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Dr Kate Devlin

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Computing
Email k.devlin (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7256
Dr Kate Devlin

Kate Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Coming from an Arts and Humanities background (as an archaeologist) and now working in STEM, Kate has a demonstrable track record of combining diverse fields and methods of research under the umbrella of Cognition, Computation and Culture. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), investigating how people interact with and react to technology, to understand how emerging and future technologies will affect us and the society in which we live. She is currently focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots.

Kate is a campaigner for gender equality and is involved in national initiatives to improve opportunities for women in tech. She is also a mental health campaigner and fundraiser. 

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004, PhD Computer Science, University of Bristol
  • 1999, MSc Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast
  • 1997, BA(Hons) Archaeology, Queen's University Belfast

Teaching

Kate is Senior Tutor in the Department of Computing. She has taught a wide variety of topics in both archaeology and computer science. She is currently teaching:

  • IS51020A WEB PROGRAMMING
  • IS521018C SOFTWARE PROJECTS
  • IS53008B INTERACTION DESIGN
  • IS53007B FINAL YEAR PROJECT

Kate's teaching fellowships include:

  • 2014-15, TaLIC Goldsmiths Teaching and Learning Fellowship. Developing good practice to support students with chronic mental health conditions
  • 2007-8, CELT Fellowship, Goldsmiths. Teaching Web 2.0 by doing Web 2.0

Area of Supervision

Kate is interested in supervising research projects on computer graphics and archaeology, feminism and technology, and the social implications of HCI.

Professional Projects

Artificial Sexuality: Sexual activity is central to our very existence; it shapes how we think, how we act and how we live. With advances in technology come machines that may one day think independently. What will happen to us when we form close relationships with these intelligent systems? Robotic intimacy is becoming part of our social fabric and we need to investigate these new opportunities and examine the long-term implications of sharing the world with non-human beings. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving philosophers, lawyers, bioethicists and cognitive scientists from a number of UK institutions. 

Archaeology and Perception: The use of 3D computer graphics to represent archaeological sites is limited because their level of realism cannot be guaranteed. Light can’t be captured in the archaeological record and consequently its importance is rarely considered in interpretations of past environments. The ways in which we view, perceive and understand objects is governed by our current lighting methods of steady, bright electric light or large windows, but in order to understand how an environment and its contents were viewed in the past we must consider how they were illuminated. 

Experimental archaeology and realistic lighting simulation allow us to recreate the original lighting of an archaeological site and show it how it might have looked to those who built and used it. Predictive lighting also opens up new avenues of exploring how past environments may have been perceived, allowing us to investigate on a computer new hypotheses about architecture, art, and artefacts in a safe, non-invasive manner.

Recent Work

  • Kate Devlin (forthcoming, 2016). The Brightness of Things: An Adventure in Light and Time. Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd.
  • Kate Devlin (2015) “In defence of sex machines: why trying to ban sex robots is wrong”. In The Conversation (UK), September 17, 2015. 
  • Kate Devlin (2015). Panellist, Virtual Futures Salon on F**king Machines, Soho, 3rd Nov 2015. See the full event here.
  • Karsten Seipp and Kate Devlin (2015). “One-Touch Pose Detection on Touchscreen Smartphones”.  Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces, pp. 51-54. ACM.
  • Karsten Seipp and Kate Devlin (2015). “A Client-side Approach to Improving One-handed Web Surfing on a Smartphone.” Web Information Systems and Technologies. Volume 226 of the series Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, pp.163-178

 Other Interests

  • Running long distances.
  • Driving from Ireland to Mongolia in a Nissan Micra and a clapped out Mk II Polo.View the flickr gallery here.

Research Interests

Publications

Book Section

AISB50 :Artificial Intelligence at a new branch point
Bishop, Mark (J. M.) . 2014. AISB50 :Artificial Intelligence at a new branch point. In: Mark (J. M.) Bishop; Kate Devlin; Y.J. Erden; Rodger Kibble; S. McGregor; Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie; Andrew Martin; Monica Moreno Figueroa and S. Rainey, eds. AISB50: Selected Papers. London, UK: The AISB, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-1-908187-42-0

Investigating Sensorimotor Contingencies in the Enactive Interface
Gibbs, Janet and Devlin, Kate. 2014. Investigating Sensorimotor Contingencies in the Enactive Interface. In: John Mark Bishop and Andrew Owen Martin, eds. Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics). 15 Springer. ISBN 978-3319051062

Just how predictable is predictive lighting?
Devlin, Kate. 2012. Just how predictable is predictive lighting? In: , ed. Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage. UK: Ashgate, pp. 125-134. ISBN 978-0-754-67583-9

Current Practice in Digital Imaging in UK Archaeology
Chuter, Alice and Devlin, Kate. 2006. Current Practice in Digital Imaging in UK Archaeology. In: , ed. Proceedings of VAST 2006. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 3-905673-42-8

The Brunel Collection: Piloting Digital Archiving
Devlin, Kate. 2005. The Brunel Collection: Piloting Digital Archiving. In: , ed. Proceedings of the IS&T Archiving Conference 2005. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 0-89208-251-8

Displaying Digitally Archived Images
Devlin, Kate; Chalmers, A. and Reinhard, E.. 2004. Displaying Digitally Archived Images. In: , ed. 2004 Proceedings of the Imaging Science and Technology Archiving Conference. Society for Imaging Science & Technology. ISBN 978-0892082513

STAR: Tone reproduction and physically based spectral rendering
Devlin, Kate; Chalmers, Alan; Wilkie, Alex and Purgathofer, W. 2002. STAR: Tone reproduction and physically based spectral rendering. In: Dieter Fellner and Roberto Scopignio, eds. State of the Art Reports, Eurographics 2002. The Eurographics Association.

Realistic Visualisation of the Pompeii Frescoes
Devlin, Kate and Chalmers, Alan. 2001. Realistic Visualisation of the Pompeii Frescoes. In: Alan Chalmers and Vali Lalioti, eds. Proceedings of AFRIGRAPH 2001. University of Bristol: ACM SIGGRAPH, pp. 43-47. ISBN 1-58113-446-0

Article

"Adela Catherine Breton (1849-1923): A Career in Ruins" and "The Eccentric Miss Breton"
Devlin, Kate. 2014. "Adela Catherine Breton (1849-1923): A Career in Ruins" and "The Eccentric Miss Breton". TrowelBlazers: Awesome trowel-wielding women,

Titstare proves there are still too many dicks in tech
Devlin, Kate. 2013. Titstare proves there are still too many dicks in tech. The Conversation,

A possible engraving of a mammoth in Gough's cave, Cheddar, Somerset
Devlin, Kate; Mullan, G J; Wilson, L J and Farrant, A R. 2007. A possible engraving of a mammoth in Gough's cave, Cheddar, Somerset. Proc. Univ. Bristol Spelaeol. Soc., 24(1), pp. 37-47.

Visual Calibration and Calibration for Ambient Illumination
Devlin, Kate; Chalmers, A. and Reinhard, E.. 2006. Visual Calibration and Calibration for Ambient Illumination. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 3(4), pp. 429-452. ISSN 15443558

Dynamic Range Reduction Inspired by Photoreceptor Physiology
Devlin, Kate and Reinhard, E.. 2005. Dynamic Range Reduction Inspired by Photoreceptor Physiology. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 11(1), pp. 1077-2626. ISSN 10772626

Seeing the Light
Devlin, Kate; Sundstedt, Veronica and Chalmers, Alan. 2003. Seeing the Light. Re:search, 5,

Predictive lighting and perception in archaeological representations
Devlin, Kate; Chalmers, Alan and Brown, Duncan. 2003. Predictive lighting and perception in archaeological representations. UNESCO World Heritage in the Digital Age 30th Anniversary Digital Congress,

A new perspective on the past: interdisciplinary research in computer science and archaeology
Devlin, Kate and Chalmers, Alan. 2002. A new perspective on the past: interdisciplinary research in computer science and archaeology. The Newsletter of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Ltd, ISSN 1649-1882

A review of tone reproduction techniques
Devlin, Kate. 2002. A review of tone reproduction techniques. CSTR-02-005, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol,

Interview with Kate Devlin: Computer Reconstruction of Archaeological Sites
Devlin, Kate. Interview with Kate Devlin: Computer Reconstruction of Archaeological Sites. Into Archaeology,

Conference or Workshop Item

BackPat: One-handed Off-screen Patting Gestures
Seipp, Karsten and Devlin, Kate. 2014. 'BackPat: One-handed Off-screen Patting Gestures'. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services. Toronto, Canada 23-26 September.

Digital conversations at British Library: Digital cultural heritage
Devlin, Kate. 2014. 'Digital conversations at British Library: Digital cultural heritage'. In: UNSPECIFIED. British Library, United Kingdom.

Backpat: Improving One-handed Touchscreen Operation by Patting the Back of the Device
Seipp, Karsten and Devlin, Kate. 2014. 'Backpat: Improving One-handed Touchscreen Operation by Patting the Back of the Device'. In: CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Toronto, Canada 26 April - 01 May.

The One Hand Wonder: A Framework for Enhancing One-handed Website Operation on Touchscreen Smartphones
Seipp, Karsten and Devlin, Kate. 2014. 'The One Hand Wonder: A Framework for Enhancing One-handed Website Operation on Touchscreen Smartphones'. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies. Barcelona, Spain 03 -05 April.

'These people saw in colour, light and shade': capturing colour in the archaeological record
Devlin, Kate. 2014. ''These people saw in colour, light and shade': capturing colour in the archaeological record'. In: New Perspectives on Colour, AISB50, Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the AISB. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 1-4 April 2014.

What did the Past look like?
Devlin, Kate. 2013. 'What did the Past look like?'. In: The Whitehead Lecture in Cognition, Computation and Culture. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Landscape vs Portrait Mode: Which is Faster to Use on Your Smart Phone?
Seipp, Karsten and Devlin, Kate. 2013. 'Landscape vs Portrait Mode: Which is Faster to Use on Your Smart Phone?'. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. Munich, Germany 27-30 August.

Enhancing One-handed Website Operation on Touchscreen Mobile Phones
Seipp, Karsten and Devlin, Kate. 2013. 'Enhancing One-handed Website Operation on Touchscreen Mobile Phones'. In: CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Paris, France 27 April - 02 May.

Illuminating virtual reconstructions of past environments
Devlin, Kate. 2010. 'Illuminating virtual reconstructions of past environments'. In: Contemporary Roles for Spatial Analysis in Archaeology: Seminar Series at University College London. UCL, United Kingdom.

Laser scanning rock art in the Libyan Sahara
Devlin, Kate. 2009. 'Laser scanning rock art in the Libyan Sahara'. In: Newletter Creaform Rendez-Vous. Quebec, Canada.

Objectified: giving objects memories
Devlin, Kate. 2009. 'Objectified: giving objects memories'. In: 10th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Malta.

The trade in cultural heritage
Devlin, Kate. 2008. 'The trade in cultural heritage'. In: Why is everything for sale? The UCU/NUS Teach-in. Goldmsiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Theoretical Approaches to Virtual Representations of Past Environments
Devlin, Kate. 2007. 'Theoretical Approaches to Virtual Representations of Past Environments'. In: AHRC ICT Methods Network seminar report. GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, United Kingdom.

Socialising the past
Devlin, Kate. 2007. 'Socialising the past'. In: CAA UK Chapter Meeting. Southampton, United Kingdom.

The Past and Virtual Representation of Place and Time
Devlin, Kate. 2006. 'The Past and Virtual Representation of Place and Time'. In: AHRC ICT Methods Network Expert Seminar on History and Archaeology, Virtual History and Archaeology. Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom 19-21 April 2006.

Just how predictable is predictive lighting?
Devlin, Kate. 2006. 'Just how predictable is predictive lighting?'. In: Making 3D Visual Research Outcomes Transparent , AHRC ICT Methods Network and EPOCH. London, United Kingdom 23-25 March 2006.

Putting Brunel online: 19th century concepts and 21st century technology
Devlin, Kate. 2005. 'Putting Brunel online: 19th century concepts and 21st century technology'. In: Colloque international du centre CATI. Université Paris-Sorbonne, France.

Re-engineering Brunel: a digital archiving case study
Devlin, Kate. 2004. 'Re-engineering Brunel: a digital archiving case study'. In: Digital Resources for the Humanities, DRH2004. Newcastle, United Kingdom 4-8 September 2004.

Approaches to Presenting the Past (or `How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?')
Devlin, Kate. 2002. 'Approaches to Presenting the Past (or `How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?')'. In: BASRG (Bristol Archaeological Science Research Group). Bristol University, United Kingdom.

Better data through metadata: avoiding misinterpretation of computer representations
Devlin, Kate. 2002. 'Better data through metadata: avoiding misinterpretation of computer representations'. In: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, CAA UK 2002 Seventh Meeting of the UK chapter. Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom 20 - 21 April 2002.

Recreating the Past
Devlin, Kate and Chalmers, Alan. 2002. 'Recreating the Past'. In: SIGGRAPH 2002. San Antonio, United States.

Realistic representations of past environments: computer graphics and archaeology
Devlin, Kate. 2001. 'Realistic representations of past environments: computer graphics and archaeology'. In: Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, TAG 2001. Dublin, Ireland 13 - 15 December 2001.

Computer Reconstructions of Past Environments
Devlin, Kate. 2001. 'Computer Reconstructions of Past Environments'. In: Colours in Antiquity: Towards an Archaeology of Seeing, Colours in Antiquity. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 10 - 13 September 2001.

High Fidelity Image Synthesis of Archaeological Reconstructions
Devlin, Kate. 2001. 'High Fidelity Image Synthesis of Archaeological Reconstructions'. In: Perceptually Adaptive Graphics - ACM SIGGRAPH and Eurographics Campfire. Snowbird, Utah, United States 26 - 29 May 2001.

Perception of Pompeii frescoes under realistic illumination simulations
Devlin, Kate. 2001. 'Perception of Pompeii frescoes under realistic illumination simulations'. In: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, CAA UK 2001. Sixth Meeting of the UK chapter. Bristol University, United Kingdom 24 - 25 February 2001..

Broadcast

Staying Sane - Healthy Minds in a Mad World
Devlin, Kate. 2014. Staying Sane - Healthy Minds in a Mad World.

Interview on the legacy of Dr James Martin, author and technology consultant
Devlin, Kate. 2013. Interview on the legacy of Dr James Martin, author and technology consultant.

Thesis

Perceptual Fidelity for Digital Image Display
Devlin, Kate. 2014. Perceptual Fidelity for Digital Image Display. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Other

CO3355 Advanced graphics and animation subject guide
Devlin, Kate and Gillies, Marco. 2014. CO3355 Advanced graphics and animation subject guide. UCL, Goldsmtihs, University of London International Programme.

The Brunel Collection Online Dataset
Horton, Mark and Devlin, Kate. The Brunel Collection Online Dataset. UNSPECIFIED.

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