Design Informatics Research Seminar: Joe Corneli

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Thurs 2 March 2017 4pm
Design Informatics Studio (Room 1.09) Evolution House,
Edinburgh College of Art, 78 Westport, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE

15 years before the math: A tech-noir memoir
Joe Corneli, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Melanie I. Stefan (then a postdoc in Pasadena, now Edinburgh-Zhejiang Lecturer in the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh) made the following suggestion in the journal Nature:

"Compile an 'alternative' CV of failures. Log every unsuccessful application, refused grant proposal and rejected paper. Don't dwell on it for hours, just keep a running, up-to-date tally. If you dare — and can afford to — make it public." (

This talk will present my 'alternative' CV. In addition to some outright failures, I will touch on other interesting things that simply never made it onto my official CV for whatever reason. For context, I will also include a behind-the-scenes look at some of the interesting things that are mentioned on my CV. The aim of the talk is to provide a candid view of the ups and downs I have experienced as a not-entirely-traditional early career researcher in AI, computer-mediated communication, and mathematics.

Joseph Corneli recently joined the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics as a Research Associate, working on Professor Ursula Martin's "Social Machine of Mathematics" project. He spent the previous three years as a Researcher in Computational Creativity at Goldsmiths College. His doctoral research focused on peer production and peer learning in mathematics, and he also edited "The Peeragogy Handbook", which is now available in a 3rd edition. Corneli's first degree was in mathematics.