Dr Adrian Gradinar

Lecturer in Smart Home Futures

Experiential Futures, Experience Design, Interaction Design, Research through Design, Speculative Design, Design Fiction, Internet of Things

I am a Lecturer in Smart Home Futures and a strong believer that we live in the mixed-reality space emerging at the crossing of the digital world we experience and live and the physicality and materiality of the lives we actually have (and hopefully still like). I have a wide area of research mostly focusing on the socio-technical challenges our society and its people are facing. As a research designer, I design and study a range of experiential futures to tackle the adoption and implications of technological advances on our lives. This has led to a wide range of research avenues from designing better mixed-reality objects and spaces, to exploring ideas such as transparency, legibility, agency, and more recently the sustainability, of data produced by IoT/Edge devices. These speculative physicalisations have generated several public exhibits in venues such as The Tate Modern, The V&A London, FACT Liverpool, The Building Research Establishment in Watford, UK and PlayUK in Skopje, Macedonia.

Recently, I have been investigating the relationship between sustainability, cybersecurity and adoption around Edge technologies. Using experiential future design scenarios, this research looks at raising the public’s awareness of the environmental costs of IoT datafication to facilitate citizens in making more sustainably informed decisions about their devices and data practices. This work has been done in¬†collaboration with colleague Dr Michael Stead and partners¬†BBC Research & Development as Principal Investigator on the EPSRC PETRAS funded research project Edge of Tomorrow.

A full list of my publications can be viewed here.