My name is Ashley J. Wheat.

Here's a little about me.

I currently reside in London where I'm one of the wonderful folks at Middlesex University's Interaction Design Centre. I've been at Middlesex for about 5 years, and I'm currently working on my PhD and teaching web wizardry and human-computer interaction. My favourite animal is a fox and my primary fuel source is tea.

And my PhD?
I'm glad you asked.

My PhD research looks at investigating the notion that distributed cognition supports sensemaking in those carrying out investigatory tasks, such as criminal intelligence analysts. Distributed cognition is the theory that human cognition isn't just in our heads, but is distributed across our social and physical environment. My work seeks to gain an understanding of the way in which investigators appropriate elements of the distributed cognitive system in order to help make sense of complex and diverse data and information, gaining meaning, understanding and insight. Through a number of studies, the aim of my work it to gain an understanding of distributed sensemaking and produce a framework to articulate its dimensions and concepts. It is envisaged that my work will produce a number of design implications that will be used to develop and evaluate novel technologies supporting distributed sensemaking in investigations.

My publications?

    Conference papers

  • Wheat, A., Attfield, S., Loureiro, R., Fusco-Fagg, I. 2012. Using context-aware digital technology to enhance and enrich visitor experience in exhibition spaces. In: CHArt (Computers and the History of Art), Display: Consume: Respond - Digital Engagement with Art. London, United Kingdom, 15-16 November 2012.
  • Posters

  • Wheat, A. 2013. Promoting visitor engagement with museum artefacts using novel technologies. In: Middlesex University, Summer Conference 2013. London, United Kingdom, 20 June 2013.

And my teaching?

  • Designing interaction: principles and practice is a second year undergraduate module that provides a theoretical backdrop introducing and developing practical techniques for the design, development and evaluation of interactive systems and products.
  • Web development and scripting technologies is a second year undergraduate module that aims to serve as a primer in web development by providing a grounding in HTML5 & CSS3 and an introduction into making interactive websites using JavaScript.
  • Novel interaction technologies is a final year undergraduate module providing students with the opportunity to practically apply the theory of interaction design learned in the second year by working on small projects whilst covering contemporary topics in human-computer interaction such as tangible user interfaces and haptics.
  • I also lead a summer school in web development and scripting technologies, which is an intensive version of the same second year undergraduate module. More information the course is available here.

Get in touch. Let's do coffee.