In May, the 4TU.H&T PhD students self-organized a 3-day writing retreat by the beach in Makkum, Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. Writing is critical to all PhD students, yet it is often a solitary activity. The main goals were to get peer feedback early on and to improve drafts in progress. Both are essential to healthy collaborative research, the greater aim of our 4TU Federation.
On the 7th of April, Dong Nguyen (The Alan Turing Institute, London) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University) gave a 4TU.H&T seminar on Computational Social Science. More than 20 people (researchers, phd students, masters' students) participated! In the first part of the seminar presented by Dong, students learned about computational sociolinguistics and how to apply natural language processing techniques to social data. Using NTLK, students explored methods for tokenization, part of speech tagging, sentiment analysis and topic modelling, and applied these to Reddit data.
After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Students from Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente, as well as researchers from Maastricht and Belgium joined the workshop entitled Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R, given by Daniel Lakens on 16 November 2016. There were different levels of expertise to begin with, ranging from those who were installing R and RStudio for the first time to others who were already comfortable doing analysis in R. Daniel went through step-by-step instructions on the interface of R Studio, important commands, helpful libraries, and how to approach statistics in general in R.
Wednesday 16 November 2016
The 12th Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces, also known as eNTERFACE’16, was hosted by the Human Media Interaction group from the University of Twente (July 18th - August 12th, 2016). Four weeks long, students and researchers from all over the world came together in the DesignLab at the University of Twente to work on 9 different projects on multimodal interfaces. In total, there were about 70 participants from 16 different countries ranging from the USA to Malaysia and from the UK to Australia.