Tom Flint
Tom Flint

Dr Tom Flint

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Tom Flint is Imaginary Chair of the British Computer Society Interactions Specialist Group. This position was created to reflect Tom’s work on the role of imagination, story telling and practice in Human Computer Interaction. Tom has a history of designing and building bespoke computing interactions. Tom’s work concentrates on people and their relationships with technology.

Tom's research interests focus on cultural heritage, the creative industries and computing's role in these disciplines. His work explores the use of digital media and computing technology to communicate art collections and visitor attractions. Tom has collaborated with sculpture park Jupiter Artland since 2011 to build numerous digital interventions. An accomplished practitioner and creative technologist, Tom collaborates with artists to produce interactive work.

Tom is an advocate for the transformative power of taking control of technology. Tom runs projects and events that introduce children and young people to computing. Working in higher education for over 15 years, his first job was teaching HTML to prisoners who had never seen the Web. He graduated from a PhD titled "Appropriating interaction" in 2016.

Tom’s experience has seen him work as a BT technician; BT paid for him to undertake part time study which led him to go to university. During his final year at university Tom founded a publishing company which launched two titles, The Lock a guide for Camden and Sleaze Nation a youth culture and style magazine that is considered influential. This led to a career launching digital projects in the early days of the Web.

He was eventually head hunted by Urban Outfitters when they launched in Europe. He worked there for some time, before studying an MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University and entering academia. Tom has worked as a lecturer in digital media at London Metropolitan University and the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Design.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Imaginary Chair BCS Interaction Specialist Group

 

Editorial Activity

  • Advisory Board of Interacting with Computers Journal

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of RSA
  • MEMorial project, including Tom Flint awarded residency at The Museum of Loss and Renewal.

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Tom Flint on Alt-W awards panel

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Podcast for BCS HCI 2020 Doctoral Consortium
  • Computer Science Seminar Contemporary Sculpture, Computing and Blended Space at Keele university
  • Adapting to Covid-19: Creating Memorable Experiences in Virtual Spaces
  • Tom Flint talks on narrative at BCS HCI Doctoral Consortium 2020
  • Invited Talk - I do believe in Fairies I do I do. University of Sunderland research seminar.
  • Interface Immersive Experience Event
  • Tom Flint Panel Speaker at Edinburgh International Science Festival

 

Media Activity

  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The Herald
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft featured on BBC This Morning Scotland
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported on ITV website
  • Jupiter Artland 2 page spread in Edinburgh Evening News
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The National
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The Independent
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The Scotsman
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in This is Local London
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The Times
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The Mail online
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported on STV website
  • Explore a virtual sculpture park in Minecraft with Jupiter Artland’s open source digital playground
  • Build your own 'digital Lego' sculptures in Jupiter Artland’s Minecraft experience
  • Jupiter Artland opens virtual sculpture park in Minecraft.
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in national press.
  • STV Report on Science Festival includes School of Computing lecturers
  • Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire Video features Tom Flint

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • School of Computing at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire
  • School of Computing at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire
  • Tom Flint and School of Computing at Maker Faire
  • School of Computing at local Maker Faire
  • Student Work displayed at National Maker Faire
  • School of Computing display at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire
  • Mini Maker Faire features School of Computing

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for the Journal Digital Creativity

 

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Psychogeography With Technology

Presentation / Conference
Grandison, T., Flint, T., & Barrett-Duncan, H. (2018, July)
Psychogeography With Technology. Presented at 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI), Belfast
This submission is a co-created map of Wester Hailes which draws from methods of psychogeography. The map is touch sensitive. Touching pictures on the map triggers bespoke aud...

MEmorial

Exhibition / Performance
Flint, T. MEmorial. [https://vimeo.com/353972554]. 3 June 2018. (Unpublished)

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Flint, T. MEmorial. [https://vimeo.com/353972554]. 3 June 2018. (Unpublished
MEmorial is a collaboration between artist Beverley Hood, creative technologist Tom Flint, theatre practitioner Sarah Rose Graber and playwright Morna Young. The project team ...

Expanding the Child Visitor Experience – mixing realities in a contemporary sculpture park

Presentation / Conference
Hall, L., Flint, T., & Mitsche, N. (2018, May)
Expanding the Child Visitor Experience – mixing realities in a contemporary sculpture park. Paper presented at 2nd International Research Symposium in Tourism Hospitality & Events
This research considers how the visitor experience could be enhanced through intertwining and blending the real and virtual, creating a new mixed reality that extended and add...

Eidolon 360 – a VR experience

Presentation / Conference
Hood, B., & Flint, T. (2018, March)
Eidolon 360 – a VR experience. Presented at Tangible Embedded Interaction 2018. TEI Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
Art piece displayed at the ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) exhibition. https://tei.acm.org/2018/

Eidolon360 – A VR Experience

Conference Proceeding
Hood, B., & Flint, T. (2018)
Eidolon360 – A VR Experience. In L. Hall, T. Flint, S. O'Hara, & P. Turner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.63
Eidolon360 is a virtual reality artwork and experience that is interacted with through VR headsets. The viewer, reclining on a bed within the exhibition space, experiences a 3...

Aide Memoire

Conference Proceeding
Flint, T., & Dylan, T. H. (2018)
Aide Memoire. In L. Hall, T. Flint, S. O'Hara, & P. Turner (Eds.), Proceedings of BHCI 2017https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.69
The Aide Memoire is a fully realised product constructed from discarded testing equipment. Born out of a series of creative sessions exploring the broad theme of interactivity...

“This is amazing, I’m in two worlds!” A multiple reality game designed with children for children.

Presentation / Conference
Flint, T. (2017, September)
“This is amazing, I’m in two worlds!” A multiple reality game designed with children for children. Paper presented at IPA 2017

Appropriating Affordances. Three Practice Based Explorations

Conference Proceeding
Flint, T. (2017)
Appropriating Affordances. Three Practice Based Explorations. In T. Flint, L. Hall, S. O'Hara, & P. Turner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.36
Affordance and Appropriation are related. An effective way of examining these phenomena is through practice. This paper discusses practice based exploration of affordance in t...

Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)

Conference Proceeding
(2017)
Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). In L. Hall, T. Flint, S. O’Hara, & P. Turner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.0
The 31st British Human Computer Interaction Conference was held between the 3rd and 6th July 2017 at the University of Sunderland’s St. Peter’s Campus. The conference was orga...

Eidolon 360 VR Performance

Digital Artefact
Hood, B., & Flint, T. (2017)
Eidolon 360 VR Performance. [https://eidolonblog.wordpress.com/]
Eidolon 360 was created with Bev Hood as part of her larger Eidolon Project. The reclining viewer inhabits the point of view of resuscitation manikin Resusci Anne, set with...

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