Dr Jamie A Ward

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Computing
Email j.ward (@gold.ac.uk)
Twitter @DrJamieW
Dr Jamie A Ward

Jamie is a lecturer in Machine Learning at Goldsmiths. His background encompasses wearable computing, social neuroscience, and theatre. His work is broadly concerned with how we can best use wearable sensing and machine learning as tools to help us capture, model, and understand real-world human activity and behaviour. As part of this effort, he draws on methods from theatre and performance as a way of obtaining close-to-real world data, developing the idea of using theatre as a laboratory.

He obtained his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland in 2006, and a joint degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2000. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Jamie was a post-doctoral researcher at University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and at Lancaster University, where he was a Marie Curie Fellow.

Between academic positions he worked variously as a technology consultant, an analogue circuit designer, and as an actor in television, film, and theatre. 

Research Interests

Wearable computing, on-body sensing, activity recognition, social neuroscience, pattern analysis, and machine learning.

Publications and research outputs


Sun, Yanke; Greaves, Dwaynica A; Orgs, Guido; de C. Hamilton, Antonia F; Day, Sally and Ward, Jamie A. 2023. Using Wearable Sensors to Measure Interpersonal Synchrony in Actors and Audience Members During a Live Theatre Performance. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 7(1), 27. ISSN 2474-9567

Chen, Kanyu; Han, Jiawen; Baldauf, Holger; Wang, Ziyue; Chen, Dunya; Kato, Akira; Ward, Jamie A and Kunze, Kai. 2023. Affective Umbrella – A Wearable System to Visualize Heart and Electrodermal Activity, towards Emotion Regulation through Somaesthetic Appreciation. Proceedings 4th Augmented Humans International Conference 2023, Glasgow, UK (AHs2023), pp. 231-242.

Han, Jiawen; Chernyshov, George; Sugawa, Moe; Zheng, Dingding; Hynds, Danny; Furukawa, Taichi; Padovani, Marcelo; Minamizawa, Kouta; Marky, Karola; Ward, Jamie A and Kunze, Kai. 2023. Linking Audience Physiology to Choreography. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 30(1), 9. ISSN 1073-0516

Bell, Maria; Robinson, Elise; Day, Sally; Gilbert, Thomas Jamin; Hamilton, Antonia F De C and Ward, Jamie A. 2022. Lessons on Collecting Data from Autistic Children Using Wrist-Worn Sensors. Proceedings of the 2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 6-10.

Gilbert, Thomas; Day, Sally; Hamilton, Antonia F De C and Ward, Jamie A. 2022. A Simple Method for Synchronising Multiple IMUs Using the Magnetometer. Proceedings of the 2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 100-102.

Zhang, Qing; Barbareschi, Giulia; Huang, Yifei; Li, Juling; Pai, Yun Suen; Ward, Jamie A and Kunze, Kai. 2022. Seeing Our Blind Spots: Smart Glasses-Based Simulation to Increase Design Students’ Awareness of Visual Impairment. Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, pp. 1-14.

He, Yan; Chernyshov, George; Han, Jiawen; Zheng, Dingding; Thomsen, Ragnar; Hynds, Danny; Liu, Muyu; Yang, Yuehui; Ju, Yulan; Pai, Yun Suen; Minamizawa, Kouta; Kunze, Kai and Ward, Jamie A. 2022. Frisson Waves: Exploring Automatic Detection, Triggering and Sharing of Aesthetic Chills in Music Performances. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 6(3), 118. ISSN 2474-9567

Aburumman, Nadine; Gillies, Marco; Ward, Jamie A. and Hamilton, Antonia F.de C.. 2022. Nonverbal communication in virtual reality: Nodding as a social signal in virtual interactions. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 164, 102819. ISSN 1071-5819

Alharbi, Fayez; Ouarbya, Lahcen and Ward, Jamie A. 2022. Comparing Sampling Strategies for Tackling Imbalanced Data in Human Activity Recognition. Sensors, 22(4), 1373. ISSN 1424-8220

Hadley, Lauren V and Ward, Jamie A. 2021. Synchrony as a measure of conversation difficulty: Movement coherence increases with background noise level and complexity in dyads and triads. PLoS ONE, 16(10), e0258247. ISSN 1932-6203

Canigueral, Roser; Ward, Jamie A and Hamilton, Antonia F de C. 2021. Effects of Being Watched on Eye Gaze and Facial Displays of Typical and Autistic Individuals During Conversation. Autism, 25(1), pp. 210-226. ISSN 1362-3613

Hale, Jo; Ward, Jamie A; Buccheri, Francesco; Oliver, Dominic and Hamilton, Antonia F. de C.. 2020. Are you on my wavelength? Interpersonal coordination in dyadic conversations. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 44(1), pp. 63-83. ISSN 0191-5886

Dunne, Lucy E and Ward, Jamie A. 2020. Making Sensors, Making Sense, Making Stimuli: The State of the Art in Wearables Research from ISWC 2019. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 19(1), pp. 87-91. ISSN 1536-1268

Ward, Jamie A and Pinti, Paola. 2019. Wearables and the brain. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 18(1), pp. 94-100. ISSN 1536-1268

Hevesi, Peter; Ward, Jamie A; Amiraslanov, Orkham; Pirkl, Gerald and Lukowicz, Paul. 2018. Wearable Eye Tracking for Multisensor Physical Activity Recognition. International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences, 10(12), pp. 103-116.

Bulling, Andreas; Ward, Jamie A and Gellersen, Hans. 2012. Multimodal recognition of reading activity in transit using body-worn sensors. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 9(1), 2. ISSN 1544-3558

Conference or Workshop Item

Hynds, Danny; Zheng, Dingding; Zhang, Yilin; Ma, Hua; Ragozin, Kirill; Chernyshov, George; Ward, Jamie A; Saito, Tatsuya; Kunze, Kai and Minamizawa, Kouta. 2023. 'Phantom Undulations: Remote Physiological Sensing in Abstract Installation Works'. In: Augmented Humans International Conference (AHs2023). Glasgow, United Kingdom 12 - 14 March 2023.

Dobre, Georgiana Cristina; Gillies, Marco; Falk, Patrick; Ward, Jamie A; Hamilton, Antonia F de C and Pan, Xueni. 2021. 'Direct Gaze Triggers Higher Frequency of Gaze Change: An Automatic Analysis of Dyads in Unstructured Conversation'. In: International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI ’21). Montréal, QC, Canada 18 - 22 October 2021.

Alharbi, F; Ouarbya, L and Ward, J A. 2020. 'Synthetic Sensor Data for Human Activity Recognition'. In: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN). Glasgow, United Kingdom 19-24 July 2020.

Frohn, Sabrina A L; Matharu, Jeevan S and Ward, Jamie A. 2020. 'Towards a Characterisation of Emotional Intent During Scripted Scenes Using In-ear Movement Sensors'. In: International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC ’20). Virtual Event, Mexico 12-16 September 2020.

Peng, Youhong (Friendred) ; Tanaka, Atau and Ward, Jamie A. 2020. 'The Light: Exploring Socially Improvised Movements Using Wearable Sensors in a Performative Installation'. In: UBICOMP / ISWC 2020. Cancun (online), Mexico.

Gupta, Aman; Strivens, Finn L; Tag, Benjamin; Kunze, Kai and Ward, Jamie A. 2019. 'Blink as you Sync - Uncovering Eye and Nod Synchrony in Conversation using Wearable Sensing'. In: International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). London, United Kingdom 9-13 September 2019.

Ward, Jamie A; Richardson, Daniel C.; Orgs, Guido; Hunter, Kelly and Hamilton, Antonia. 2018. 'Sensing Interpersonal Synchrony between Actors and Autistic Children in Theatre Using Wrist-worn Accelerometers'. In: International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). Singapore, Singapore 8-12 October 2018.

Cañigueral, Roser; Hamilton, Antonia and Ward, Jamie A.. 2018. 'Don't Look at Me, I'm Wearing an Eyetracker!'. In: International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), Workshop on Eyewear. Singapore, Singapore 9 – 11 October 2018.

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