Opening the Lab: Creative and Cultural Industries

Opening the Lab Creative and Cultural Industries

  • 11 July 2022
  • 14:00 - 16:30
  • The Future Technology Centre, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • FREE
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A networking event on experimental research methods for research into digital piracy.

When you hear “experimental research with human participants”, what do you think? People in lab coats, trials for new medication or even some-type of electric shock therapy?

Our experiments are very different. We study how people behave in a wide variety of situations, ranging from financial markets to employee incentives, product marketing, and consumer interactions with AI, to name just a few examples. Experiments or “Randomized Control Trials” are one of the best methods to analyse questions and find the optimal solution to problems.

As part of a wider series of information and networking events, this session will highlight some of our past experimental research projects that are of interest and value to the creative and cultural industries, with a special focus on behaviours relating to digital piracy. The goal of the event is to stimulate ideas to help answer your questions or solve your problems.

Why should you participate?

This is a “no strings-attached” offering from our team, to show you what we do and discuss what your questions and needs are and whether we might be the right researchers to work with you. We can discuss your problems and maybe we can even find areas of improvement that you did not even think about.

We will briefly present some of our past and current projects on digital piracy to give examples of possible research questions in this field, including the ways in which we approached these questions and our findings. We will then have a short immersive demonstration where you can take part in an experiment relating to digital piracy – don’t worry you will just sit in form of a computer screen. Finally, we will have a Q&A session followed by a discussion and networking over a meal and drinks.

What you can get out of the event?

We hope that you will enjoy the demonstration and the refreshments, and will start to think of possible questions or problems that we might work on together. You will have the opportunity to start talking to our researchers, exchange details and start planning potential research projects.

This is a free event, but we will limit the number of participants with registrations on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you have a preferred date but this is fully booked, please contact us via email (see below) and we will try to help.


14:00 - Introduction and welcome over tea, coffee and biscuits

14:15 - Presentation of example project

14:45 - Immersive demonstration

15:15 - Discussion and networking over drinks and a finger buffet

16:30 - Close

Find out how to get here by checking our maps and directions. Parking in Portsmouth is extremely limited, we encourage you to use the train, bus, cycle routes, or the city’s Park ‘n’ Ride facility.

If you have questions about the event, please contact either or Dr. Wolfgang Luhan

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