Projects

This archive lists current and past research projects. I’ve archived some of my project websites as historical waypoints that may be of interest, or linked through to a cached version in the wonderful Wayback Machine

University of Technology Sydney, AUS (2014 — present)

I joined UTS as inaugural Director of the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) in 2014. CIC is funded by UTS as a strategic centre, so in contrast to previous academic appointments, my priority has been less on securing external funding, but on using the core funding for analytics requirements analysis, innovation and impact. However, we continue to collaborate nationally and internationally in areas strategically aligned with UTS priorities.

2018-2019 • Building ATN Institutional Capacity for Text Analytics. Chief Investigator, Australian Technology Network (ATN) Learning & Teaching Innovation Grant, AUD$100,000

2016-2018 • Scaling the Provision of Personalised Learning Support Actions to Large Student Cohorts. Partner Investigator (U. Sydney lead partner), Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, AUD$350,000

2015-present • Dispositional Learning Analytics. Chief Investigator. UTS funded.

2015-2019 • Multimodal Learning Analytics for Collocated Teamwork. Co-Investigator. UTS funded.

2015-2017 • Enabling Connected Learning via Open Source Analytics in the Wild: Learning Analytics Beyond the LMSPartner Investigator (QUT lead partner), Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, AUD$320,000

2015-2017 • Vice-Chancellor’s Learning & Teaching Innovation Grants. University of Technology Sydney: 8 x 1 year internal pilot projects with faculty, AUD$10,000/project approx.

2014-present • Academic Writing Analytics. Chief Investigator. UTS funded.

2013-2016 • Student Retention and Learning Analytics: A Snapshot of Australian Practices and a Framework for Advancement. Partner Investigator (U. South Australia lead partner), Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, AUD$248,000

The Open University, UK (1995-2014)

I joined the newly launched Knowledge Media Institute (KMI) in 1995 as a Research Fellow, and saw this grow from around 20 to 70 staff. 

2013-2016 • Election Debate Visualization: Interactive Replays of the 2015 UK General Election Prime Ministerial TV Debates. Co-Investigator. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project, £500,000

2013-2015 • CATALYST: Collective Applied Intelligence and Analytics for Social Innovation.  Co-Investigator. European Commission Framework 7 ICT Project, €2.5M

1997-2014 • Hypermedia Discourse Group (ran over most of my time at OU:KMi)

1997-2014 • Compendium Institute (supporting the international user and developer community that grew around the Compendium Argument/Dialogue/Issue Mapping tool)

2012-2014 • Educational Futures Evidence Hub. OU Lead Partner. Principal Investigator. Partners: Vital/DfE, Burdett Foundation, Birmingham City Council, Milton Keynes Council, £67,000

2011-2014 • EnquiryBlogger: Blogging about Learning Powered Enquiry-based Projects. OU Lead Partner. Co-Investigator. Paul Hamlyn Foundation and University of Bristol, £15,000 Partners: University of Bristol

2009-2014 • Evidence Hub. An experiment to develop a structured blogging platform for a community to pool evidence supporting/challenging key claims or hypotheses, and to geo-map the community’s activities.

2009-2012 • OLnet: Open Learning Network. OU Lead Partner. Co-I whole project, Lead: Collective Intelligence Work Package Hewlett Foundation, $3M. Partners: Carnegie Mellon University

2009-2014 • Cohere. A collaborative concept/argument mapping web app, to map meaningful connections between ideas, optionally annotated onto websites. A Web 2.0-flavoured descendant from ClaiMaker, developed in the EPSRC Scholarly Ontologies project (2001-04).

2008-2010 • Global Sensemaking. A community I help start to explore the potential of online tools for dialogue and deliberation on wicked problems.

2008-2009 • e-Dance. U. Bedfordshire Lead Partner. Co-Investigator whole project, Lead: Knowledge+Video Mapping. Joint EPSRC/AHRC/JISC Arts & Humanities e- Science Prog. (£337,017). Partners: Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Bedfordshire

2006-2008 • OpenLearn: Open Educational Resources. OU Lead Partner. Co-I whole project, Lead: Open Sensemaking Communities Project. Hewlett Foundation, £472,247  

2005-2007 • ECOSENSUS: Electronic/Ecological Collaborative Sensemaking Support System. Co-Investigator, Lead: Knowledge+GIS Mapping. ESRC e-Social Science Programme RES-149-25-1017, £45,663

2005-2006 • MEMETIC: Meeting Memory Technologies Informing Collaboration. Co-Investigator, Lead: Meeting Mapping. JISC, £200,656. Partners: Universities of Manchester and Southampton

2004 • Co-OPR Project: Collaborative Operations for Personnel Recovery, Co-Investigator, Lead: Knowledge Mapping. DARPA/SAIC, $350,000. Partners: University of Edinburgh

2002-2004 • CoAKTinG: Collaborative Advanced Knowledge Technologies in the Grid, OU Lead (2 year collaboration with NASA on Mars Field Trials). Co-Investigator, Lead: Knowledge Mapping. EPSRC GR/R85143/01 £517,139. Partners: Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton

2001-2004 • An Ontology-Based Environment for Managing Distributed Research Knowledge. EPSRC GR/N35885/01 £315,929. Principal Investigator.

2000-2002 • Electronic Journal of Well Engineering Project. BP, £61,000 • OU Lead Partner. Principal Investigator. Partner: BP

1999 • Next Generation Infrastructures for Scholarly PublishingEPSRC GR/M78151/01 (Visiting Research Fellowship), £1750. Partner: University of Colorado at Boulder

1998-1999 • Towards Designing Scholarly Documents for the World Wide WebBritish Council, £4,800, Co-Investigator. Partner: Université Aix-en-Provence

1997-1998 • London Mathematical Society Electronic Journals Project, £25,000, Co-Investigator.

University of York, UK (1988-1995)

I conducted my PhD in the Department of Psychology, University of York, which together with the Dept. Computer Science, formed the York Human-Computer Interaction Group. My doctoral project was sponsored by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, and Rank Xerox Cambridge EuroPARC (later Xerox Research Centre Europe, Cambridge Lab). This was followed by two postdoctoral positions.

1992-1995 • Research Associate, Dept. Psychology, University of York, UK. AMODEUS2 Project: Assaying Means of Design Expression for Users and Systems. European Union ESPRIT Basic Research Action 7040 [Final Report]

1991-1992 • Research Fellow, Dept. Psychology, University of York, UK. Design Rationale Representation for Safety Critical Systems (in partnership with Logica Cambridge).

1988-1992 • Doctoral Researcher, Dept. Psychology, University of York, UK. A Cognitive Analysis of Design Rationale Representation (Awarded Best Doctoral Dissertation 1992). Supervisors Nicholas Hammond and Allan MacLean.

University of London, UK (1987-1988)

1987-1988 • Master of Science in Ergonomics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Dissertation: Interacting Cognitive Subsystems: Cognitive Modelling of Icon Visual Search: Research Distinction, Supervisors Philip Barnard and John Long. 

University of York, UK (1984-1987)

1984-1987 • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, University of York, UK (2.i). Honours Dissertation Distinction: Signalling Modality in the User Interface via Keystroke Contingent Sounds, Supervisor Andrew Monk.

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