Ashley Wheat is a PhD student working in the Interaction Design Centre at Middlesex. His research seeks to build descriptions of the way intelligence analysts appropriate the use of external resources and representations to support their work, gaining an understanding of the way Distributed Cognition serves as a key component in support of Sensemaking. His work on "Distributed Sensemaking" has seen him carry out user studies observing ex-military communications intelligence analysts. The analysis of which, coupled with further field-based research is envisioned to see the development of a conceptual framework of Distributed Sensemaking leading to the design of interactive computer-based solutions aimed at supporting naturalistic interaction with data.
Ashley completed a BSc in Multimedia Computing at Middlesex University in 2012 before becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant later the same year. He gained a university scholarship seeing him begin his PhD research in late 2013, when he also began working as a sessional lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. In the summer of 2015 he is expecting to carry out work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, USA contributing to his thesis.
Learning & Teaching Interests
CSD2500 Web Development
CMT3321 Novel Interaction Technologies
CMT2217 Summer School on Web Development and Scripting Technologies (Module leader)