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Stephann's research features in ABC 'Future Tense' radio programme

posted Nov 4, 2015, 2:20 PM by Stephann Makri   [ updated Nov 4, 2015, 2:30 PM ]
On 20th October 2015 City University London’s Lecturer in Information Interaction, Dr Stephann Makri and his research featured in an ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio programme exploring the topic of supporting serendipity in search and discovery tools.

 Dr. Stephann Makri discussed the joys and pitfalls of designing online tools that assist users in ‘seeking serendipity’ in an episode of the technology programme Future Tense, presented by award-winning broadcaster Anthony Funnell on ABC Australia.

Alongside author and former MIT researcher Kevin Ashton, King’s College London Research Fellow Toby Burrows, and West Australian entrepreneur Brodie McCulloch, Dr Makri described the value of serendipity in information search and discovery:

 “It’s something that can take people in new directions and can surprise and delight them along the way. And I think that serendipity is actually a really positive component of User Experience”.

On the radio programme, Dr Makri examines ways search engines can ‘create opportunities’ for serendipity, taking inspiration from Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who envisages the technology giant moving from a search engine to a discovery engine.

To listen to the radio programme, click here and select either ‘listen now’ or ‘download audio.'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Future Tense - Designing for Serendipity (18-10-15).mp3
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Nov 4, 2015, 2:20 PM