I work part-time because I'm learning about real world problems in my new community group, HeatHack. HeatHack is about using our skills 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 - contact me for more information, or see the HeatHackand Science of Church websites. This work is an outcome of my 2014 Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship .

Senior Research Fellow with interests in:

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.

My research is about how groups communicate, the impact on their effectiveness, and the role technology might play to help them function better. The most gentle introduction to my work in these areas is in my paper for the Japanese Cognitive Science Society. I use a wide range of research methods and am interested in both straight research and applied work, for instance, studying health care team effectiveness or designing and testing technology prototypes. One characteristic of my work is a high level of interdisciplinarity; my role in projects almost always includes helping participants drawn from across different types of organizations and from differing academic disciplines set and achieve mutual goals. Another is pioneering methods that require new kinds of data capture and analytical tools. A third characteristic is support for research and education in the form of the open source software and open content data I have designed and, with others, produced. I am on the editorial board of Language Resources and Evaluation, and review for a wide range of conferences and journals in computational linguistics, speech, corpus linguistics, and psychology, with more modest contribution to other disciplines where methodological issues are at issue, such as medical statistics.

I currently work part-time within 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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