I am a Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham. I hold both a PhD and a BSc in computing science from the University of Glasgow. I have also been a member of the Thrill Laboratory for a number of years.
Most of my research is interdisciplinary working with artists on creative applications of a range of technologies. A lot of my recent work has been around virtual and mixed reality – which is handy considering where I work. It’s nice to see VR making a comeback, and I’ll be keen to see whether it has staying power this time around. For my part, my research surrounds more artistic applications of it, particularly those which address more than just the aural and visual aspects. I’m interested in what all your other senses are telling you – not just the big five (taste, smell and touch), but all that other information you get: kinaesthetics, somatics, proprioception etc. I’m also interested in bending the relationship between what you sense and what is presented. Going further back into my research history, much of my work focuses on ways to make sense of sensed data, whether in collaboration with artists, scientists or social scientists. I have a particular interest in physiological sensing, so much of my work makes use of biodata, but I also focus on engineering infrastructures to handle data once we have them, and developing embedded electronics to both capture and represent those data. I consider myself to be a bit of a methodological magpie, in that I apply whatever technology/method seems appropriate for any given project.
I live in the town of Eckington near Sheffield, in a lovely old 18th century Grade II listed farmhouse with my fiancée Jennifer and my two dogs Loki the Dalmatian and Willow the Golden Retriever. I thus spend the majority of my time either fixing broken bits of the house; being dragged around on the end of a leash by seventy kilograms of energetic dog, or sitting in traffic on the M1. When not doing those things, I am something of a board game collector and evangelist – despite being all computery, I like my games to be analogue. You can have a look at my collection here if such things interest you. When I do play video games, I usually end up spending more time modding them than actually playing them. In particular I enjoy interfering with Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Games. You can find my most (in)famous work from Oblivion here.