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Alan Chamberlain

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Science




Dr Alan Chamberlain is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham. He has published numerous papers on many aspects of Human Computer Interaction and has successfully obtained funding for research projects. He is currently interested in the development of systems in real world settings (Research in the Wild). His main research interests are listed below. profile

Expertise Summary

Research interests

He has worked in a range of settings which span the Arts, Music, Business, Heritage and Social Enterprises (in Rural and Urban settings). He is interested in design, technology (AI, VR/AR, Robotics, Audio etc.) and their application to real-world problems as articulated by various communities of practice. His research is based in Human Computer Interaction, Ethnography, Action Research, Participatory Design and User Engagement in order to develop networks of people that are able to involve themselves in the practices of innovation and design.

Research Summary

Current Projects

Disruptive Beats: Music, AI, Creativity, Composition and Performance (Principal Investigator £50,000 - Researcher in Residence, Fellowship) EPSRC Nottingham Impact Award - AI, Music and Design (Principal investigator) £21,000 EPSRC Nottingham Impact Award - Music Technology (Principal Investigator) £10,000 Communities of Design - Director (with Alan Dix 2019 - 2020)

Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies (Associate Investigator - Senior Research Fellow) £5,199,944

Living with Digital Ubiquity (Named - Senior Research Fellow) £1,225,669 Citizen Scholarship in Nottingham: understanding the value of engaging users with heritage and culture (Senior Research Fellow) - Project page AHRC


The Magellan Project - (Senior Researcher) - €9,937,963

EPSRC EP/J000604/2 Co-investigator Researcher - £1,053,173 linked to project below

EPSRCEP/J000604/1 Co-investigator Researcher - £1,263,925


Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT EP/K014234/2 (Senior Research Fellow - Design Ethnography) £1,673,748

Hub of All Things EP/K039911/1 (Senior Research Fellow - Design Ethnography) £982,373

Bridgingthe Rural Divide - EPSRCEP/I001816/1, Recognised Researcher (Named), 2010 - 2012. Value £230,515

Horizon Digital Economy, Urban Games, with Prof Greenhalgh & Active Ingredients. See ExplodingPlaces (Research Fellow)

IPERG- Integrated project on pervasive gaming, with Sony, Nokia, Blast Theory (Research Fellow - Evaluation Lead (Notts)) €9,766,215

EPSRC/DTI Participate project, with BT, BBC, Microsoft, Blast Theory - (Research Fellow)

Recent Publications


University of Nottingham, Department of Music - Honorary Research Fellowship (2020 - )

Copenhagen Business School - Visiting Professor (2020 - 2022)

University of Oxford - Visiting Academic (2015 - 2018)

EUSSET - Steering Committee (European Association of Researchers Interested in Socially-Embedded Technologies - 2017 - 2021)

Audio Mostly Conference series - Steering Committee - 2019 - Current

RSA Fellow (Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts - current) MISM Member of ISM

ACM Ambassador (SIGCHI) (Association of Computer Machinery - current 2017/18) Volunteer Spotlight - ACM SIGCHI

Committees & Reviewing, Journal Editorials - recent

Editor (currently) - (PUC) Personal and Ubiquitous Computing ISSN: 1617-4909 (Print) ISSN: 1617-4917 (Electronic) Publisher: Springer-Nature.

Panel Chair, ECSCW 2019

Doctoral Consortium Chair, Communities & Technology 2019 (EUSSET/ACM)

Technical Programme Committee, Audio Mostly 2018 (ACM)

Program Committee, MUM 2018 (ACM)

Program Committee, ECSCW 2018 (EUSSET)

Posters & Demos Chair, ECSCW 2017 (EUSSET)

Associate Chair, DIS 2017 (ACM)

Program Committee, MUM 2017 (ACM)

Program Committee, ACM Multimedia 2017 (ACM) (Ubiquitous Multimedia)

Program Committee, C&T 2017 (ACM)

Associate Chair, DIS 2016 (ACM)

Associate Chair, AVI 2016

Associate Committee, MobileHCI 2016 (ACM)

Programme Committee, HCC 2016 (Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Associate Committee, CSCW 2015 (ACM) Program Committee, India HCI, 2014

Chair (Publicity) 5th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software, 2014. Springer Verlag

Associate Editor - ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Special Issue The Turn to the Wild. 2013 News The science of music brought to the big screen Music is an integral part of any film, and research into computer generated music has been used to create the soundtrack for a film that has been nominated for a British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) Learning Screen Award.

Dr Alan Chamberlain takes up Visiting Academic position at University of Oxford Group unearths Bronze Age find at Pen Dinas hillfort

Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Dr Alan Chamberlain of Nottingham University is part of a team of 12 researchers taking part. "There is a huge amount of information available to people in urban areas so that when you walk down a street you can access a street map, find the nearest restaurant or the history of a building you are standing outside, " said Dr Chamberlain.

Past Research

Lead Proposer

CEKE Fellowship (PI) Collections, Community and Culture: Exploring the Nature of Heritage and Diaspora (2013) £5,000

HERMES Fellowship (PI) Building Early Career Capacity: big data communities, software and engineering (2013) £3,000

Convergence: Interdisciplinary Interpretations of People, Place and Pervasive Media, Troubadour Award (PI), Awarded from the grant: EPSRC Reference: EP/H024867/1 - Towards Pervasive Media

Performative Aspects of Pervasive Computing (PI) - Awarded from the grant: EPSRC Reference: EP/F013442/1 - UBICOMP Grand Challenge Award

Nano Histories (PI) - Awarded from the grant EPSRC Reference: EP/E018580 - Bridging the Gaps between Mathematics, ICT and Engineering - £3,000

Rural Ubiquitous Computing (PI) - Awarded from the grant: EPSRC Reference: EP/F03038X/1 - The Challenge of Widespread Ubiquitous Computing


Riders Have Spoken: Designing and Evaluating an Archive for Replaying Interactive Performances - AHRC "Beyond Text Programme" Recognised Researcher (Named), 2010 - 2011. Value £12877.56 (full cost)

Research Council Involvement

EPSRC Reviewer - Current

2018 Building a Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Community (Invited via Application), Cardiff, UK

2010 Bridging the Urban Rural Divide (RCUK/EPSRC) - Funding/Future Direction Workshop (Selected Member) Birmingham UK

2011 Early Career Meeting (EPSRC) Nottingham UK Peer Review College - Network Membership

2015 - 2018 Personal Data and Trust Network (co-Lead) Social and Cultural Innovation - EPSRC, Digital Catapult & Innovate UK

RCUK - Communities and Culture Network +

AHRC - Rural Connective

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