I am the scientific director of HeatHack, a community group that I have set up to understand how to improve thermal comfort and energy efficiency in community spaces. In Edinburgh that usually means difficult buildings - churches, ex-churches, and church halls. Science of Church is an emerging research network with connections and opportunities in Engineering, Informatics, Architecture, Theology,and Business Management, among others (including my own). We take students and community members looking for projects; please ask.

This initiative is an outcome of my 2014 Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship. The end goal is to increase Edinburgh's resilience by helping community building managers understand and plan for improvements.

Senior Research Manager with research interests in:

This is a hybrid role that is neither fully administration nor fully research. I have 20+ years experience of university-based research at the cross-section of technology, psychology, and human communication. I engage in some straight academic research in the component fields, but more often work in, scope, and manage interdisciplinary projects with a mix of scientific or practical aims, with applications including health care and business management. In support of some of this work, I have also been actively involved in the design and creation of open source software and open content annotations of dialogues and meetings. Although these skills are not traditionally valued in academia, I see facilitation of strategy formation for research teams, project management, and the provision of tool and data support as the most important parts of my role.

I am sometimes mistaken for Joan Carletta - if you're interested in VLSI or fast signal processing, try her. If you're looking for my open source software or open content data sets, try the software and data page.

I am currently working part-time on the research strategy and business plan for ITEE, a proposed joint Centre of Excellence that partners the University of Edinburgh with the University of Tartu and the Tallinn Institute of Technology. I am also helping the School of Engineering form a strategy for engaging with the need to increase urban resilience in Scotland.

My most recent past project was ROCKIT, a European support action that is looking at how to improve the connection between research and innovation for Conversational Interaction Technology. My previous project was InEvent, research that explored new ways of browsing and searching archives of recorded meetings and lectures.

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