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Dr Dominic Furniss
Gower Street
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  • Honorary Lecturer
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
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I am interested in investigating the design and use of artefacts, tools and methods 'in context'. Research in this area poses challenges in how one should deal with the complexities of context, i.e. how one should choose focus, gather data, do analysis and present findings. 

I have developed DiCoT as a tool for engaging with context from a Distributed Cognition perspective. I have also led work on developing a framework for observing resilience strategies in context. Distributed Cognition and Resilience Engineering are frameworks that interest me greatly.

My PhD engaged with the issue of why HCI and Human Factors practitioners choose to use the methods they do. Broadly, the results were an elaboration and articulation of 'It depends...' - a popular phrase used by those who have to manage the nuances of the real world projects to maximise results through different constraints and potentials. Extensive experience in Grounded Theory throughout this project also gave me practical experience in adapting methods for research needs. 

Past projects have engaged with the London Ambulance Service Control Room, a Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, and I am now looking at medical devices in various contexts in hospitals.

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