Dave Murray-Rust is a postdoc with the [http://www.cisa.inf.ed.ac.uk/ the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications], in [http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk Informatics] at the [http://www.ed.ac.uk University of Edinburgh]. He obtained an MEng in Electrical and Information Systems from Cambridge, an MSc in Informatics from Edinburgh and PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Music from Edinburgh.
His work centres on computational systems that model and interact with humans, in particular [http://sociam.org/ social machines] – an ecosystemic view of combined human-machine systems. His current work is examining the interface between formal workflows or coordination languages (such as the Lightweight Coordination Calculus) and natural human interaction – exploring ways to seamlessly mesh human and computational social organisation. This takes place in the context of personal data, with the attendant issues of privacy, security, sharing and socialising. Previous work includes modelling of [http://www.mo-seph.com/academic/musicalagents music as a communicative process]; [http://www.mo-seph.com/academic/agentbox tangible] and [http://www.mo-seph.com/projects/interactable multitouch]; [http://www.mo-seph.com/artworks interactive artworks]; and [http://www.mo-seph.com/academic/landuse models of human behaviour] and the resulting effects on landscapes and ecosystems.
I'm currently working in [http://www.cisa.inf.ed.ac.uk The Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications] in [http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk Informatics] at the [http://www.ed.ac.uk University of Edinburgh]. I'm working on the [http://sociam.org/ SociaM] project. [http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/J017728/1 Grant Description]:
SOCIAM - Social Machines - will research into pioneering methods of supporting purposeful human interaction on the World Wide Web, of the kind exemplified by phenomena such as Wikipedia and Galaxy Zoo. These collaborations are empowering, as communities identify and solve their own problems, harnessing their commitment, local knowledge and embedded skills, without having to rely on remote experts or governments.
Such interaction is characterised by a new kind of emergent, collective problem solving, in which we see (i) problems solved by very large scale human participation via the Web, (ii) access to, or the ability to generate, large amounts of relevant data using open data standards, (iii) confidence in the quality of the data and (iv) intuitive interfaces.