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Project Director

Paul Watson
Paul Watson

Paul leads the SiDE Project. He is Professor of Computer Science at Newcastle University, UK, Director of the Digital Institute, and Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre.

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Project Co-Investigators

Vicki Hanson
Vicki Hanson

Vicki Hanson is Professor of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee, and Research Staff Member Emeritus from IBM Research.

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Chris Reed
Chris Reed

Chris is a professor of Computer Science & Philosophy and head of research in the school of Computing Science at the University of Dundee. He leads the work of the Grumpy Old Debate project on SiDE.

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Lynne Corner
Lynne Corner

Lynne is lead for the Newcastle User Pool. She is the Engagement Manager at the Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH), Newcastle University and Co-ordinator for Years Ahead: the North East Regional Forum on Ageing.

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Ranald Richardson
Ranald Richardson

Ranald leads the Society Perspective. He is a Principal Research Associate in the Centre for Urban and Rural Development Studies (CURDS).

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Phil Blythe
Phil Blythe

Phil leads the Inclusive Transport Activity. He is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems and Director of the Transport Operations Research Group at Newcastle University.

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Pete Wright
Pete Wright

Peter leads the Design Perspective and the Creative Industries activity for SIDE

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Patrick Olivier
Patrick Olivier

Patrick leads the Connected Home & Community activity on SiDE.

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Aad van Moorsel
Aad van Moorsel

Aad leads the Technology Perspective. He received his PhD in computer science from Universiteit Twente (1993) and has a Masters in mathematics from Universiteit Leiden

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Project Support

Ian Ruaraidh Harrison
Ian Harrison

Ian's role is to support the academic staff at Dundee, handling administrative and project-management tasks.

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Clare Graham
Clare Graham

As SiDE Research Secretary Clare is responsible for providing clerical support for all the researchers on the project and assisting in events organisation.

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Barry Hodgson
Barry Hodgson

Barry works alongside the project Director to ensure that the project delivers on the research it has promised to undertake and to plan and implement the strategic direction of the project - with the eventual aim of becoming a self-sustaining research Hub.

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Oonagh McGee
Oonagh McGee

Oonagh is the Research Administrator for SiDE. As well as operational and financial management, Oonagh manages hub events, the communications strategy and is responsible for the website and social media channels.

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Project RAs

Roisin McNaney
Roisin McNaney

Róisín McNaney is a Speech and Language therapist by background. She studied her BSc in Speech and Language sciences at Newcastle University where she remained to continue a career in academic research.

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Kovila Coopamootoo
Kovila Coopamootoo

Kovila is working on the "Hyper-privacy: Case of Domestic Violence (Hyper-DoVe)" project in applying technologies to enable survivors of domestic violence to look for help while protecting their privacy.

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Rebecca Simmonds
Rebecca Simmonds

Rebecca Simmonds is a PhD student currently in her third year at Newcastle University.

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Martin Emms
Martin Emms

Martin Emms is a member of the SiDE team researching technologies that can help survivors of domestic violence.

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Dan Brennan
Dan Brennan

In September 2010 I joined the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG) as a researcher in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). This has given me the opportunity to be part of the fast paced, multi discipline research project SiDE, where working alongside my colleagues we are developing systems to aid older drivers.

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John Arnott
John Arnott

Professor John Arnott is Chair of Communication Systems in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee.

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Hugo Hiden
Hugo Hiden

Hugo is the software development lead on the SIDE project. His main interests are the development of the e-Science Central system, cloud based data analysis systems and workflows.

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Cas Ladha
Cas Ladha

Cassim holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering and has specific expertise in embedded computing and control.

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Karim Ladha
Karim Ladha

Karim holds a PhD from Loughborough University and has a diverse background in electrical, digital and mechanical systems.

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Simon Edwards
Simon Edwards

Simon is a Senior Researcher in Intelligent Transport Systems with particular interest in accessibility and mobility for disabled and older travellers.

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Chris Emmerson
Chris Emmerson

Chris is currently studying for a PhD as part of the Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy Hub, having completed a Masters Degree in Transportation Planning and Policy at the University of Newcastle.

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Amy Guo
Amy Guo

Amy is a Research Associate working on the Transport Activity. She holds a PhD in Evaluation of Future Traveller Information Systems, an MSc in Transport Engineering and Operations and a BEng in Railway Transportation Management.

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Lakshmi Suresh
Lakshmi Suresh

Lakshmi joined the computing science department as Research Associate in the MESSAGE project in November 2006. Currently she is working on EVADINE and SIDE.

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Abigail Durrant
Abi Durrant

I'm currently working as a Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University, for SiDE. Current work includes exploring the potential of photography at school to support children with additional needs in interpersonal communication, and how the design of photographic equipment could enhance this.

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Jon Hook
Jon Hook

I'm a Research Associate (on the SiDE project) and PhD student at Newcastle University in the School of Computing Science working with Patrick Olivier.

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Paul Dunphy
Paul Dunphy

My research interests centre around usable privacy and security mechanisms & with particular focus on security, usability, deployability and user experience.

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Angela Abbott
Angela Abbott

I am a qualitative social geographer, interested in home and community based socio-economic practice.

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Graeme Mearns
Graeme Mearns

Graeme is a Research Associate in the SiDE Social Sciences team. He has a background in Urban and Cultural Geography and came to Newcastle University in October 2010 following the completion of his PhD at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

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Kyle Montague
Kyle Montague

Kyle Montague is a PhD student who is investigating the application of shared user models and adaptive interfaces to improve the accessibility of digital touch-screen technologies for people with low levels of vision and motor control.

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Mike Crabb
Mike Crabb

Having graduated from Dundee University in 2010 studying Applied Computing, I am now reading for my PhD from within the same department, joining the SiDE Project.

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Marianne Dee
Marianne Dee

Marianne is a Research Assistant working with the Dundee User Pool. She is a Sociology graduate and a Fellow of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

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Lesley McIntyre
Lesley McIntyre

Lesley joined the SiDE team as a Postdoctoral Researcher in July 2012. Her educational, professional and academic background is in Architecture and she gained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture in 2004, her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture (with Honors) in 2006 and her Masters of Architecture Degree (with Distinction) in 2007.

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Chris Norval
Chris Norval

Chris is a PhD student with the SiDE team in Dundee, looking into social networking sites like Facebook and users who are over 65.

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Andreia Cavaco
Andreia Cavaco

Andreia is interested in the potential of digital technologies in everyday life, particularly in a health and well being context. Andreia has a background in Natural Sciences.

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Anja Thieme
Anja Thieme

Anja Thieme is a PhD student supervised by Thomas Meyer (Institute of Neuroscience), Patrick Olivier (Computing Science) and Peter Wright (Computing Science).

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Sebastian Stein
Sebastian Stein

Sebastian is a PhD student funded by SiDE to research multi-modal activity recognition within the Connected Home and Community activity.

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Thomas Ploetz
Thomas Ploetz

Thomas is an expert and post-doctoral researcher in machine learning and applied statistical pattern recognition.

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Nils Hammerla
Nils Hammerla

Nils is a PhD student funded by the Newcastle University's School of Computing Science to work within SiDE's Connected Community activity.

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Rolando Medellin
Rolando Medellin

Rolando is a post-doctoral research assistant working on the Grumpy Old Debate project at Dundee.

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Hugo Nicolau
Hugo Nicolau

Hugo is an RA in the Accessibility strand at Dundee. He previously designed, developed and evaluated new techniques and interfaces for people with motor, visual and situational disabilities.

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