Luke Skarth-Hayley

Coder, Writer, Researcher

About Luke

I am a PhD researcher in the Horizon CDT 2018 "My Life in Data" cohort, and am primarily based in the Mixed Reality Laboratory research group. As part of my PhD I am partnered with BBC R&D.

I am investigating definitions and uses of implicit interactions in game engines, to explore new forms of responsive media for the BBC. I seek to achieve this via dynamic analytics and in-context interactions, e.g. awareness of what a viewer or viewers are looking at, engaging with or "interested" in. This is an alternative to the use of personal data, or surveys such as in BBC Taster's Instagramification, ahead of time, or through explicit interaction breaks in interactive media such as Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

More broadly, my interests are in Human Computer Interaction and Creative Computing, anything where humans and/or play are involved with computers. Furthermore, I am increasingly interested in small-scale computing, open-source/appropriate technology, and applying environmental concerns to computing. I also write fiction and non-fiction, make noise, and muddle around in an interdisciplinary space between computer science and the arts.

Previously I have worked as a research associate and visiting lecturer, had a brief stint as a web store developer, received a distinction for my MSc Computer Science at University of Nottingham in 2017, worked for a decade in various IT roles for the MOD, HP and Exco InTouch (now a part of ERT), and before that studied BA Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.

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Twitter: @lukeskarth