Jessica comes from Dorset, UK, and studied Geography at the University of Oxford (BA, 2004). Following a GIS internship at the United States Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and further Geographical Information Systems (GIS) experience in public and private sectors, she led a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between UCL and Dr Foster Intelligence in 2007, which was graded outstanding and developed into her Engineering Doctorate and interest in the usability of geospatial technologies.
Usability Engineering (designing then running experiments with participants and obtaining information on users in novel ways to inform more usable designs), Big Data, Action Research and GIS.
Jessica is a Research Fellow in WebGIS on the iMars grant agreement: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/188855_en.html. Broadly, the iMars grant is developing tools and 3D models of the surface of… read more
JONES, S., WARDLAW, J., CAROLAN, M. and CROUCH, S., 2011. Modelling catchment areas for acute providers: a case study. Health Care Management Science. 14(3), 253-261
SKARLATIDOU, A., WARDLAW, J., HAKLAY, M. and CHENG, T., 2011. Understanding the influence of specific Web GIS attributes in the formation of non-experts’ trust perceptions. In: RUAS, A., ed., Advances in Cartography and GIScience. Selection from ICC 2011, Paris. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Vol. 1. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 219-238
Jessica is a Research Fellow in WebGIS on the iMars grant agreement: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/188855_en.html. Broadly, the iMars grant is developing tools and 3D models of the surface of Mars from NASA and ESA mission imaging data to create co-registered data for a much more comprehensive interpretation of the Martian surface. Specifically, the project will identify surface changes that have occurred since the NASA's Viking Orbiter mission in the 1970s. Within this Jessica's work comprises of two phases: 1) to review the current state-of-the-art in crowd sourcing, Citizen Science and human computation platforms and initiatives, and 2) to test the resultant design ideas with human volunteers both in the laboratory and online. Both phases aim to not only inform the design of the user interface for iMars but also contribute to the development of design guidelines for other Citizen Science initiatives.
Jessica completed her Engineering Doctorate in 2015, which was a longitudinal study of the introduction and impact of User-Centred Design (UCD) methods on a healthcare informatics organisation, beyond improvements in the user interface and experience. It identified obstacles and opportunities for embedding UCD techniques in the organisation, their additional value to the organisation (beyond the identification of usability problems) and the strengths and weaknesses of the Action Research approach for investigation of design practice.
Her research interests span Geography (including Web GIS, cartography, spatial cognition and knowledge construction, health geography) and Human-Computer Interaction (from applied aspects such as user-centred design, usability engineering and design practice, to cognitive aspects including sense- and decision-making, information visualisation and affective interaction design), especially as it applies to geographical and so-called "Big" data. She is especially interested in the boundary between amateur and professional, and human and machine, capabilities.