On 1 March 2012, G1 publishers released the series ‘Transformers – people who change the world‘, which tells stories of people who changed their own lives in order to make significant contributions to the lives of others.

Dr Mick Donegan is the founder and director of SpecialEffect,  a UK charity that adapts free video game controls and computer games for people with physical disabilities. Read more… (The article is in Portuguese so you may want to use a translation browser plugin).

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Interested in the origins of life on Earth?

Ever heard a tree talk?

It’s the October ’09 PHD Seminar and yet another intense week and a half of presentations, tutorials, workshops, seminars,  fun and frolicks have begun!

We are opening up the lab to the public on three evenings this semester, with the following exciting external speakers exploring the following topics:

ORFI-MFF-05SUNDAY, 18th Oct – 5.30-6pm

Wine & Cheese Evening:

ORFI performance/showcase: Exploring collaborative music creation between people with dissabilities, their family and carers



WEDNESDAY 21 October – 6.15-7.30pm

Wine & Cheese Evening:

Bruce Damer: The EvoGrid: Simulating An Origin of Life and Providing a Technological Pathway for the Future of Life

Free – Book a ticket via: http://evogridsmartlab.eventbrite.com

Alex Metcalf Tree Listening 01

THURSDAY 22 October- 6-7:30pm

Wine & Cheese Evening:

Alex Metcalf: RCA graduate/sound environment artist


Free – Book a ticket via: http://smartlabalexmetcalf.eventbrite.com/

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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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