Public Engagement

Some samples of my public engagement work …

SICSA DemoFest

Our Dynamic Earth, October 2017

An annual event on the SICSA calendar. This was an opportunity to showcase the work of Lewis Davie, who ran a demo of Virtual Virtuoso to key players in the Scottish Technology and Research industry. Virtual Virtuoso is a room-scale music exploration sandbox, providing an engaging experience for novice music creators to manipulate sounds. Users can directly experience musical concepts such as spatial sounds.

Dundee Science Festival

Overgate Shopping Centre, 2011-2014

This is a regular feature of the Science Festival – local researchers base themselves in the Overgate Shopping Centre for a weekend to share their work with the public. This is a fabulous opportunity to show engaging and interactive exhibits to members of the public, who may not typically engage in science activities.

Bright Club

A Comedy Club featuring academic and research staff as stand up comedians. In each show there around 6 academics who each perform an 8 minute set, with a professional compere to move things along.

Dundee, October 2013

I’m chatting about my travelling adventures, my hatred for Charles De Gaulle Airport, and the dangers of students.

Dundee, December 2012

I’m a computer scientist with a summer tan, so it’s fair to say that I’m not your typical computer scientist, but am I?

Cafe Science Extra

At Cafe Science Extra you can hear the latest news from up and coming scientists in a relaxed atmosphere over coffee. This new event was launched in October 2008 and showcases the cutting-edge research performed by younger scientists. Cafe Science Extra presents local speakers from Tayside’s abundance of hugely talented scientists and engineers.

How Technology Can Help Nonspeaking People Tell Their Stories (2014)

We all tell stories to make friends. Sharing our experiences with others gives us the opportunity to forge connections with other people, finding common ground upon which we can build relationships and a means by which we can improve our quality of life. The very act of sharing stories with others can be very therapeutic, and can help us deal with the stresses of our daily lives. But how would we cope without the ability to share our experiences with others? For some people, being unable to tell stories is a reality. Many non-speaking people have never had the means or the opportunity to engage in narrative with friends, and have grown up without learning the necessary skills to do so. There are a number of technologies that exist that allow non-speaking people to tell stories and share their experiences with others.

Meet The Scientist

One Size Fits All?, Dundee Science Centre (2010)

This event allowed school children and their families to meet scientists from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Children were encouraged to think about how people use computers and how that might be difficult if you had a disability. Disabilities such as visual impairments and/or motor impairments were simulated using googles and gloves to highlight the problems faced  by these user groups. Demonstrations were given of games created both physically and on a computer to show how user-centred design processes can help people with disabilities to enjoy computers.