Professor Gareth Loudon BSc (hons) PhD CEng FIET FHEA

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ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5218-8453


Specialist Subject Areas

User-centered design, ethnography, usability testing and evaluation, design thinking, product innovation, creativity, mindfulness, play, product design.

Qualifications

BSc (1st Class Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Leicester University, 1988.
Ph.D. – Advances in Knowledge Based Signal Processing, Leicester University, 1991.

Biography

Gareth Loudon is a Professor of Creativity and Associate Dean (Research) at the Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD). He is one of the co-founders of the User Centred Design (UCD) research group at CSAD and is also co-founder and Director of the Centre for Creativity Ltd that undertakes research, training and consultancy in key areas of creativity.

His research interests focus on creativity, play and innovation, combining ideas from anthropology and psychology, engineering and design. Previously he worked for Apple Research and Ericsson Research in the design and development of new software and computer embedded products. He has over 30 years experience in academic and industrial research and has taken several research ideas all the way through to commercial products for large companies such as Apple.

Gareth has six patents to his name and over 90 publications in total. He has won many awards including Best Software Product Award at COMDEX Asia, and for his concept design work from IDSA/BusinessWeek.

Gareth is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current research

His current research work focuses on supporting creative learning; the design of simulated environments for product evaluation; design for the developing world; and in helping organisations with their creativity strategies and processes. 

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Click here to view Dr Loudon’s papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.

Selected Articles  

  • Loudon, G. and Deininger, G. (2017) The Physiological Response to Drawing and Its Relation to Attention and Relaxation. Journal of Behavioural and Brain Science , 7, 111-124. https://doi.org/10.4236/jbbs.2017.73011 

  • Loudon, G. and Deininger, G. (2016) The Physiological Response during Divergent Thinking. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, 6, 28-37. doi: 10.4236/jbbs.2016.61004. 

  • Loudon, G.H., Zampelis, D. and Deininger, G.M. (2017) Using Real-time Biofeedback of Heart Rate Variability Measures to Track and Help Improve Levels of Attention and Relaxation. ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, 27th-30th June, Singapore. 

Selected conference papers
• (2017) Loudon, G.H., Zampelis, D. and Deininger, G.M. Using Real-time Biofeedback of Heart Rate Variability Measures to Track and Help Improve Levels of Attention and Relaxation. ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, 27th-30th June, Singapore.
• (2016) Coleman, S, Treadaway, C., and Loudon, G. Avenues, Values, and the Muse: An ethnographic study of creative activity to support the wellbeing of residents living with dementia in residential care, 10th Internal Conference on Design and Emotion, 27th – 30th September, Amsterdam.
• (2015) Watkins C. A., Loudon, G. H., Gill, S. and Hall, J.E. (2015) ‘The Challenges of taking a User-Centric Approach within developing countries: A case study of designing medical solutions for Zambia’, Proceedings of the 11th European Academy of Design Conference, Paris Desartes University, Boulogne Billancourt, France, April 22-24.
• (2015) Fuzi, A., Clifton, N. & Loudon, G.H. (2015) ‘New spaces for supporting entrepreneurship? Co-working spaces in the Welsh entrepreneurial landscape’, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development, Sheffield, UK, June 18-19.
• (2014) Loudon, G.H. and Deininger, G.M.. A new model for supporting creativity in research organisations, R&D Management Conference, 3rd – 6th June, Stuttgart.
• (2012) Loudon, G.H., Deininger, G.M. & Gordon, B.S.. Play, Autonomy and the Creative Process, 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Glasgow, UK, 18th-20th September.

Patents
• (2014) Dhaliwal, B., Loudon, G.H. and McCarthy,P.W. Limb shield, UK Patent No. GB2484570.
• (2012) Culverhouse, I., Gill, S.J. and Loudon,G.H. Prototyping and testing man-machine interfaces, UK Patent No. GB2461334.
• (2003) Loudon,G.H, Chen,H. and Tng,T.H. Recognition Process, Patent No. US2003086611
• (2003) Loudon,G.H, Pittman,J.A. and Wu, Y.M.. Methods and apparatus for handwriting recognition, Patent No. US6556712

Awards

(2018, 2019, 2020) National Professional Enquiry Project, Welsh Government - developing professional enquiry skills of teachers for the New Curriculum for Wales. 

(2019) Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnership with P&A Ltd. - embedding UCD in new product development of outdoor furniture. 

(2018) AHRC Creative Clusters Grant - developing R&D potential of screen media and news companies in South Wales – Co-Investigator 

(2017) AHRC/GCRF Research Networking Grant – 'Improving healthcare support for rural communities in India' – Principal Investigator 

(2017) SMART Partnership Grant, Welsh Government, 'Embedding User Centred Design in FinTech Product Development' 

(2017) Life Sciences Bridging Fund, Welsh Government - design and user testing of Red Cross First Responder Pack. 

(2017) AHRC Research Networking Grant – ‘Improving healthcare support for rural communities in India’

(2017) SMART Partnership Grant, Welsh Government, ‘Embedding User Centred Design in FinTech Product Development’

(2016) Research Innovation Award (Product Design), Cardiff Metropolitan University, fully funded bursary for a PhD.

(2014) Research & Enterprise Investment Fund, Cardiff Metropolitan University, for development of a Perceptual Experience Lab (PEL).

(2014) Research Innovation Award (Product Design), Cardiff Metropolitan University, fully two years post doctoral research assistant

(2013) Research Innovation Award (Cardiff School of Management), Cardiff Metropolitan University, fully funded bursary for a PhD

(2013) Research Innovation Award (CARIAD) , Cardiff Metropolitan University, fully funded bursary for a PhD

(2013) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Ecodesign Centre Wales and Elwell Buildings, Technology Strategy Board

(2012) Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship ‘Access to Masters’ scheme, Welsh Government

(2012) Research Innovation Award (Product Design), Cardiff Metropolitan University, fully funded bursary for a PhD

(2010) UWIC Learning and Teaching Fellowship Award

(2010) Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship, Wales Global Academy and Peepo Ltd, fully funded bursary for a PhD

Three Bursary Awards for Research Students

Bronze award at the Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) organized by the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)

Silver award at the Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) organized by the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)

Best software product and Best of the Best Award at COMDEX Asia for Apple’s Chinese Dictation Kit product


Supervision of Doctoral Research (titles or broad areas of investigation)

Anna Bhushan: Can mindful meditation practice enhance creativity within Art And Design Higher Education 

Debbie Savage: Demonstrating The Impact Of Research In Art & Design 

Kirsten Stevens-Wood: An exploration of intentional communities as experimental spaces. 

John Barker: Developing business innovation in an economically challenged region: A case study on Medium Sized Businesses in Wales 

Craig Kirkwood: Lingua Colour – an open colour system for the graphic arts 

Mohammad Alhazim: Investigation into the design of Kuwaiti Government dwellings for occupant well-being. 


PhD Completions 

Bethan Gordon (2021): Keeping it real - the potential for accessible mixed reality to simulate context of use scenarios when usability testing products.  

Abbie Lawrence (2021): Thought for Food: An evidence-led approach to improving Welsh food industry competitiveness.  

Alice Gilmour (2020): Making vegetables "cool" – improving the eating habits of Wales' younger generation.  

Nicole Ruta (2019): Visual perception in far peripheral visual space and its artistic representations.  

Steve Coleman (2018): Ludic activities - creative strategies to support subjective well-being of older people with dementia in residential care. (Supervisor) 

Anita Fuzi (2017): Space for creative and entrepreneurial activities? Coworking spaces in the entrepreneurial landscape of an economically challenged region.  

Claire Andrews (2016): Designing with people with visual impairments: an exploration of the value of extraordinary users in design.  

Clara Watkins (2016): Disruptive innovation: developing culturally appropriate transformative medical product solutions in rural Zambia.   

Dimitrios Zampelis (2016): Augmented reality assisted prototyping  

Jo Hare (2014): The role of physicality in the design process of computer embedded products.  

Gina Deininger (2013): Does state of being and dynamic movement have a relationship with creativity?      

Ian Culverhouse (2012): Investigation into the potential of a novel rapid low fidelity interactive prototyping technique for the design development of computer embedded devices.   

Alex Woolley (2009): Contextual testing of interactive prototypes at the early stages of the design process.  



    • Anna Bhushan: Can mindful meditation practice enhance creativity within Art And Design Higher Education 

    • Debbie Savage: Demonstrating The Impact Of Research In Art & Design 

    • Kirsten Stevens-Wood: An exploration of intentional communities as experimental spaces. 

    • John Barker: Developing business innovation in an economically challenged region: A case study on Medium Sized Businesses in Wales 

    • Craig Kirkwood: Lingua Colour – an open colour system for the graphic arts 

    • Mohammad Alhazim: Investigation into the design of Kuwaiti Government dwellings for occupant well-being. Previously