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CHI+MED events [archived]

4 February 2013
Tully 3 - 4 February 2013, Royal College of Physicians (RCP), London, UK
For computer scientists and other experts to come together

April / May 2013
CHI+MED staff are co-ordinating two workshops at CHI 2013 (Paris, April/May 2013).

  • MediCHI 2013: Safer interaction in medical devices (a CHI 2013 workshop) - initiated and supported by CHI+MED.
  • CfP: HCI Fieldwork in Healthcare - creating a graduate guidebook (a CHI 2013 workshop) - supported by CHI+MED.


13-14 June 2013 - UCL, London
We are sponsoring a specialist Doctoral Consortium (London, 13-14 June 2013) for PhD/EngD students who are researching areas related to human factors for safety-critical systems. The Consortium will take place at UCL on Friday 14 June 2013 the day after the fourth IEHF Early Career Research Symposium, on Thursday 13 June, also at UCL.
Doctoral students are invited to submit a short abstract via the IEHF website, before Monday 11 March, highlighting on which day they'd prefer to present. CHI+MED will also be hosting a dinner (on the Thursday evening) for all PhD students attending either symposium.

24-27 June 2013
We will also host the DACCHI 2013 workshop (Dynamic And Continuous Computer-Human Interaction: Human and Computer Around a Loop) on 24 June 2013 at the EICS 2013 conference (London, 24-27 June 2013) - call for participants (deadline 8 April 2013).

Past CHI+MED events

7 June 2012 - Shanghai, China
1st Safe Interaction Summit - a CHI+MED event
A one-day summit will be held, in English, at Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China on Thurdsay 7 June 2012 (9am-5.30pm).
To reserve your place please contact Dr Karen Li.
PDF flyers for the event in English (265kb) and Chinese (535kb) languages

2 May 2012 - Queen Mary, University of London
Technology Health and Society seminar: “Designing safer medical devices”

Internal seminar at QMUL
1. Designing better software to manage error by Prof. Harold Thimbleby, Swansea University 
Good people work in healthcare. When patient harm occurs, then one of these good people must have gone bad. A more mature view is that “the system” allowed the error, and one should try to design out the error. Yet if error has been designed out, and error still occurs (as it will), then this must again be the fault of the human at the sharp end! A more mature view is that you do not want to design out error, you want to manage error to reduce harm. This seminar shows how device design, and in particular interactive system design (computers and devices), conspires to induce error and hide causes of error. We will show that better design (often simple changes to software) can reduce harm significantly.

2. Modelling user behaviour and the prevention of user error with medical devices by Dr. Paul Curzon, QMUL 
Mistakes people make using medical devices such as infusion pumps can be systematic. They can arise as a result of poor human-computer system design. In this situation just blaming the person for making the mistake is not helpful if the aim is to avoid future mistakes: the system should instead be redesigned. We will overview what we mean by systematic behaviour in this context and argue that such behaviour can be modelled in logic. The model can then be used to reason mathematically about the possible consequences of a person behaving in such a plausible way when operating a device. This kind of analysis can highlight and check the appropriateness of device design changes or user strategies that might be followed to avoid the problems.

24 and 25 March 2012 - Nottingham
CHI+MED Patient Safety and Medication Error Workshop
Visit the Nottingham workshop homepage | About the workshop
This two-day research workshop is free of charge and aimed at academic researchers, healthcare professionals, patients or patient representatives with an interest in medical devices and reducing medication error.

In this workshop, we hope to:

  • Promote research in medication error to reduce adverse incidents within CHI+MED and other workshop participants
  • Build up a platform where researchers who're interested in such topics can come together
  • Explore possibilities and research potentials
  • Gain valuable insights and useful suggestions from healthcare practitioners;
    Networking with participants from relevant field of work.

Who should attend:

  • Academic researchers who are working on or interested in: Patient Safety; Medication Errors; Incident Reporting and Learning;
  • Healthcare practitioners or representatives from relevant organisations;
  • Patients or representatives from relevant organisations;
  • Human Factors researchers or members from relevant organisations.

12 August 2011 - Swansea
Visit the Swansea workshop website.
This summer workshop is a one day event, free of charge. To find out more or to register, please email Karen Li, K.Y.Li@karenyli.me or Yunqiu.Li@Swansea.ac.uk

“In this workshop, we hope to:

  • understand the current measurements and metrics deployed by stakeholders (e.g. manufacturers, regulators and end users) to test and validate the usability and safety of medical devices;
  • identify areas requiring supporting mechanisms rooted on solid HCI theories and formal lab test results;
  • share our views and concerns regarding to continuous user involvement throughout the medical device life cycle;
  • explore potential usage of available resources to effectively improve the safety and reliability of medical devices through design and development;
  • demonstrate techniques CHI+MED has been developing so far and how they can fill in the gaps or strengthen the current practice”

Please also see our page on working with Manufacturers.

12-13 July 2011 - UCL, London - Working with medical device developers and manufacturers.
For more information please contact Chris Vincent, c.vincent@ucl.ac.uk, +44 (0)20 7679 0694.

“We have been learning from the experiences of medical device developers. Feedback has identified the need for support across a number of themes including collaborative and interdisciplinary working practices, understanding the skills and background of users, justification of user centred techniques and improvements relating to the clarity and brevity of guidance. We aim to provide practical and easily adoptable material to address these challenges and will be  learning about what works and what doesn't work in practice. Examples include the provision of scenarios, use cases, design patterns, automated checking routines and checklists regarding commonly used features. We will be outlining some of this during our manufacturer workshop to be held in UCL on the 11th and 12th of July 2011.”

The Summer Workshop for Medical Device Developers and Manufacturers was held at UCL in the Wilkins Haldane Room on 11th and 12th July 2011. You can download the workshop programme and instructions for delegates (including travel information).

Please also see our page on working with Manufacturers.

13 June 2011 - CHI+MED scientists ran the 1st International Workshop on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems for Medicine and Health Care EICS4Med 2011 at the the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS) in Pisa, Italy on 13 June 2011. The workshop proceedings are now available online.