Department of Informatics

Role

I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Informatics since 2014, working in a project about the Cognitive Science of tactile graphics. I now also work as a Teaching Fellow in CSAI.

My background is best characterised as an intersection of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognition, Technology-enhanced learning, and Modelling.

My most recent research activities aim to provide insight into the perceptive and cognitive processes related to tangible interfaces and so inform efforts to develop more effective designs. In the case of tactile graphics, novel designs may be helpful to improve the accessibility and utility of graphics for the visually impaired.

A major element of my work is the development of scientific software and other prototypes for experimentation, as well as interaction mechanisms. For instance, I am currently working with collaborators on computational models of individual hand and finger movement. I'm also involved in an multi-disciplinary collaboration that works on the development of a tactile graphics display (Grapheel).

Over a longer period, I have been working in areas related to the design of representational systems and interactive knowledge tools for complex domains; compositional modelling; computer graphics, diagrammatic representations, as well as knowledge acquisition with diagrams.

Activities

Co-founder and committee member of the University of Sussex Postdoc Network (postdocs@sussex.ac.uk).