Research + Practice

Capability and Vision Impairment

Study­ing the mutu­al sens­ing and com­bined achieve­ments of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent lev­els of vision, work­ing togeth­er. As well as deep­en­ing our under­stand­ing of capa­bil­i­ty — as it is col­lec­tive­ly accom­plished — this research is direct­ed at inform­ing a role for machine learn­ing in assis­tive tech­nol­o­gy and build­ing assis­tive sys­tems that sup­port rich­er forms of social inter­ac­tion. This work is in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cindy Ben­nett, Rebec­ca Fiebrink, Kat­ja Hof­mann, Nate Kush­man, Ewa Luger, Ceci­ly Mor­ri­son, Sebas­t­ian Nowozin, Anja Thieme, and Shi­mon White­son.



Ceci­ly Mor­ri­son, Edward Cutrell, Anu­pa­ma Dharesh­war, Kevin Doher­ty, Anja Thieme, Alex Tay­lor (2017) Imag­in­ing Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence Appli­ca­tions with Peo­ple with Visu­al Dis­abil­i­ties Using Tac­tile Ideation, Pro­ceed­ings of the 19th Inter­na­tion­al ACM SIGACCESS Con­fer­ence on Com­put­ers and Acces­si­bil­i­ty, p. 81–90, New York, NY: ACM, pdf, doi:10.1145/3132525.3132530

Alex S. Tay­lor (2017) Becom­ing More Capa­ble, Platy­pus, The CASTAC Blog, url

Anja Thieme, Cyn­thia L Ben­nett, Ceci­ly Mor­ri­son, Edward Cutrell, Alex S Tay­lor (2018) “I can do every­thing but see!” – How Peo­ple with Vision Impair­ments Nego­ti­ate their Abil­i­ties in Social Con­texts, CHI ’18, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/3173574.3173777

Cyn­thia L Ben­nett, Daniela K Ros­ner, Alex S Tay­lor (2020) The Care Work of Access, CHI ’20, p. 1–15, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/3313831.3376568

Beat­rice Vin­cen­zi, Alex S Tay­lor, Simone Stumpf (2021) Inter­de­pen­dence in Action: Peo­ple with Visu­al Impair­ments and Their Guides Co-Con­sti­tut­ing Com­mon Spaces, Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Inter­act. 5(CSCW1), New York, NY, USA: Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­put­ing Machin­ery, pdf, doi:10.1145/3449143

Ceci­ly Mor­ri­son, Edward Cutrell, Mar­tin Grayson, Anja Thieme, Alex Tay­lor, Geert Roumen, Camil­la Long­den, Sebas­t­ian Tschi­atschek, Rita Faia Mar­ques, Abi­gail Sell­en (2021) Social Sense­mak­ing with AI: Design­ing an Open-End­ed AI Expe­ri­ence with a Blind Child, Pro­ceed­ings of the 2021 CHI Con­fer­ence on Human Fac­tors in Com­put­ing Sys­tems, New York, NY, USA: Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­put­ing Machin­ery, pdf, doi:10.1145/3411764.3445290

Data, Participation and Digital Civics

A col­lec­tion of col­lab­o­ra­tive projects exam­in­ing the rela­tion­ships between data, civic life and place mak­ing. Bring­ing these projects togeth­er is a broad focus on the pro­lif­er­a­tion of data and ana­lyt­ics, and how this might enable dif­fer­ent and pos­si­bly wider forms of par­tic­i­pa­tion. Research has com­bined extend­ed par­tic­i­pa­to­ry research and design meth­ods with large-scale, deploy­ments in the ‘wild’. Results have been pre­sent­ed at the 4S annu­al meet­ing and the CHI con­fer­ence, are in press for the Jour­nal of Com­put­er Sup­port­ed Col­lab­o­ra­tive Work and Demon­stra­tions, and led to pol­i­cy engage­ments (see
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Alex S Tay­lor, Siân Lind­ley, Tim Regan, David Sweeney (2014) Data and life on the street, Big Data & Soci­ety 1(2), pdf

Alex S. Tay­lor (2015) After Inter­ac­tion, Inter­ac­tions 22(5), p. 48–53, pdf, doi:10.1145/2809888

David Sweeney, Tim Regan, Alex Tay­lor, Siân Lind­ley (2015) A Pix­el is Not a Pix­el: Sim­ple Data Chart­ing Made Phys­i­cal, Research Through Design (RTD ’15), pdf, doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1327998

Tim Regan, David Sweeney, John Helmes, Vasil­lis Vla­chokyr­i­akos, Siân Lind­ley, Alex S. Tay­lor (2015) Design­ing Engag­ing Data in Com­mu­ni­ties, CHI EA ’15, p. 271–274, New York, NY, USA: ACM, pdf, doi:10.1145/2702613.2725432

Alex S. Tay­lor, Siân Lind­ley, Tim Regan, David Sweeney, Vasilis Vla­chokyr­i­akos, Lil­lie Grainger, Jes­sa Lin­gel (2015) Data in place: Think­ing through the Rela­tions Between Data and Com­mu­ni­ty, CHI ’15, p. 2863–2872, New York, NY, USA: ACM, pdf, doi:10.1145/2702123.2702558

Clara Criv­el­laro, Alex S. Tay­lor, Vasil­lis Vla­chokyr­i­akos, Rob Comber, Bet­ti­na Nis­sen, Peter Wright (2016) Re-Mak­ing Places: HCI, ‘Com­mu­ni­ty Build­ing’ and Change, CHI ’16, p. 2958–2969, New York: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/2858036.2858332

Alex S. Tay­lor (2016) Data, (bio)sensing and (other-)worldly sto­ries from the cycle routes of Lon­don, Quan­ti­fied, p. 189–209, Cam­bridge, MA: MIT Press, pdf, doi:

Siân E. Lind­ley, Anja Thieme, Alex S. Tay­lor, Vasilis Vla­chokyr­i­akos, Tim Regan, David Sweeney (2017) Sur­fac­ing Small Worlds through Data-In-Place, Com­put­er Sup­port­ed Coop­er­a­tive Work (CSCW) 26(1), p. 135–163, pdf, doi:10.1007/s10606-017‑9263‑3

Sara Heitlinger, Lara Hous­ton, Alex Tay­lor, Ruth Cat­low (2021) Algo­rith­mic Food Jus­tice: Co-Design­ing More-than-Human Blockchain Futures for the Food Com­mons, Pro­ceed­ings of the 2021 CHI Con­fer­ence on Human Fac­tors in Com­put­ing Sys­tems, New York, NY, USA: Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­put­ing Machin­ery, pdf, doi:10.1145/3411764.3445655

Computation and Biology

Stud­ies of the bur­geon­ing research in com­pu­ta­tion­al and syn­thet­ic biol­o­gy, and build­ing tools to sup­port this new hybrid of applied sci­ence. This has been com­pli­ment­ed with research into a grass­roots DIY­Bio, as a counter point to main­stream knowl­edge mak­ing prac­tices and pro­duc­tion process­es. Results have been pre­sent­ed wide­ly at the CHI con­fer­ence and CAV, pub­lished in Com­pu­ta­tion­al Cul­ture and Nature (online), and led to a pub­licly avail­able mod­el­ling tool used by biol­o­gists (see BMA).



Stacey Kuznetsov, Alex S Tay­lor, Eric Pau­los, Carl DiS­al­vo, Tad Hirsch (2012) (DIY)biology and oppor­tu­ni­ties for HCI, DIS ’12, p. 809–810, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf

David Benque, Sam Bour­ton, Caitlin Cock­er­ton, Byron Cook, Jas­min Fish­er, Samin Ish­ti­aq, Nir Piter­man, Alex Tay­lor, Moshe Y Var­di (2012) BMA: visu­al tool for mod­el­ing and ana­lyz­ing bio­log­i­cal net­works, CAV’12, p. 686–692, Berlin, Hei­del­berg: Springer-Ver­lag, pdf, doi:10.1007/978–3‑642–31424-7_50

Alex S Tay­lor, Nir Piter­man, Samin Ish­ti­aq, Jas­min Fish­er, Byron Cook, Caitlin Cock­er­ton, Sam Bour­ton, David Benque (2013) At the inter­face of biol­o­gy and com­pu­ta­tion, CHI ’13, p. 493–502, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/2470654.2470725

Alex S Tay­lor, Jas­min Fish­er, Byron Cook, Samin Ish­ti­aq, Nir Piter­man (2014) Mod­el­ling Biol­o­gy – work­ing through (in-)stabilities and fric­tions, Com­pu­ta­tion­al Cul­ture 1(3), url

Ryan Chuang, Ben­jamin A. Hall, David Benque, Byron Cook, Samin Ish­ti­aq, Nir Piter­man, Alex S. Tay­lor, Moshe Var­di, Stef­fen Koschmieder, Berthold Gottgens, Jas­min Fish­er (2015) Drug Tar­get Opti­miza­tion in Chron­ic Myeloid Leukemia Using Inno­v­a­tive Com­pu­ta­tion­al Plat­form, Sci­en­tif­ic Reports 5, Macmil­lan Pub­lish­ers Lim­it­ed, url

Intelligence and Autonomy

Inves­ti­ga­tions into intel­li­gence and auton­o­my. This work has com­bined field stud­ies and design inter­ven­tions to ques­tion the lim­its placed on machine intel­li­gence and auton­o­my. Through design it aims to invite the pos­si­bil­i­ty of human-non­hu­man rela­tions enlarg­ing the capac­i­ties for being, not enti­ties by them­selves defined by pre­sumed lim­its. Work has been exhib­it­ed at SIGGRAPH, MOMA NYC, and the Bei­jing Inter­na­tion­al Design Tri­en­ni­al.
Audiograph from Rudiments projects



Anab Jain, Alex S Tay­lor (2008) Domes­tic Gub­bins, Design and the Elas­tic Mind (online exhibits), New York, NY: Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, url

Anab Jain, Alex S Tay­lor (2008) Life and death of ener­gy-autonomous devices, SIGGRAPH ’08: ACM SIGGRAPH 2008 art gallery, p. 70, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1400385.1400425

Alex S Tay­lor, Anab Jain, Lau­rel Swan (2009) New Com­pan­ions, Close Engage­ments with Arti­fi­cial Com­pan­ions, Yorick Wilks (ed.), p. 107–120, John Ben­jamins Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, url, doi:10.1075/nlp.8.16tay

Alex S Tay­lor (2009) Machine intel­li­gence, CHI ’09, p. 2109–2118, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1518701.1519022

John Helmes, Ken­ton O’Hara, Nico­las Vil­lar, Alex Tay­lor (2011) Meerkat and tuba: Design alter­na­tives for ran­dom­ness, sur­prise and serendip­i­ty in rem­i­nisc­ing, INTERACT’11, p. 376–391, Berlin, Hei­del­berg: Springer-Ver­lag, pdf, doi:10.1007/978–3‑642–23771-3_28

John Helmes, Alex S Tay­lor, Xiang Cao, Kristi­na Höök, Peter Schmitt, Nico­las Vil­lar (2011) Rudi­ments 1, 2 & 3: design spec­u­la­tions on auton­o­my, TEI ’11, p. 145–152, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1935701.1935730

Ari Schlesinger, Ken­ton P O’Hara, Alex S Tay­lor (2018) Let’s Talk about Race: Iden­ti­ty, Chat­bots, and AI, CHI ’18, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/3173574.3173889

Home Life

Stud­ies of home and fam­i­ly life, with empha­sis on the rela­tions between social organ­i­sa­tion and the use of mun­dane arte­facts includ­ing lists, pho­tographs, fridge doors, and clut­ter. Long term field­work has been run along­side design and deploy­ment of pro­to­types and spec­u­la­tive tech­nolo­gies, aim­ing to raise fur­ther ques­tions about life at home.



Lau­rel Swan, Alex S Tay­lor (2005) Notes on fridge sur­faces, CHI EA ’05, p. 1813–1816, New York, NY: ACM Press, doi:

Abi­gail Sell­en, Richard Harp­er, Rachel Eard­ley, Shahram Iza­di, Tim Regan, Alex S Tay­lor, Ken R Wood (2006) Home­Note: sup­port­ing sit­u­at­ed mes­sag­ing in the home, CSCW ’06, p. 383–392, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1180875.1180933

Bar­ry Brown, Alex S Tay­lor, Shahram Iza­di, Abi­gail Sell­en, Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, Rachel Eard­ley (2007) Locat­ing fam­i­ly val­ues: A field tri­al of the where­abouts clock, Ubi­Comp ’07, p. 354–371, Berlin, Hei­del­berg: Springer-Ver­lag, pdf, doi:10.1007/978–3‑540–74853-3_21

Susan P Wyche, Alex Tay­lor, Joseph Kaye (2007) Pot­ter­ing: a design-ori­ent­ed inves­ti­ga­tion, CHI EA ’07, p. 1893–1898, New York, NY: ACM Press, url

Anab Jain, Alex S Tay­lor (2008) Domes­tic Gub­bins, Design and the Elas­tic Mind (online exhibits), New York, NY: Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, url

Lau­rel Swan, Alex S Tay­lor, Richard Harp­er (2008) Mak­ing place for clut­ter and oth­er ideas of home, ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Inter­act. 15(2), p. 1–24, pdf, doi:10.1145/1375761.1375764

Alex S Tay­lor, Susan P Wyche, Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye (2008) Pot­ter­ing by design, NordiCHI ’08, p. 363–372, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1463160.1463200

Siân E Lind­ley, Abi­gail Dur­rant, David Kirk, Alex S Tay­lor (2009) Edi­to­r­i­al: Col­lo­cat­ed social prac­tices sur­round­ing pho­tos, Int. J. Hum.-Comput. Stud. 67(12), p. 995‑1004, url, doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2009.08.004

Abi­gail Dur­rant, Alex S Tay­lor, David Frohlich, Abi­gail Sell­en, David Uzzell (2009) Pho­to dis­plays and inter­gen­er­a­tional rela­tion­ships in the fam­i­ly home, BCS-HCI ’09, p. 10–19, Swin­don, UK: British Com­put­er Soci­ety, pdf

Siân E Lind­ley, Richard Banks, Richard Harp­er, Anab Jain, Tim Regan, Abi­gail Sell­en, Alex S Tay­lor (2009) Resilience in the face of inno­va­tion: House­hold tri­als with Bub­ble­Board, Int. J. Hum.-Comput. Stud. 67(2), p. 154–164, pdf, doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2008.07.008

Material Investigations

Inves­ti­ga­tions into and exper­i­ments with hard­ware as design materials.



Anab Jain, Alex S Tay­lor (2008) Objects Incog­ni­to: RFID and Body Read­ers, Design and the Elas­tic Mind (online exhibits), New York, NY: Muse­um of Mod­ern Art

Anab Jain, Nico­lai Mar­quardt, Alex S Tay­lor (2008) Near-Future RFID, Arti­facts Ses­sion, EPIC ’08, p. 352–353, Copen­hagen, Den­mark: Amer­i­can Anthro­po­log­i­cal Assoc., pdf

Susanne Seitinger, Daniel M Taub, Alex S Tay­lor (2010) Light bod­ies: explor­ing inter­ac­tions with respon­sive lights, TEI ’10, p. 113–120, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1709886.1709908

Nico­lai Mar­quardt, Alex S Tay­lor, Nico­las Vil­lar, Saul Green­berg (2010) Rethink­ing RFID: aware­ness and con­trol for inter­ac­tion with RFID sys­tems, CHI ’10, p. 2307–2316, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/1753326.1753674

Nico­lai Mar­quardt, Alex Tay­lor, Saul Green­berg (2010) Vis­i­ble and con­trol­lable RFID tags, CHI EA ’10, p. 3057–3062, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf

Petra Sund­ström, Alex S Tay­lor, Ken­ton O’Hara (2011) Sketch­ing in soft­ware and hard­ware Blue­tooth as a design mate­r­i­al, Mobile­HCI ’11, p. 405–414, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/2037373.2037434

Scott David­off, Nico­las Vil­lar, Alex S Tay­lor, Shahram Iza­di (2011) Mechan­i­cal hijack­ing: how robots can accel­er­ate Ubi­Comp deploy­ments, Ubi­Comp ’11, p. 267–270, New York, NY: ACM Press, pdf, doi:10.1145/2030112.2030148

Project Tokyo is work­ing with peo­ple who are blind and par­tial­ly sight­ed to cre­ate a deeply per­son­al agent. Using AI and com­put­er vision, the agent will allow peo­ple to build up and tune an under­stand­ing of their sur­round­ings by query­ing the social, phys­i­cal and tex­tu­al envi­ron­ment. Under­pin­ning the project is an ambi­tious research agen­da in devel­op­ing state of the art machine learn­ing and inter­ac­tion tech­niques that allow users to more read­i­ly adapt their sys­tem to their needs.
A year-long project inves­ti­gat­ing data and it rela­tions with a street and its com­mu­ni­ty. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Siân Lind­ley, Tim Regan, David Sweeney, Anja Thieme, Vasilis Vla­chokyr­i­akos, Lil­lie Grainger, Jes­sa Lin­gel, and res­i­dents of Teni­son Road.
Extend­ed engage­ment with stake­hold­ers liv­ing and work­ing on an estate in South East Lon­don. Look­ing to under­stand the mul­ti­ple ways peo­ple ori­en­tate to com­mu­ni­ty and how walk­ing and talk­ing might help with sur­fac­ing the pro­duc­tive dif­fer­ences. Research led by Clara Criv­el­laro of Open Lab, New­cas­tle University.
Bio Mod­el Ana­lyz­er is a new bio­log­i­cal mod­el­ling tool that illus­trates sig­nalling path­ways and deter­mines cel­lu­lar sta­bi­liza­tion. The tool rep­re­sents a merg­ing of per­spec­tives from sys­tems biol­o­gy, for­mal meth­ods, human com­put­er inter­ac­tion and design. See BMA and this page for an overview and video.
Design spec­u­la­tions on machine auton­o­my and every­day life. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with John Helmes, Xiang Cao, Kristi­na Höök, Peter Schmitt, and Nic Villar.
Exper­i­ment­ing with the rela­tions between ener­gy and auton­o­my. For two videos see here and here. A col­lab­o­ra­tion with Anab Jain.
Design spec­u­la­tions on live­ly objects in the home. A col­lab­o­ra­tion with Anab Jain.
Design and deploy­ment of sit­u­at­ed mes­sag­ing device for the home.
Design and deploy­ment of coarse-graned loca­tion­ing ‘clock’ in fam­i­ly homes. Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bar­ry Brown, Shahram Iza­di, Abi­gail Sell­en and Jofish Kaye.
Phys­i­cal exper­i­ments with RFID. Col­lab­o­ra­tions with Anab Jain and Nic Mar­quardt.
Exper­i­ments with Blue­tooth. Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Petra Sundstrom.