UK Digital Economy Crucible Alumni

Meet the future Digital Economy leaders.

UK Digital Economy Crucible 2016

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Adam Williams
Swansea University
A.Williams@swansea.ac.uk
Having obtained a first class BSc and PhD in experimental physics from Swansea University, I currently hold a research assistant post within the centre for nanohealth (CNH). My expertise includes: topological and chemical characterisation, complex data analysis, software engineering and fabrication of microelectromechanical devices (MEMS). My research interests include the fabrication of silicon nanowire biosensors for human disease detection and microfluidic platforms for human blood diagnosis. At CNH we implement silicon processing technology to allow a feasible transition from small scale laboratory testing to large scale manufacture; our ultimate aim is to produce point-of-care medical devices which are clinically relevant and user friendly.

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Ahmed Kharrufa
Newcastle University
ahmed.kharrufa@newcastle.ac.uk
I am a senior research associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University and director of Reflective Thinking (educational technology company). My research on educational technology is in two strands: looking at the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of processes and tools to enhance learning and teaching; and exploring the notion of commissioning in education through developing platforms that enable the creation of partnerships between schools and their communities with the goal of engaging communities in the teaching/learning process. I am also interested in interaction design and interactive surfaces looking at the use of wearable sensors to enhance pen and touch interactions

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Eddy Borges-Rey
University of Stirling
eddy.borges-rey@stir.ac.uk
I am a lecturer in journalism studies with 5 years’ post-doctoral experience. My research interests broadly focus on the relationship between digital technologies, power and the media. In particular, I have examined practices such as data journalism, mobile journalism and photojournalism to look at the tensions arising between discourses of innovation and actor-actant power struggles. In this vein, I have focused on areas such as open data, data literacy, big data and AI, mobile TV, and online popular music. I am a former broadcast journalist and media producer with more than 15 years of professional experience.

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Elvira Perez Vallejos
University of Nottingham
elvira.perez@nottingham.ac.uk
Elvira Perez Vallejos is a Senior Research Fellow at Horizon Institute for Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham (School of Computer Science). She is a member of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and director of a youth-led research group at Social Futures (IMH). Her research background is broad and heterogeneous including speech perception, language production (i.e., psychoacoustics and psycholinguistics) and applied linguistic research on online communication and mental health. She is currently developing a Welcome Trust research application on the ethical challenges surrounding access to online data derived from youth mental health communication.

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Emma Slade
Swansea University
E.L.Slade@Swansea.ac.uk
Dr Emma Slade has a PhD and MSc in Business Management, and a BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Social Policy. Her PhD research examined adoption of remote and proximity mobile payments by UK consumers. She is now working on a variety of research topics, including trustworthiness of e-government, innovation through big open linked data (BOLD), engagement with political parties on social media, and green IT/IS. Emma has published articles in a number of highly regarded journals including Computers and Human Behaviour, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Strategic Marketing, and Journal of Computer Information systems.

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Eugene Miakinkov
Swansea University
J.Miakinkov@Swansea.ac.uk
Originally from Canada, Eugene completed his PhD in History at the University of Alberta where his training consisted of a number of quite diverse specialities - Russian history, diplomacy, and war and society. Eugene started as a lecturer in war and society at Swansea University in September 2014 and was recently awarded as ESRC studentship to promote graduate study of contemporary Russia. His current research examines the militarization of Russian society and culture under President Putin. Specifically, he is interested in the consequences of this process for Russian politics, Russian foreign policy, and the international community. Eugene is keen to utilize digital technologies and communicate his academic research to a public audience.

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Grant Gibson
University of Stirling
grant.gibson@stir.ac.uk
Grant has been an academic researcher in the fields of dementia care and chronic illnesses in old age for over 12 years.  Over this time Grant has worked on projects evaluating satisfaction with memory services among people with dementia and their careers, the design and implementation of assistive technology for people with dementia, and provision of health and social care services for people with dementia and their careers in primary care.  Grant also has experience of carrying out research with people with Parkinson's disease, having worked on a large multi-site study exploring prevalence of mood disorders in people with PD.  Grant also holds a PhD from Liverpool University exploring men's experiences of living with PD. 

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Jamie Woodcock
City University London
Jamie.Woodcock@city.ac.uk
Dr Jamie Woodcock completed his PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has held positions at Goldsmiths, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Queen Mary, and Cass Business School. His previous post-doctorate research was part of the VOLCROWE project investigating the management of citizen science and the motivation of users on the Zooniverse platform. As part of the Digital Creativity Labs, Jamie’s research focuses on alternative business models in the digital economy, the transformation of work, and eSports in the UK. Research interests include: digital labour, technology, management, critical theory, and the sociology of work.

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Jing Wu
Cardiff University
WuJ11@cardiff.ac.uk
I obtained my PhD from the University of York in 2010, and since then have been working as a research associate in the School of Computer Science & Informatics in Cardiff University. My research interests lie in the areas of 3D reconstruction and face recognition, with current particular interests in machine learning approaches to shape from shading. I am currently working on an EPSRC project – realistic shape from shading, which aims to develop an interactive shape from shading platform to overcome ambiguities in the shape from shading problem, and to achieve accurate shape recovery from sophisticated real-world image.

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Jonathan Jones
Swansea University
csjj@swansea.ac.uk
I originally studied Biomedical Science as an undergraduate in Aberdeen University, before shifting focus and doing a Masters in Computer Science in Swansea, followed by a PhD. My PhD focused on Image Segmentation and Machine learning. I am now working on a project with the DVLA in Swansea University using machine learning and data mining techniques on their vehicle database. I am a qualified teacher, and I teach a foundation year class in the International College here in Swansea.

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Kyle Montague
Newcastle University
Kyle.Montague@newcastle.ac.uk
I am a Research Associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University. I am currently investigating the use of digital technologies to provide access to health information for people living in rural and constrained environments. My expertise and interests include human-computer interaction, accessibility, wearable and mobile interfaces, and the design, development and evaluation of novel interaction techniques for people with disabilities. The underpinning goal of all my work has been to create useful and usable technologies that improve people's access to information, products, and services within context of real-world challenges.

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Lella Nouri- Bennett
Swansea University
L.M.Nouri-Bennett@Swansea.ac.uk
Lella Nouri-Bennett is a Lecturer in the College of Law & Criminology at Swansea University. She is also a member of Swansea University’s multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism Research Project which has recently undertaken a number of activities including: hosting three international symposia, publishing two edited collections and producing four policy reports (www.cyberterrorism-project.org). Lella is passionate about furthering her research into radicalisation and counter-radicalisation practices. She is also engaged in research on terrorists’ uses of the internet as well as UK and US counter-terrorism strategies.

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Mark Johnson
University of York
mark.johnson@york.ac.uk
I'm currently a postdoc at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York. I come from a Science & Technology Studies background and I'm currently a postdoc at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York. My work is focused on eSports and professional gaming, but I'm also interested in other topics in games and digital media such as in-game economies, real-money gameplay, gaming subcultures, and subversive practices like cheating and modding. Outside academia I'm an independent game developer, a leading figure in the global roguelike community, the co-host of a popular gaming podcast, a retired professional gamer, and I hold the world record high scores in a couple of arcade games.

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Murray Goulden
University of Nottingham
Murray.Goulden@nottingham.ac.uk
Murray Goulden is a Research Fellow at the Horizon Institute, University of Nottingham. His interests lie in the ethnographic study of the role of technologies in creating, maintaining, and reconfiguring social and organisational practices, particularly in the fields of energy and ICT. His work draws on sociology, STS and HCI to inform the design of both policy and technical systems.

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Paolo Simonetto
Swansea University
paolo.simonetto@gmail.com
I am a computer scientist that works in the field of information visualization, with particular focus on clustered graph visualization and the generation of diagrams. I conducted my PhD studies at Bordeaux University, where I mostly worked on the generation of Euler Diagrams. I then moved to the University of Arizona for a couple of years of post-doctoral research, where I investigated the drawing of clustered graphs using the map metaphor. Now, in Swansea University, we will take clustered graphs to the time dimension, designing visualisation for dynamic clustered graphs.

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Pey Fen Eng (Connie)
Swansea University
P.F.Eng@Swansea.ac.uk
I obtained my PhD in College of Engineering, Swansea University in 2009. I started my post-doctoral research in Swansea University since 2010. I was involved in inter-disciplinary research in using micro-nano fabrication, printing and coating technologies using clean room facilities in Centre for NanoHealth Swansea University. I am expert in microelectronics, microelectromechanical (MEMS), microfluidics, biosensor and solar device manufacturing. I am co-researcher investigator of £2.2millions projects from EPSRC, Innovate UK and Welsh Government. Currently, I am developing hollow silicon microneedle products for health care applications. I am director of BioMEMS Technologies Ltd, a Swansea University spin out company which will commercialize BIOMEMS products.

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Priyanka Chaurasia
Ulster University
p.chaurasia@ulster.ac.uk
Dr Priyanka Chaurasia is a Research Associate in Computer Science within the Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Competence Centre. Priyanka received a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology from HBTI Kanpur, India in 2006 and PhD in Computing and Information Engineering from the University of Ulster, in 2013. Prior to her PhD she was with IBM India Software Labs for three years as Staff Software Engineer. She has various disclosers that have been granted by US Patent and Trademark Office, and is receiver of IBM Invention Achievement Award. Her research interest broadly belongs in Artificial intelligence, Smart Home Environments, Assistive Living, Biometrics, Signature Identification and Pattern Recognition.

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Rob Wortham
Ulster University
p.chaurasia@ulster.ac.uk

Founder and CFO of RWA Ltd, a major international supplier of systems to the leisure travel industry. Proven leader in the analysis, design and delivery of complex systems. Wide technology experience including electronics, chip design, systems and applications programming in many languages and environments.

Currently undertaking a Computer Science PhD at the University of Bath researching autonomous robotics, with a focus on domestic applications and ethical considerations. What models do humans form when interacting with AI systems, and how do we make the behaviour of these systems more understandable? I am interested in real world AI for real world problems.


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Róisín McNaney
Newcastle University
r.mcnaney@newcastle.ac.uk
Róisín McNaney is a postdoctoral researcher in digital health and social care with the Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC) at Open Lab, Newcastle University. Her research interests focus on the role that digital technologies might play in supporting self-monitoring and management practices in people with Parkinson’s specifically, and chronic health conditions more generally. She comes from a clinical background in Speech and Language therapy and has experience working in both clinical and Human Computer Interaction research environments.

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Victoria Wang
University of Portsmouth
victoria.wang@port.ac.uk
My current research ranges over cyber/information security, surveillance studies, social theory, technological developments and online research methods. My latest research projects involve: (i) data release and its related issues of trust, privacy and security; (ii) techno-social theories as conceptual tools to understand cyberspace and its security issues; (iii) a general formal theory of digital identity and surveillance; (iv) formal methods for monitoring, data collection and interventions; (v) cyberbullying; and (vi) cybercrime and security in Nigeria and Vietnam, the criminal Darknet, and security threats and management measures in organisations (5 doctoral supervisions).

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Vivienne Rogers
Swansea University
V.E.Rogers@Swansea.ac.uk
Dr Vivienne Rogers is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics specialising in psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. As a former secondary school teacher, she is particularly interested in the impact on the classroom. She is currently working on projects validating language aptitude tests and investigating the link between the acquisition of vocabulary and syntax. Vivienne obtained her PhD titled “Syntactic development in the second language acquisition of French by instructed English native speakers” in 2009 from Newcastle University. After working at Oxford and Newcastle, she joined Swansea in September 2011.