David P. Green

David is a documentary filmmaker and HCI researcher, with ten years experience working at the intersection of video production and HCI. David began his career as a medical videographer and editor for specialist scientific films, but spent a number of years as a filmmaker working with the Digital Interaction Group at Culture Lab, Newcastle. He is currently completing a PhD as part of the AHRC Creative Exchange Knowledge Exchange Hub where his research focuses on the design of digital systems to support non-professional participation in linear and interactive documentaries. This has involved developing co-design methods for grassroots and participatory documentaries, with a particular focus on interactive documentaries as a format that lends itself naturally to multiple perspectives. David’s recent work has included collaborations with academics from across the UK and various commercial and third-sector partners including the BBC, Wildscreen, Co-Opera Co and Cohda Design.


David A. Shamma

aymanDavid Ayman Shamma is a Director of Research at Yahoo Labs and Flickr where he runs the Human-Computer Interaction Research group. His primary research area is social computing: how people interact, engage, and share media experiences both online and in-the-world. Focusing on creative expression and sharing frameworks, he designs and prototypes systems for multimedia-mediated communication, as well as, develops targeted methods and metrics for understanding how people communicate online in small environments and at web scale. Ayman holds a B.S./M.S. from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition at The University of West Florida and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern University. Before Yahoo!, he was an instructor at the Medill School of Journalism; he has also taught courses in Computer Science and Studio Art departments. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he was a visiting research scientist for the Center for Mars Exploration at NASA Ames Research Center.

Pam Briggs

pam 2015Pam holds a Research Chair in at Northumbria University where she set up the Psychology and Communication Technology Lab (PaCTLab) and she also holds title of Visiting Professor at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab. She is a psychologist with a particular interest in how the design and use of social media can influence people’s lives and attitudes. She is particularly interested in the ways in which social identity is managed online and seeks to understand why, when and how people develop trust in unknown others. She has an international reputation for her research work in this field and a significant record of leading successful UK and European funded projects. She uses participatory and value-sensitive design practice and makes use of a range of innovative film and theatre techniques. For example, her work on invisible design demonstrates the value for designers in creating short films that show the function and impact of their designs without ever seeing the literal design form. Such films can be used for design envisionment and can aid the development of improved user experience.

Finola Kerrigan
IMG_3657Finola is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham where she teaches and researches marketing and consumption.  Finola’s research is in the field of marketing, specifically marketing within the arts and cultural industries. To date this research has focused on production and consumption issues in film and the visual arts, topics related to social media and branding. Finola is also interested in the social role of the arts and subsequently organised an ESRC funded seminar on Social Arts Marketing as part of the ‘Rethinking Arts Marketing’ Seminar series.  Finola is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the International Society of Markets &Development.  She is also a member of the Executive of the Academy of Marketing and was chair of the Arts, Heritage, Non-Profit and Social Special Interest Group of the Academy of Marketing (from 2009-2015) and was co-chair (with Dr Dirk vom Lehn) of the Cultural and Creative Industries Track at the British Academy of Management Conference. Finola’s research has been published in a range of International Journals and she is the author of Film Marketing, Elsevier (2010) and editor of Arts Marketing, Elsevier (2004), Rethinking Arts Marketing, Routledge (2010) and Legends in Marketing- Morris Holbrook, Volume 4: Esthetics and Tastes, Part 1 (2015).

Matthew P. Aylett

Matthew founded Cereproc Ltd in 2006 with the aim of creating commercially available, characterful speech synthesis. In 2007 Cereproc released the first commercial synthesis to allow modification of voice quality for adding underlying emotion to voices. He has remained active both commercially, where he dictates Cereproc’s technical strategy, and academically, as a research fellow at The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded a Royal Society Fellowship looking at speech and personification. Matthew has substantial commercial engineering and product development management experience together with a broad international research background in prosody, dialogue engineering, affective computing, novel interface design and psycholinguistics. Speech is a fundamental element of story telling, and his interests have extended from this into the field of automatic visual and multi-modal narrative generation.

Lisa Thomas

Lisa joined the Psychology and Communication Technology (PaCT) research group at Northumbria University in 2008. She is currently working on the ReelLives project- an EPSRC funded project on digital personhood. The project is exploring new ways to represent our digital lives in filmic form, offering individuals the chance to reflect on their online identities and to edit their digital selves. She has also worked on the IMPRINTS project collaborating with a number of UK institutions, asking about the influences on UK and US publics to engage and/or disengage with identity management practices, services and technologies of the future. Her PhD, completed in 2011, explored the perspectives of diverse user groups within the local community to better understand privacy and security concerns when using Location-Based Services.