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Prof Chris Speed
Chair of Design Informatics

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BA in Alternative Practice (Brighton Polytechnic, 1992), a Masters in Design (Goldsmiths 1999), and a PhD from Plymouth University (‘A Social Dimension to Digital Architectural Practice’, 2007).

School of Informatics
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Prof Jon Oberlander
Co-Director of Design Informatics and Professor of Epistemics

Jon Oberlander is Co-Director of Design Informatics, and holds a Chair in Epistemics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge, UK (1983), and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh (1987), and has been an EPSRC Advanced Fellow at the ESRC Human Communication Research Centre.

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Jane Macdonald

Jane Macdonald is Research Projects Coordinator for Design Informatics based at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Jane has worked on a number of research projects at ECA such as TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) for which she managed projects with the National Museum of Scotland, London Festival of Architecture and Oxfam.

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Dr Larissa Pschetz
Interaction Designer and Lecturer

Larissa Pschetz is an interaction designer and lecturer. She completed a Microsoft-funded PhD in Design, supervised by Chris Speed (University of Edinburgh), Jon Rogers (University of Dundee) and Richard Banks (Microsoft Research Cambridge). She previously studied Interface Design at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany, and worked as an interaction designer at IBM Research in Cambridge MA, HID in Hamburg, and IDxS in Berlin.

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Mark Kobine
Design Informatics Workshop Technician

Mark Kobine studied at ECA and gained first class honours (2011) and Masters (2012) in Product Design. He has exhibited in the UK, at the Scottish Parliament and more recently in London at the V&A. In 2011 he won the DHS student essay prize for confusing Heidegger and the TV remote control.

ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Archi)
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Dr Michelle Bastian
Chancellor's Fellow

Michelle Bastian is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She has a BA(Hons) in Gender, Culture and Society from the Australian National University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales.

At its broadest level, her research focuses on the role of time in social methods of inclusion and exclusion. That is, she is interested in the way time operates as a part of the social tool-kit that shapes senses of relationality and interconnectedness. She explores this overarching theme in a number of specific ways, including:

Hadi Mehrpouya
Research Associate

Hadi Mehrpouya is a computer programmer and artist, currently working at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art). He has several years of professional experience in programming and software engineering and has spent the past two years collaborating on art projects.

Arno Verhoeven
Lecturer Product Design

Arno is Lecturer in Product Design and Sr. Tutor (UG) for ECA at the University of Edinburgh.  He was awarded B.Sc in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto (1993), and in 2006, he was awarded a Masters in Design (M.Des) from the Design Academy Eindhoven, under the supervision of Gijs Bakker and Droog Design.   His first full academic appointment came with the Edinburgh College of Art in 2008, where he continues to engage in teaching and research into design thinking, practice and processes.

Diego Zamora
PhD student

Diego Zamora is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. He has several years of experience as a professional designer. He holds a Masters in Product Design from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in Design Engineering from Alfonso X University. He is currently researching the interrelations between 3D printing technology and craft through workshops and one to one experiments. His research is funded by the AHRC Design in Action Knowledge Exchange hub.

Dr Maria Wolters
Reader in Design Informatics

Maria Wolters is a Reader in Design Informatics at the School of Informatics. Her undergraduate degree is Computer Science, and her PhD is in Computational Linguistics (University of Bonn, 2001). Her goal is to create solutions that help people with long-term conditions live rich and joyful lives. She specialises in conditions that affect mental health and cognition. In her work, she uses participatory design and mixes qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Dr Ella Tallyn
Research Associate

Ella Tallyn is a UX designer and research associate in the Design Informatics team. She has a PhD in Digital Interactive Narrative from the University of West England, and a BA in Fine Art Film and Video from Central St. Martins School of Art. She has worked as a UX designer on both commercial and academic projects, using a range of techniques from rapid usability testing to in-depth ethnographic studies.

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Dr Kate Symons
Research Associate

Kate Symons is a human geographer and Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) funded project 'Ox-Chain: Towards secure and trustworthy circular economies through distributed ledger technologies’. This is an interdisciplinary project between global development organisation Oxfam, the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Lancaster along with third sector research partners.

Dr. Bettina Nissen
Research Associate

Bettina Nissen is a designer and research associate on the ESRC funded After Money project in Design Informatics. With an AHRC funded PhD in Digital Media at Newcastle University and her background in product design and digital fabrication, Bettina’s practice-based research explores how audiences can be engaged with data through tangible interactions.

Dr Ewa Luger
Chancellor’s Fellow

Ewa Luger is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where her research explores applied ethics within the sphere of machine intelligence.  This encompasses practical considerations such as data governance, consent, privacy, transparency, and how intelligent networked systems might be made intelligible to the user, through design. She holds a BA Hons (Politics), MA (International Relations – Research Track), PhD (Computer Science) from the University of Nottingham.

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Dr Benjamin Bach
Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualization

Benjamin is a Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualization at the University of Edinburgh. His research designs and investigates interactive information visualizations to help people explore, present, and understand data.

Edinburgh Innovation
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Ms Michaela Turner
Consultancy Associate - Business Development for Design Informatics

Michaela Turner is based in the commercial arm of the University,  Edinburgh Innovations. She provides Business Development support to the group growing commercial contacts, attracting new opportunities and arranging student placements. These collaborations can be through a wide range of activities including collaborative research, consultancy, licencing opportunties and more.