Dave Murray-Rust

Dave Murray-Rust

Lecturer in Design Informatics

Dr Dave Murray-Rust, Lecturer in Design Informatics

Dr Dave Murray-Rust is a Lecturer in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the interesting messy bits between people and computational systems, from large scale Social Machines through the Internet of Things to Personal Data and privacy. He is Co-I on the EPSRC/Petras “B-IoT” project (£350k), using blockchains to create secure mobile IoT and intelligent transportation systems, and the EPSRC New Manufacturing “Chatty Factories” project (£1.8M) on IoT for dynamic manufacturing and use-driven design, as well as PI on the Challenge Investment “Smartphones for Anxiety and Depression” project (£13k), prototyping design of personal data collection for health and wellbeing. He is also Programme Director for the Design Informatics MA and MFA.

Research Interests:

  • Personal Data and Privacy
  • Decentralised Architectures
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Human computer co-creation
  • Social Machines
  • Human-robot interaction

Dave’s research profile can be found on Edinburgh Research Explorer



Huge benefits in transportation can be gained if Intelligent Transportation Systems such as automated vehicles are enabled to communicate between each other, and their surrounding infrastructure in ways that are simple, reliable, and widely acceptable for human operators. At the same time, it is imperative that the security and privacy of such communications are considered. This project will demonstrate the potential of distributed ledgers such as blockchain as a method of securing the integrity of such systems.

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Company Engagement

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Chatty Factories

Our vision for the manufacturing factory of the future is to embrace the rapid growth of Internet-connected products via embedded sensors producing massive volumes of data, and transform these traditionally discrete activities into one seamless process that is capable of real-time continuous product refinement.

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