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
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, Bangor University, Northumbria University, Chuo University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Meiji University.
  • Detail: 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.
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, Bangor University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
  • Detail: Exploring governance and cross cultural aspects of living with affective computing in different contexts of everyday life in UK and Japan. Includes running multistakeholder 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.

Ubicomp Projects

  • Title: Defence Against the Dark Artefacts
  • Amount: £1,010,000.
  • Position: Co-Investigator (Edinburgh PI)
  • Funder: EPSRC – EP/R03351X/1
  • Length: July 2018 – Dec 2020
  • 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: 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.
  • Institutions: University of Nottingham.
  • Detail: 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.
  • Funder: University of Nottingham Research Priority Grant
  • Institutions: Horizon
  • Details: 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: £15,000
  • Position: Co-Investigator.
  • Funder: Horizon/EPSRC.
  • Length: Sept 2020-May 2021 (delayed start)
  • Institutions: Nottingham University and University of Edinburgh.
  • Details: Continuation of earlier work to build a working prototype of the MeMa tool.
  • Title: ‘Ethics of Internet of Things in Research’
  • Amount: £8,000
  • Funder: University of Nottingham Digital Research Grant
  • Length: Jan 2018-Aug 2018
  • Institutions: Horizon.
  • Detail: we ran workshops to explore how to think more coherently and better around the use of IoT in research studies and ethical approval processes.

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 2019.
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh and University of Nottingham.
  • Details: 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
  • Institutions: UK project – Mixed Reality Lab and Microsoft Research Cambridge; US Project – NYU; Cisco; Intel; Microsoft Research.
  • Details: 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.
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh and University of Nottingham.
  • Details: 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
  • Detail: 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.
  • Institutions: University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Details: 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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