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

  • Computer Science Seminar Contemporary Sculpture, Computing and Blended Space at Keele university
  • Invited Podcast for BCS HCI 2020 Doctoral Consortium
  • 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.
  • Tom Flint Panel Speaker at Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Interface Immersive Experience Event

 

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 on STV website
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The National
  • Jupiter Artland in Minecraft reported in The Independent
  • 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 in The Scotsman
  • 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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