stuart at tropic.org.uk
Horizon Digital Economy Research
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2TU
My research is about making sense of social interaction and digital technologies, and how empirical studies of user practices with and around those technologies can inform the design of interactive systems.
Through engaging in the messy work of design, development, deployment and evaluation of novel technologies, this work intends to offer concrete and reusable insights for others.
My work has tended to focus on real-world (often 'ticketed') deployments of interactive technology in public and semi-public places settings such as museums and galleries, crowded urban locations, and artistic or performance events taking place anywhere from city streets to dedicated venues. This work has typically been highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, involving artists, sociologists, psychologists, or engineers.
A key driver for this work has been developing understanding the importance of spectatorship within these spaces, but it has also addressed more generally how we design for a variety of forms of technological engagements in public.
For further details on my research interests and work, please see my research statement page.
Visit my notes on research blog for up-to-date information on my research work.
My selected publications and a full list of publications (both with PDFs where possible) are available; I also have a Google Scholar page (bear in mind Google Scholar metrics are not necessarily very high quality) and a page on Academia.edu. You can also get hold of some technical reports (note that technical reports are not peer reviewed articles).
Designing interfaces in public settings: Understanding the Role of the Spectator in Human-Computer Interaction is a book based on my PhD work, and was published by Springer in 2011. The pages below provide further details on the particulars of the projects that I was involved in during this work:
Before the advent of my research blog I created individual webpages about projects I have been involved in. These are available below:
Finally, some assorted miscellany and detritus that might be of interest.
PI on EPSRC Early Career Fellowship "From theory to practice: putting HCI frameworks to work" (EP/K025848/1). £458,736 (80% FEC). Industry partners: Microsoft Research Cambridge, Palo Alto Research Center.
Co-I on Projection Augmented Relief Models for historical understandings in museum settings: The 1831 Nottingham Reform Bill Riots. Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Project (Archives, Assets and Audiences: new modes to engage audiences with archival content and heritage sites), AHRC funded. £14,026, 1st May 2013, 6 months duration.
Co-I on Understanding the Multi-Screen Household project. £86,286 total Horizon Hub funding, 1st Oct 2012, 12 months duration. PI Elizabeth Evans (University of Nottingham), industry partners: BT Research, BT TV Strategy, Red Bee Media, BBC, OFCOM.