I [Dr Ed de Quincey] am currently a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Keele University, a Visiting Researcher at the eCentre at the University of Greenwich and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have worked in the area of online human behaviour for 12 years, looking into the usability and impact of websites as well as uses of the information that they collect. This has included an investigation into the potential of Twitter to detect disease outbreaks such as Swine Flu, along with colleagues at CeRC. I am using a similar approach to study hay fever seasons and the use of social media by charities, as well as investigating the use of other Web 2.0 tools such as Social Bookmarking and twitter to support e-Learning.
I have previously worked as a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and a Researcher at City University, London.
I have an updated CV available in pdf format which contains a complete publications list [updated in July 2014].
I m currently a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Keele University, a Visiting Researcher at the eCentre at the University of Greenwich, previously a Researcher at the City eHealth Research Centre (CeRC) at City University, London.
→ Categorised list of research publications (pdf) updated July 2014.
Web 2.0 and Social Media
I have recently been involved with research that has investigated the potential of twitter to detect disease outbreaks such as Swine Flu and determine hay fever seasons within the UK. In collaboration with CeRC at City University, we collected over 3 million tweets that contain the word "flu" and showed that activity on twitter can predict swine flu outbreaks up to 1-2 weeks faster than conventional methods currently used by the NHS. This work has received international press coverage (e.g. The Telegraph, The Times of India), was featured by the Health Protection Agency and has been presented at 10 further international conferences (e.g. ESCAIDE, MedInfo) Follow on work, using similar techniques, is investigating the impact of the Olympics and has been presented at the London Olympic Legacies Conference and a collaboration with the Business School at Greenwich has investigated the use of social media by UK Charities.
As an active member of the eCentre at Greenwich and Leader of the Web 2.0 / Social Web for Learning Research Group, I was the technical lead on the TQE funded Social Bookmarking project, which investiged the use of social bookmarking by 200 students and lecturers. A subsection of the preliminary results from this study were presented at eHealth 2010 and the complete results at a number of international conferences and workshops in 2011 (eHealth 2011, eLearning in Health 2011, eTeaching and Learning Workshop 2011, Enhanced and Transformed: Tales from the Digital Age). I have recently finished a complementary project that has looked into the use of twitter by lecturers and students to support learning and engagement and as Chair of the Greenwich Connect Project, I have recently published a number of articles about the potential uses of Social Media tools for Learning and Teaching. I have also received funding to research how VLE's such as Moodle can support Early Career Researchers.
Elicitation and Evaluation techniques
My PhD research (download thesis pdf) involved using a technique called Card Sorts to elicit the attributes of web pages and music that people are interested in. As part of this I have developed an online card sorting tool which allows researchers to perform card sorts with a variety of media i.e. photos, music, not just words which previous tools were restricted to. I am also researching a range of elicitation, development and evaluation techniques for constructing websites as part of undergraduate and post graduate web development modules e.g. paper prototyping, laddering, think aloud etc.
In my last position, I was involved with a team at CeRC who successfully evaluated the SeaLife family of Semantic Web browsers. This was one of the first user-centred evaluations of Semantic browsers details of which have been published in 3 recent papers.
An other area of research that I am interested in is visualisation, in particular methods for representing large amounts of code and data. There have been several outputs from this research including a paper in CSIC and PPIG, a patent, an online search application, winning a design competition for a symposium booklet cover and numerous large scale representations of mathematical numbers e.g. Pi to 1 million digits. I continued this research at City, looking at visualising server logs to identify trends in online user behaviour and search (UMAP 2009).
Following on from my PhD research, I have been investigating people's perceptions and categorisations of music and comparing them to automated methods. In collaboration with other researchers within the School of Computing and Mathematics at Keele, software is being developed that identifies and visualises the features of music that respondents like and dislike.
Publications, Conferences and Workshops
Categorised list available for download (pdf) updated July 2014.
Professional Activities and Memberships
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Visiting researcher, eCentre, University of Greenwich
- External Examiner at Glasgow Caledonian University
- Guest Editor for Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching
- Editorial Board Member for Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching
- Reviewer for Expert Systems: The Journal of Knowledge Engineering
- Reviewer for Methods of Information in Medicine
- Reviewer for BCS International Software Quality Management (SQM) and INSPIRE conferences
- Organising Committee member for APT 2013, APT 2012, eHealth 2011, eHealth 2010, eHealth 2009
- eHealth 2010, eHealth 2011 Poster Chair
- Committee member and reviewer for e-Health 2014, e-Health 2013, Employer Engagement in a Digital Age 2012, IADIS International Conference, e-Health 2012, eHealth 2011, eHealth 2010, eHealth 2009, COGNITIVE 2009
- Chair of the Greenwich Connect Working Group on Social Media (2013-2014)
- Leader of the Web 2.0/Social Web for Learning Research Group at the eCentre
- Visiting researcher, Knowledge Modeling Group, Keele University (2009-2014)
Invited Talks and Seminars
- Presented "An investigation into the use of twitter by lecturers and students to support UG and PG modules" invited talk at HEA MSOR Using social media to engage students in mathematical sciences
- Presented "The use of social media for trend detection, promotion and sharing in localist activity" at Localism: Widening Horizons for Policy and Practice
- Presented "Social Bookmarking", "Focusing on your local catchment area and students’ expectations of Computer Science" and "Early warning and outbreak detection using social networking websites: the potential of Twitter" seminars at the University of Greenwich
- Presented "National electronic Library of Infection, 2002 - 09 Information online" invited talk at eHealth 2010
- Presented "Potential uses of user activity on online social networking sites" seminar at Keele University
- Presented "Text Visualisation" seminars at the Open University and Loughborough University
- Presented papers related to "Perceptions of Music" to Keele University Research Symposium
Grants and Funded Projects
- Co-Investigator on EPSRC Funded iCase Studentship in Real-Time Data Analytics in Social Media.
- Co-Investigator on Prediction of Hay Fever Seasons via Social Media collaboration with Medicines Evaluation Unit, University of Manchester.
- Co-supervising a PhD with the Department of Family Care and Mental Health investigating Mental Health Issues and Social Media.
- Early Career Researcher Moodle Project Grant (£1,000) for set up and service of an ECR Moodle page
- Technical lead on a TQE funded "Social Bookmarking" project, which investigated the use of social bookmarking by 200 students and lecturers
- City Commercialisation Grant to fund an MBA student Summer Internship (£1,000)
- Funding form CODEE for development of online games to teach differential equations in U.S.Universities ($1,000)
- Mercia Spinner Grant (£7,000) for research into the potential uses of elicitation methodologies including software developed as part of my PhD
- Collaborator on "Software Visualisation" project with researchers at the Open University (£1,000)
- Management of TE3 grant funded (£10,000) "Multimedia Marketing Resource Kit" project
- Developer of online resources as part of the TE3 grant funded (£1,000) "Virtual Interviews with micro business entrepreneurs" project
- Method and apparatus for analyzing data files (WO/2010/015829)
- Search Visualiser: Art Gallery Exhibition
- Invited talk at eHealth 2010 filmed for MEDI1TV
- The Docklands 24: Let the social networking begin: People the key to recording the Games
- The Daily Telegraph Twitter could help health official track swine flu
- The Times of India Twitter could help track swine flu spread
- The Health Protection Agency (HPA) Social networking sites could detect flu outbreaks faster
- The Week at Keele: Enterprising Keele Students Win Business Ideas Awards