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Digital Cultural and Creative Research Network

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Where creativity meets innovation 

The Digital Cultural Creative (DCC) Research Network brings together academics from a variety of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and health sciences.

The DCC Research Network brings together academics from across the University with strategic external partners to share ideas and develop exciting, ambitious, interdisciplinary collaborations that align with major external funding schemes.

Our members

Academic staff members working in the DCC Research Network come from a range of disciplines. 

Faculty of Humanities

Alexandros Antoniou
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Communications and Media Law; Intellectual Property Law and Asset Management; Cyber-obscenity; Media Ethics and Media Regulation
Lisa Blackmore
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Modernity in Latin America; Visual culture; Space and politics; Memory politics; Human-nature relations; Water, hydraulics, liquid ecologies in the arts; Environmental aesthetics; Photography; Digital culture; Contemporary visual production in Latin America
Katharine Cockin
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: women's suffrage; literature and history; archival studies; theatre history; First World War in literature; science fiction; animal studies; autobiography; Ellen Terry; Edith Craig; family history; Literature and Law; literature and place
Justin Colson
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: Trade, merchants and occupational identity in medieval and early modern Europe; Diet, health, and the role of professional medicine in early modern communities; History of cartography, historical mapping, transport and travel; Digital Humanities; Historical Geographical Information Systems (H-GIS)
Andrea Fejos
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Consumer law; Financial consumer law; FinTech; Consumer law and social justice; Financial regulation
Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco
Research Fellow, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Heritage, Digital Heritage, Virtual Museums, the use of digital technologies in museums, 3D digital and printed replicas of artefacts and monuments, authenticity, lost heritage, natural disasters, heritage at risk, resilient communities, sense of place, 3D visualisation.
Liam Jarvis
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Immersive Performance and Participation; Devising and Contemporary Performance-making; Experimental Neuroscience, Selfhood, Embodiment and Body Transfer Illusions in Performance; Science-art Interdisciplinarity; Intermediality, Interactivity, New Technologies and the Digital Humanities; Theatre in the Dark; Theatre Directing; Applied performance, affect and wellbeing
Emily Jones
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Emerging Military Technologies including Autonomous Weapons Systems and Human Enhancement Technologies; The Legal Subject and International Legal Personality; Posthuman Theory; Gender and Conflict; Feminist and Queer approaches to International Law; Science, Technology and the Law; Environmental Justice
Rosemary Klich
Professor, East 15 Acting School
Karin Littau
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Literature and film; Comparative media, intermediality, and transmedia; Adaptation, translation, and comparative literature; History of the book, silent cinema, and digital media; Technology, mediality, materialism; Reception studies and the history of reading; Physiology of reading, embodied spectator, affect
Matt Lodder
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: tattooing and body modification in their historical and theoretical contexts; lowbrow, outsider, countercultural, kitsch and erotic art & visual culture; the visual and cultural contexts of sex and sadomasochism, including pornography; internet and digital art; methodologies of art historical and visual culture study
Noam Lubell
Professor, School of Law
Research interests: International Humanitarian Law / Law of Armed Conflict; Conduct of Hostilities; Military Occupation; New Military and Law Enforcement Technologies, including Cyber Operations, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Human Enhancement; The Use of Force by States; Self-Defence; the UN Collective Security Framework; Counter-Terrorism.
Mary Mazzilli
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Chinese and East-Asian Theatre; World and Global Theatres and Literatures; Postdramatic Theatres; Modernism/Postmodernism in drama and literature; Post-war British theatre and theatres in Europe; Contemporary Theatre Practices (directing and producing); Dramaturgy and Playwriting (PaR and Creative practices); Comparative Drama and Literature; Gender Studies and Women's writing
Daragh Murray
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Armed Groups; Law of Armed Conflict; International Human Rights Law; Freedom of Expression; Public International Law; Counter-Terrorism; Surveillance; Big Data/AI & Human Rights
Lisa Smith
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: Britain and France, ca 1600-1800; Digital History; Medicine and Science; Supernatural; Body; Gender History
Michael Tymkiw
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Spectatorship; Histories of modernism; Exhibition design and curation; The relationship between art and politics; The use of digital technologies in museums and galleries; Intersections between pre-modern and modern art
Christopher Willett
Professor, School of Law
Research interests: UK, EU and global consumer and contract law; commercial law; services of general interest; unfair terms and practices law; quality and safety of goods and services; financial services; digital content law
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The Digital Humanities at Essex

The Digital Humanities, a subset of the DCC Research Network, is a creative community of researchers and teachers within the Faculty of Humanities who use technology to understand what it means to be human.

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Faculty of Social Sciences

James Allen-Robertson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Algorithmic Power; Web Scraping; Text Mining; Digital Cultures; Software Studies; Hacker Subcultures; The Dark Web; Science and Technology Studies; Computational Social Science
Michael Bailey
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Critical theory; Historical sociology; Working-class heritage; Sociology of the media and modern culture; Intellectual history of ethical socialism and cultural criticism; Governmentality studies; Sociology of religion; Cultural policy studies
Maitrayee Deka
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Economic sociology; Pirate economy; Peer-to-peer networks; Sharing economy; Gender and sexuality; Consumer culture; New Media; Social theory
Eamonn Carrabine
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Crime and the Media; Cultural and Social Geography; Popular Music and Sociological Thinking; Punishment and Human Rights; Sociology of Imprisonment; Visual Sociology; Youth Culture
Adela Ganem Gutierrez
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: The role of interaction in the processes of second language learning; Second language (L2) learning from a Sociocultural theory perspective; Feedback and scaffolding; Collaborative activity and second language learning; Instructed SLA; CALL in particular the impact of the computer in the L2 classroom and the potential of Virtual World Environments for L2 learning; Applications of Cognitive Linguistics to L2 learning and teaching
Sean Nixon
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Consumption and Commercial Cultures; Advertising and Market Devices; Cultural Studies; Television and the Natural World; Cultures of nature and human-animal relations
John Preston
Deputy Dean (Research) (Social Sciences) and Professor (R), Department of Sociology

Faculty of Science and Health

Javier Andreu Perez
Dr Javier Andreu Perez
Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning; Reasoning and Modeling Systems in Diagnosis and Prognosis; Health Informatics; Computational Intelligence applied to Brain Sciences; Neuroergonomics and Neuromarketing; Computer Vision and Machine Perception; Industrial Informatics; Deep Learning Architectures
Kathryn Buchanan
Dr Kathryn Buchanan
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Improving subjective well-being through the identification of happiness-enhancing behaviours or activities; Promoting the uptake of eco-friendly behaviours; The capabilities of digital technologies to change behaviour
Jon Chamberlain
Dr Jon Chamberlain
Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Human language through Natural Language processing, in particular for social media discourse; Problem solving with collective intelligence and distributed human tasking (crowdsourcing/human computation); Citizen science through games, gamification and games-with-a-purpose; Measuring human cognition and experience using empirical methods, UX/UI techniques and surveys; Computer vision in 3D modelled environments; Labelling and aggregation of metadata in large-scale multimedia corpora; Interactive information retrieval and data visualisation
Adrian Clark
Dr Adrian Clark
Reader, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Computer vision; virtual and augmented reality; genetic programming; remote sensing; unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs)
Ian Daly
Dr Ian Daly
Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Brain-computer interfacing; Machine learning; Signal processing; Functional neural connectivity; EEG; fNIRS; fMRI; Motor control; Motor rehabilitation; Brain stimulation
Maria Fasli
Professor Maria Fasli
Executive Dean (Science and Health) - Professor (R), School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Multi-agent systems and autonomous adaptive systems; Data exploration analysing and modelling complex data Big data analysis and modelling of structured and unstructured data; Machine learning modelling opponents learning behaviours from data; Reasoning and analytics over multiple streams of data Internet of Things (IoT) reasoning and analytics; Individual and collective user profiles profile adaptation contextualised profiles; Recommender systems collaborative filtering reputation systems; complex systems modelling dynamics of financial systems and markets; Market mechanisms negotiation protocols strategic interaction supply chain management; Semantic matching resource search cloud computing resource allocation; Trust in agent societies trust mechanisms trust in decision making; Formal theories of agents and multi-agent systems BDI agents; Cognitive agents knowledge and belief self-reference; Software engineering methodologies for agents and multi-agent systems; Social dynamics regulation of agent societies roles and power institutions; Self-organisation team formation; Serious games for education and learning collaborative learning
John Gan
Professor John Gan
Professor, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Machine learning and artificial intelligence; Computer vision and robotics; Brain-computer interfaces; Multimodal human-machine interaction; Intelligent data and text mining; Signal processing; Pattern recognition; (See also staff research interests by category)
Hani Hagras
Professor Hani Hagras
Professor, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Computational Intelligence (Fuzzy Logic,Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computation )
Maria Filippetti
Dr Maria Filippetti
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: The development of body awareness; Tactile interactions; Development of interoception
Tom Foulsham
Dr Tom Foulsham
Reader, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Visual cognition; Perception of pictures and videos; Eye movements; Cognitive neuropsychology
Paul Hibbard
Professor Paul Hibbard
Head of Department - Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: binocular vision; image statistics; visual discomfort
Gethin Hughes
Dr Gethin Hughes
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Sense of Agency; Metacognition; Action Understanding; Multisensory Integration
Leila Musavian
Dr Leila Musavian
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Reader, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: URLLC Use case
Dimitri Ognibene
Dr Dimitri Ognibene
Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Artificial Intelligence (Ognibene & Demiris 2013, Nivel et al 2014); Cognitive Neuroscience (Ognibene et al 2017, Friston et al 2015, Pezzulo & Ognibene 2013); Proactive Social Robotics (Ognibene & Mirante, 2018; Ognibene & Demiris 2013, Ognibene et al 2013, Petit et al 2013); Social Media Governance and Behavior Modelling (under preparation); Probabilistic and Neural Machine Learning Methods (Ognibene Baldassarre 2015, Ognibene and Demiris 2013, Ognibene et al 2013); Active Vision and Perception (Ognibene & Demiris 2013, Ognibene Baldassarre 2015, Ognibene et al 2010, Ferro, M. 2010, Ognibene et al 2008); Adaptive Model Based Control (Catenacci Volpi, Wu Ognibene, in press, Nivel et al 2014); Behaviour Modelling and Prediction (Ognibene & Demiris 2013, Ferro, M. 2010); Active Intention Recognition and Activity Monitoring (Ognibene & Demiris 2013, Lee et al 2015);
Francisco Sepulveda
Professor Francisco Sepulveda
Professor, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Brain-computer interfaces; Neural prostheses and neuromuscular electrical stimulation; Bioelectronics; Rehabilitation engineering; Myoelectric operation of artificial limbs and robotic devices; Biomedical signal analysis; Computational neuroscience; Sensori-motor neurophysiology; Affective computing; Intelligent systems, both artificial and natural; Mathematical modelling of muscle and nerve
Nikolaos Thomos
Dr Nikolaos Thomos
Reader, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: Network coding; Multimedia communications; Information-centric networks; Joint source and channel coding; Approximate reconstruction of sources; Machine learning for communications
Anthony Vickers
Professor Anthony Vickers
Head of School - Professor, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Loes Van Dam
Dr Loes Van Dam
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: My main research areas are visual perception, visuomotor performance and multi-sensory perception and action. In other words, I am interested in how the human brain transforms the sensory information it receives into adequate perceptual interpretations and goal-oriented behavior. I use psychophysical and behavioral methods in addition to ideal-observer modelling to investigate these topics.
Stuart Walker
Professor Stuart Walker
Professor, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Research interests: High-capacity optical network systems; semiconductor laser characteristics; broadband optical receiver design; optical transmission; local access architectures based on arrayed waveguide gratings; video compression
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