The following is a sample of talks and research shared publicly. For highlights from the blog, click on a topic above:
|||Modelling socio-spatial dynamics from real-time data
On 8th July 2020, I successfully defended my doctoral thesis, concluding 4 years of research. This article is a brief introduction.
|Can we create a better AI?
Talk delivered at The Things Conference, October 2019: The three challenges facing artificial intelligence solutions: bad data, bad theories and bad objectives…
|Digitally Sensing People-Place Interactions
Introducing recent research in urban cognitive analytics to sense population dynamics from real-time data traces. Outcomes have been published by University College London and Intel Labs Europe
|How Sensor Data Gets Smart
Talk delivered at The Things Conference, October 2018: how sensed data can become actionable insights. Touching on data ownership, provenance and informed consent in a digitally mediated world
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|What expression is that?
Revisiting computer vision algorithms used for face recognition and emotion detection by testing them on the faces of some well-known figures in politics…
|Micro-scale and Smart Cities: Could micro-scale services be the optimal approach for smart sustainable cities?
Exploring the rise in the sharing economy and micro-scaling of services made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT). Bigger isn’t always better
|Forecasting the UK General Election: A model to predict the likely outcome based on recent voting behaviour.
A simple model built using data from previous elections to run ‘what-if’ scenarios and forecast the UK general election in June 2017
|Hacking Happiness: Analysing emotions used during election campaigns
In January 2017, I led a team at the ‘Hacking Happiness’ Hackathon organised by the Digital Catapult in London. Our focus: using linguistic and cognitive algorithms to analyse emotions in photos and text
|Smart cities, smarter citizens: The rise of digital augmented intelligence, from mobile phone to cognitive prosthetic.
Created and delivered for the 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit in Brussels, May 2016 and ‘City & Cognition’ workshop at EPFL
|Health, Happiness and a Basic Income
Rather than worry that robots will eliminate jobs for people, there is a more optimistic outlook: the freedom to pursue interests. Is it time for a universal basic income?
|Killer Headlines: Is eating meat really as dangerous as smoking…
Examination of the data that generated controversy in October 2015 with the claim eating meat is as dangerous as smoking. Uncovering the use of misleading statistics…
|Global Mayors and Smart Cities Are mayors in a better position than governments to introduce change?
Research article examining the creation of a Global Parliament of Mayors and the challenges facing large cities in the next 50 years
|Bank of England Dashboard: Visualising a century of political finance
Web-based interactive visualisation of data provided by the Bank of England charting political decisions and financial performance from 1900 to 2013 including GDP and productivity statistics
|Identity and Anonymity: Can wearable technology provide third-factor authentication?
Exploring if wearable technology can provide a much-needed layer of protection for our online identities… and also our right to anonymity?
|The Inevitability of a Mobile Workplace
How mobile technologies are transforming the workplace. Delivered for Ovum Analysts at the Annual CIO Industry Congress in May 2014 and ‘Mobile First’ Enterprise conference in June 2014
|Bring your own… Everything!
Delivered for the British Computer Society Internet Specialist Group Forum in May 2014, to spark a debate about the future of IT
|Predictability vs Unpredictability
‘300 seconds’ talk delivered at the head office of the Guardian and Independent newspapers in London, November 2013. The lessons that can be learned from embracing unpredictability to design better systems
|Mobile economic time: How modern technology is creating 30 extra days
Mobile devices are enabling us to act at times and locations that were previously inaccessible, enabling new forms of productivity. The biggest challenge: a hierarchy that requires permission to act
|Digital trends compressing processes
First presented at Ovum Analysts Industry Forum in November 2012. The four key trends disrupting ‘business as usual’ in the 21st Century: Social networks, mobile devices, cloud computing and ‘big data’ analytics
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