University of Southampton/Nottingham

Our team, with members from both the University of Southampton and Nottingham, is composed of individuals who are interested in sustainability and the social challenges it implies. Our skills and interests include software and hardware prototyping, and the design and development of user interactions, which we will combine to create novel ways to promote a sustainable society through the use of social media.

University of Southampton/Nottingham
Jhim Verame, James Colley, Pedro Garcia Garcia, Jacob Kittley-Davies and Michael Jewell

Jhim Kiel Verame is a PhD student in Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. His research, funded by the ORCHID project, is in the field of Human-Agent Interaction, specifically focusing on designing user interactions with autonomous agents.

Pedro Garcia Garcia is a PhD student focusing on the field of Human-Computer Interaction. He has previously worked in developing automatic systems for houses and he collaborated in the developing of projects in the industry before his master degree. After his master degree, he worked as a teacher giving lectures in the field of automation and electronics, at the same time he was working in a construction company where he designed electrical system for houses.

James Colley is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, whose research is based in the sustainability arena. Specifically, he is interested in exploring the technological and social challenges that arise from person centric representations of energy consumption.

Jacob Kittley-Davies is an undergraduate studying Computer Science in the University of Southampton. Prior to University he worked as an electrician and appliance repair engineers and so has experience in the construction and design of electromechanical devices. In addition he has gained experience of running lab studies and 3D printing whilst an intern with the University.

Dr Michael Jewell is a research fellow in Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, whose work involves the usability of IoT devices, and how the sensor data that they collect can affect energy usage and comfort in the workplace and home.

Queen Mary University London

Based at Queen Mary University of London in the Media & Arts Technology Programme, the Cognitive Science and Theory research groups, we are brought together by a shared desire to explore new avenues for social change through technology. As a team, we have a strong background in social media analysis, physical prototyping as well as tools and technologies that support changes in behaviour and opinion. We believe with our multidisciplinary approach we can contribute innovative applications of technology to promote engaged interactions that engender the aims and scope of the Sustainable Societies Network.

Queen Mary University London
Dmitrijs Milajevs, Shauna Concannon, Pollie Barden, Sophie McDonald and Katja Knecht

Our diverse skill set comprises excellent technical (hardware and software), creative and analytical skills. Collectively we have founded creative technology organisations and start­ups, exhibited across the globe, and won awards for research and games development. We have extensive experience in delivering participatory creative technology projects for people of all ages and abilities in a range of settings from major cultural institutions to festivals, hack days and schools.

Shauna Concannon researches how interaction and dialogue can lead to shifts in perspective, and how automated computational methods can locate such instances. She was awarded best paper at the Digital Intelligence 2014 conference for her paper, which used natural language processing (NLP) methods to identify diversity seeking individuals.

Dmitrijs Milajevs is a computer scientist interested in information retrieval and NLP. His research focuses on the application of compositional distributional semantics to dialogue analysis. He has built systems for data retrieval from social media that convey how conversations evolve over time.

Pollie Barden has extensive experience in game design and in researching how game mechanics can enhance engagement. She won the mtvU Digital Incubator Award for her photo scavenger hunt game, snagu. For her PhD research she collaborates with GoodGym, who provide a framework for people to integrate brief visits to isolated older people into their exercise routines. She holds a masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

Katja Knecht’s research combines architecture, media and computing. In her PhD she is investigating individual thermal comfort in shared office environments and the creation of personal micro­atmospheres to support a sustainable workplace. She has previously been a member of the Green Efficient Buildings research group at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Sophie McDonald is co­founder of MzTEK, a women’s art and technology education initiative, and sketchPatch (a programming playground). She is connected with a wide network of makers and regularly delivers public events and workshops for such venues as the Barbican and V&A. In her PhD Sophie is exploring sustainability through enhancing engagement with nature through design in HCI.

University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen team is composed of members of the dot.rural RCUK Digital Economy Hub.

University of Aberdeen
Abdul Adeniyi, Paul Gault, Hai Nguyen, Gemma Webster and Leanne Townsend

Dr Gemma Webster is a human computer interactions researcher with a particular interest in older adults, community and assistive technologies. Her current work involves researching and developing cultural heritage repositories for local history societies using open and linked data and is investigating social media use in this context.

Dr Paul Gault is a designer focused on digital interaction; current work includes understanding people’s usage of social media to support their use of public transport.

Dr Hai Nguyen is a computer scientist working on semantic technologies and social media applications for the cultural heritage domain.

Dr Leanne Townsend is a social sciences researcher working across a variety of projects and activities exploring creative practices, digital engagement and the role of social media.

Abdul Adeniyi is a programmer who provides support to a variety of projects across different platforms and languages working with social media datasets.

Swansea University

The team from Swansea University brings together individuals from various backgrounds who have a shared passion for designing prototypes, evaluating user experience, social media, sustainability and community engagement. We hope to draw on the experience of our group members to bring new perspectives to the design space of social media to support communities.

Swansea University
Jon Hurlock, Tom Owen, Timothy Neate, Emma James, Matt Roach and Jay Doyle

Emma James is a researcher in the FIT Lab at Swansea University focusing on connecting physical and digital research spaces through novel and subtle gestures. Emma is also interested in bringing communities and businesses within South Wales closer together through online networks and multimedia platforms.

Timothy Neate is currently a PhD researcher in the FIT Lab, Department of Computer Science, Swansea University. His research, conducted in collaboration with BBC R&D, focuses on designing new technologies and improving user experiences for dual screen TV.

Tom Owen is a Senior UX Designer at Leadin UK, who are a user experience and service design agency. Tom completed his PhD at the FIT Lab, Swansea University, and focused on enabling capture and sensemaking of health related information. The work focused on engaging with individuals to understand how technology can assist with existing practices and procedures, while ensuring technology is appropriately designed for its intended context.

Jay Doyle is a business development officer at Swansea University, supporting research projects which aim to improve patient safety through the development of safer technologies. Jay is also a social entrepreneur and has established many local community initiatives aimed at effecting social change and improving the quality of societies. Jay has organised many large-scale community events such as Bae Fest, an access-to-all beach festival to promote and support sustainability and health and wellbeing initiatives.

Jon Hurlock is currently a workshop developer and deliverer working for Software Alliance Wales, providing courses on machine learning and natural language processing. Jon has recently passed his Ph.D. His work explored concepts as to what made tweets either useful or not useful to people foraging through social media data, and building a search engine that tailored its results to these concepts.

Matt Roach completed his Phd at Swansea University supported by BT in 2002. The work involved using the visual and acoustic signals and machine learning to automatically classify video clips into their semantic genre (topic). A short time after completing his research with BT, Matt then worked as a consultant in systems and software engineering, working for a wide range of organisations including MoD, London Underground LUL, Motorola, Orange, Parsons Brinkerhoff and British Standards Institution (BSI). Following his work as a consultant Matt started Blueprint IT a outsourced IT managed service provider company customers included the Ombudsman for Wales, NHS Avon Salaried Primary Dental Care and a wide variety of SMEs. Blueprint IT also branched out into web development working under the brand of MyWebEdge providing websites, web-based software and online promotion services for a very similar client base to that of the IT support. Matt currently works for the Computer Science department delivering a multi million pound outreach training project for the department, namely Software Alliance Wales.