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Keynote speaker

Professor Simeon Yates
Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Science, University of Liverpool, England

Professor Simeon Yates is Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Science, University of Liverpool, England. His research on the social, political, and cultural impacts of digital media includes a long-standing focus on digital media and interpersonal interaction. He is currently leading the Economic and Social Research Council review into Ways of being in a digital age and is seconded to the Digital Culture team of the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport.

Simeon has been researching the impacts of the internet and new/digital media on language and culture since 1990. His PhD thesis (1993) is a large-scale linguistic comparison of speech, writing, and online interaction. Subsequent published work has covered analyses of gender differences in computer-mediated communication (CMC), gender and computer gaming, email and letter writing, science in the mass media, and textbooks on social research methods—in particular, linguistic, and discourse analytic methods

Recently, he has worked on projects that address issues of digital inclusion and exclusion and projects that address the use of digital technologies in the context of security and crises—with this work funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), EU and industry. His work has often been interdisciplinary and has predominantly involved creative and digital industry partners. He was one of the leads on the EPSRC Engineering for Life interdisciplinary programme while at Sheffield Hallam.


Professor Mike Chantler
Professor in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

Professor Mike Chantler has been researching visual texture for the last 30 years, after becoming interested in solving underwater robotic vision problems. He has a first in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow and PhD in image processing from Heriot-Watt University. Prior to beginning his post as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt, Mike was a software engineer on military related projects and provided consultancy in Europe. He has successfully supervised over twenty PhDs, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, has chaired a number of leading international conferences and workshops, and has attracted multi-million pounds in EU and national funding.

Mike’s current interests are in using crowdsourcing and social computing for large scale psychophysics, mass design feedback and interaction, and canvassing the structure of research council portfolios as viewed by their researchers. His group in the Texture Lab created the Well Sorted software used to help develop the programme for this research symposium.

Professor Brian Detlor
Professor and Chair in Information Systems, DeGroote Business School at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Professor Brian Detlor’s research interests lie at the intersection of users, information, and information systems. His current research project pertains to the City of Hamilton’s “Love Your City, Share Your Stories” digital storytelling project that involves the creation, storage, and dissemination of a collective memory of digital stories concerning significant Hamilton cultural icons and their history. Past research projects have investigated topics such as information literacy in business schools, web information seeking, knowledge management, the adoption and use of information systems (e.g., research ethics board information systems) and various kinds of websites (e.g., library, government, organizational).

Brian was appointed Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University in June 2016.

Professor Annemaree Lloyd
Professor in the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Boras, Sweden

Professor Annemaree Lloyd has worked in vocational and higher education institutions in Australia since 2002. She is currently a Professor at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Boras, Sweden where she co-leads the information practice research group. Her research explores the interconnection between people, information, and practice. Her research programme has two strands. The first focuses on concepts of practice and landscape in the context workplace information practices, information and digital literacy, embodied learning, and communities of practice. The second strand focuses on the relationships between information practice, information resilience and social inclusion in the context of fractured landscapes, minority studies, and forced migration. Annemaree has recently accepted an appointment as a Visiting Professor, Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Further information about Annemaree and her research can found at

Professor Wendy Moncur
Interdisciplinary Chair of Digital Living, University of Dundee, Scotland

Professor Wendy Moncur is an Interdisciplinary Professor with a joint appointment across Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Dundee. She leads the Living Digital research group where research is grounded in Human-Computer Interaction, focusing on the design of technology to support being human in a Digital Age, particularly around significant life experiences. Wendy has been the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on grants worth over £2.7Million since 2011.

Before moving into academia, Wendy worked widely in the IT industry, across financial services, utilities, and manufacturing sectors. She is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review Associate College and has honorary appointments as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and as an Associate of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath. 


Professor Hazel Hall
Professor of Social Informatics in the School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. She is also Docent in Information Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi, Finland. For further information about Hazel please see

Mrs Frances Ryan
PhD student, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Frances Ryan is a PhD student in the Centre for Social Informatics. Her research explores the role of online information in reputation management. Frances holds Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Central Washington University (USA), with a double minor in Historical Tourism and Wine Studies, and a Master of Letters in Media and Culture (with distinction) from the University of Stirling (UK) where her dissertation investigated the sharing of news and information through social networking sites.