• 543 Citations
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20072020

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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 peoples

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

Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

Master in Science, Lancaster University

Oct 2006Sep 2007

Bachelor of Science, Lancaster University

Oct 2003Jun 2006

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Projects

Research Output

Supporting Shared Sense of History within a Rural Village Community

Cheverst, K., Taylor, N. & Do, T., 2020, Into the Wild: Beyond the Design Research Lab. Chamberlain, A. & Crabtree, A. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer , Vol. 48. p. 93-113 21 p. (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics; vol. 48).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Audience and Expert Perspectives on Second Screen Engagement with Political Debates

    Gorkovenko, K. & Taylor, N., 4 Jun 2019, TVX 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video: Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 70-82 13 p. (TVX 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video).

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

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    114 Downloads (Pure)

    Introduction to This Special Issue on Open Design at the Intersection of Making and Manufacturing

    Green, D. P., Fuchsberger, V., Taylor, N., Bjørn, P., Kirk, D. S. & Lindtner, S., 4 Apr 2019, In : Human-Computer Interaction. 34, 5-6, p. 379-388 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    18 Downloads (Pure)

    Our Friends Electric: Reflections on Advocacy and Design Research for the Voice Enabled Internet

    Rogers, J., Clarke, L., Skelly, M., Taylor, N., Thomas, P., Thorne, M., Larsen, S., Odrozek, K., Kloiber, J., Bihr, P., Jain, A., Arden, J. & von Grafenstein, M., 2 May 2019, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1-12 12 p. 114. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

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

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    103 Downloads (Pure)

    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. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings; vol. 2018-April).

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

    Open Access
    File
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    291 Downloads (Pure)

    Datasets

    Ardler Inventor Days: Stage 3 interview transcripts

    Clarke, L. (Creator) & Taylor, N. (Creator), University of Dundee, 2018

    Dataset

    File

    Hackathon fieldwork 2016 (interviews and field notes)

    Taylor, N. (Creator) & Clarke, L. (Creator), University of Dundee, 2018

    Dataset

    Tweets from #leadersdebate (2015 UK General Election TV Debates)

    Taylor, N. (Creator) & Gorkovenko, K. (Contributor), University of Dundee, 20 Aug 2015

    Dataset

    File
    File

    Activities

    CHI 2019

    Nick Taylor (Organiser)

    May 2018May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    CHI 2019

    Nick Taylor (Member of programme committee)

    Sep 2018Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    PerDis 2018: The 7th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays

    Nick Taylor (Member of programme committee)

    Feb 2018Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Dundee Design Festival 2018

    Jon Rogers (Participant), , Peter Thomas (Participant), , Nick Taylor (Participant), & Loraine Clarke (Participant)

    23 May 201826 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

    Home Futures

    Martin Skelly (Participant), , Loraine Clarke (Participant), , Jon Rogers (Participant), & Nick Taylor (Participant)

    5 Nov 201824 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

    Press / Media

    Euro citizen science project aims to help home gardeners

    Nick Taylor, Drew Hemment, Mel Woods & Andrew Cobley

    5/09/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Disabled entrepreneurs and new technology

    Nick Taylor

    6/11/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Sagacity project captures Dundee’s online emotions

    Nick Taylor

    7/10/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research