#PetrosainsAfterHours: The Disappearing Computer


The emergence of wearable and tangible computing, embedded electronics and the Internet of Things has contributed in the efforts to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world. The latter is no longer seen as something separate from the physical world, but something that is embodied and connected to our everyday physical selves. People-centred design is needed in all sectors – widespread adoption of IoT technologies rely on increasing the acceptance and fit of these technologies into people’s lives.

Decorative patterns are an ever-present feature of our everyday world. Dr Marina Ng will draw on recent experiences of making decorative patterns interactive so that all manner of everyday things can be adorned with digital media and services. Pointing a camera at a thing (or indeed pointing a thing at a camera) will enable people to learn about its story - what it is, how it was made, how to use it, to access personal memories, review their history of use, or trigger other contextually relevant services. We will consider questions such as: How might we interleave physical and digital interactions? How will designers benefit from digital techniques that enable them to paint, glaze, emboss, embroider and weave digital media onto physical things?


6.35-6.45pm - Introduction

6.45-7.10pm - Re-imagining the Computer - A Design Thinking Exercise

7.10-7.30pm - An Overview of Mixed Reality Lab Projects

7.30-7.45pm - Break

7.45-8.00pm - Demo

8.00-8.30pm - Intro to Artcodes

8.30-9.00pm - Designing Artcodes

For youths and adults, 16 years old and above ONLY.

Once received your confirmation of attendance, please make an effort to show up.

Refreshments and materials will be provided.

This session is a collaboration between The University of Nottingham and PETROSAINS.


Dr Marina Ng is a computer scientist and educator from the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham. She has extensive experience developing novel interactive technologies using design thinking – merging physical and digital interactions to explore new ways of living, learning and playing. Her interactive work has been featured in Science Museum London and Nottingham Castle Museum UK, among other places. She has published in top Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) conferences and journals on mobile and tangible computing, Internet of Things and user experience design (UX).

She is a past recipient of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship. She graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from University of Nottingham, UK. She leads the Children’s Library Puchong Playgroup volunteer team and is the founder of a new maker education initiative – the ArtScience Play to foster creative thinking and innovation in kids.

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Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is a gateway to inspire the learning of STEM and ignite the passion for life long knowledge attainment in society. Established by PETRONAS, Petrosains has reached millions across the nation, giving back to the community in the informal learning of science and helping to produce scientifically literate citizens and critical thinkers in the nation.

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The University of Nottingham is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world and the top 1% of Universities internationally by the latest (2016) QS World University Rankings. In UK league tables, the University has maintained its position in the top 30 UK Universities for 2016/17. The University has 3 international campuses in Nottingham UK, Ningbo China and Semenyih, Malaysia.

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Thu Jan 12, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM MYT
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