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 intelligence analysts employ the use of external resources in aid of sensemaking. In order to do this I am carrying out studies with ex-military comms intelligence analysts carrying out training exercises.

An analysis of of these studies will be carried out framed by distributed cognition and sensemaking theory in order to develop a framework of Distributed Sensemaking.

Distributed cognition follows notion that human cognition is distributed in nature extending across a number of actors, materials in the environment and internal and external representations.

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

Following my studies with intelligence analysts and the development of a framework of distributed sensemaking it is envisaged that my work will result in the design and evaluation of novel interfaces embodying its concepts. These interfaces will support more naturalistic interaction with computer resources by analysts.


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