Dr Petr Slovak from KCL Informatics has paired up with Prof Katherine Isbister, the Commission for Children and Sproutel. Together they have come up with an entirely new way of supporting children’s emotion regulation in everyday life: a smart toy that helps kids to manage difficult feelings. The team has received numerous awards for their research, and the toy has sold more than 15,000 units so far. The impact was such that it landed their invention on the cover of Time Magazine last year.
The Human Centred Computing Group (HCC) had a strong presence at the ACM CHI conference. CHI is the leading venue to publish Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research, typically attended by about 3000 of the top human-computer interaction researchers and practitioners worldwide.
Helen Yannakoudakis from KCL Informatics is working on the next generation of machine learning models for natural language processing that can learn more effectively and with less training data. Along the way, she is also making existing approaches better from detecting hateful memes to supporting health diagnostics, the impact of her work is considerable.
KCL Informatics has paired up with a team from Oxford University to develop an entirely new way of mapping how conversations in formal settings and on social media unfold over time. Visualising complex timelines, this new technology promises to break through the accountability gridlock that many social media platforms face.
Last September, Women PhD students from the Department of Informatics' research groups were invited to attend the 8th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing in Europe. Cristina, Mackenzie and Tanja represented their research groups of Algorithms and Data Analysis, Distributed AI, and Reasoning and Planning at the conference.