Prof. Nick Bryan-Kinns FRSA FBCS FHEA CEng SMACM
Professor of Creative Computing
University of the Arts London, UK
My research explores new approaches to interactive technologies for the Arts and the Creative Industries through Creative Computing. My current focus is on Human-Centred AI and eXplainable AI for the Arts. My research has made audio engineering more accessible and inclusive, championed the design of sustainable and ethical IoT and wearables, and engaged rural and urban communities with physical computing through craft and cultural heritage.
Products of my research have been exhibited internationally including Ars Electronica (Austria), the Science Museum (UK), and the China International Cultural Industries Fair (China), made available online and as smartphone apps, used by artists and musicians in performances and art installations, and have been reported in public media outlets including the BBC, New Scientist, Dazed and the BBC World Service.
I have developed and led collaborative research and teaching in Interaction Design with Tsinghua University China, Hunan University China, Tongji University the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Jiangnan University China, and Ateneo de Manila University Philippines. Also, I developed and manage the bilateral research exchange programmes between Queen Mary University of London UK and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) USA as well as McGill University Canada.
Panelist & Editor
I am a Panel member for the National Science Foundation CreativeIT program, participated in consultation on the European Commission's FET programme in Creativity and ICT, Editor for a Special Issue of the CoDesign Journal on Collaborative Creativity, and Edited a Special Issue of the International Journal of Arts and Technology on Whole Body Interaction. I am a reviewer for: Behaviour & Information Technology Journal; the Computer Music Journal; and, Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal.
2020 - 2026
UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Centric Engineering (£1.6M)
More InfoCo-Investigator leading partnerships in data, media, and art. Visit www.qmul.ac.uk/dce website
More InfoPrincipal Investigator of usability research project with OPPO, the largest smartphone manufacturer in China, examining the usability of a new major version of OPPO’s ColorOS smartphone OS which has 0.5bn monthly active users.
QMUL-HUST Strategic Partnership Research Funding
More InfoPrincipal Investigator researching design for social inclusion with partners in Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
2019 - 2027
UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence and Music (£6M)
More InfoCo-Investigator leading research into Interaction Design for AI and Music, and international partnership strategy. Visit aim.qmul.ac.uk website
2019 - 2020
AHRC Digital Platforms for Craft in the UK and China (£239K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator researching trends in digital platforms for craft in the UK and China partnered with Hunan University, China. Working with partners in the UK and China to improve the sustainability and impact of craft in the Creative Economy in the UK and China.
2019 - 2019
AHRC AI for Music in the Creative Industries of China and the UK (£20K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator leading partnership building between the UK and China for research into AI for Music in the Creative Industries partnered with Tongji University, China.
2019 - 2019
AHRC Training Grant: Immersive Technologies for Japanese as a Second Language (£4K)
More InfoTraining grant for MAT PhD student Jack Ratcliffe: Finding and using observational data to inform a Japanese-as-second language syllabus in an immersive spoken-dialogue system context.
2016 - 2018
EU WEAR: Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible Innovation (€3M EUR)
More InfoQMUL Principal Investigator focussing on Interaction Design for ethical, critical, responsible, environmental and sustainable approaches to wearable and smart textile design funded by EU Horizon 2020 (€3M). Consortium includes: the University for the Creative Arts and Queen Mary University of London in the UK, with iMinds in Brussels coordinating the project, Blumine in Italy, UdK Berlin team, Digital Spaces Living Lab in Bulgaria, DataScouts in Brussels. Visit wearsustain.eu website
2014 - 2016
EPSRC Connected Seeds and Sensors (£321K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator focussing on Interaction Design for sustainable food-growing in the city funded by EPSRC IoT theme. Visit connectedseeds.org website
2014 - 2015
Building UK-China Educational and Research Partnerships in Design and Innovation (£9K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator leading collaboration between QM and Chinese Universities (£9K) funded by UK Science & Innovation Network.
2014 - 2017
EPSRC Musical Audio Repurposing Using Source Separation (£887K)
More InfoCo-Investigator focussing on mobile Interaction Design audio (£887K) funded by EPSRC.
2014 - 2022
EPSRC+AHRC Media and Arts Technology Centre for Doctoral Training (£3.6M)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator focussing on Interaction Design and international collaborations for the MAT programme funded by EPSRC and AHRC. Media & Arts Technology website
2012 - 2015
EPSRC Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) (£1.16M)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator of 40 month project on Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) (£1.16M) funded by EPSRC in collaboration with Goldsmiths University and Bath University. Visit DePIC website
2013 - 2018
EPSRC Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) (£1.1M)
More InfoCo-Investigator focussing on novels forms of human interaction with digital music. (£1.1M)
Royal Academy of Engineering Secondment (£121K)
More InfoWorking with TechCity SMEs on low-cost evaluation of mobile user interfaces. (£121K)
2010 - 2012
EPSRC Research in the Wild: Collaborative CrossModal Interfaces (£285K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator on project testing and refining collaboration support in the workplace. (£285K)
João Cordeiro, Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts - Sound and Image Department
More InfoHost to Visiting Researcher.
EPSRC Horizons Digital Economy Research
More InfoCollaborator on Graffito - an experiment in massive crowd-made graffiti, in collaboration with BigDog Interactive, the University of Nottingham MRL, Proboscis, and University of Glasgow.
2010 - 2014
EPSRC Sustainable Software: Digital Music (£1.1M)
More InfoCo-Investigator focussing on software for distributed music making systems. (£1.1M)
2009 - 2014
EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre: Media Arts Technology (£5M)
More InfoCo-Author developed the learning pathways and module on interactive arts technologies. (£5M)
TSB Feasibility Study: Sensory Theatres (£25K)
More InfoCo-Investigator on evaluation of novel sensory technology. Designed and conducted evaluations of technologies with children with special needs. (£25K)
EPSRC Cluster: Creator
More InfoSteering committee for cluster investigating the key challenges are that face the creative industries.
2007 - 2012
EPSRC Platform Grant: Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) (£1M)
More InfoCo-Investigator focussing on novels forms of human interaction with digital music. Commissioned two innovative arts/ technology collaborative art works with significant public impact. (£1M)
2005 - 2006
EPSRC Follow on Funding: Mobile Jamming (£33K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator. 9 month commercialisation project employing one research assistant to develop prototype software for group music making on mobile phones and to commercialise the work. (£33K)
2004 - 2006
EPSRC First Grant: Engaging Collaborations (£108K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator. 30 month research project employing one research assistant to investigate the nature of mutual engagement in collaborative situations taking group music improvisation as an exemplar domain. (£108K)
2004 - 2006
EPSRC Culture and Creativity Network: Leonardo (£40K)
More InfoFounding member of ‘Leonardo: Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design’ EPSRC funded network, and lead artist for Sonic Interactive Soundscapes. collaborator on iPoi and Threshold Chimes. (£40k)
EPSRC Designing for 21st Century Cluster (£50K)
More InfoParticipant in the cluster ‘Understanding and Supporting Group Creativity within Design’. (£50k)
2002 - 2004
EU Information Society Technologies 5th FWP: SAVANT (€3.52M)
More InfoCo-investigator focussing on usability and evaluation issues for scalable, interactive television. (€3.52M)
2004 - 2005
Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholarship (£12K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator, examine commercial potential of my group music improvisation research. (£12K)
Royal Society Travel Grant (£1K)
More InfoPrincipal Investigator. Grant to present research on commercial multi-disciplinary teams. (£1K)