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 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 resources in our physical environment. 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 embodied 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 analysts.

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.
  • Doctoral Consortia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 by working on small projects whilst covering contemporary topics in human-computer interaction.
  • I also lead a summer school in web development and scripting technologies.

Get in touch. Let's do coffee.