Joining Dots is me, Sharon Richardson. The name comes from a passion for exploring emerging trends connecting people, information and technology. Balancing the art of the possible with pragmatic reality and bridging multiple, often competing or conflicting, perspectives through evidence-based narratives. Connecting the dots!

My original background was in computer science and psychology with a career in ICT that led to working at Microsoft for several years, culminating in being the lead technology strategist across Europe, Middle East and Africa for ‘information work’ solutions. I founded an independent consultancy practice in 2006 – Joining Dots Ltd – providing strategic guidance in digital workplace transformations. In 2015, following a growing interest in the emerging smart city narrative, I completed a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics with Distinction, continuing on to complete a PhD in cognitive and spatial data science, both at University College London. I am currently a senior scientist and lecturer in geocomputation at the University of Zurich, applying data-intensive methods to improve the understanding of and assist in human, societal and environmental challenges, and exploring the potential and limits of AI in real-world decisions. My research focus is the role of time and context when studying cognitive behaviour and people-place interactions.

An experienced international speaker, I am available for conferences and discussion panels and can provide comments for media purposes.

Conference speaker bio

Dr Sharon Richardson, PhD is a researcher and presenter specialising in cognitive and spatial data science. She is a senior scientist and lecturer in geocomputation at the University of  Zurich, applying data-intensive methods to improve understanding of and assist in human, societal and environmental challenges, and exploring the potential and limits of AI in real-world decisions. Her research focus is the role of time and context when studying cognitive behaviour and people-place interactions. Sharon publishes online at www.joiningdots.com and tweets as @joiningdots.

Company Details

Joining Dots Ltd is registered in England and Wales, company number: 5800018. Registered Office: Hazeldene, Sutton Road, Fovant, Wiltshire, England. VAT registration: GB 889 703 269.

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