Biographies

Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Speed is Reader in Digital Spaces across the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he teaches undergraduate, masters and supervises PhD students. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how digital technology can engage with the field of architecture and human geography through a variety of established international digital art contexts including: International Symposium on Electronic Art, Biennial of Electronic Arts Perth, Ars Electronica, Consciousness Reframed, Sonic Acts, LoveBytes, We Love Technology, Sonic Arts Festival, MELT, Less Remote, and the Arts Catalyst / Leonardo symposium held alongside The International Astronautical Congress. Chris has lead and been co-academic on five KTP / TCS schemes supporting digital media knowledge transfer for companies in the UK, he is a board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on ‘The Body in the Social Sciences’ specialising in the bodies relationship with space and technology, and member of the advisory board for the Institute of Digital Art & Technology (i DAT) which is a HEFCE & Arts Council England funded ‘Centre of Expertise’ facilitating regional, national and international collaborations and cultural projects. He is also a reviewer for Leonardo Reviews, the online arm of the MIT Press publication for Arts, Sciences, and Technology.

Co Investigator: Dr. Maria Edith Burke conducts research in the area of Information Management. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford’s Business School within the Information Systems Group. Dr. Burke’s specific teaching and research interests are in information fulfilment; business intelligence and strategies, knowledge management, the knowledge economies and the way in which organisation structures and strategies are developing within the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe.   Dr. Burke has successfully secured, or been involved with, research grants from numerous bodies including TEMPUS JEP; European Commission Framework V and Telematics Networking for Micro and Small enterprises European project. Her work has led to two books; international keynotes and over 70 journals, conference papers and book chapters. In 2008 she won the Emerald Highly Commended Award for Excellence for her paper on Philosophical paradigms, was nominated for the Jason Farradane UK Information award in 2007, and earlier on in her career won the John Campbell prize awarded by the Institute of Information Scientists in 1998.

Co Investigator: Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith is Senior Research Fellow and Research Manager at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London. The main topics of his research involve developing digital techniques for communicating, collaborating and designing urban space. The emphasis is on three dimensional city visualisations and public participation by means of web-based systems utilising GIS, CAD and Virtual Worlds technologies. He has been instrumental in developing CASA into a world leading research lab in the area of visualisation and transferring research into the commercial and private sector, most notably through the recent Virtual London and MapTube projects which he manages. He is author of the Digital Urban Blog, recently voted one of the Top 5 Web 2.0 Blogs by PC Pro Magazine: http://www.digitalurban.blogspot.com/. He has published widely in learned journals (see Scaling and Allometry in the Building Geometries of Greater London, European Physical Journal B, 63, 303-318, 2008) as well as more popular forums (Urban Simulacra: From Real to Virtual Cities, Architectural Design, 75 (6), 42-47, 2005), and has been at the forefront in CASA of developing digital technologies that support design professionals working in the built environment.

Co Investigator: Dr. Angelina Karpovich is Lecturer in Multimedia Technology and Design in the School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University. She is an anthropologist and film-maker whose research concerns the social uses of media technologies, focusing particularly on the creative practices of non-professional media producers, on the impacts of media texts and technologies on society, and on social interaction in online environments. She is the author of a number of publications on the social and aesthetic dimensions of film, television, the Internet, and popular music, with a particular focus on user-generated content and audience interpretation of multimedia artefacts. She is a member of the Popular Culture Association, the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and the Association of Internet Researchers, the Associate Editor of Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media and member of the Editorial Board of Participations: The International Journal of Audience and Reception Studies.

Co Investigator (named RA): Simone O’Callaghan is a practicing artist who has exhibited in the UK, Australia, China and Canada. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining new technologies with analogue artforms. Currently she is working as an art practice-based phd researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. Her research examines graphical tagging in artworks to explore Materiality in Art Objects; Craft and Medium; Location Awareness and Telepresence;  and Physicality and Space in relation to the Artwork. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Digital Design and Lecturer in Photography/Art & Design. Simone came to academia from industry where she was a senior designer/ art director for interactive and print projects with clients such as Novell (Australia), The Australian Tourist Commission, Teletext UK, and Young Scot.

Co Investigator: Jon Rogers is the BSc Programme Director and oversees the management of the Product Design programme. He has a background in both engineering and design. He has a PhD from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in electronic engineering and then spent a number of years working at the Royal College of Art on the Interaction Design (now Design Interactions) programme. Jon is interested in embedded technologies and specifically meaningful interactions facilitated by electronics. Jon’s research is focused around understanding the relationship between digital technology and society.

Research Fellow: Dr. Kerstin Leder is a Research Fellow at the School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University. Her research background lies in audience and reception studies, with a particular focus on people’s emotional engagements with the media and the importance of life stories in qualitative research. She completed her doctoral project, a cross-national and cross-generational audience study of media-related fears, at Aberystwyth University in 2009. Dr Leder has presented her work at a number of national and international conferences, including MeCCSA, IAMHIST, EIFAC, and Transforming Audiences.  She has published both in English and German and is a member of the Editorial Board of Participations, an online journal devoted to the broad field of audience and reception studies. In addition to her role at Brunel University, Dr Leder is an Associate Lecturer on the BA in Communication, Media and Culture at Oxford Brookes University.

Research Fellow: Ralph Barthel is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London. His main research interest is in Human Computer Interaction with a focus on designing technology-enhanced Knowledge Building Environments and Media Systems. In the ToTEM project Ralph is developing a webservice for the Internet Of Things and locative media and urban interfaces for use in collaborative knowledge building activities. Before joining CASA Ralph did PhD Research at the Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham. Ralph worked for several years in the Learning Technology Industry as developer, consultant and chief technology officer where he was responsible for the delivery of many innovative learning technology projects for clients from the public and private sector. Ralph holds an engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences, Offenburg, Germany with a specialisation in Media Systems.

PhD Researcher: Duncan Shingleton is a digital artist and graduate of the Institute of Digital Art and Technology.  He is interested in the creative application of RFID technologies, and his work has been presented at various festivals including the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival and Piksel. He is currently conducting research into the implications of memory objects on architectural design as part of his PhD at the Edinburgh College of Art.

PhD Researcher: Arthi Kanchana Manohar, is a PhD researcher on Interactive product design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at University of Dundee. She holds a postgraduate degree in Architecture and digital Media from School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster London, UK. She is a qualified and experienced architect with a first degree in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. She has also practiced architecture in a multidisciplinary design firm  “Idiom design and consulting ltd,. Bangalore, India. Were she had been engaged with variety of design projects, including architecture, brand identity, exhibition spaces, retail design and product design. Her research interest includes research methodology, digital prototyping and incorporating digital media techniques in design practice. She has also co-authored a paper on Understanding the qualitative nature of places: Video Techniques and their applications in Spatial analysis research, presented at a Interdisciplinary PhD Colloquium, hosted at University of Westminster, London. The paper is about the description on how video analysis helps to investigate qualitative dimensions in built environment research.


Project Coordinator: Jane Macdonald looks after the events, marketing, administration and finance, for TOTeM. Prior to this she worked at The Lighthouse (Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design) coordinating architecture exhibitions and programming events for projects such as the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Six Cities Design Festival (nationwide celebration of design and architecture). Jane has also worked with a number of other cultural organisations such as the British Council, the Architecture Foundation, the National Trust for Scotland and the Neilston Development Trust.

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