My research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and explores the design and development of new interactive media content forms and tools to support their creation. This work combines my deep interest in new forms of interactive technology and media with empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives, in the human-centred design of novel interfaces and interaction techniques for a broad range of artistic and everyday creative practices.My current research is focused on the design and development of new forms of responsive and immersive media content, with a particular interest in how they can be applied to address societal challenges (inc. environmental sustainability, mental & physical health, public engagement with data). I am a Co-I of York's £4.5m AHRC CoSTAR Live Lab, in which I will lead the research on Audience, HCI and UX and the project's Access Programme. Other recent projects include: the EPSRC-funded Perspective Media: Personalised Video Storytelling for Data Engagement; the InnovateUK WEAVR: Pioneering Fully Integrated Cross-Reality Spectator Experiences in Esports and Beyond immersive experiences demonstrator; EC-funded PlayOn! New Storytelling with Immersive Technologies; and AHRC Within the walls of York Gaol: Memory, Place and the Immersive Museum and Digital Creativity for Regional Museums: Immersive Experiences Smart Commissioning Toolkit. I am also a founder of York’s Digital Creativity Labs research centre exploring impact-driven research in the creative industries — and was Co-I of its £4m EPSRC, AHRC and InnovateUK funding.
I was a founder of York's Interactive Media BSc, and then led the programme from from 2019-2023. I currently teach topics at the technical end of HCI and digital media creation. I lead modules on the design and development of 3D interactive environments in Unity and on advanced interaction technologies inlcuding VR, AR, haptics, motion control, tangibles and more.
Outside of the lab I like electronic music, getting outside (especially on skis), and having a good time with my family (two increasingly unruly daughters!) and friends.