Sam Nemeth started his career at community TV station Staats tv/Rabotnik in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He graduated (doctorandus) in Film & TV studies at the University of Amsterdam and was editor of media magazine Skrien in the 1990s, where he specialized in videogames. He produced (camera and editing) artists’ portraits for the Stedelijk Museum (modern art) in Amsterdam. He directed tv programs and filmed and edited documentaries, mostly on art and technology. He worked for media labs like Waag in Amsterdam as content developer and head of communications. Nemeth worked until 2013 part-time as a lecturer/coach at the Industrial Design department of the Technical University Eindhoven. In 2015, he initiated ‘Ideas Travels’, a project that monitored Syrian refugees by means of WhatsApp. From October 2016 onwards, Nemeth is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University. In his research he is looking for alternative approaches in the Tangible Interface paradigm.
I am Professor of Digital Living in the School of Computer and Information Science. I study Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the design of interactive computational technologies. I'm particularly interested in design research methods and the ways in which technology design can be centred on rich understanding of user experiences, cultures and contexts.
I have previously held positions as Senior Lecturer of Experience-Centred Design and then Reader in Cultural Computing at Newcastle University, Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in the Mixed Reality Lab and School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and as a post-doc in the Socio-Digital Systems group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. My background is in Psychology (BSc) and Ergonomics (MSc) with a PhD in Computer Science. Over the years my work has been heavily influenced by the sociologists, philosophers and designers that I've collaborated with and consequently I take a design-led, social science orientation to understanding human experience and its application to the design of digital technologies. Accordingly, and although trained as an experimental scientist, my research is increasingly based on qualitative methods and design-research practices.