David Robison

David Robison

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Media and Mobile Media
  • Email: D.Robison@Bradford.ac.uk
  • Extension: 5465
  • Room No. Horton D3.05
  • Qualifications: BA Media and English (1st Class) & MA English Literature, University of Leeds
  • Additional Role: Module Coordinator for Design for Mobile Content, Web Issues, Professional Web
  • Additional Role: Projects, 3 practical media production modules & Media Ethics. Course Leader
  • Additional Role: Web BSc and MSc, Individual projects supervisor, Ecoversity Academic Pioneer
  • Research Groups: Communication, Culture and Media

BIOGRAPHY +

I enjoy working within The School of Media Design & Technology (MDT) because it promotes the idea of a bridge between two cultures: Arts and Sciences. I occupy a deliberately trans-disciplinary space in research, media output and teaching.

Recently my research interests have focussed on the relationship between media, the environment (with a particular focus on climate change) and between media and conflict. I organise an annual film festival event with expert guest speakers in media and conflict called The Media and Conflict Interchange. I also teach a Media Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability module to undergraduate students which this feeds into.

I am interested in the practical application of critical cultural theory to the production of content and narrative. This includes video, but also interactive, cross-platform media delivered to different devices, in a range of contexts. This practice involves a study of lived environments. I have developed practical Masters courses about content and applications for mobile devices, whilst supporting research into mobile technology applications.

Outside my University roles, My hobbies include involvement in community environmental projects, social media, film, walking and cycling. Until recently I was a manager and partner of 4clubbers.net, a music social networking and editorial site that receives over 100,000 unique visits, monthly. I have been working with the Mobile Internet since 1998.


Current Projects/Roles:

"Ecoversity" Academic Pioneer: The University aims to be a beacon institution in its approach to Sustainable Development. My role is to engage students and staff in Education for Sustainable Development through workshops, events and curriculum intervention.

Knowledge Transfer Projects: Recently completed with Aspire-I and Bluetree, on the development of advanced "Miway - life planning" software.

I have directed a Community Engagement animation documentary, and produced internal Websites like the Summer Placements website.

"At the Foot of the Uncanny Valley: the zombie and cultural anxiety" - paper being co-authored with Mondo film expert Mark Goodall

Range of papers produced on physicality, space and communications technology. Mobile learning, and sustainability feed into these themes.


Selected past projects:

Co-supervisor for the GRID project (Growing Interest in the Development of teaching Science), funded by the EC within the Socrates Programme. Produced/directed five short films around science events in schools.

Research associate, TRIP project: Transdisciplinary Research into Intelligent Publishing.

Research associate for STEAD m-learning project, teaching children about the 'Intelligent Home'.

GRANTS +

Future plans

  • Further development of the AMICITIAS project, to expand in to further EU countries and adapt to different learning or commercial tourist models.

  • Further papers and development around m-learning in conjunction with Prof. Rae Earnshaw, PhD students and other colleagues in the department.

  • Applications for Yorkshire Forward's Rapid Innovation Vouchers
      Collaboration with Panoetic - Enabling mobile content.

      In collaboration with Bluetree Software - Developing interactive tools for the visually impaired.

  • Current, and significant recent, funded projects

  • AMICITIAS - Ambient Intelligence as a Compelling Instructional Tool for Interlinguistic and Intercultural Skills. We are working with partner institutions across Europe and delivering mobile cultural experiences in cities including Barcelona, Toledo, Dublin, Sardinia and Bradford. Amount
    awarded by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency: £70,253

  • Ecoversity Academic Pioneer Funds - Sustainability and the Curriculum. Amount awarded by HEFCE as part of the StuDent Project: £64,000

  • KTP - Aspire-I/Careers Bradford - A Knowledge Transfer Partnership designed to bring innovation to local agencies. Total amount £111,632


  • Applications submitted and under consideration

  • Rapid Innovation Bid - in conjunction with Dr Hassan Ugail. “The Interviewer 3.0” - Computer Assisted Automatic and Dynamic Feedback for Interviews. The aim of our Rapid Innovation Project is to develop a software module for computer-based analysis of video interviews, in order to provide real time dynamic feedback to the user. This will enable us to significantly enhance existing software “The Interviewer”, shortly to be released as version 2.0 by a cross-disciplinary team at The University of Bradford.
    Amount bid for £39652


  • AWARDS AND RECOGNITION +

    David has reviewed submissions for New Media & Society and has been an External
    Examiner/advisor for Hull College of Art and Design in the development of their Media courses.

    David is the Web, mobile and multimedia consultant for the Informatics Innovation Unit (IIU). He is also the academic advisor for the forthcoming multi-million pound Internet Gallery, at the National Media Museum.

    Three separate student projects, which were 'executive produced' by David Robison and Ali Rashid, in the role of tutors, have won Royal Television Society Prizes.

    Most recently "Town Joolz" won best regional documentary prize, 2008, for its depiction of the contrasts between regeneration and decline in Bradford, and featured award winning local poet Joolz Denby in the role of narrator and presenter. In previous years the same prize was awarded to "Perception Deception", an undergraduate documentary about visual agnosia, a rare condition of the brain which prevents the recognition of everyday objects and faces. David's Individual Project student also won the RTS national prize for the best Animation for his excellent comic piece featuring music by "Ugly Duckling", entitled "Meat-shake".

    INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES +

    AMICITIAS project - collaboration between EU wide partners to develop language learning and cross-cultural interaction tools, with the involvement of mobile devices.

    INTERNATIONAL PROFILE +


    International Conference Organisation

    Media and Conflict Interchange (2010 and 2011) http://mediaandconflict.co.uk/ Pictureville, National Media Museum, Bradford UK
    [2011]


    International Plenary Lectures, Conference Keynote

    Keynote speaker for Mobile Learning and Autonomy in Second Language Acquisition conference, Toledo, Spain.
    [2009]


    Other

    Guest Journal Editor for International Journal of Innovation and Leadership in the Teaching of Humanities 1(2)
    [2011]

    Academic Advisor for the forthcoming "Internet Gallery" at the National Media Museum
    [2008]

    RESEARCH STAFF +

    AMICITIAS Research project:
    ENDED 2011:
    Xiayou Tan (Programmer)
    Ranjan Kulkarni (J2ME Programmer)

    Interactive Life Planner Project:
    Aqsa Mahruf (Knowledge Transfer Associate)

    RESEARCH STUDENTS +

    -Ms. Claire Pickard (PhD: Dual Heritage: narrative, identity and social networks.)
    -Mr Nozad Mohammed (PhD: Motivations and Purposes of Using Social Network
    Sites such as Facebook for Young People in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region)
    -Mr Shaid Muhammad (PhD: The effects of drone strikes on the representation of "The War on Terror" in Pakistan)
    -Mr Alireza Razazifar (PhD: The Emergence and Development of Digital Cinema in Iran)
    -Mr Hunar Salih (PhD: Online Journalism in the Kurdish region of Iraq)
    -Mr Judah Smith (PhD: Participant Determination: Player Power - Towards Effective Games)
    -Mr Richard Warburton (PhD: Augmented reality, theatre and gaming)

    -Miss Hamda Al-Shihi (COMPLETED 2013: Multi-cultural 'embodiment' in virtual e-learning spaces)
    -Mrs Faranak Foutouhi-Ghazvini (COMPLETED 2011 PhD: Mobile gaming and education in Iran)
    -Mr Saman Jalal Mawlud (COMPLETED 2011 PhD: The development of Kurdish Media)
    -Mr Omar Salem (COMPLETED 2011 PhD: Mobile Television and Video)
    -Mr Harfoushi (COMPLETED 2008 - PhD: Mobile learning)

    PUBLICATIONS

    Journal Publications +

    • Robison D.J. (2011): "Geocache adventures: Ubiquitous handheld computing as an aid to promote environmental awareness amongst students" International Journal of Innovation and Leadership in the Teaching of Humanities (Guest Editor: David Robison), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, 1 (2): 47-56.
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    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F, Earnshaw R.A., Moeini A., Robison D. and Excell D. (2011): "From E-Learning to M-Learning - the use of Mixed Reality Games as a new Educational Paradigm" International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) ISSN: 1865-7923. doi:10.3991/ijim.v5i2.1600, Ijim, Online, 5 (2): 17-25.
      For more information see: http://online-journals.org/i-jim/article/view/1463
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    • Robison D.J., Earnshaw R.A. and McClory P. (2009): "Interactive and Augmented Information Spaces to Support Learning and Dynamic Decision-Making" Proceedings of Cyberworlds (SBN: 978-0-7695-3791-7), IEEE pp 305-311.
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    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F., Earnshaw R.A., Robison D.J. and Excell P.S. P.S.(2009): "The MOBO City: A Mobile Game Package for Technical Language Learning" International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies, online-journals.org, 3 (2): 19-24.
      For more information see: http://online-journals.org/i-jim/issue/view/65
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    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F., Excell P.S., Moeini A. and Robison D.J. (2008): "A Psycho-Pedagogical Approach to M-learning in a Developing World" International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (IJMLO) .
    • Iacono A., Excell P.S. and Robison D.J. (2007): "The EU GRID project - sharing good practice in teaching science" Science Teacher Education, Associate for Science Education, Hatfield, 48 (T): 2-4.

    Chapters in Books +

    • Robison D.J. (2012): "Learning on Location with AMI: The Potentials and Dangers of Mobile Gaming for Language Learning", Innovation and Leadership in English Language Teaching, J.E. Díaz-Vera (ed.), Emerald, Bingley ISBN: 978-1-78052-646-1, pp. 67-88.
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    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini , Earnshaw , Robison , Moeini and Excell (2011): "Using a Conversational Framework in Mobile Game Based Learning - Assessment and Evaluation", Enhancing Learning Through Technology. Education Unplugged: Mobile Technologies and Web 2.0 (in Communications in Computer and Information Science), Reggie Kwan, Carmel McNaught et al. (ed.), Springer, Berlin Heidelberg ISBN: 978-3-642-22383-9, pp. 200-213.
      For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22383-9_17
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    • Robinson W. and Robison D.J. (2006): "Tsunami Mobilizations: Considering the Role of Mobile and Digital Communication Devices, Citizen Journalism, and the Mass Media", The Cell Phone Reader: Essays in Social Transformation, A.P. Kavoori and N. Arceneaux (eds.), Peter Lang Publishers, New York ISBN: 0-8204-7919-5.
    • Robison D.J. (2003): "Mobile Privatization and the Metaphors of Mobile Industries", Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics, K.Nyiri (ed.), Passagen Verlag, Vienna, pp. 165-176.

    Conference Contributions +

    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F, Earnshaw R.A., Robison A. and Moeini D. (2011): "User Interface Design within a Mobile Educational Game", Proceedings of International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications, Wrexham, UK.
    • Earnshaw R.A., Robison D, Al Sheik Salen O. and Excell P.S. (2011): "Implementation of Mobile Television Environments with New Forms of Content and Commercial Advertising", Proceedings of International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications, Wrexham, UK.
    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F., Earnshaw R.A., Moeini A., Robison D. and Excell P.S. (2011): "Implementing Mixed Reality Games for Mobile Language Learning (ISBN: 978-972-8939-45-8)", IADIS, Avilla, Spain.
      For more information see: http://www.iadisportal.org/digital-library/iadis-international-conference-mobile-learning-2011
    • Robison D.J. (2010): "The Infected Idyll: The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue", Fantasma Symposium at the National Media Museum available in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/national-media-museum-podcasts/id279963308#) , Bradford, UK.
    • Robison D.J., Palmer I.J., Excell P.S., Earnshaw R.A. and Al Sheikh Salem O. (2009): "Multi-Platform Human Computer Interaction in Converged Media Spaces", Proceedings of Cyberworlds, IEEE Computer Society , Bradford, UK.
    • Robison D.J. (2009): "Learning on location: The potentials and dangers of mobile gaming for language learning", Keynote: Presented at Mobile Learning and Autonomy in Second Language Acquisition , Toledo, Spain.
    • Robison D.J. (2009): "The Internet Unbound? Mobility and Ubiquitous Computing", Presented at Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Conference, Bradford, UK.
    • FOTOUHI F., EXCELL P.S., ROBISON D.J. and EARNSHAW R.A. (2008): "The MOBO City: A Mobile Game Package for Technical Language Learning", Conference (M-Learn 2008), Telford, UK.
    • GOODALL M.D. and ROBISON D.J. (2008): "At the Foot of the Uncanny Valley: the zombie and cultural anxiety", Conference (21st Century Anxiety), Nottingham, UK.
    • Robison D.J. and Robinson W. (2004): "Euro-American Ubiquitous Mobilization: Considering Internet Access through Mobile Phones in Europe and the US", Association of Internet Researchers (annual conference entitled Ubiquity, Sussex University), Sussex, UK.
    • Robison D.J. and Robinson W. (2004): "Mobile Privatisation: What is different?", Trans-disciplinary Research into Intelligent Publishing Seminar series, National Museum of Photography Film and TV , Bradford, UK.
      For more information see: http://www.inf.brad.ac.uk/research/trip.php
    • Excell P.S. and Robison D.J. (2003): "Towards the Permanently Internet-Connected Human Being: Experiences and Challenges for the Future", International Conference on Telecomputing and information technology (ASU and IEEE), Amman, Jordan.

    Published Papers +

    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F., Earnshaw R.A., Robison D.J. and Excell P.S. (2009): "Designing Augmented Reality Games for Mobile Learning using an Instructional-Motivational Paradigm ", Proceedings of Cyberworlds 2009, IEEE Computer Society 978-0-7695-3791-7, Bradford, UK.
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    • Robison D.J., Earnshaw R.A. and McClory P. (2009): "Interactive and Augmented Information Spaces to Support Learning and Dynamic Decision-Making", Proceedings of International Conference on CyberWorlds E-ISBN: 978-0-7695-3791-7 Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-4864-7 , Bradford, UK.
      For more information see: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi?doc=doi/10.1109/CW.2009.11
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    • Robison D.J., Palmer I.J., Excell P.S. and Al Seik Salem O. (2009): "Multi-Platform Human Computer Interaction in Converged Media Spaces ISBN: 978-0-7695-3791-7", Proceedings of Internation Conference on Cyberworlds, Bradford, UK.
      For more information see: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/CW.2009.26
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    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F., Moeini A, Robison D.J., Earnshaw R.A. and Excell P.S. (2009): "A Design Methodology for Game-based Second Language Learning Software on Mobile Phones ", Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications, Wrexham, UK.
      For more information see: http://bit.ly/hyy5C5
    • Al Sheikh Salem O., Earnshaw R.A., Excell D.J. and Excell P.S. (2009): "Al Sheikh Salem O., R. A. Earnshaw; D. Robison; P. S. Excell, “Interactive Content in Mobile Television Environments”, Proceedings of Internet Technologies and Applications 2009, pp397-403, ISBN 978-0-946881-65-9, 2009.", Proceedings of Internet Technologies and Applications, Wrexham, UK.
    • Fotouhi-Ghazvini F., Earnshaw R.A., Robison D.J. and Excell P.S. (2008): "The MOBO City: A Mobile Game Package for Technical Language Learning", Proceedings of MLearn 2008, Wolverhampton, UK.
    • Excell P.S. and Robison D.J. (2003): "From a Constrained Present to a Ubiquitous Future: Envisioning the Evolution Path for Mobile Graphical Communications", Conference Proceedings (Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, pp. 212-216) , Florence, Italy.
    • Allen P.T., Robison D.J. and Excell P.S. (2003): "The Interaction of Cultural and Technological Processes: The Lessons of Mobile Media", Conference Proceedings (Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, UCL, pp. 51-59), London, UK.
    • Excell P.S. and Robison D.J. (2003): "Evolution Paths for Mobile Graphical Communications", Online conference/publication (Mediatech) .
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