Kate Ho, PhD Student
Social Informatics Cluster, ICCS
Room 3.46, Informatics Forum,
University of Edinburgh
10 Crichton St,
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4412
- I am currently running a small meetup of entrepreneurs; please contact me if you are interested.
My PhD research topic is on requirements engineering in e-science applications and infrastructures. My first year research proposal is available here. My broad research interests include computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), human computer interaction (HCI), usability, web 2.0, crowdsourcing and social networks.
My supervisors are Stuart Anderson and Mark Hartswood. I share an office alongside Stuart Anderson, Mark Hartswood, Massimo Felici, Conrad Hughes and Jenny Ure. I am part of the DIRC Project which is an interdiscliplinary research collaboration on dependability. DIRC's aim is to build the knowledge, tools and skills to build more dependable computer-based systems.
Previously I studied:
- MSc in Technology and Innovation Management (with Distinction) at Manchester Business School. My MSc dissertation was supervised by Debra Howcroft and it was a study exploring how people used "personal use technologies" such as PowerPoint.
- BSc(Hons) in Computer Science with Management Science at Edinburgh University. My final year project was on the Critical Chain Project Management Technique. The project was a simulation model which compared the Critical Chain method with the more common Critical Path project management method. The project was supervised by Dave Robertson.
Previous Teaching Responsibilities
I was the Teaching Assistant for the Informatics 2c module in Computer Systems and Software Engineering, Lab Demonstrator for Inf1c (Object Orientated Programming) and a mentor on the 3rd Year Systems Design Practical.
In terms of free time, I hold a number of positions in various societies/organisations. Currently:
- I'm helping to organise the Edinburgh Girl Geek Dinners (a branch of Girl Geek Dinners)
- play trombone in Lochgelly Brass Band in Fife
- play rugby for Watsonians Womens Rugby Club as a prop forward
- Occasionally, you can find me at the TechMeetup, sometimes at the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club events, and on twitter and Google Latitude as well.
Previously, I was:
- Managing Director of Innovative Consulting, University of Edinburgh (iCUE)
- President (and lots of other positions) on the Computer Science and A.I. Society (Compsoc)
- Student Representative for the BCS Human Computer Interaction Executive Board
- Secretary and Website adminstrator of the Executive Board, Scottish Womens Rugby Union
- Founder of Hoppers - the Women in IT support group at Edinburgh University
- Treasurer for the Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra
- and for a brief spell, Managing Director of Techie Team - an IT support company.
- Working on a Startup, Final Year PhD students Firbush trip, 2008
- Office 2.0 and the Implications for the Paperless Office - IDT, 26th Nov 2007
- Health 2.0: The Birth of User Generated Healthcare - to the eHealth group on 10th Oct 2007
- Interdisclipinary Tea talk
- Talk at the 2nd Year PhD students Firbush trip
- PhD rapid fire talk at the Informatics Jamboree 2005
Selected MSc Coursework
Below are just some interesting essays as part of my MSc course
- Perceptions of risk in MMR Immunisation
- Differing roles of Information Technology (IT) in Total Quality Management (TQM) and Information System (IS) based organisations: Using accountability as an explanation
- National Innovation Systems: A comparision of South Korea and Brazil (joint work with Katharina Luban)