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  • Professor Sharon Baurley joined the RCA in January 2014 as Head of Programme, Design Products. In December 2016 she became visiting Research Professor on the Design Products programme.

    Sharon is Head of Industrial Design at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste / Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Sharon’s research is focused on advanced human-centred design methods to create user-innovation environments for the Fab City vision (locally productive/globally connected cities) in the age of the Anthropocene.

  • Biography

  • Sharon Baurley studied Textile Design at Winchester School of Art; her undergraduate work was awarded the Josef Otten Award for Technical Innovation and the Ideacomo Award for Printing and Dyeing from the Japanese Fashion Foundation.

    She then went on to do a PhD in Textile Design (developing three-dimensional textile materials for clothing through transferring processes from engineering to design) at the RCA, one item from which is in the materials collection at the Science Museum.

    After graduating in 1997 she took up a research/teaching post, and then a research fellowship funded by the AHRC (focusing on the integration of electronic textiles into clothing for social digital applications in partnership with Vodafone and HP Labs) at Central Saint Martins, as well as a visiting research fellowship at Liverpool School of Art.

    Sharon has consulted for Courtaulds Textiles, London, Gianni Versace, Milan, Marks & Spencer, London, and Unilever, UK, Design Intelligence, UK, and Mantero, Italy In 2010 she took up the position of Head of Design in the School of Engineering & Design at Brunel University London. 

    Sharon has lectured at Musashino Art University, Tokyo and Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya, Japan, the Architectural Association, London, and Kingston University.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Journal Papers Refereed 

    Lawson, G., Brown, M., Coughlan, T., Floyde, A., Baurley, S., Elliott, M., Koppe, T., Tsai, A. (2016) 'Enhancing the design process with drama-related methods.' The Design Journal

    Atkinson, D., Petreca, B., Baurley, S., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Watkins, P. (2015)  'The tactile triangle: a design research framework demonstrated through tactile comparisons of textile materials.' The Journal of Design Research

    Singh, H., Bauer, M., Chowanski, W., Baurley, S., Fry, M., Evans, J., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. (2014) ‘The brain’s resonance to pleasant touch: an EEG investigation of tactile’, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 893

    Tooze, J., Baurley, S., Smith, P., Phillips, R., Foote, E., Silve, S. (2014) 'Open Design: Contributions, Solutions, Processes and Projects', The Design Journal, 17 (4)

    Phillips, R., Baurley, S., Silve, S. (2014) 'Open design and citizen science: Workshop findings', Design Issues, 30

    Phillips, R., Lockton, D., Baurley, S., Silve, S. (2013) ‘Making instructions for others: exploring mental models through a simple exercise’, Interactions, 20 (5), 74–9

    Baurley, S. (2005) 'Clothing and Emotion', Textile Asia, Business Press, Hong Kong. ISSN: 0049 3554 

    Baurley, S. (2004) Interactive and Experiential Design in Smart Textile Products and Applications. Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer, 8 (1)


    Conference Papers Refereed

    2016

    Petreca, B., Baurley, S., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. and Tajadura-Jiménez, A. (2016) 'Investigating nuanced sensory experiences in textiles selection'. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct, 989–994. ACM.

    2014

    Coughlan, T., Brown, M., McAuley D., Baurley S., Tsai, A., Koppe, T., Elliott, M., Green, S. & Martin, J. (2014) 'Living with the User: Design Drama for Dementia Care through Responsive Scripted Experiences in the Home'. UBICOMP '14, Sep 13-17 2014, Seattle, WA, USA

    Petreca, B., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. Furniss, D., Baurley, S. (2014) 'The future of textiles Sourcing: Exploring the potential for digital tools'. 9th International Conference on Design & Emotion 2014, Bogota

    Phillips, R., Blum, J., Brown, M. & Baurley, S (2014). 'Testing a Grassroots Citizen Science Venture Using Open Design, “the Bee Lab Project”', May 2014, 1951–1956, ACM. CHI’14: Proceedings of the 32nd international conference on Human factors in computing systems

    Phillips, R. & Baurley, S. (2014) 'Exploring Open Design for the Application of Citizen Science; a Toolkit Methodology'. 8th Design Research Society conference: Design’s Big Debates. Umea, Sweden 16–19 June 2014

    Brown, M., Tsai, A., Baurley, S., Koppe, T., Lawson, G., Martin, J., Coughlan, T., Elliott, M., Arunachalam, U. (2014) 'Using Cultural Probes to Inform the Design of Assistive Technologies'. HCI International 2014, Crete

    Phillips, R., Blum, J., Brown, M. & Baurley, S. (2014) 'Testing a Grassroots Citizen Science Venture Using Open Design, “the Bee Lab Project”', May 2014, 1951–1956, ACM. CHI’14: Proceedings of the 32nd international conference on Human factors in computing systems

    2013

    Coughlan, T., Brown, M., Martindale, S., Comber, R., Ploetz, T., Leder Mackley, K., Mitchell, V., Baurley, S. (2013) 'Methods for Studying Technology in the Home'. CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 3207–3210

    Petreca, B., Bianchi-Bertouze, N., Baurley, S., Watkins, P. Atkinson, D. (2013) 'An embodiment perspective of affective touch behaviour in experiencing digital textiles'. Fifth biannual Humaine Association Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2013) Mediated Touch and Affect workshop. IEEE Computer Society

     Phillips, R., Ford, Y., Sadler, K., Silve, S., Baurley, S. (2013) 'Open design: non-professional user-designers creating products for citizen science, a case study of beekeepers', HCI International 2013, LNCS/LNAI/CCIS, Springer, June 2013

    Phillips, R., Silve, S., Baurley, S. (2013) 'The practical maker: investigating the definitions and requirements of and exploring the motivations behind bespoke making'. Crafting the Future, 10th European Academy of Design conference, University of Gothenburg, 17–19 April 2013

    Atkinson, D., Orzechowski, P., Petreca, P., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Watkins, P., Baurley, S., Padilla, S., Chantler, M. (2013) 'Tactile Perceptions of Digital Textiles: a design research approach'. Proceedings of 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY

    Meese, R., Ali, S., Thorne, E. C., Benford, S., Quinn, A., Mortier, R., Koleva, B., Pridmore, T., Baurley, S. (2013) 'From Codes to Patterns: Learning from the Iterative Development of Trackable Tableware'. Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY

    2012

    Valentine, O., Baurley, S. (2012) 'Fashioning 'Conspicuous Creation' — switching & stitching for more meaningful & enduring wearable technology', 9th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Newcastle, UK, June 2012

    Smith, P., Tooze, J., Phillips, R., Silve, S., Baurley, S. (2012) 'How open is open design? What potential is there for open design through digital technologies?' 13th Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing, Lancaster University, June 2012

    Phillips, R. Silve, S., Baurley, S. (2012)'The trust of a maker and making to trust', Future everything 2012, Future everything

    Hughes, L., Atkinson, D., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. and Baurley, S. (2012) 'Crowdsourcing emotional and tactile garment perceptions'. Workshop on Re-conceptualizing Fashion in Sustainable HCI in conjunction with DIS'12 (Designing Interactive Systems).

    Hughes, L., Atkinson, D., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. and Baurley, S. (2012) 'Crowdsourcing an emotional wardrobe', AltCHI 2012, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

    Orzechowski, P., Padilla, S., Atkinson, D., Chantler, M., Baurley. S., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Watkins, P., Petreca, B. (2012) 'Archiving and Simulation of Fabrics with Multi-Gesture Interfaces' HCI 2012 – People and Computers XXVI, 12-14 September 2012, Birmingham. British Computer Society and ACM Digital Library.

    2011

    Wu, D., Wu, T-I., Singh, H., Padilla, S., Atkinson, D., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Chantler, M. and Baurley, S. (2011) 'The affective experience of handling digital fabrics: Tactile and visual cross-modal effects'. In: D'Mello, S., Graesser, A., Schuller, B. and Martin, J-C. eds. Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction: Part 1. Berlin/Heidelberg : Springer (6974 LNCS) : 427–436

    Methven, T., Orzechowski, PM., Chantler, M., Baurley, S. and Atkinson, D. (2011) 'Comparison of crowd-sourcing vs. traditional techniques for deriving consumer terms', Digital Engagement 2011 http://de2011.computing.dundee.ac.uk

    Atkinson, D., Padilla, S., Chantler, M. and Baurley, S., (2011) 'Synthesising design methodologies for the transmission of tactile qualities in digital media', Digital Engagement 2011, http://de2011.computing.dundee.ac.uk

    Orzechowski, PM., Atkinson, D., Padilla, S., Methven, TS., Baurley, S. and Chantler, M. (2011) 'Interactivity to enhance perception: Does increased interactivity in mobile visual presentation tools facilitate more accurate rating of textile properties?', 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI '11 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 629–634

    2009

    Baurley, S. (2009) 'Synergies : design--smart materials—ubicomp. Ubiquitous Computing at a Crossroads Workshop': Art, Science, Politics and Design. Imperial College London, 6th and 7th January 2009

    2007

    Baurley, S., Brock, P., Geelhoed, E., Moore, A. (2007) 'Communication-Wear: User Feedback as Part of a Co-Design Process' (2). In Proceedings of 2nd International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design (HAID 2007), Seoul, Korea. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series (LNCS), Springer, November 2007. ISBN: 978-3-540-76701-5

    Baurley, S., Brock, P., Geelhoed, E., Moore. A. (2007) 'Communication-Wear'. In Adjunct proceedings of Ubicomp 2007 - Transitive Materials: Towards an integrated approach to material technology. 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2007), Innsbruck, Austria. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series (LNCS), Springer, September 2007. ISBN: 978-3-00-022599-4

    Baurley, S., Brock, P., Geelhoed, E., Moore, (2007) 'A. Communication-Wear: User Feedback as Part of a Co-Design Process' (1). Proceedings of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNEXPECTED: The user and the future of information and communication technologies, The Academy of National Economy, Moscow, Russian Federation. COST298, May 2007. ISBN: 5-901907-17-5

    2005

    Randell, C., Baurley, S., Brock, P. (2005) 'Sensor Sleeve: Sensing Affective Gestures'. In Workshop proceedings on Body Sensing, 9th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan, October 2005

    Dabnichki, P., Baurley, S., Stead, L. (2005) 'Emotionally-Responsive Clothing for Leisure and Exercise Activities'. Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 31 July-5 August 2005

    2004

    Randell, C., Baurley, S., Chalmers, M., Muller, H. (2004) 'Textile Tools for Wearable Computing'. Proceedings of 1st International Forum for Applied Wearable Computing (IFAWC), University of Bremen, Germany, 2004. ISSN: 0340-3718

    Baurley, S. (2004) 'Interactive And Experiential Design in Smart Textile Products and Applications'. 2AD: The Second International Conference on Appliance Design, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Bristol, UK, February 2004. The Appliance Design Network, UK. ISBN-10: 0954746007

    2003

    Baurley, S. (2003) 'Smart Textile Products & Applications.' Proceedings of Fibrous Assemblies at the Design and Engineering Interface (INTEDEC), Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, September 2003. ISBN: 0-9546162-0-0

    Baurley, S. (2003) 'Smart Textiles for Future Intelligent Consumer Products'. Proceedings of IEE Eurowearable, University of Birmingham, UK, September 2003. ISBN: 0-85296-282-7


    Book chapters

    Baurley, S. (2011) 'The Role of Design in Facilitating Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Wearable Technology'. In: Ouwerkerk, M., Westerink, Joyce H.D.M., Krans, M. (eds.) Sensing Emotions in Context: The impact of context on behavioral and physiological experience measurements.  Philips Research Book Series, Vol. 12, Springer, 181–195. ISBN: 978-90-481-3257-7

    Baurley, S., Geelhoed, G., Brock, P. and Moore, A. (2010) 'Communication wear: User feedback as part of a co-design process'. In: Gebhardt, J., Greif, H., Raycheva, L., Lobet-Maris, C. and Lasen, A. (eds.) Experiencing Broadband Society. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group (2)

    Baurley, S., Stead, L. (2007) 'The Emotional Wardrobe', in: Inns, T (ed) (2007) Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Questions and Insights, London: Gower Ashgate ISBN: 0 566 08737 5

    Geelhoed, E., Baurley, S., Reid, J., Hull, R. (2007) 'Probing Experiences: Logs, Traces, Self-report and a Sense of Wonder'. Philips Research, Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 2006, 'Probing Experiences: From academic research to commercial propositions', by Joyce H.D.M. Westerink, Martin Ouwerkerk, Thérèse J.M. Overbeek, W. Frank Pasveer, Boris de Ruyter (eds). in: (2007) Philips Research Book Series, Vol. 8, Springer, October 2007. ISBN: 978-1-4020-6592-7

    Baurley, S. (2005) 'Interaction Design in Smart Textiles Clothing', in: Tao, X. (ed) (2005)Wearable Electronics and Photonics, Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1 85573 605 5

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Research Funding

    Co-Investigator (2015–20), From Human Data to Personal Experience, EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy with Horizon/University of Nottingham

    Principal Investigator (Jan 2015–Dec 2016), Future Makespaces in Re-Distributed Manufacturing, EPSRC Re-Distributed Manufacturing (EP/M017591/1) (£500k). Partners include the RSA, The Cathedral Group.

    Principal Investigator (
    Feb 2013–March 2018) Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT-Enabled Manufacturing in Food and Packaging, EPSRC Future ICT-enabled manufacturing – cross-disciplinary research clusters (EP/K014234/1) (£2.4M from EPSRC + £1.6M from industry). The project involves Brunel University London, Horizon Digital Research Institute/University of Nottingham. Partners include Premier Foods.

    Principal Investigator (June 2013–July 2014), Stories of User Appropriation (AH/K00266X/1), Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange (commissioned) (£250,000). The project involved the School of Engineering and Design and the School of Arts, Brunel University London, and Horizon Digital Research Institute/University of Nottingham. Partners included The Alloy, IDC, i-Health.

    Principal Investigator (Jan 2012 – Dec 2013), Artefact Café, Horizon Digital Research Institute (£50,000).

    Principal Investigator (Jan 2012–Dec 2013), User Innovation Communities: Digital Tools for Cultural Production (EP/I032061/1), (£400,000), RCUK Digital Economy Programme ‘Research in the Wild’ initiative. This project involved Horizon/University of Nottingham.

    Co-Investigator (Jan 2011–Dec 2011) on Community Web2.0: creative control through hacking, Connected Communities Programme (AH/I507620/1) (£40,000). The project involved Edinburgh College of Art (Architecture), Brunel (Design) and University of Leicester (Geography).

    Oct 2009–Sept 2014, Spoke, Horizon Digital Research Institute, University of Nottingham (EP/G065802/1) (£40m, of which £187,500 was assigned to me).

    Principal Investigator (Nov 2009–Oct 2011), Digital Sensoria (EP/H007083/2), Design in the Digital Economy sandpit, RCUK Digital Economy Programme (£775,435). 

    Awards

    Josef Otten Award for Technical Innovation

    Ideacomo Award for Printing and Dyeing

Selected work

Research

Research interests

Sharon’s research is interdisciplinary, straddling design, materials’ engineering, communication, electronics and computer science. She has worked with the computer science community (Vodafone, HP Labs, Equator IRC) as part of an AHRC funded fellowship and an the EPSRC/AHRC ‘Designing for the 21st Century’ research cluster, The Emotional Wardrobe, in which she explored the interplay between fashion, identity, mobile communications and smart materials. After being invited to attend the EPSRC hosted ‘Design in the Digital Economy’ sandpit to explore interactions between design and computer science, she led the project, Digital Sensoria, to explore how methods from design, HCI and biological sciences can be combined to gain insight into people’s sensory perceptions of materials to develop interactive digital tools for co-design. This work gave rise to her current, continuing interest in open design methods coupled with methods from the biological and behavioural sciences can enhance understanding of human culture and the human condition, and lead to advanced human-centred design methods to design user-innovation environments. 

Sharon has led a number of projects, namely User Innovation Communities, funded by the Digital Economy; Artefact Café, funded by Horizon; Stories of User Appropriation, funded by the AHRC; and most recently Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT-Enabled Manufacturing in Food and Packaging, funded by the EPSRC Future ICT-enabled manufacturing initiative, and Makespaces in Re-Distributed Manufacturing funded by EPSRC Re-Distributed Manufacturing initiative.


Current and recent research

Spoke on From Human Data to Personal Experience (2015 - 2020), EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy, Horizon/University of Nottingham lead (EP/M02315X/1) (£4M). Horizon Digital Economy Institute, University of Cambridge (Computer Science), RCA (Design), Exeter University (Art Performance), University of Strathclyde (Business).



Principal Investigator (Jan 2015–Dec 2016), Future Makespaces in Re-Distributed Manufacturing, EPSRC Re-Distributed Manufacturing (EP/M017591/1) (£500k). Partners include the RSA, The Cathedral Group.

The main aim of this Network is to develop a shared multi-disciplinary vision and research agenda for the role of makespaces in re-distributed manufacturing.

A makespace is a catch-all term for an open access community fabrication workshop. It encompasses Fab Labs, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces and other facilities that can broadly be described as spaces with a suite of fabrication tools and technologies openly accessible for use by a community. The cross-disciplinary network of academic, industrial and policy experts will establish the future place, purpose and philosophy of makespaces within re-distributed manufacturing and investigate key drivers in enabling sustainable re-distributed manufacturing at a grassroots level.

Insights will be gained into the opportunities for decentralised manufacturing and product innovation in makespaces, the role of makespaces in local communities and to nearby manufacturing businesses, as part of digital networks and in national and global supply chains. This will initially involve hosting research workshops and public-facing discussions with invited experts, conducting research in towns and cities in the UK to map the current and potential interplay between makespaces and manufacturing businesses, waste management companies, education centres, suppliers and retailers. Following this work a set of feasibility studies will be run in order to trial potential opportunities and understand barriers and challenges.

These activities together will signpost the research needed to fully explore the role makespaces can play in the future in acting as vital constituent in a rich landscape of re-distributed manufacturing. The Network will publish these research challenges to the wider community.



Principal Investigator (Feb 2013–March 2018) Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT-Enabled Manufacturing in Food and Packaging, EPSRC Future ICT-enabled manufacturing – cross-disciplinary research clusters (EP/K014234/1) (£2.4M from EPSRC + £1.6M from industry). The project involves Brunel University London, Horizon Digital Research Institute/University of Nottingham. Partners include Premier Foods.

We are in an age of participation, where consumers no longer need to be on the periphery of development. Companies are increasingly finding that ideas and innovations originate from outside their organisations. 'Crowd-sourcing' is gathering pace, as companies seek to tap into the global knowledge base through their 'open innovation' strategies. Brands need to develop new relationships with Prosumers in which they may become a substantial part of the design and development process. We propose to apply this model of behaviour to explore opportunities for open innovation whereby a disparate group of individuals congregate around food and packaging design and production (two of the largest industry sectors in the UK).

The aim of this project to design and develop a new crowd-sourced food and package design and innovation platform comprised of a suite of ICT tools for state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and implementing "consumers in the loop" co-creation product development processes. The platform and the tools will enable (i) Harvesting content from the crowd and lead users, (ii) Synthesising content into an actionable format, and (iii) Integrating design and production systems.

The platform and plug-in tools comprise a virtual food product development environment that aims to de-bottleneck and streamline the food innovation pipeline by a cloud-based software platform and through the use of open innovation models to engage the consumer in the product development loop. This will significantly shorten the time to market for such new products by aligning and integrating design, manufacturing processes and systems with people.



Principal Investigator (June 2013–July 2014), Stories of User Appropriation (AH/K00266X/1), Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange (commissioned) (£250,000). The project involved the School of Engineering and Design and the School of Arts, Brunel University London, and Horizon Digital Research Institute/University of Nottingham. Partners included The Alloy, IDC, i-Health.

This commissioned project was about combining methods from drama and design to support co-design and design ideation in order to gain insight into how new products, services and systems might be appropriated by consumers in the area of community and home-based healthcare, and how these appropriations can be communicated and articulated to manufacturers of healthcare products through digital tools and platforms.



Principal Investigator (Jan 2012 – Dec 2013), Artefact Café, Horizon DigitalEconomy Institute (£50,000). 

The Artefact Café project researched the possibilities that could enable people to design and create their own products and artefacts. We examined the effectiveness of currently available digital and fabrication technologies for the potential of creating a mini-revolution in user-led open design and the ways in which products and services are designed and consumed.

We investigated the facilitation process in terms of technology, knowledge, tools and resources that would enable people to successfully conceive and produce their own designs, as well as looking at the now widely available and accessible digital media and tools, including Web 2.0, which have increased the level of engagement consumers have in determining exactly what they are consuming. 

While acknowledging that people not only readily produce content for self-expression, but also publicly share their views and ideas with others, there is now a new generation that are pro-active in what and how they produce and or consume information, products and services. In the context of product design, companies are also now recognizing the wisdom of the crowd and increasingly seek to tap into this global knowledge base, as well as local insights, through crowdsourcing and/or open sourcing strategy.

The major aim of the project was to assess the feasibility of creating locally focused Artefact Cafés that would serve as open access decentralised fabrication hubs, connected through a shared open design and knowledge platform. 



Principal Investigator (Jan 2012–Dec 2013), User Innovation Communities: Digital Tools for Cultural Production (EP/I032061/1), (£400,000), RCUK Digital Economy Programme ‘Research in the Wild’ initiative. This project involved Horizon/University of Nottingham.

This project sought to bring the creative public (including user groups and communities) to work alongside producers and manufacturers, by mindfully harvesting public contributions as cultural resources to transform traditional in-house design and reduce R&D wastage. We collaborated with Fairphone to prototype and test a set of digital tools that facilitate contribution to the cultural production of design, which informed the development of new tools.          



Co-Investigator (Jan 2011–Dec 2011) on Community Web2.0: creative control through hacking, Connected Communities Programme (AH/I507620/1) (£40,000). The project involved Edinburgh College of Art (Architecture), Brunel (Design) and University of Leicester (Geography)

This £40K feasibility study explored the extent to which parallels between virtual society (Internet) and actual society (communities) may be extended in such a way that helps make sense of both the opportunities and risks of the Big Society for communities. Specifically we explored a concept of Community Hacking, the capacity for individuals within groups to develop creative social solutions that transgress established protocols for the betterment of their lives.      



Oct 2009–Sept 2014, Spoke, Horizon, University of Nottingham’s Digital Economy Research Hub (EP/G065802/1) (£40m, of which £187,500 was assigned to me)

This five-year £40m project at the Horizon Digital Research Institute developed new ways to use the electronic ‘footprints’ we leave behind whenever we use mobile, internet and other digital technologies, and new ways to utilize digital technologies to help business and stimulate economic growth. 



Principal Investigator (Nov 2009–Oct 2011), Digital Sensoria (EP/H007083/2), Design in the Digital Economy sandpit, RCUK Digital Economy Programme (£775,435)

This two-year feasibility study arose out of the EPSRC’s Design in the Digital Economy sandpit: For the People, by the People, held in December 2008. Digital Sensoria was about gaining insight into people’s sensory perceptions of textile materials to design and build a rich multi-modal digital interface. This work was featured in the New Scientist (2820, July 2011) in the article, ‘Online clothes shopping gets the human touch’.

Research students