This event follows on from the Dublin Seminar of 17 July, and is running in collaboration with the OCADU Masters of Inclusive Design with 25 international candidates participating live, and additional presentations online.

Speakers include Prof Jutta Treviranus, Prof Lizbeth Goodman, Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Why the Caged Bird Sings: Native Radical Inclusivity and Sonic Survivance, including a Cree song and Round Dance as part of the presentation), Lynne Heller, David Lawson, Paul Shechter, Dr Sambhavi Chandrashekar and Don Tapscott!

The seminar is streaming live on Vidyo.
Also see pics in the flickr stream

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assistid-logoASSISTID is an EU Marie Curie research programme coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute ( 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 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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phdSpeakers include Dr Camille Baker, Dr Alison Williams, Dr Taey Kim, Dr Max Schleser, Dr Jeb Weisman, Dr Deveril, Dr Joe Eyerman, Nicola Herberton, Will Pearson, Bo Zhang, Sapna Ramnani, Tanya Power, Ciara Garvin, & Paul Schechter along with Prof Lizbeth Goodman presenting on Transdisciplinary Research, Practice-led Research, Impact Analysis, Virtual Worlds for Learning, and the process of turning remarkable research into PhDs and published books!

For more pictures click here.

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Dr Alison Williams has won the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Contribution to Research in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at the University of East London!
Alison-Williams The prize has been awarded in recognition of the importance of her thesis in establishing a mediated link between creative behaviour and physical environment, thus redefining the previously held view that there was no supporting evidence. Alison’s thesis “A Grammar of Creative Workplaces” presents a visuospatial grammar of the elements of the physical environment that actively stimulate and sustain creativity in the workplace. The prize was presented at the ACE graduation ceremony, held in the Indigo, 02, London.

Click here to read the abstract.


Karolina Zawieska wins a Certificate of Merit in the UCD Images of Research Competition!
Alison-WilliamsThis prestigious award, previously held by SMARTlab PhD candidate Steve Cooney, brings Karolina international recognition. She has been awarded a cash prize and Certificate of Merit for the photo she took during the University Rover Challenge organised by the Mars Society in May 2013.The URC2013 was held in the desert of southern Utah, USA. The goal of the URC competition was to test Mars rovers built by student teams from different countries.

It consisted of multiple tasks, including the Astronaut Assisting Task captured in Karolina’s photo. The title of the image is ‘Hope’: It displays two simulated astronauts who are waiting to be found by Mars rovers. The photo illustrates collaboration between humans and robots that more and more often goes beyond merely physical interaction with machines. It is a part of Karolina’s PhD research into anthropomorphism in robots and the role the social machines will play in human societies.

Karolina’s image features on the website here.

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