Current and Past Funded Projects

Emotional AI Projects

  • Title: Emotional AI in Smart Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life.
  • Amount: £710,000. (across ESRC and JST)
  • Position: Co-Investigator (Edinburgh PI)
  • Funder: ESRC and Japan Science and Technology Agency, AI and Society Call. ES/T00696X/1
  • Length: Jan 2020 – Jan 2023 (ongoing)
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, Bangor University, Northumbria University, Chuo University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Meiji University.
  • Detail: Andy McStay (PI), Vian Bakir, Diana Miranda, Lena Podoletz, Lachlan Urquhart (UK); Peter Mantello (PI), Hiroshi Miyashita, Hiromi Tanaka, Tung Manh Ho, Nader Ghotbi. Examining social and ethical aspects of emergent emotional AI in smart cities. Extensive fieldwork, including interviews, surveys, policy work and also development of an online think tank. Particularly interested in how such technologies are being used in public space, in transportation, robotics, civic discourse etc. This project brings together a wide range of disciplines including technology law, HCI, digital media studies, criminology, gender studies, and bioethics.
  • Title: Emotional AI in Commerce, Civic Life and Security In Japan and the UK
  • Amount: £50,000
  • Position: Co-Investigator (Edinburgh PI)
  • Funder: ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Call – ES/S013008/1
  • Length: Jan 2019-Jan 2020. (completed)
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, Bangor University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
  • Detail: Andy McStay (PI), Vian Bakir, Peter Mantello, Lachlan Urquhart. Exploring governance and cross cultural aspects of living with affective computing in different contexts of everyday life in UK and Japan. Includes running multi-stakeholder workshops in Japan and UK in Summer 2019, resulting in a detailed report of how emotion is used in civic and security contexts in both countries.
  • Final Report

Ubicomp Projects

  • Title: Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Regulation Node
  • Amount: £3,200,000
  • Position: Co-Investigator
  • Funder: EPSRC – EP/V026607/1
  • Length: Nov 2020 – Nov 2024 (ongoing)
  • Institutions: Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sussex, Heriot Watt, Nottingham, Kings College London.
  • Detail: Ram Ramamoorthy (PI), Andew Ireland, Vaishek Belle, Alan Bundy, Paul Jackson, Alex Lascarides, Ajitha Rajan, Burkhard Schafer, Shannon Vallor, Robin Williams, Alice Miller, Andy Crabtree, Phoebe Li, Chris Marsden, Hana Chockler, Lachlan Urquhart.
  • Title: Defence Against the Dark Artefacts
  • Amount: £1,010,000.
  • Position: Co-Investigator (Edinburgh PI)
  • Funder: EPSRC – EP/R03351X/1
  • Length: July 2018 – Jun 2021 (ongoing)
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham & industry partners ARM, BT, Cisco, Digital Catapult, Internet Society, GCHQ, Crossword Cybersecurity, Petras IoT hub
  • Detail: Derek McAuley (PI), Hamed Haddadi, Richard Mortier, Andy Crabtree, Murray Goulden, Jiahong Chen, Lachlan Urquhart. Exploring technical, sociological & legal requirements for effective smart home cybersecurity including requirements for a prototype home management system. Focus on ‘compliance with design’, specifically work examining the household exemption, edge security and the accountability GDPR principle, role of data protection in homes, inadequacy of emerging cybersecurity standards, and development of a cybersecurity board game.
  • Title: The Memory Machine
  • Amount: £90,000.
  • Position: Co-Investigator.
  • Funder: Horizon/EPSRC.
  • Length: Feb 2018-Oct 2019. (completed)
  • Institutions: University of Nottingham.
  • Detail: Elvira Perez Vallejos (PI), Rachel Jacobs, Dominic Price, Sarah Martindale, Robin Shackford, Sarah Martindale, Dimitri Darzentas, Hazel Sayers, Neil Chadborn, Lachlan Urquhart. Designing a memory preserving IoT device for helping dementia sufferers manage their identity and audio-visual memories. This project involves artists, interaction designers, developers, psychologists, dementia specialists co-designing the system through a series of workshops exploring different themes (including trust and privacy, nature of interaction etc).
  • Title: About Algorithms & Beyond’
  • Amount: £30,000
  • Position: Co-Investigator.
  • Length: Aug ’17-March ’18 (Completed)
  • Funder: University of Nottingham Research Priority Grant
  • Institutions: Horizon
  • Details: Ansgar Koene, Richard Hyde, Elvira Perez Vallejos, Lachlan Urquhart. A range of mini projects exploring different socio-technical aspects of algorithms and IoT (e.g. bias, privacy, security etc)
  • Title: Memory Machine 2.0
  • Amount: £25,000
  • Position: Co-Investigator.
  • Funder: Horizon/EPSRC.
  • Length: Sept 2020-May 2021 (ongoing)
  • Institutions: Nottingham University and University of Edinburgh.
  • Details: Elvira Perez Vallejos (PI) Rachel Jacobs, Dominic Price, Sarah Martindale, Robin Shackford, Sarah Martindale, Dimitri Darzentas, Lachlan Urquhart. Continuation of earlier work to build and test a working prototype of the MeMa system with elderly users.
  • Title: ‘Ethics of Internet of Things in Research’
  • Amount: £8,000
  • Funder: University of Nottingham Digital Research Grant
  • Length: Jan 2018-Aug 2018 (completed)
  • Institutions: Horizon.
  • Detail: Martin Flintham, Stuart Moran and Lachlan Urquhart. Workshops to explore how to think more coherently and better around the use of IoT in research studies and ethical approval processes.

  • Title: Intelligent Design Governance Lab
  • Amount: £50,000
  • Funder: EPSRC Impact Accelerator Fund
  • Length: April 2021 – June 2021 (ongoing)
  • Institution: Edinburgh
  • Detail: John Vines (PI) Ewa Luger, Ram Ramamoorthy, Chris Speed, Michael Rovatsos, Martin Kornberger, Lachlan Urquhart.
  • Title: hoRRizon
  • Amount: £345,000
  • Funder: Horizon Agile Grant
  • Length: April 2021-April 2022 (ongoing)
  • Institution: Horizon UoN, de Montfort, Orbit, Edinburgh
  • Detail: Elvira Perez Vallejos (PI), Bernd Stahl, Chris Greenhalgh, Virginia Portillo, Liz Douthwaite, Dimitri Darzentas, Hanne Wagner, Peter Craigon, Kevin Glover, Edgar Bodiaj, Neelima Sailaja, Martin de Heaver, Lachlan Urquhart. Examining Horizon Responsible Research and Innovation practices and card based tools for building trusted products.

Design Tool Projects

  • Title: ‘Towards Moral-IT and Legal-IT by Design’
  • Amount: £16,000
  • Position: Principle Investigator.
  • Funder: Horizon/EPSRC.
  • Length: July 2017 – Dec 2020 (completed)
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh and University of Nottingham.
  • Details: Lachlan Urquhart (PI) and Peter Craigon. Developed, tested and evaluated a set of card-based tools for building ethical IT systems. These are available on the website.
  • Title: ‘Information Privacy by Design Cards’ and Privacy Compliance by Design
  • Amount/Funder: Joint Projects – UK – Horizon Agile Project; US – National Science Foundation c£130,000.
  • Position: Co-Investigator (key part of PhD work).
  • Length: Oct 2015 – Dec 2016 (completed)
  • Institutions: UK project – Mixed Reality Lab and Microsoft Research Cambridge; US Project – NYU; Cisco; Intel; Microsoft Research.
  • Details: Ewa Luger, Tom Rodden (PI), Lachlan Urquhart and Mike Golembewski. Developed a deck of data protection by design cards that translated the GDPR into a more accessible form for designers to use during development of new systems.

  • Title: Intelligent Ideation: Cardographer
  • Amount: £10,000
  • Position: Co-Investigator.
  • Funder: Nottingham Impact Accelerator
  • Length: Oct 2019- Oct 2020 (completed)
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh and University of Nottingham.
  • Details: Dimitri Darzentas (PI), Steve Benford, Peter Craigon, Hanne Wagner, Lachlan Urquhart. project to examine the business case around Cardographer as a commercial platform.
  • Title ‘Games & Human Values’
  • Amount: £1500
  • Position: Principle Investigator.
  • Funder: EPSRC Digital Economy Network – EP/L011891/1
  • Length: Aug 2015 – Oct 2015 (Completed)
  • Detail: Lachlan Urquhart and Dimitri Darzentas. Workshop at CHI Play 2015 on using games as a medium of critique for wider societal concerns.
  • Title: Cardographer Online – Digitising Intelligent Card Based Tools
  • Amount: £4974.19
  • Position: Co-Investigator.
  • Funder: Universitas 21 Researcher Resilience Fund
  • Length: July 2020 – July 2021. (ongoing)
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Details: Dimitri Darzentas (PI), Steve Benford, Peter Craigon, Hanne Wagner, Lachlan Urquhart.We are exploring how to use a range of physical card based tools online using platforms like Tabletopia. This will enable continued research workshops using cards, despite impact of Covid19.

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