People

Jo Brodie is Project Manager for the Teaching London Computing and Public Engagement Co-ordinator for the Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices (CHI+MED) project, an EPSRC-funded research project looking at making medical devices safer. She has overall responsibility for community engagement on TLC, as well as keeping the wolves from the admin door. Jo also runs psci-com, the popular (over 3,200 subscribers worldwide) mailing list for those working in science communication and public engagement and @scicommjobs, a blog detailing jobs in the area. Previously she was Senior Science Information Officer at Diabetes UK where she provided plain English summaries of diabetes research and statistical information as well as answering scientific enquiries from members of the public and colleagues. She is enthusiastic about people having access to the information they need in a format that makes sense. Contact
Paul Curzon is a Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. He runs cs4fn / Computer Science for Fun through which he has been enthusing school students about interdisciplinary computer science worldwide for over 10 years. He is also co-Director of Teaching London Computing developing inspiring activities for computing teachers to use in class. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his excellence in teaching and outreach. His education related research interests include the effectiveness of unplugged approaches to teaching computing, ways to teach computational thinking skills including in interdisciplinary contexts, how to support creativity and ways to inspire and enthuse students about computing and STEM more widely. Contact

Peter McOwan is a Professor of Computer Science and QMUL’s Vice Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise. A founder member of CAS, he was elected a National Teaching Fellow by the HEA in 2008 and was awarded the 2011 IET Mountbatten Medal for his work in promoting computer science and an EPSRC Partnership for Public Engagement Scheme Computer Science for Fun (CS4fn). Peter is also the project leader for TEMI (Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated), an EU-funded Europe-wide teacher-training programme to help transform science and mathematics teaching practice with inquiry-based learning in classrooms. He also co-created Illusioneering an online and print collection of magic tricks underpinned by science and engineering principles. Contact

William Marsh is a Senior Lecturer in EECS. He has spoken regularly in schools and now jointly leads ‘Teaching London Computing’, developing CPD for teachers delivering the new GCSE/A-­level CS curricula. He leads the Computer Science undergraduate placement module introduced in 2014/15 and is EECS’s Director of Communication and Recruitment. Contact

Nicola Plant is a Research Assistant for Teaching London Computing where she is evaluating the impact of the programme for London computing teachers. Nicola is interested in developing teaching resources and applications to inspire and engage students with new technologies. Nicola is also a movement artist, coder and researcher currently completing a PhD in human movement, expression and intersubjectivity. Specialising in motion capture, she makes movement-based interactive installations and experiences, her work has been presented at exhibitions and conferences worldwide. Nicola has over 6+ years of experience in peer-to-peer computing teaching and leading creative coding workshops. Contact

Margaret Derrington began teaching in 1994 using computers and programming to teach Mathematics, and gradually moving sideways into teaching ICT and computer science. After some years teaching in various London schools and serving on the boards of ACITT, NAACE and the SSAT ICT expert panel, she spent six years training new ICT and computing teachers at King’s College London. Research interests include collaborative and task based learning and the use of the internet and virtual reality to teach languages. She has spent much of the last three years training ICT teachers to teach Computing. Contact

Pollie Barden is a human computer interaction researcher, game designer and technologist. Her work focuses on engaging and empowering users of all abilities with technology. She has over ten years of experience in designing, developing and project managing digital experiences that range from web/mobile based platforms, physical computing to pervasive games. Pollie continues to present her research, game and art work at conferences and exhibitions across the globe. Her research and art work can also be found in a variety of publications. As an educator, Pollie teaches physical computing, game design and graphic design in both workshops and universities in the U.S. and U.K. She is a co-found member of G.Hack, a collective of female researchers within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. The group is focused on sharing knowledge and developing interactive media projects. She earned a masters in Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University, NY, US. Pollie is currently based in London,UK where she is pursuing a PhD in Media Arts and Technology at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Contact

Jane Reid is a Director of Taught Programmes & Senior Lecturer in EECS. Her research interests lie in user-related issues in information retrieval (IR), focusing in particular on information seeking behaviour in different contexts, e.g. structured documents. She has also worked on user-centred evaluation of IR systems and interface design for IR systems. She has a developing interest in distance learning, and have strong links with Queen Mary’s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Unit. Her work adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from such areas as information science, languages and experimental psychology, as well as different areas of computer science, e.g. human-computer interaction. Contact

Chrystie Myketiak is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on CHI+MED, an EPSRC-funded research project that improves the safety of interactive medical devices, and is a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics, where she lectures sociolinguistics modules. Chrystie holds a BA Honours in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Regina, an MA in Sociology from Dalhousie University, and a PhD from the University of London. Contact