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Working at the Edge: Developing a Cross-disciplinary Research Agenda

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Slides from a seminar delivered to the School of Computing & Communications on the opportunities of cross-disciplinary research and strategies for overcoming some of the challenges.

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Working at the Edge: Developing a Cross-disciplinary Research Agenda

  1. 1. Working at the edge: Developing a multidisciplinary research agenda Arosha K. Bandara 21 Nov 2019 inter trans @arosha | #OUResearch
  2. 2. MOTIVATION 2 Computing in the world … • Clear system boundary • Focus on data, algorithms, protocols, etc • Disappearing system boundary • Cyber-physical / Socio-technical
  3. 3. DEFINITIONS 3 Multidisciplinary Research Research Questions, Theory, Models & Tools Research Questions Theory & Methods My Discipline My Discipline
  4. 4. DEFINITIONS 4 Interdisciplinary Research Research Qs, Theory, Models & Tools Research Qs Theory & Methods My Discipline My Discipline Research Questions Research Questions, combine Theory, Method, Tools, etc
  5. 5. DEFINITIONS 5 Transdisciplinary Research Research Qs, Theory, Models & Tools Research Qs, Theory & Methods Our DisciplineOur Discipline Theory Models Tools Research Questions Research Questions, combine Theory, Method, Tools, etc Stakeholder Stakeholder
  6. 6. TRADITIONAL APPROACH 6 Value of disciplinary research Bodies of Knowledge Methods & Tools Focus for Research
  7. 7. CHALLENGES 7 Navigating the Research Environment Discipline Focussed PhD Training
  8. 8. Limited Funding Sources CHALLENGES 8 Navigating the Research Environment Discipline Focussed PhD Training Lack of High-profile Publication Venues
  9. 9. CHALLENGES 9 Navigating the Research Environment Discipline Focussed PhD Training Lack of High-profile Publication Venues
  10. 10. Limited Funding Sources CHALLENGES 10 Navigating the Research Environment Discipline Focussed PhD Training Lack of High-profile Publication Venues
  11. 11. Limited Funding Sources CHALLENGES 11 Navigating the Research Environment Discipline Focussed PhD Training Lack of High-profile Publication Venues
  12. 12. Limited Funding Sources CHALLENGES 12 Navigating the Research Environment Discipline Focussed PhD Training Lack of High-profile Publication Venues
  13. 13. CHALLENGES 13 Developing personal strategies Reading beyond ‘home’ discipline Building collaborator networks Removing biases (e.g., ‘similar-to-me’)
  14. 14. My Experience
  15. 15. SETTING OUT 15 Working at the near horizon Work with other Sub-disciplines software engineering, distributed systems, human computer interaction MOBILEHCI
  16. 16. SETTING OUT 16 Working at the near horizon Work with other Sub-disciplines software engineering, distributed systems, human computer interaction ICSE
  17. 17. BULDING UP 17 Expanding beyond computing Working with other relevant disciplines software engineering, distributed systems, artificial intelligence, social psychology SEAMS
  18. 18. BULDING UP 18 Expanding beyond computing Working with other relevant disciplines software engineering, distributed systems, artificial intelligence, social psychology PSYCHOLOGYCOMPASS
  19. 19. TAKE OFF 19 Going out into the world social care, psychology, software engineering, machine learning and human computer interaction policing, psychology, software engineering and human computer interaction Combine disciplinary perspectives to address real-world problems
  20. 20. Reflections
  21. 21. SUMMARY (1) 21 Reflecting on the challenges Personal Group ?? ?? Systemic
  22. 22. SUMMARY (3) 22 Focus on the opportunities Impact Innovation Inclusion
  23. 23. FINAL THOUGHTS 23 Cross-disciplinary Research Credo Competence Courage Curiosity Openness
  24. 24. THANK YOU
  25. 25. Q&A / DISCUSSION Our vision for computing and communications technology is people centred: we are committed to integrating technology effectively into human activity. We seek to: • Empower: placing people at the centre of our research • Situate: focusing as much on context as on technology • Disrupt: creatively disrupt discipline borders for new perspectives and solutions In other words, we focus on the use of digital technology to enhance human experience. RESEARCH VISION

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