Digital Economy USRG

#SxSC outline schedule

May 16, 2012
by Graeme Earl

This is an outline schedule of talks and demonstrations for #SxSC. Anyone attending is invited to talk and demo their work.


Composer Benjamin Mawson investigates ways to use space as an expressive layer in studio-produced music. Developer Enrique Tomas has built a tool using GPS to interpret a listener’s position and movement in order to create a unique way of hearing music. Musical compositions can now be spread across a landscape, mapped to a territory. Music is created which can now exist in a dialogue – at times symbiotic at others contradictory – with its physical surroundings.


Alain Renaud will be talking about distributed music. Alain’s research explores high-speed networks as a medium for developing real time interactive performances in a multiplicity of spaces. Alain’s background in is music production and sound engineering. He is a senior lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on the development of networked music performance systems with an emphasis on the creation of strategies to interact over a network musically and the notion of shared networked acoustic spaces


Our keynote speaker will be Alan Patrick who is the co-founder of Broadsight:

Broadsight focuses on market intelligence, strategy and systems development across the multi-media ecosystem. Broadsight has consulted to many of the major digital-media players in Europe and has helped start or turn around a number of startups. They have also developed innovative technology for a number of clients. Alan also writes the well regarded Broadstuff blog on technology development (

The topic of Alan’s talk is “Technology Hype and Bubbles – Why do they Exist?”

He will deal with Creative Destruction, the role of bubbles in these cycles, and the role of hype in creating bubbles – and what you need to look for to understand where you are in the cycle. Alan will examine how this is applied to (complicates) technology prediction, going through various prediction models and laws. He has also developed the ‘Broadstuff Bubble-o-Meter’ tracking the current Social Media  bubble’s evolution, which has been picked up by other technology blogs and the Guardian.


Ajay Chakravarthy and Paul Walland will demonstrate a new way of viewing digitised 3D objects from cultural heritage collections. They will talk about some of the cool applications they see for this kind of virtual model representation. Ajay is a researcher at ITI, expert in knowledge modelling using Semantic Web. He has a PhD from Sheffield in knowledge acquisition, has worked on various media projects at ITI among other things. Paul is a manager at IT Innovation responsible for media-based collaborative projects and social networking.


Adam Procter will be talking about the growing way we interact with social networks via “streams” and the emerging conversation economy.


Peter Bennett will talk about Chronotape which is a tangible timeline for family history research, developed as part of the PATINA project within the Bristol Interaction & Graphics group. The chronotape explores the concept of using a tangible interface to control time, effectively turning the abstract concept of time into something that can be held and controlled.


John Ribbins from Roll7 will be talking about “Serious Games and Fun”. He will also be demoing some new Roll7 games


The Re-reading the British Memorial project is investigating the potential for using a variety of technologies for the recording, interpreting and sharing of data about church memorials in the UK. Find out about them at: http://ourti.orgGareth and Nicole Beale will be talking about the project and demonstrating Highlight based Reflectance Transformation Imaging capture using Digital SLR cameras and RTI with an iPhone Camera.


James Miles will outline the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging – a simple and cheap surface imaging tool – on existing three dimensional datasets in a virtual environment. He will show some worked examples, and evaluate the potential of the methodology within cultural heritage. He will focus on comparing the different datasets and will highlight the surface detail that could be overlooked through conventional means of visualisation.


The Tsinghua-Southampton exchange program was set up to serve as a platform for young researchers to exchange ideas on key issues within Web Science. The chosen project was to analyse, extract and visualise how the young perceived the world using online data. As part of the Visualisation team Christopher Hughes will be demonstrating the chosen tools that were used to represent the data, highlighting some key issues and concerns.


Martin Warne and Elliot Salisbury will be talking about their mobile audio D-Touch projects.


Close – Diverse musical interludes

Demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the day

  • Ben Oliver will show that there is some evidence that structured training can benefit cochlear implant (CI) users’ appraisal of music as well as their music perception abilities. There are currently very limited music training resources available for CI users to explore. This demo will introduce the ‘Interactive Music Awareness Program’ (IMAP) for cochlear implant users, which was developed in response to the need for a client-centered, structured, interactive, creative, open-ended, educational and challenging music (re)habilitation resource
  • Peter Bennett will demonstrate which has been developed by him as part of
  • James Miles, Nicole Beale and Gareth Beale will demonstrate highlight based reflectance transformation imaging, using an iPhone and other methods.
  • Ben Mawson and Enrique Tomas will be performing throughout the day.
  • Martin Warne and Elliot Salisbury will be demonstrating their mobile audio D-Touch projects.
  • Jaipal Channa is a composer who specializes in creating music for virtual, interactive environments and will be displaying his work at #SxSC.


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