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Sensemaking: From crime scenes to incident response. What is sense and how is it made?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Dr. Chris Baber
University of Birmingham
This talk considers the ways in which our interactions with our environment, our data and each other create opportunities for sensemaking. The talk will present some of my team's work on crime scene examination and incident response. I will develop and compare two notions of sensemaking that we call semantic and pragmatic and look at ways in which these notions complement and challenge each other in the ways that people respond to complex, uncertain situations.
Speaker Bio

Chris Baber graduated from Keele University in 1987, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Psychology and English, and then went on to join the Applied Psychology Unit at Aston University to read for his PhD. This research, sponsored by CEGB, explored the application of speech technology to Power Station control and combined studies of Human-Computer Interaction with developing speech technology. This led to subsequent projects with DERA (on multimodal speech interaction) and to work on on-body computing. He joined The University of Birmingham in 1990 to lecture on the MSc Work Design and Ergonomics programme, before moving to the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2001. Chris’ work has been funded through EPSRC, the European Union and the Ministry of Defence, as well as several UK Companies.

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