Hacking off-the-shelf energy monitors and wireless routers in the Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths. Photo by Jon Bird 2010.

Hacking off-the-shelf energy monitors and wireless routers in the Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths. Photo by Jon Bird 2010.

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Yvonne Rogers

Yvonne was the principal investigator on the CHANGE project when she was director of the Pervasive Interaction Lab at the Open University. Yvonne is now director of the UCL Interaction Centre at University College London. She does research in the areas of HCI, ubiquitous computing and CSCW. A particular focus is augmenting and extending everyday learning and work activities with novel technologies. This involves designing enhanced and engaging user experiences through using a diversity of technologies, including mobile, wireless, handheld and pervasive computing. She is also a visiting professor of Informatics and Information Science at Indiana University in the US. She worked for over 10 years in the interdisciplinary school of COGS at the University of Sussex and has also spent time working at Apple, Stanford University, University California San Diego, and the University of Queensland.

Jon Bird

Jon was the Research Fellow on the CHANGE project when he was based in the Pervasive Interaction Lab at the Open University. He is currently a senior research associate at the UCL Interaction Centre. The common threads between his diverse research projects are that they are: interdisciplinary; collaborative; involve the prototyping and application of leading-edge technologies; and use emprical methods to address theoretical questions. He builds electronic devices using off-the-shelf sensors and components (such as Arduino microcontrollers); develops software to control and analyse these systems; designs and conducts experiments; and then writes papers that consider the theoretical implications of these empirical studies for a range of disciplines, including HCI, the cognitive sciences, philosophy and art.

William Gaver

Bill was a co-investigator on the CHANGE project. Bill’s research concerns the design of interactive technologies for everyday life. As computation has moved beyond the workplace, we need to look beyond traditional concerns with problem-solving, efficiency, utility and usability to consider the wider range of values and motivations it might embody. As head of the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, Gaver pursues practice-based research on new roles for interactive technology. Recent work has focused on the home, exploring electronic furniture and fittings that provoke curiosity and allow exploration of new views within and outside the domestic setting.

Dan Chalmers

Dan was a co-investigator on the CHANGE project. He is a senior lecturer in the Software Systems group of the School of Informatics at the University of Sussex. His research is focused on the way knowledge of context (including resource limits, location, and other physical and social aspects of context) can be used to modify behaviour, affect data display and configuration of systems. In particular, context representation which includes a notion of uncertainty; and general issues in middleware to support pervasive computing. Before working at the University of Sussex he worked for Imperial College London (1998-2004) and Ericsson Ltd (1993-1997) (amongst other jobs).

Tom Rodden

Tom was a co-investigator on the CHANGE project. He is Professor of Interactive Systems at the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Nottingham and deputy Director of the recently supported EPSRC Horizon Digital Economy Hub. His research focuses on the development of new ubiquitous computing technologies to support user. He holds an EPSRC senior research fellow investigating the interdisciplinary foundations of ubiquitous computing. He directed the Equator IRC that brought together 8 research institutes to explore new ubiquitous computing technologies and experiences.

Khaled Bachour

Khaled was a visiting research fellow working on the CHANGE project, developing technologies that change human behaviour. He has a PhD in HCI from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is interested in studying the human aspect of pervasive and ubiquitous computing, particularly ambient displays and how they influence our behaviour in everyday situations.

Nora O' Murchú

Nora worked on the CHANGE project when she was a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include DIY technology, grassroots practices, and open-ended design methods. As a designer and researcher she is concerned with ways of encouraging users to become self aware and connected with their environment. She also works as a curator and has formed Tweak, an interactive digital art festival that focuses on the growing impact of digital technologies in the creation of art and aesthetic experience.

Vaiva Kalnikaite

Vaiva was a visiting research fellow on the CHANGE project. She studies how people use various digital technologies to interact, collaborate and manage their information and uses this understanding to design devices that better fit into the fabric of everyday life. She is particularly interested in the design of digital devices that help people manage their quotidian memories (aka lifelogging) and more recently has been researching how ambient technologies can infuse behavioural change in the wild. Vaiva is currently working on designing, building and evaluating augmented devices to support 'fast and frugal' decision making while shopping. She has also worked at MSRC, PARC, King's College London, and GE.

Stefan Kreitmayer

Stefan is a full-time PhD student at the Centre for Research in Computing at the Open University. He has been active in the Pervasive Interaction Lab with research on interactive tabletops and ambient displays to support decision making. His PhD research focuses on designing games that help users understand fundamental aspects of computer programming and motivates and prepares them for formal programming lessons. Stefan holds a degree in electroacoustic music composition from Folkwang University, Germany, where he became familiar with computer programming, signal processing and interdisciplinary work with dancers, choreographers, film makers and other composers. His recent artistic work has focused on motion graphics for live concerts.

Ashraf Khalil

Ashraf Khalil is an Assistant Professor at Abu Dhabi University with a PhD from Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. His research interests are pervasive computing, social and mobile computing, persuasive computing, human computer interaction and privacy. His visit to the Pervasive Interaction Lab during the summer of 2010 is part of a collaboration between Abu Dhabi University and the CHANGE project. Ashraf is currently working on designing a prototype for CHANGE’s Tidy Street project where he is investigating how residents of this street can collaboratively enhance their energy consumption habits to minimize the load on the national grid. He believes technology should not be confined to the work environment but should be woven into every aspect of our daily lives.