Research Bulletin 3.9.2015: From Carpal Tunnelish problems to the Curtin university annual research colloquium

“The most precious thing during the era of computers isn’t your brains, but your wrist and elbow.” – Me

I’ve kept this blog under hibernation during the last couple of weeks. The reason: bad wrist + elbow. An advice for those doing a PhD or other academic work for that matter: ensure good ergonomics when you use the computer and use it just a short period at a time. Hell will follow if you don’t, and will cut your time on the computer anyway. That’s what happened to me, but I am slowly getting better. It is also preventing me from doing sports I usually loved to do 3 times a week – fortunately my legs are doing just fine, so I can do running now.

So, call for all you tangible and embodied computer scientists and developers out there: can’t we for my wrist’s sake get rid of this rigid and slow mouse-operating system already?!

From the web

I haven’t been too active on Twitter either, so not too many posts from there. Anyone interested in attending another interesting conference in human-computer interaction, check out CHI 2016. I hope to be there next year as I missed South Korea last year.


This week I attended the annual Curtin Business School Higher Degree by Research Colloquium. It was nice to win the best paper award in the Information Systems category. Still, the biggest achievements that I feel the colloquium pushed me to do was creating the initial literature review paper in virtual embodiment that I hope to continue to a journal article and a research poster about doing a literature review by using phenomenology.

The “little thing” doing that poster made me achieve was to better realise how phenomenological research process (as advocated by Moustakas, 1994) might actually take place. It helped me to sketch an out-of-this-world mandala (see the poster below), a process which made me to get the analysis process better – naturally actually doing and experiencing the phenomenological literature review process helped in that too.

Thus the mandala and the poster is not just a pretty picture, but an articulated structure of my recent understanding – which makes a nice memory item at the same time. So I recommend anyone to play around with drafting and sketching with one’s research ideas/processes beyond the ordinary linear and grey flowcharts we are too much used to see. Understanding is multidimensional, coloured, spatial, temporal, and can be presented on a 2 dimensional surface with various creative ways that are more accurate than using “commonly approved ways of representation”.

CBS HDR Collquium 2015 poster teras v2


Thursday Research Bulletin 30.7.2015

“Minecraft took away my Thursday – but I loved every moment.”

About this week

Another couple of publications going forward this week. Trying to compare the concept of ‘authentic context’ from Herrington, Reeves and Oliver (2010) in education with embodied cognition, phenomenology and human-computer interaction (e.g. with Paul Dourish’s work, see also references in the post from last week). Some interesting stuff coming out from this actually, hope to present it soon enough. See also sources below in the section “Interesting reading this week”.

Related to this, I asked fellow academics at ResearchGate a couple of questions, i.e. what is the relationship between phenomenology and embodied cognition, and how would you describe ‘Imaginative Variation’.


If anyone is interested in going to ACIS 2015 (The 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems), they have extended their call for papers to 10th August. This year it is at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 30.11.–4.12.2015.

From the web

Nokia seems to be making some effort to return to the tech market. Still, the marketing message with this OZO VR camera is a bit lost with mixed tech affordances IMHO.

Interesting reading this week

I am really aiming to better understand the relations between phenomenology, embodied cognition and neuroscience. Shaun Gallagher, naturally together with Merleau-Ponty, has proved to be a helpful source for this on many levels.

Here’s an interesting article about experience, AR and VR by Fominykh et al.


Dourish, P. (2004). Where the action is: the foundations of embodied interaction. Cambridge, MA: MIT press.

Herrington, J., Reeves, T. C., & Oliver, R. (2010). A guide to authentic e-learning. London and New York: Routledge.