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May 2016 - Users, Games and Politicks

Everyone likes playing games, but what can a game on politics teach us?

This talk will explore the similarities between designing board/card games and designing the user experience in a software application. They are alike in many ways – valuing accessibility, for instance, but diverge in others, such as the element of surprise which is sought in games but is rarely ever considered a positive feature in software applications.

Prof. Gordon Pace will talk about some game design lessons in how to create an enjoyable user experience through explaining a game, called Politicks that was launched in April 2016. After the talk, the members in the audience will be able to experience and play the game. The person behind the game design, Prof. Gordon Pace, will be talking about how the game was made in a Malta cafe Scientifique talk on the 11th of May.

Malta Café Scientifique can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Malta.Cafe.Scientifique and online: http://bit.ly/MCSCIweb. You can now view events and subscribe to our mailing list from the website.

Thanks go to Sammy's by Culinary Forward Malta, St. James Cavalier for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).

Place: St James Cavalier, Cinema Room
Date: 11th May
Time: Starts at 7.30pm (Doors open at 7.15pm).
Facebook link: http://bit.ly/MCS16Politicks

May 2016 - Biosignal my Machine

In the course of history, changes have been made as to how humans interact with machines. While we still communicate using touch-based interfaces, such as keyboards, mice and touch screens, there is a now an increasing trend of using signals in living beings which can be continually measured and monitored. In this manner, biosignals are being used as the control input.

The type of signals that can be used are brain electrical activity, muscle activity, eye movements, speech and motion and the list goes on. These human machine interfaces (HMI)systems which are biologically driven offer an alternative means of communication not only to able-bodied subjects but more importantly provides a link to people with severe disabilities such as the locked-in syndrome to the outside world.

Malta Café Scientifique invites you to come and join in the discussion with Dr Tracey Camilleri on the 4th of May at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.15pm) in the Cinema Room, at the St James Cavallier.

Malta Café Scientifique can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Malta.Cafe.Scientifique and online: http://bit.ly/MCSCIweb. You can now view events and subscribe to our mailing list from the website.

Thanks go to Sammy's by Culinary Forward Malta, St. James Cavalier for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).

Thanks to Mathias Dalli Gonzi for the poster.

Xjenza Online - Vol. 3 Issue 2 - December 2015 Out Now!

Xjenza Volume 3, Issue 2 - December 2015

Xjenza is the Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists and is published by the Chamber in electronic format. Xjenza is a peer-reviewed, open access international journal. The scope of the journal encompasses research articles, original research reports, reviews, short communications and scientific commentaries in all fields of science.

After receiving a bit of a face lift we are pleased to announce that the second issue in the New Online Series has just been published and currently available as open access. The full Journal can be downloaded here, or you may wish to access individual articles here.