Dr William Simm

Senior Research Associate

Current Research

I am a creative technical innovator based in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. I work primarily on short lifecycle community-led digital technology innovation projects, which requires working with numerous multi-organisation stakeholders and a colourful variety of end users. In this work we use flexible and dynamic Agile working practices to engage with people to define research focus and iteratively produce prototype technologies. My primary responsibility is to lead the rapid development of prototypes leveraging (and sometimes hacking) a range of platforms and with teams of mixed ability and mixed discipline.

Recent projects include #Patchworks working closely with Signposts (a charity who work with the most disadvantaged and hard to reach people), MadLab (Manchester based DIY tech community) and Lancaster academics from across disciplines to co-design technology for social change. We built a low cost Raspberry Pi powered RFID enabled reminder system called #Pat to enable those with chaotic lives to get reminders from caseworkers on their own timescales. The process had impact far beyond the technical prototype developed - see: http://youtu.be/ydPcxuixhAw

As a spin out from #Patchworks the #Pat printer was re-purposed and augmented with RFID enabled Android handsets to run a treasure hunt for visitors to Manchester Science Festival at MOSI see: http://youtu.be/FyHwNL14Df4

Another project was activist tweets, where I worked with linguists to capture, recapture and process tweets in order to characterise the language of tweets which produce the best coverage through the twitter network.

Data-driven decisions for flood risk management
Edwards, E.R., Mullagh, L., Towe, R.P., Nundloll, V., Dean, C., Dean, G., Simm, W.A., Samreen, F., Bassett, R., Blair, G.S. 6/09/2017 In: Data for Policy 2017. Data for Policy 6 p.
Conference contribution

Mobile Age: Open Data Mobile Apps to Support Independent Living
Bull, C.N., Simm, W.A., Knowles, B.H., Bates, O.E.G., Davies, N.A.J., Banerjee, A., Introna, L.D., Hayes, N. 6/05/2017 In: CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '17). New York : ACM p. 2410-2415. 6 p. ISBN: 9781450346566.
Conference contribution

Computing and Mental Health: Intentionality and Reflection at the Click of a Button
Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Simm, W.A., Gradinar, A.I., Smith, I.C., Forshaw, S., Smith, M.T., Whittle, J.N.D. 12/04/2017 In: 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare. New York : ACM
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Values in computing
Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Frauenberger, C., Simm, W.A., Whittle, J.N.D., Fitzpatrick, G., Purgathofer, P. 1/03/2017 In: CHI 2017.
Conference contribution

Values-first software engineering: research principles in practice
Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Simm, W.A., Gradinar, A.I., Forshaw, S., Tavares, M., Smith, I.C. 14/05/2016 In: ICSE '16 Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion. New York : ACM p. 553-562. 10 p. ISBN: 9781450342056.
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Anxiety and autism: towards personalized digital health
Simm, W.A., Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Gradinar, A.I., Forshaw, S., Tavares, M., Smith, I.C., Whittle, J.N.D. 7/05/2016 In: CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 1270-1281. 12 p. ISBN: 9781450333627.
Conference contribution

On the role of digital consultation tools in public space design: a case study
Simm, W., Ferrario, M., Whittle, J., Davenport, R., Binner, J., Frankova, K., Garton, L., Woodcock, A., Lam, B., Lawlor-Wright, T. 05/2016 In: Interacting with Computers. 28, 3, p. 273-292. 20 p.
Journal article

Tiree energy pulse: exploring renewable energy forecasts on the edge of the grid
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Newman, P., Friday, A., Forshaw, S., Hazas, M., Dix, A. 04/2015 In: CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Press p. 1965-1974. 10 p.
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The role of design thinking and physical prototyping in social software engineering
Newman, P., Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Forshaw, S., Friday, A., Whittle, J. 2015 In: The 37th International Conference on Software Engineering. ACM Press 10 p.
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Exploring ‘success’ in digitally augmented activism: a triangulated approach to analyzing UK activist Twitter use
Potts, A., Simm, W., Whittle, J., Unger, J. 12/2014 In: Discourse, Context and Media. 6, p. 65-76. 12 p.
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On the edge of supply: designing renewable energy supply into everyday life
Ferrario, M.A., Forshaw, S., Newman, P., Simm, W., Friday, A., Dix, A. 07/2014 In: Proceedings of ICT4S 2014. Atlantis Press p. 48-57. 10 p.
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Stimulating a dialogue on renewable energy through making
Forshaw, S., Newman, P., Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Friday, A., Coulton, P. 21/06/2014 In: DIS Companion '14 Proceedings of the 2014 companion publication on Designing interactive systems. New York : ACM p. 17-20. 3 p.
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Imaginative labour and relationships of care: co-designing prototypes with vulnerable communities
Southern, J., Ellis, R., Ferrario, M.A., McNally, R., Dillon, R., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 05/2014 In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 84, p. 131-142. 12 p.
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Prototyping 'clasp': implications for designing digital technology for and with adults with autism
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Gradinar, A., Whittle, J. 2014 In: DIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems. New York : ACM p. 345-354. 10 p.
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Software engineering for 'social good': integrating action research, participatory design, and agile development
Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Newman, P., Forshaw, S., Whittle, J. 2014 In: ICSE Companion 2014 Companion Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering. New York : ACM p. 520-523. 4 p.
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Clasp: digital tactile ASD anxiety management
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Southern, J., Whittle, J. 2013 In: Open Digital - The Fourth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Meeting. 3 p.
Conference contribution

Co-designing with and for chaotic lives: #patchworks, a catalyst case study
Simm, W., Southern, J., Ferrario, M.A., Dillon, R., Whittle, J. 2013 In: Designing for and with Vulnerable People Workshop, CHI2013 ACM, Paris, France. p. 1-6. 7 p.
Conference contribution

Patchworks: citizen-led innovation for chaotic lives
Southern, J., Dillon, R., Potts, R., Morrell, D., Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Ellis, R., Whittle, J. 2013 In: CHI EA '13 CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 2871-2872. 2 p.
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Speedplay, managing the other edge of innovation
Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 2013 In: Open Digital: Digital Futures Conference . 3 p.
Conference contribution

OurCity: understanding how visualization and aggregation of user-generated content can engage citizens in community participation
Simm, W., Whittle, J., Nieman, A., Portman, A., Sibbald, J. 2012 In: Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. 9781577355564 : AAAI p. 36-41. 6 p.
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USING FEEDBACK FROM END USERS TO IMPROVE DESIGN OF PRODUCT SERVICE SYSTEMS
Lawlor-Wright, T., Rainey, M., Al Ghazal, H., Ferrario, M., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 2012 In: Proceedings of DESIGN 2012, the 12th International Design Conference. Design Society p. 667-672. 6 p.
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Understanding actionable knowledge in social media: BBC Question Time and Twitter, a case study
Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Whittle, J., Rayson, P., Terzi, M., Binner, J. 2012 In: Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. AAAI p. 455-458. 4 p.
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Classification of Short Text Comments by Sentiment and Actionability for VoiceYourView
Simm, W., Ferrario, M., Piao, S., Whittle, J., Rayson, P. 2010 In: IEEE Second International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), 2010 . IEEE p. 552-557. 6 p.
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On the role of the user in monitoring the environment in self-adaptive systems: a position paper
Whittle, J., Simm, W., Ferrario, M. 2010 In: Proceedings of the 2010 ICSE Workshop on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems. New York, NY, USA : ACM p. 69-74. 6 p.
Paper

VoiceYourView: mapping public confidence in policing
Nasa, B., Binner, J., Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Whittle, J., Lam, B.C., Zhao, Z. 2010
Conference paper

VoiceYourView: collecting real-time feedback on the design of public spaces
Whittle, J., Simm, W., Ferrario, M., Frankova, K., Garton, L., Woodcock, A., Nasa, B., Binner, J., Ariyatum, A. 2010 In: Proceedings of the 12th ACM international conference on Ubiquitous computing. New York : ACM p. 41-50. 10 p.
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Dysarthic speech measures for use in evidence-based speech therapy.
Simm, W., Roberts, P.E., Joyce, M.J. 2006 In: Proceedings of the 3rd Cambridge workshop on universal access and assistive technology.. London : Springer p. 155-164. 10 p.
Chapter

Signal processing for the use in the assessment of dysarthric speech.
Simm, W., Roberts, P.E., Joyce, M.J. 5/12/2005 In: Proceedings of the 3rd IEE international seminar on medical applications of signal processing. p. 147-152. 6 p. ISBN: 0-86341-570-9.
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The quantitative assessment of dysarthric speech for use in evidence-based therapy.
Simm, W., Roberts, P.E., Philpott, C., Joyce, M.J. 2005 In: Proceedings of the 3rd conference on universal access in human-computer interaction.
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