The third CATCH Networking Lunch was held in the Diamond on Tuesday 26th January where more than 30 academics, researchers and professional services staff networked at the event.

CATCH researches, develops, evaluates and implements new technologies to enable people to live well and age well. We bring together and coordinate the activities of over 60 academics, across 14 departments and five faculties at the University of Sheffield, including healthcare scientists, engineers, psychologists, computer scientists, architects, and social scientists.

Beside welcoming new academic members, many of our academics and researchers took advantage of our networking lunch to catch up with other members and discuss collaboration and innovation over a tempting selection of buffet food.

CATCH Networking Lunch

Following the buffet, eleven interesting 2-minute talks gave a great insight in the various research fields and also gave opportunity for members to ask questions and make new connections. The talks were as follows:

  1. Bahman Mirheidari, PhD student, Department of Computer Science Automatic Conversation Analysis of People with Dementia
  2. Amy Beeston, Researcher in the Department of Computer Science Machine listening for healthcare applications used in domestic audio environments
  3. Zahra Ommani, PhD student, CATCH Spoken Dialogue System Assisting Older People
  4. Victor Gonzalez, PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering Development of a dexterity assessment method
  5. Caroline Mitchell, Senior Clinical Lecturer, The Medical School and Brian McMillan, Clinical Research Fellow, The Medical School Using patient and public involvement to inform research aimed at reducing the risk of progression from gestational diabetes to type 2 diabetes mellitus
  6. Dave Clayton, PhD student, CATCH (THAW) Exploring loneliness amongst older people and their engagement with new technologies to alleviate it.
  7. Stuart Cunningham, Senior Lecturer, Human Communication Sciences Speech Therapy Apps for Rehabilitation
  8. Anna-Winona Struck, Biomedical Research Project Manager in R&IS The role of the Biomedical Research Project Manager
  9. Surinder Bangar, Research Associate/Impact Specialist and Peter Cudd, Senior Research Associate, both in CATCH, Older people and sight loss: improving detection of and access to support.
  10. Mark Jayes, NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, RAT User-centred design of the Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit (MCAST)
  11. Maria-Cruz Villa-Uriol, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science Supporting Clinical Decisions and Disease Self-Management

The last presentation by Simon Butler, Centre Manager for CATCH, promoted NIHR funding to the academics, based on the past successes in winning funding for the STAR and Big CACTUS projects.

We are pleased everyone enjoyed the networking lunch. Mario Munoz-Organero and Maria-Cruz Villa-Uriol said that “usually you only speak to people close to you, this event makes you more aware of what is going on out there”.

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Save the date: 14.03.2016

Please contact Laura Murray to find out more details and to register.