Professional Learning Workshop on App Development Approaches

Event Name Professional Learning Workshop on App Development Approaches
Start Date 14th Sep 2018 10:00am
End Date 14th Sep 2018 4:00pm
Duration 6 hours

Professional Learning Workshop on App Development Approaches

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Venue: Room PS-EB.G.33 WSU Parramatta South Campus, Victoria Rd, Rydalmere

10am to 4pm, Friday, 14th September 2018


Mark Richards, Alba Tuninetti, Dominique Estival, Caroline Jones, Rachel Hendery, Paola Escudero, Siobhain O'Leary.

Technology has an important role to play in successful research and language teaching programs which is reflected in the increasing number of apps available. Many of these apps have features that can limit their usefulness in meeting specific needs. Developing your own app is one way to ensure that it has the functionality you are looking for. This workshop will introduce participants to app development approaches with a focus on language research (community researchers, fieldworkers, psycholinguists) and language teaching (foreign languages, Aboriginal languages, community languages & classics). The day features an invited talk from Dr Stephen Wan, Leader of the Language & Social Computing Team at CSIRO's Data61 in Sydney. A tutorial style workshop on low-tech app prototyping within the broader process of collaboration, design and usability assessment will be led by WSU's Kate Richards.

Participants who already have functional apps are invited to bring their app on a device to a Lunchtime Showcase, to demo and discuss progress and insights informally. If you have an app to show, please email - by Friday 7 September - a brief description to: Mark Richards

For teacher accreditation details contact Mark Richards

Weekend Hackathon

For participants who would like to spend more time developing their app idea into a prototype, or continuing development on an already existing app, a hackathon sponsored by WSU REDI will be held in the weekend after the workshop. Participants will be supported by volunteers experienced in prototyping and software development and will work collaboratively to make progress on an identified element of their app that can be developed or improved within the scope of a weekend.  The hackathon will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th of September, at the Collaboratory Riverside, 96 Philip Street, Parramatta (  Participants who cannot attend both the Friday workshop and the hackathon are welcome to just attend one or the other.

Please advise by 7 September for catering purposes if you plan to attend the hackathon.

Location and Accommodation:

To access the Parramatta South Campus by car, take the James Ruse Drive exit off the M4. Entry is via Victoria Road. Rydalmere station is a 10-minute walk from the campus. Buses stop right outside our campus on Victoria Road, Rydalmere (opposite Rippon Avenue). Bus routes include M52, 520, 521, 523, 524 and 525. There is also a free shuttle bus that runs to and from the Parramatta CBD (Macquarie Street). From there, it’s a two-minute walk to Parramatta station. Workshop participants from interstate should book their own accommodation. Nearby option include:

* Mantra Parramatta

* Holiday Inn Parramatta

* Parkroyal Parramatta

* Meriton Suites George Street (good for groups, otherwise expensive)

Presenters Biographies

Stephen Wan is a researcher in computational linguistics, an inter-disciplinary field that draws on both linguistics and computer science. His is interested in research that combines natural language processing, machine learning, information retrieval, and human computer interaction techniques.

With over 15 years of experience at the CSIRO, he leads a team of software engineers and researchers to build novel information management and data analysis prototypes, focusing on text data ranging from social media to scientific literature. A common element for these systems is the need to extract actionable nuggets of information that will help with a user's task or information need. His team has developed systems used by both the government and private sector for areas such as business intelligence, social media monitoring, and information systems for scientific literature.

Presentation Title: Deploying Language Technology Applications in the Wild


Deploying social media and language technology applications in the real-world is a complex endeavour. The constraints that affect such deployments are often orthogonal to and as challenging as the related research activities that might produce the technology underpinning the application. In this talk, I will describe some deployment lessons learnt at CSIRO Data61 whilst working on research projects with a strong engineering and application focus, involving language technologies such as social media text analysis, text summarisation, information extraction and text classification.

Kate Richards is the Academic Course Advisor for the Master of Creative Industries at Western Sydney University and leader of Western’s Experiential and Immersive Research Lab. Kate is an electronic artist and multimedia producer – her art works have shown at ACMI, The Performance Space at Carriageworks, Blake Prize Director’s Cut, Australian Centre for Photography, Centre for Contemporary Photography, ISEA Sydney and Helsinki, Experimenta, AGNSW and Sydney Opera House amongst others.

Kate has produced multimedia projects for a variety of clients including Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney Olympic Park, Landini Associates, Otto Cserhalmi Architects and the Museum of Sydney.

Kate will lead a tutorial style workshop on low-tech app prototyping within the broader process of collaboration, design and usability assessment.

RSVP via EventBrite by Friday, 7th September