My name is Ashley J. Wheat. I currently live 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. I'm currently working on my PhD and I also teach web wizardry and human-computer interaction. My favourite animal is a fox and my primary source of fuel is tea.

My research

My PhD research looks at investigating the notion sensemaking in intelligence analysis is supported by the appropriation of external resources. My work seeks to gain an understanding of the way in which analysts use elements of their physical, and in some cases virtual environments to help make sense of complex and diverse data, gaining meaning, understanding and insight. Through a number of studies, the aim of my work it to gain an understanding of distributed sensemaking in this context, producing a framework to articulate its dimensions and concepts. It is envisaged that my work will result in a number of design implications that will be used to develop and evaluate novel technologies supporting intelligence analysis.


I am currently teaching on two modules at Middlesex:

  • CSD2500: 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.
  • CMT3321: Novel Interaction Technologies. Here students will discover, design, develop and evaluate novel technologies such as tangible user interfaces and augmented reality.

Selected Publications

  • Wheat, A., Attfield, S., Fields, B. 2014. External Representation of Provenance in Intelligence Analysis. In: Workshop on Provenance for Sensemaking, IEE VIS 2014. Paris, France, 9-14 November 2014. (Workshop paper)
  • Wheat, A. 2014. A framework of Distributed Sensemaking in investigations. In: British Computer Society, The 28th British HCI Conference. Southport, United Kingdom, 9-12 September 2014. (Doctoral consortium)
  • Wheat, A. 2014. Understanding External Sensemaking in Intelligence Analysis. In: British Computer Society, The 28th British HCI Conference. Southport, United Kingdom, 9-12 September 2014. (Poster)
  • 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. (Conference Paper)

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