Ashley Wheat

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About me

Back in 2012 I graduated from Middlesex University with a shiny new degree in Multimedia Computing.

I've been at Middlesex ever since, and I'm currently there working on my PhD in the Interaction Design Centre. I'm also a lecturer teaching web wizardry and human-computer interaction.

I like all the normal things like dinosaurs and spaceships, but when I'm not researching or teaching I'm also really passionate about coffee, books, travel and well-made clothes. I love watching QI, doing crosswords and I've always been a huge fan of music.

My Research

The focus of my PhD research is to gain an understanding of the way people employ the use of external resources in aid of sensemaking. To do this I am carrying out a number of studies with ex-military intelligence analysts, among others, carrying out sensemaking tasks.

My analyses of these studies are being carried out through the lense of distributed cognition and sensemaking theory in order to develop a conceptual framework of Distributed Sensemaking.

Distributed cognition describes human cognition as distributed in nature, extending across a number of actors, artifacts and internal and external representations in the environment.

Sensemaking describes the process by which human beings gain meaning and insight from data and infromation.

Following the development of a framework of Distributed Sensemaking, I envisage my work resulting in the design and evaluation of novel interfaces embodying its concepts. These interfaces will be designed to support more naturalistic interaction with computer resources.

Teaching

Web Development

On this module students learn the tools and techniques needed to code and design for the web, covering HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript and Information Architecture.

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Novel Interaction Technologies

Here students discover, design, develop and evaluate novel technologies such as tangible user interfaces and augmented reality in a number of group projects.

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Publications

An up to date list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.

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