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 data-policy.info).
An extended engagement with a community and its data
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).
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, MOMANYC, and the Beijing International Design Triennial.
Gubbin Snip can be carried while commuting. He has the ability to look around, sniff radio wave emissions from the environment, and attribute them to strangers in the vicinity.
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.
Investigations into and experiments with hardware as design materials.
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.