I have worked on research projects in visualisation, visual languages, system evaluation, knowledge management, semantic web technologies, community informatics, technology-enhanced learning and mobile learning. In all of these areas of application, I am interested in how people's understanding can be supported and facilitated by the use of technologies.
My background is in Computer Engineering, Human Computer Systems and Artificial Intelligence. My strengths are in working with people in order to understand their tasks and develop tools to support them. I enjoy making things and in my research this helps further my understanding of how people learn.
Across the university
ERA (Enabling Remote Activity) - http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/era
The ERA toolkit has been developed to support remote access to science fieldwork courses and research teams. We use a battery powered (temporary) wireless local area network to support local communication and any available backhaul (WAN) connection such as a broadband connection, a (3G) mobile phone network or satellite link to support live communication over the internet.
Keywords: WLAN, VoIP, video streaming, geo-tagging, XMPP, ADSL, 3G, BGAN
Duration: January 2006 and ongoing (Funding: OU, JISC, JANET)
OTIH (Out There In Here) - http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/otih
Out There In Here is exploring remote collaboration between distant groups of students. We use the ERA toolkit to link students in a fieldwork site with students back at a lab working around a shared multi-touch display.
Keywords: Collaborative learning, Microsoft Surface, WLAN, VoIP, video streaming, geo-tagging, XMPP, 3G, BGAN
Duration: March 2010 to August 2011 (Funding: EPSRC - Research in the Wild)
Weblab spring - http://weblab.open.ac.uk
We're investigating the role of visual and physical feedback in shared multimedia simulations to help pupils learn science. We're using simple harmonic motion as a example to see how different levels of feedback can reduce the dominance of motor learning in spring experiments in order help pupils interpret their actions in terms of physical laws.
Keywords: Simulations, visual feedback, physical feedback, AJAX, HTML5
Duration: June 2010 and ongoing
School trip photomarathon - http://photomarathon.open.ac.uk
A photomarathon is a competition where a group of photographers meet for a limited time period (such as 12 or 24 hours) to take photos on a set of themes, each competitor then submits a set of photos (one photo per theme), and these are judged and awarded prizes. As a way to help focus school trips on a set of themes relevant to the curriculum, we're exploring how condensed photomarathon sessions of up to one hour could be used on school trips to provide a set of images for use in the classroom afterwards.
Keywords: Photomarathon, museum learning, school trips, mobile learning
Duration: June 2010 and ongoing
PI (Personal Inquiry) - http://www.pi-project.ac.uk
The PI project has developed a toolkit to support inquiry learning for secondary school students. The toolkit includes a set of modules for the Drupal content management system that facilitate the allocation of groups within a class, the development of hypotheses, the planning of an inquiry, the collection and interpretation of data, and the formulation of conclusions and reflections on the completed inquiry. Mobile technologies are used to access the Drupal website and help the students move between school, fieldwork and home contexts during their inquiries.
Keywords: inquiry learning, key stage 3, geography, mobile learning, CMS, Drupal
Duration: September 2007 to August 2010 (Funding: EPSRC/ESRC - TLRP Technology Enhanced Learning)
Eurogene - http://eurogene.open.ac.uk
The Eurogene project developed an e-learning system in the domain of genetics that provides free multimedia learning resources in nine languages for statistical, medical and molecular genetics. The Eurogene content includes presentations, reviewed research articles, images, videos and learning packages submitted by world-leading geneticists. Within KMI we developed the annotation and reasoning support for the indexing and retrieval of the submitted resources.
Keywords: multilingual annotation, semantic search, information retrieval, CMS, Drupal
Duration: October 2007 to September 2010 (Funding: European Commission - eContent plus)
ISOTOPE (Informing Science Outreach and Public Engagement) - http://isotope.open.ac.uk
In the ISOTOPE project we've been taking an action research approach to work with participants across the Science Outreach and Public Engagement (SCOPE) communities to develop a community website for sharing information and resources to support current SCOPE practices.
Keywords: SCOPE, STEM, community informatics, social computing, CMS, Drupal
Duration: January 2007 to July 2009 (Funding: NESTA, OU)
ReFLEx (Resources For Learning by Exploration) - http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/reflex
The ReFLEx project explored how light-weight semantic web technologies could be applied to support students' use of OU course materials and related online resources within an integrated learning enviornment. The project developed prototype tools to demonstrate the annotation of course materials, the retrieval of relevant library and course resources available through the Library's federated search engine, and the embedded presentation of resources alongside the appropriate sections of the online course materials.
Keywords: semantic web, tagging, federated search, XML, OU structured authoring, XSLT
Duration: January 2005 to December 2005 (Funding: OU)
SUbTLE (Semantic Ubiquitous Technologies for Learning and Exploration) - http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/subtle
The SUbTLE project brought together research from the CIPHER and MOBIlearn projects, to explore the development of semantic and ubiquitous technologies for use within the OU.
Keywords: semantic web, mobile learning, XML, XSLT
Duration: November 2004 to October 2005 (Funding: OU)
CIPHER (Communities of Interest Exploring Heritage of European Regions) - http://cipherweb.open.ac.uk
The objective of the CIPHER project was to develop the methodology and technology required to realise sustainable cultural heritage forums that enable communities of interest to explore, research and build cultural heritage content. Within CIPHER, KMI worked in partnership with Bletchley Park to develop their Tour Guides portal and the Bletchley Park Text system for visitors.
Keywords: community informatics, semantic web, museum learning, digital narratives, mobile learning
Duration: April 2002 to September 2004 (Funding: European Commission - Information Society Technologies)
ELC (Empowering Learning Communities) - http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/trevor/elc
The aims of the ELC project were to build and evaluate intelligent knowledge technologies to support community learning. We were particularly interested in the socio-technical issues, such as acceptance, privacy, and the perceived control of socially embedded technology.
Keywords: community informatics, knowledge management, organisational learning, community memory
Duration: May 2000 to April 2002 (Funding: Marconi)
Evaluating Hank - http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/trevor/archive/hank-eval
Hank is a graphical modelling language for cognitive psychologists developed at The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute by Paul Mulholland and Stuart Watt. Hank combines the interaction features of spreadsheets and storyboards to provide an easy to use modelling environment for cognitive psychologists. This IET (Institute of Educational Technology) project evaluated the use of Hank to support the instruction of cognitive modelling skills and the cognitive modelling task.
Keywords: evaluation, visual programming, cognitive modelling, Hank
Duration: November 1998 to April 2000 (Funding: OU's Institute of Educational Technology)
Visualizing Evolutionary Computing - http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/trevor/vec
This was my PhD project for which I produced a visualization development framework and a library of linked visual representations to support the use and interpretation of evolutionary algorithms.
Keywords: evolutionary computing, multi-dimensional scaling, linked representations, dynamic queries
Duration: October 1994 to September 1998 (Funding: EPSRC studentship)