People

Professor Matthew Chalmers
Matthew is a professor in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, UK. His work focuses on data visualisation and analytics, data ethics and ethical systems design, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He borrows from philosophy, biology and other disciplines, in order to feed into the design and theory of such systems. His background is in Computer Science: a BSc (Hons) at U. Edinburgh, then a PhD at U. East Anglia in ray tracing and object-oriented toolkits for distributed memory multiprocessors. He was an intern at Xerox PARC before starting work as a researcher at Xerox EuroPARC, where he worked on information visualisation and early ubicomp systems, e.g. BirdDog, Xerox’ first Active Badge system. He left Xerox to start up an information visualisation group at UBS Ubilab, in Zurich, focusing on fast algorithms for data visualisation. He then had a brief fellowship at U. Hokkaido, Japan, before starting at U. Glasgow in 1999. Since then he has worked on a broad range of projects, spanning data visualisation, mobile and ubiquitous computing, ‘seamful design’, and analytic and experimental methods for large scale user trials.

Dr Hamed Haddidi
Hamed is a Senior Lecturer (~Associate Professor) and the Deputy Director of Research at the Dyson School of Design Engineering at The Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London. He leads the Systems and Algorithms Laboratory and is an Academic Fellow of the Data Science Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor at Brave Software. He is interested in User-Centered Systems, IoT, Applied Machine Learning, and Data Security & Privacy. He enjoys designing and building systems that enable better use of our digital footprint, while respecting users’ privacy. He is also broadly interested in sensing applications and Human-Data Interaction.

He studied for BEng/MSc/PhD at University College London. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany, and a postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge and The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, followed by few years as a Lecturer and consequently Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Queen Mary University of London. He has spent time working and collaborating with Intel Research, Microsoft Research, AT&T Research, Telefonica, and Sony Europe. When not in the lab, he prefers to be on a ski slope or in a kayak.

Dr Ewa Luger

Ewa Luger is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities, University of Edinburgh, a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research UK (AI and Ethics), and Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) co-ordinator for Design at Edinburgh College of Art. Her work explores applied ethical issues within the sphere of machine intelligence and data-driven systems. This encompasses practical considerations such as data governance, consent, privacy, explainable AI, and how intelligent networked systems might be made intelligible to the user, with a particular interest in distribution of power and spheres of digital exclusion.

Ewa holds an EPSRC-funded PhD (Computer Science), BA Hons (Politics & International Relations), and an MA (International Relations ESRC Research Track) from the University of Nottingham. Ewa previously undertook a Fellowship at Corpus Christi College (University of Cambridge) and Microsoft Research (UK) and builds upon 15 years as a practitioner in the third sector conducting research and evaluation studies related to digital/financial inclusion amongst marginalised groups.

Dr Alan Munro

Alan is Coordinator and Cultural Attaché for the Network Plus. He has many years experience doing ethnography for system design working in a number of European projects and national ones. He is also the instigator of many weird and wonderful workshops and been involved conceptually in the Internet of Things since before the term was coined, running a workshop on People-Based Networking in 2000. He was also on the Coordination Group of the multi project i3 Net and the Disappearing Computer Network. He has also been a director of a non-profit company specialising in reuse, and consulted for public bodies and research labs such as Philips Design. When not doing that, he is active in campaigns to improve infrastructure for cycling and walking . As part of a national cycling campaign, he helped write their Manifesto, and has fed into briefing documents for the Scottish Parliament, and been a member of the Cross Party Cycling Group there. He has an alternative life researching cycling, and has contributed to the annual symposium Cycling and Society.

Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos

Elvira Perez Vallejos is Associate Professor of Digital Tech for Mental Health (NIHR, BRC Nottingham). Her work spans mental health, social inclusion and digital literacy, and social media analysis. Her work on the latter topic was part of a response to House of Lords Communications Committee “Children and the Internet” inquiries, and influenced many online data ethics guidelines. Her latter report ‘Digital Childhood’ has put forward a Data Protection bill amendment to prioritise the rights and wellbeing of children. She is Co-I on UnBias: Emancipating Users Against Algorithmic Biases for a Trusted Digital Economy TIPS project, which has been successful on promoting digital literacy and critical thinking among children and young people, and creating a new IEEE working group on Algorithm Bias.

Professor Atau Tanaka

Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths and CTO of Clicmobile. Atau Tanaka was born in Tokyo, and was raised in the U.S. He bridges the fields of media art, experimental music, and research. He moved to Paris with a residency at the Cité des Arts to work at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France, and was researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris. He was also active in the Tokyo noise music and media arts scenes.

Atau creates sensor-based musical instruments for performance and exhibition, and is known for his work with biosignal interfaces. His recent work seeks to harness collective musical creativity in mobile environments, seeking out the continued place of the artist in democratised digital forms. His work has been presented at Ars Electronica, SFMOMA, Eyebeam, V2, ICC, and ZKM. His work is supported by the Daniel Langlois Foundation, UK and French research funding bodies, and the European Research Council (ERC). He has been mentor at NESTA, Artistic Co-Director of STEIM in Amsterdam, Director of Culture Lab Newcastle, and is currently Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.