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    Editors

    HCI 2017 - Digital make-believe

    Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)

    University of Sunderland, St Peter’s campus, Sunderland, UK, 3 - 6 July 2017

    This conference was edited by:

    Professor Lynne Hall is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sunderland. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the British Computer Society. She has over 25 years of experience of researching and practicing in Human Computer Interaction, with over 120 publications. Lynne has participated in major research projects, including on social robotics (EU FP7 EMOTE), intelligent virtual characters (EU FP7 eCute, EU FP6 eCIRCUS) and creativity in HCI (AHRC Creative Fuse North East). Her research focus is the development and application of innovative user evaluation approaches. Her interest lies both in improving the evaluation experience for end users and in increasing the quality and usefulness of the results for the users of the research findings.
    https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/about/staff/research/lynne_hall

    Dr Tom Flint is a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University allied to the Centre for Interaction Design. His research focuses on the interpretation of art and cultural heritage through digital technology. Tom’s research often involves participatory design with children. Tom is an accomplished practitioner with a history of building bespoke electronic devices and technology driven experiences. Tom recently graduated with a PhD titled Appropriating Interaction, he has worked in higher education for over 15 years; his first role was teaching HTML to prisoners who had never seen the Internet. Tom was originally an apprentice at BT where he was encouraged to study; he eventually gained a BSc in Computer Science and Management Studies. On leaving undergraduate studies he formed a company where he was publisher and founder of The Lock and Sleaze Nation magazines. Tom was recruited by Urban Outfitters when they first came to Europe, once they were established he left, x studied an MA in Digital Media and began working as a lecturer at London Metropolitan University.
    https://www.napier.ac.uk/people/tom-flint

    Dr Suzy O’Hara is a digital art curator and researcher based at the University of Sunderland. Currently working as an Innovation Development Specialist in the Creative Fuse North East project, Suzy seeks to understand evolving relationships between the arts and creative digital technologies, develop new commissioning strategies between commercial and non-commercial sectors through sector and broker new collaborative contexts for the production of art and creative innovation. Recent projects include: the Creative Hack for Digital Make Believers; Little Inventors, making children’s ideas reality by bringing together artists, designers, and commercial businesses; Sunderland 10 x 10, a project that nurtures the development of contemporary arts and creative innovation in collaboration with businesses; and ‘Rewriting the Hack’, the North East’s first Women Only Hackathon. Suzy is also founder and curator of Thinking Digital Arts, in collaboration with Thinking Digital Conference.
    http://www.creativefusene.org.uk/suzy-ohara/

    Dr Phil Turner is a reader in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. He is primarily interested in the psychology of how people use digital technology. He has recently produced three monographs on the themes of coping, cognition and user experience.
    https://www.napier.ac.uk/people/phil-turner

    Conference Introduction