The Hypermedia Research Unit currently consists of the following members:
Paul was successful in winning a University of Glamorgan Centenary Studentship. He has started a research project investigating the integration of spatial and semantic information in the archaeology domain in collaboration with the GIS Research Unit. Paul has previously worked for English Heritage and Wessex Archaeology Ltd.
Paul is currently researching the application of GeoSemantic Technologies for Archaeological Research (GSTAR), drawing on the latest developments in the Semantic Web and geospatial research domains. This research involves ontological models of cultural heritage knowledge and spatial information using information systems built around these through the fusion of Linked Data, GIS, database and web technologies and emerging standards and frameworks.
Mike’s research is a critical exploration of the role of web 2.0 technologies in education. It uses a series of case studies to test the claims commonly made regarding the beneficial impacts of these technologies on students and their learning. The initial analysis suggests that there are in fact many challenges in deploying these technologies in a manner which delivers the claimed impacts.
Nick is a university of South Wales student who, after a successful honours degree won a KESS2 scholarship to study for his PhD. His doctoral research, which started in October 2016, involves exploring new ways in which human behaviour is affected by aesthetic design and development of digital interfaces.
The PhD project will use a combination of BCI (brain computer interface) and eye tracking technology to explore the cognitive processes involved in the user’s aesthetic experience. This data will then be analysed in the hope that correlations and consistent patterns can help to better design and develop digital services and applications. This work is in collaboration with the multi-national organisation CGI and is potentially ground breaking research that will hopefully change the way user interface design is conducted.