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Making Research Activity Tangible. An introduction to the ChronoTape and ChronoTable.

Location: Auditorium 1, TEL, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 20th floor

SPEAKER:
Peter Bennett (Bristol Interaction & Graphics, University of Bristol, UK)


ABSTRACT:

As research is increasingly undertaken using digital tools, researchers are less likely to leave a physical research trail. The aim of this project is to reintroduce physical material into research, encouraging the creation of a tangible trail of research activity. Two new research tools have been made, designed to stimulate new research questions around this topic. The ChronoTape allows family historians to create a paper timeline of their ancestry, interweaving both physical and digital notes along the same timeline. The ChronoTable automates the process of note-taking allowing archaeologists to make a physical log of their research activity. In addition to the projects above, an introduction to the work of the Bristol Interaction & Graphics lab will be presented.


BIO:

Peter Bennett ( www.peteinfo.com) is a postdoctoral research assistant in the University of Bristol's Interaction and Graphics group. His PhD, from Queen's University Belfast, focused on time, tangible interfaces and the design of new musical instruments. His PhD research resulted in the design and development of the BeatBearing, a tangible music sequencer. Previously he studied for an MA in Design, and an MEng in Cybernetics. Current research has involved designing the ChronoTape, an augmented paper timeline for researching family history, and the ChronoTable, a research-activity seismograph for archaeologists.

 

HOST: Katrin Wolf

 

 

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