• 392 Citations
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20072018
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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Nick Taylor is a Senior Lecturer specialising in Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) and interaction design. His research sits at the intersection of design, technology and society, where he attempts to understand the impact of emerging technologies and practices, and imagine, prototype and explore possible preferable futures around those technologies. He is particularly interested in:

  • technology to support neighbourhoods and communities, especially for civic engagement.
  • designing a trusted Internet of Things by embedding values including privacy, openness, decentralisation, inclusion and literacy.
  • making, DIY and craft approaches to technology, particularly to support people in harnessing technology for themselves.
  • participatory methods combing a range of approaches from speculative design to long-term deployments of functioning prototypes ‘in the wild’.

Nick received a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University and subsequently worked in Culture Lab (now Open Lab) at Newcastle University, where he was a researcher on BESPOKE and the Creative Exchange.

www.nick-taylor.co.uk

Research

Nick is currently involved in the following funded research projects:

  • OpenDoTT is a PhD programme from the University of Dundee and Mozilla to explore how to build a more open, secure, and trustworthy Internet of Things. This program will train technologists, designers, and researchers to create and advocate for better, healthier and more people-centred connected products. The project is made possible through €1.5m in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.
  • The Open IoT Studio is an ongoing collaboration between the University of Dundee and Mozilla, building a network of researchers and designers to explore and advocate for a better, healthier Internet of Things. 
  • The GROW Observatory is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. Participants will discover together, using simple tools to better manage soil and grow food, while contributing to vital scientific environmental monitoring.
  • WeObserve is an H2020 Coordination and Support Action (CSA) which tackles three key challenges that Citizens Observatories (COs) face: awareness, acceptability and sustainability. The project aims to improve the coordination between existing Citizen Observatories and related regional, European and International activities.
  • Decentralising India’s Digital Futures will explore how we can harness powerful developments in emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, the voice enabled Internet, machine learning and artificial intelligence to support disempowered rural communities in India.

Past projects include:

  • Ardler Inventors worked with the Ardler neighbourhood to explore how events like hackathons could bring together people from Ardler with researchers and creatives to explore new uses for technology in the local area.
  • In the Making investigated the role that digital fabrication could play in supporting wellbeing and employability of disabled people.

Teaching

Nick currently teaches primarily on MSc Product Design, delivering modules that focus on the use of product design skills in the research landscape, including as a tool to explore current societal challenges and explore possible futures. These modules typically involve live briefs that tie into current research projects and collaborations.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

Oct 2007Sep 2011

Master in Science, Lancaster University

Oct 2006Sep 2007

Bachelor of Science, Lancaster University

Oct 2003Jun 2006

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Research Output 2007 2018

Everybody’s Hacking: Participation and the Mainstreaming of Hackathons

Taylor, N. & Clarke, L., 21 Apr 2018, CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1-2 12 p. Paper 172

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
participation
event
community
coding

Maker movements, do-it-yourself cultures and participatory design: Implications for HCI research

Smyth, M., Helgason, I., Kresin, F., Balestrini, M., Unteidig, A. B., Lawson, S., Gaved, M., Taylor, N., Auger, J., Hansen, L. K., Schuler, D. C., Woods, M. & Dourish, P., 20 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Engage with CHI. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Vol. 2018-April. 7 p. W32

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Human computer interaction
Ecosystems
Systems analysis
Availability
Costs

Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies

Taylor, N., Clarke, L., Skelly, M. & Nevay, S., 21 Apr 2018, CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1-12 12 p. Paper 507

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Testing
6 Citations

Community Inventor Days: Scaffolding Grassroots Innovation with Maker Events

Taylor, N., Clarke, L. & Gorkovenko, K., 10 Jun 2017, DIS '17: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1201-1212 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
networking
innovation
city
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Open design at the intersection of making and manufacturing

Green, D. P., Fuchsberger, V., Kirk, D., Taylor, N., Chatting, D., Meissner, J., Murer, M., Tscheligi, M., Lindtner, S., Bjorn, P. & Reiter, A., 6 May 2017, CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Vol. Part F127655. p. 542-549 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Human computer interaction
Momentum
Industry

Activities 2011 2018

  • 18 Participation in conference
  • 10 Invited talk
  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity

CHI 2019

Nick Taylor (Member of programme committee)
Sep 2018Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

DIS 2018

Nick Taylor (Member of programme committee)
Jan 2018Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Human-Computer Interaction (Journal)

Nick Taylor (Guest editor)
2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Flourishing - Art, Participation and the World to Come

Nick Taylor (Speaker)
23 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

CHI 2019

Nick Taylor (Organiser)
May 2018May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference