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Professor of Human Centred Computing, University of Oxford

Marina Jirotka is Professor of Human Centred Computing, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Associate Researcher of the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research interests have long been concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practice into the process of engineering technological systems with a focus on supporting everyday work and interaction. She leads the human centred computing group, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on understanding the ways in which technology effects communication, collaboration and knowledge exchange within scientific, work and home settings.

Early in her career she helped develop the use of video-based ethnographic research for use in Requirements Engineering. This work was done in collaboration with BT and helped solve problems for City of London trading rooms, service centres and control rooms.. Over her research career, she has developed close relationships with an extensive network of companies including those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, such as BT Healthcare and Health Direct; in Government, NHS and DSTL; in IT, Microsoft and IBM; in Finance, Societe Generale and Barclays; and in Consultancy, McKinsey and KorteQ.

From 2003, her research focussed on e-Research applications, particularly e-Health. As a requirements engineer on a flagship e-Science project, eDiaMoND, she became interested in notions of collaboration and trust in clinical practice and in the sciences more generally. She has led research projects into: understanding the importance of intellectual property rights in collaborative medical databases ESRC Copyright Ownership of Medical Data in Collaborative Computing Environments; investigating usability and project management issues in eResearch projects EPSRC Embedding e-Science Applications: Designing and Managing for Usability; and understanding the social shaping of eResearch infrastructure and disciplinary concerns. ESRC Ethical, Legal and Institutional Responses to Emerging e-Research Infrastructure, Policies and Practices.

In 2006 she became a James Martin Research Fellow and was seconded to the Oxford eResearch Centre. In 2007 she was awarded an ESRC/SSRC visiting fellowship to UCLA, and PARC to develop a systematic understanding of data sharing to inform design of e-Research systems.

More recently, through collaborations with industry, government and other organisations, her investigations have focussed on the Digital Economy. In 2007 she secured a doctoral studentship with KorteQ, a knowledge management company, to develop approaches to understanding how tacit knowledge is captured and communicated in organisations. This work has focussed on understanding the swork of an architects practice to inform the design of technologies to support their work. She has been involved in determining the research agenda on two Digital Economy clusters: one that investigated the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems, and explored how we can develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction that benefit the UK economy EPSRC Innovative Media for the Digital Economy (IMDE); and a second that explored the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues to emerge in the next generation of the internet EPSRC Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet. In October 2009 she was appointed Deputy Director of ESRC's National Strategic Directorate of the eSocial Science Programme. She is currently leading an EPSRC project into a Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT in collaboration with De Montfort University and is work-package leader in two of the four European projects on Responsible Research and Innovation, the RESPONSIBILITY and GREAT projects. She is also work package leader on a further EU (IP) project “Hybrid and Diversity-Aware Collective Adaptive Systems: When People Meet Machines to Build a Smarter Society” – SmartSociety Marina is a Chartered IT Professional of the BCS and sits on the ICT Ethics Specialist Group committee. She has published widely in international journals and conferences in e-Science, HCI, CSCW and Requirements Engineering.


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    Professor of Human Centred Computing, University of Oxford