Senior Lecturer in Creative Interactive System Design
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Management at Cass Business School. I am a founding member of the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice, and Course Director for the interdisciplinary Masters in Innovation Creativity and Leadership. From 2011 – 2015 I was a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City University, and from 2006 - 2011, I held an RCUK Research Fellowship in creativity applied to design and engineering, with a particular focus on the design of interactive systems.
My current interests include the use of new and emerging technologies to support creative processes, as well as the application of creative requirements and design techniques in both small and large-scale software and service development projects. I have been a principal/co-investigator on 10 AHRC-, JISC- EU- and bilaterally funded research projects worth nearly £10million, nearly £1million of which has come to City. I have published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and conference proceedings, supervised 9 PhD students, taught a wide range of different courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and consulted for a number of major organisations.
OnSola: Principal investigator, funded by InnovateUK to work with Stickyworld on delivering online support for the soft landings process, assisting the construction industry and its clients deliver better buildings; total funding £146,275, value to City University London £10,000, 2015.
DSTLR: Principal investigator, funded by InnovateUK to work with the Meme Partnership on facilitating creative search; value to City University London £4,165, 2015.
Neighbourhood Stickers: Principal investigator, funded by the Nominet Trust to work with Stickyworld on exploring digital ways to engage young people in planning; value to City University London £9,000, 2014.
Digital Shoreditch Deep Insight – understanding for growth: Principal investigator, funded by AHRC, via Creativeworks London to work with Digital Shoreditch on developing links between the Digital Shoreditch Festival and the local Tech City community, total funding £14,991, value to City University London £9,991, 2013.
Arcola Local: Co-investigator, funded by AHRC, via Creativeworks London to work with Arcola Theatre on developing digital approaches to engagement with the local community, total funding £15,000, value to City University London £10,000, 2013.
Converging Conversations: Principal investigator, funded by InnovateUK to work with Stickyworld on developing a communications tool to support concept development at the earliest stages of creative projects; total funding £53,352, value to City University London £9,500, 2013.
Visualising the Smart Home - Creative Engagement with Customer Data: Co-investigator, with Dr Veselin Rakocevic, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, City University London, and Dr Milan Prodanivic, IMDEA Energy Institute, funded by the e.on international research initiative, value to City University London £187,325, 2012
MIRROR - Reflective Learning at Work: Co-investigator, with Prof Neil Maiden, Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City University London, EU Framework VII Integrated Project, total funding € 6,450,000, value to City University London €529,932, 2010 – 2014
Information Spaces for Collaborative Creativity: Principal investigator, JISC-funded project with Middlesex University Interaction Design Centre and Product Design Department, total funding £199,983, value to City University London £64,600, 2008 - 2010
Information Technology and its Use in the Context of Museums and Art Galleries: Co-investigator, with Dr Juliet Steyn, Department of Cultural Policy and Management, LCACE-funded workshop, City University London, £5,000, 2009
Networking Devices to Support a Process of Collaborative Creativity: Co-investigator, with Dr Veselin Rakocevic, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, City University London internal pump-priming fund, City University London, £5,000, 2009
My current research focuses on the development, use and evaluation of computational tools and technologies that can support and augment human creative and innovation processes in a range of different contexts. Areas of particular interest include the two way relationship between information visualisations and the creative process (both using deliberate creativity techniques in the design of information visualisations, and using information visualisations to support the generation of creative ideas for innovative new products); the development and use of search engines for and by creative professionals; the opportunities offered by mobile co-design for smart city innovation; and the use of embodied interaction to leverage affect in creative processes such as idea generation.
Following the remit of my RCUK fellowship (2006 – 2011), and, building on that, the establishment of the interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City (2008), my research has frequently incorporated work with colleagues from other disciplines including product design, electrical and electronic engineering, and psychology.
Since its inception in autumn 2010, I have been course director for the unique, interdisciplinary Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (MICL). This course was run from 2010 – 2015 through the Interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University, and moved in the year 2015-16 to the Cass Business School, to become a full part of the Cass Masters programme by September 2016.
Since 2008, I have been developing innovative methods for teaching in relation to creativity and the design of interactive systems. From 2008-10, I received a grant of £64K from JISC to investigate the use of blended physical and digital spaces in the teaching of creative design, and in 2010, a further £3K from City University to develop and disseminate the findings from this project across the University.
Prior to that, I have lead and taught for modules on Requirements Engineering, User Interface Design, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Knowledge Engineering, Formal Notations and Models, and System Design and Development.
I have also supervised numerous projects at both Masters and undergraduate levels on themes relating to innovation, creativity and leadership as well as human-centred systems, business systems analysis and design, information systems, software engineering, computer science, cognitive science, software systems for the arts and media and combined studies degrees.
Course director for the unique, interdisciplinary Masters in Innovation Creativity and Leadership
INM403 Technologies for Creativity and Innovation, for the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (2011 - present)
INM391 Creativity in Design, for the Masters in Human-Centred Systems (2009 - present)
INM411 Research Methods and Individual Project, for the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (2012 - present)