Both impact and academic
Throughout my work on Our MK I was focussed on maximising impact, particularly as Our MK is considered to be one of the showcases of the MK:Smart project. I was instrumental in ensuring that the research was widely disseminated both internally and externally, presenting the research at MK Geek Night, the MK Feast Food Festival, the OU parliamentary showcase and soliciting and receiving the support of both MPs for Milton Keynes behind the project. Our MK and its associated projects have appeared in at least 8 local press stories including articles in One MK and the MK Citizen.
Our MK was also listed as one of the top 5 crowdfunding initiatives in government by Idox. It is also listed as a on flagship example on Wikipedia. We were finalists in the Community Impact category for the Tech4Good awards 2017. We were nominated for the MK Business Achievement Awards and the European Digital Skills Award.
Three of the Our MK project leaders were finalists in the Women Leaders MK 2017 awards. Padma Cheriyan won the outstanding contribution award and Franzi Florack won the Emerging Leader award.
Our MK has been featured in the NESTA report "What Next For Digital Social Innovation" as an excellent example of citizen outreach within Smart Cities.
Through my work on the education part of MK:Smart, I have assisted at the Urban Scholars programme at Brunel University where we engaged with 180 year 11 and 12 students, focusing on the challenges of designing with data and running a series of app design sessions. I have also helped run a MK:Smart session at the Bytes Festival, hosted at the National Museum of Computing.
Our postcrossing paper was the focus of a blog post on the postcrossing website alongside posts at phys.org and the University of Bath news site. My research on Gamification is also featured on Wikipedia.
Images of Research is a public exhibition held in Bath, where researchers explain their work using just an image and short description, giving an insight to our wide range of research activity that makes a difference to society and produces real benefits.
Doodles by Long Distance Couples.
Many romantic relationships suffer from having to live apart. My PhD is based around trying to understand how to build communication technologies to support these distant relationships. One of these technologies is called the Magic Sock Drawer. This system allows the couple to send drawn or typed digital notes to one another which are then automatically printed at the other end. As these examples show, there was a high degree of creativity which went into the creation of these notes. The system has been used by 3 couples for a month each. These couples found that the hand crafted nature of the notes, the effort that went into their creation and the 1-to-1 nature of the system were of benefit and that the system as a whole did help to support their relationship.
Postcards connecting the world.
The recent rise of social media is often associated with a decline in the use of traditional forms of paper-based correspondence. Yet the power of technology also means that there are opportunities to faciliate the exchange of paper-based media in new and exciting ways. Our research looks at the online community Postcrossing, where memebers - known as "postcrossers" - send paper-based postcards to other random members around the world. The image above shows a postcrosser mailing his latest batch of postcards. Our research seeks to understand what it is beyond the mere act of sending a postcard that motivates participation in this community. We hope that by understanding the practices associated with Postcrossing, as well as the tangible, nostalgic, and inherently personal nature of postcard exchange, we will be able to design new communication tools that incorporate the most treasured elements of digital and non-digital correspondence.
I have reviewed a number of papers for various conferences and journals including:
I was an AC for the CHI WiP track in 2015. During the 2015 ACM conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, I was a panel member for the First International Workshop on Smart Cities. I was on the Programme Committee for Eurohaptics 2012 and British HCI 2012 and British HCI 2014.
I was a member of the Editorial Board of the ACM Student Magazine, Crossroads from 2010-2013. Crossroads at the time had a global readership of 35,000.
I have been a professional member of the ACM and SIGCHI group since 2008.