Chair of Design Informatics
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Location: ECA Evolution House, 78 Westport, Edinburgh EH1 2LE
Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books journals and conferences. At present Chris is working on funded projects that engage with the flow of food across cities, an internet of cars, turning printers into clocks and a persistent argument that chickens are actually robots. Chris is a co-organiser and compere for the Edinburgh www.ThisHappened.org events and is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity.
Chris was PI for the TOTeM project investigating social memory within the ‘Internet of Things’ funded by the Digital Economy (£1.4m) and the related Research in the Wild grant: Internet of Second Hand Things; PI for the JISC funded iPhone app Walking Through Time that overlays contemporary Google maps with historical maps; PI for Community Web2.0: creative control through hacking, a £40K feasibility study that explores parallels between virtual society (Internet) and actual society (communities); Co-I to the Sixth Sense Transport RCUK funded Energy project (£900k) which explores the implications for the next generation of mobile computing for dynamic personalised travel planning. He is also PI for the Travel Behaviours network funded by the RCUK Energy theme (£140k) and Co-I to both the EPSRC Creating trust through digital traceability project (Hull) and Learning Energy Systems project (Edinburgh).
Major research interests
The rare and forward thinking context of Design Informatics provides opportunity to develop a series of initiatives that place data at the centre of digital design research projects. Central to my thesis is that social interactions are critical to any conception of artefact and place – actual or virtual, and without it, the interpretation and development of any objects, model, map, text or image is limited. This guiding insight, based upon my education and employment through interactive media industries and digital art and technology research, has positioned me with the experience of leading four UK Research Council funded projects across a series of themes, as well as co-investigating across a further five, with four more projects that have recently been awarded funding. The nature of the funded research is in direct response to the interests of the PhD: Internet of Things, Digital Geographies and Architecture and Communities.
Principal research grants
I have been involved in 15 funded research projects since joining the ECA/UoE in 2008. The total sum of these is over £5m of which approximately £1m has been awarded to the ECA/UoE.
- Co-I to EPSRC Digital Economy HAT: Hub-of-all-Things as Platform for Multi-sided Market powered by Internet-of-Things: Opportunities for New Economic & Business Model. £1.2 million with Warwick, Cambridge, Exeter, Nottingham and West England. (0.7% Edinburgh) EPSRC Reference: EP/K039911/1
- PI to EPSRC The Internet of Secondhand Things:
Object biographies, consumption pathways and re-valuing goods. £250k with UCL and Oxfam, 18 months, 2013 (60% Edinburgh) EPSRC Reference: EP/K012819/1.
- Co-I to EPSRC Creating trust through digital traceability: sustainable food chains and new ways to connect producers and consumers £250k with University of Durham, 18 months, 2013 (20% Edinburgh). EPSRC Reference: EP/K012126/1
- Co-I to EPSRC Research in the Wild Learning Energy Systems: A dynamic innovative solution to reducing energy demand (£300k), Edinburgh for 18 months, starting 2013. EPSRC Reference: EP/K012789/1
- Co-I to EPSRC SeRTES £250k Digital Economy project in collaboration with Warwick, Aberdeen, LSE, City University and Newcastle. 9 month, 2012 (10% Edinburgh). EPSRC Reference: EP/J021601/1
- PI to AHRC Ladders to the Cloud, £40k follow-on funding for the Community Web 2.0 project with Heriot Watt, Leicester and RCHAMS, 2012 (40% Edinburgh) AHRC Reference: AH/J006734/1
- Co-I to AHRC Memories of Mr Seel's Garden, £100k Pilot Demonstrator project under the Connected Communities research theme, with Manchester, Liverpool, RCAHMS and Transition Liverpool, Friends of Everton Park, Friends of Sudley Estate (20% Edinburgh) AHRC Reference: AH/J006629/1
- Co-I to AHRC The Time of the Clock and the Time of Encounter: Pathfinders for Connection, Connected Communities research project £100k. with University of Central Lancashire, Manchester and Aberdeen (20% Edinburgh) AHRC Reference: AH/J006637/1
- Co-I to AHRC Localism and Connected Community Planning £40k with Birmingham, Cardiff University (40% Edinburgh). AHRC Reference: AH/J006580/1
- PI to AHRC Community Web 2.0: Creative control through hacking £40k Connected Communities follow up funding with University of Leicester and Brunel University, 2011 (50% Edinburgh). AHRC Reference: AH/I507620/1
- PI to EPSRC Travel Behaviours Network £150k 2011-2015 (90% Edinburgh) EPSRC Reference: EP/J00510X/1
- Co-I to EPSRC 6th Sense Transport project £900k in collaboration with Southampton, Bournemouth, Salford and Lancaster, 2011-2014 (20%) EPSRC Reference: EP/J004650/1
- PI Edinburgh Beltane Tagging Technology small grant for public engagement workshop with anti tagging organisation NO2ID. £1.5k
- Studentship: Are we nearly there yet? Supported by Microsoft / Dorothy Hodgkins fund, University of Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art. Value £60k 2010
- PI to JISC Walking Through Time £38k in collaboration with University of Edinburgh. Part 1 June 2009. Plus a further £10k from JISC to extend the research. Part 2 May 2010.
- PI to EPSRC Digital Economy TOTeM project £1.39 million in collaboration with UCL, Brunel, Salford and Dundee, 2009-2012 (20% Edinburgh) EPSRC Reference: EP/H007318/1.
- PI Creative Partnerships, Summer 2005 to develop IBeam Dyslexics Edition in collaboration with Plymouth Arts Centre and Looe Community School. £7k.
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership Logo Design, Ivybridge 2005-2007 C.Speed & A.Phippen (100k)
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership CMA, Yealmpton 2003-2005 C.Speed & M.Phillips (100k)
- Teaching Company Scheme Timothy Guy Design, Falmouth 2000-2002 Dr. P.Jagodzinski & C.Speed (70k)
Publications list for Chris Speed
Projects supervised by Chris Speed
This article was published on Jul 14, 2011