The Digital Economy Imaginarium: Immerse yourself in a positive future

The Digital Economy – “what it means to me and my organisation. Now. And in five years”.

Last Wednesday, 8th of June, Cherish- DE held the first event of a series, named Digital Economy Imaginarium. This session was facilitated by Prof. David Ford from Swansea University and both, speakers and attendees, enjoyed a lovely and sunny morning in the Techhub Cafe.

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Our centre is charged with supporting and fostering collaborations between academics and external organisations – large and small, public and private – within the Digital Economy space.

These series of events are dedicated to starting and continuing conversations around:

  • Three minute flashtalks on the Digital Economy from industry, public sector and academic points of view
  • Exploration of common problems and potential solutions
  • Start conversations and take the first steps to collaboration
  • Network with people and organisations working in related fields
  • Pathways to collaborative research

Take time out to imagine how technology can enable a positive future

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You can see the flash video of this session in our Twitter account

 

International Mobility: Next Generation Human Translation Tools

Applicants: Tom Cheesman (COAH: Languages), Vivienne Rogers (COAH: Linguistics).  Dates: 15 March, 2016- 17 March, 2016.

One of the funding opportunities of CHERISH- DE is the International Mobility Fellowship, which award up to £2K towards travel and subsistence to support a visit to, or to provide funding for a visit from, an international research collaborator that will build alliances for impact. This funding opportunity together with the Escalator fund that provides seedcorn funding, to stimulate ideas, support proof of concept activities and to develop proto-types enable researchers to get their projects off the ground and achieve their objectives.

Tom and Vivienne applied to CHERISH for an International Mobility Fellowship to attend a scheduled meeting of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) network at the Directorate- General for Translation (DGT), European Commission, Brussels where there were circa 70 attendees from 50 institutions across the EU.  They used the visit to set up the ‘Next Generation Human Translation Tools project; to discuss this project with international academic partners, representatives of DGT and industry partner SDL and establish common ground.

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Tom Cheesman and Vivienne Rogers in front of the European Commission
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European Masters in Translation at the DGT

This project is based on the analysis of the affordances of current Computer- Assisted Translation tools in very many languages pairs and on the development of better tools, primarily for professional and trainee translators, also for wider user groups such as community translators.

Lack of translation impedes communication and trade and excludes vast numbers of people from civic and economic participation. Thus this proposal addresses the CHERISH-DE themes as it has been designed to help communities and to develop an improved human generation.

The outcomes and more information about this project can be found in the post published on May 17, 2016.

#10 Voter engagement technologies for young people in resource constrained communities

10th project of CHERISH-DE Escalator Fund Award #aprojectaday

Principal Investigator: Dr Matthew Wall (Arts and Humanities).                    Co-Investigator: Dr. Stephen Lindsay (Computer Science).

The main objective of this proposal is to develop an informative, pleasing and flexible technology that integrates the tangible with the digital. Building on technologies developed for a ‘Vote Advice Application’ (VAA) website for the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, we will run a series of political engagement sessions with 16-18 year older students in ‘communities first’ educational institutions. This pilot will take the first steps towards refining existing VAA technologies in order to bring politics to life for young people. This proposal addresses the core themes of CHERISH- DE in several ways, but what this proposal especially seeks is to do is put the voice of Welsh young people in resource constrained communities at the centre of the development process.

For this research, the major parties running in the campaign have consented to provide the project with their official stances on each of the survey questions, giving the project greater validity and legitimacy.  Levels of political engagement among young people in Wales, particularly those in resourced constrained communities, are very low and the development of online technologies, together with ‘live’ sessions, can facilitate voter engagement. This proposal is inherently interdisciplinary as it brings together specialists in political science, computer science, and a technology company focussed on voter engagement.

The two main outcomes of this research are:

  • To develop a prototype digital and physical infrastructure and related teaching materials building on VAA technology
  • It will be of direct benefit to those students and educational institutions who are chosen to take part.

The total work plan will take over five months and the total project cost will be £4,731.76

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Matthew Wall. Principal Investigator

#9 Improving cognitive flexibility through bilingual rule switching tasks

9th project of CHERISH-DE Escalator Fund Award #aprojectaday

Principal Investigator: Dr Vivienne Rogers (Arts and Humanities).            Co-Investigators: Dr Darren Edwards (Human and Health)

This project addressed the Health and Social Care theme of the CHERISH- DE Centre, being focused on enabling individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. The purpose of this project is to provide a strategy to help reduce over- selectivity in autistic individuals through teaching them elements of different languages and training them to adapt their attention skills to be more flexible.  This research will be focus on demonstrating that people with ASD can improve their attentional skills through changing between languages. Different materials will be used throughout the project and the areas of bilingualism and psychology will work together during the language training in order to test their language and social abilities as well as their attention skills. The attention measuring software called e-prime will be used.

The team of this project will come from the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Interprofessional Health Studies, furthermore, if the pilot is successful the project will include colleagues from Computer Science to develop an immersive experience through a virtual reality software, thus enhancing the multidisciplinary research. If this first proof of concept is successful, a larger scale study will be extended, using techniques to make an independent website as well as to develop a virtual reality platform.

The outcomes of this project are: to introduce more flexibility in autistic individual’s attention; to reduce over-selectivity enabling better social and language skills; to develop interventions that allow ASD individuals to function better in society, enhancing the digital economy at the same time.

The total work plan will take over six months and the total project cost will be £4946.25

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Vivienne Rogers. Principal Investigator
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Darren Edwards. Co- Investigator