Dev Raj Lamichhane
PhD Researcher in University of Central Lancashire
Department of Physical Sciences and Computing
Supervisor: Janet Read
Bachelors in Applied Computing: Glyndwr University, Wrexam
Project: Developed an android online application system app for an Educational consultancy
Masters in Computing: University of Central Lancashire
Project: Analyzing children’s behavior over creating usernames and passwords to propose a design for a password interface
The revised version of the Masters project is later published as “Investigating children’s passwords using a game-based survey” in
IDC ’17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children
When I put myself in the field of information technology, my focus was on general computing and programming which later on slightly inclined to human computer interaction and slowly to child computer interaction specifically.
My research interest in child computer interaction developed when I started doing my Masters degree. That is why my project also focused on the children behaviour over username and password creation. Now I am doing a broad research on how child computer interaction and cultural levelness can be integrated, studied and analysed and how it can be used to know each other’s lives.
About my PhD:
Research Title: Digital PenPals: Mobile interaction across cultures
Not all children in this world have the same kind of experience and access to technology (Global IT report, 2012). Children from developed countries like the UK and USA typically experience all the sophisticated technologies that are developed whereas children from developing countries, especially from the rural parts, do not.
Children from developed countries happily playing with games, tablets and laptops (Source: Google/images)
Children from developed countries play with mobile phones, tablets and video game consoles etc. and are happy with them.
Happy nepalese Children after collecting flowers from the mountain (Source: Google/images)
The children from the rural parts of those developing countries are also happy. These children play with physical things like toys made with old clothes, cars made with pieces of wood etc. These children have experiences of things like open spaces, rivers, mountains, jungles and other things, which many children in developed countries seldom have.
It is difficult, and not right, to argue that one childhood is better than the other since both result in children being happy in their own style of living. The only thing we can argue is that there are inequalities in different cultures in terms of opportunities, and that the way children grow up in different cultures is quite dissimilar.
Aim of Research: Equalize children’s interacti0n between developed and developing countries
Understanding inequalities and differences is one way to bring communities closer. Bringing this into childhood and child play is perceived to be a strong possibility for global integration and peaceful co-existence on our planet.
This PhD aims to create a chat experience that brings children from quite dissimilar locations together in an environment where each appreciates, and gets a glimpse into, the others life.
Khotang, a rural district of Nepal (Source: Google/images)
(Principal study location for PhD Research)
A digital pen pal platform (Digi-pal for kids) will be developed which will be used by children to make friends from different part of the world. Developed using iterative design, informant studies and participatory design methods, this app will include elements that both attract the children to use the technology but that also do some of the cultural translations
Technical challenges for the chatting app will include the use of language and the design for engagement across different times and places. Designing this app will generate new insights in how to design for children and develop new evaluation methods for use in developing countries.
Taking cultural probe and survey research methods, the app will be deployed over a period in order to model the interactions of the children and to examine how they change their opinions and views over time. It is expected that with the help of the Digital Pen Pal application, the children will make friends from different parts of the world. They will interact and know more about each other. This will help them to understand that they are not having a better or worse culture or lifestyle than others but just a different one. This will further help to develop empathy for each other.