Hoven, Panos Markopoulos
  • Assessing the Supportiveness of Gift Emoticons in Care Scenarios
    Kirsten Smith


  • Designing Alternative Systems for local Communities
    Vasillis Vlachokyriakos, Rob Comber, Clara Crivellaro, Nick Taylor, Stacey Kuznetsov, Andrea Kavanaugh, Christopher A. Le Dantec, Joon Kim

See you in Korea!