Dr Fiona Carroll

Dr Fiona Carroll

Reader in Human Computer Interaction

Department: Department of Applied Computing and Engineering

Office/Location: Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus

Telephone:  

Email: fcarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Profile Overview

​Fiona received a PhD degree in Computing from Edinburgh Napier University in 2008. Her research over the past twenty years has focused on the fast-changing relations between humans and digital technologies. It is multi-disciplinary and shows a substantial contribution to scholarship in the field of Human Computer Interaction. In particular, her interests are in aesthetic and ethical computing, human factors of cyber security and educational technologies. Fiona is especially interested in the ethically aligned design of technology and how we might design for engaging, usable, safe, secure, green, inclusive and accessible experiences online.

Teaching

Fiona is Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Computing for Interaction and BSc (Hons) Computing with Creative Design in the School of Technologies.


Teaching

  • Module Leader: Professional and Ethics in IT (Level 6) (2018-present); Technology Project Management (Level 7) (2021); Design Thinking (Level 4) (2021-present); Mobile & Web Technologies (Level 5) (2021-present); HCI and UX in Virtual Environment  (Level 5) (2021-present).
  • Module Lecturer: Networks and Communications (Level 5) (2019-2020); Social media and Analytics (Level 7) (2020); Building for the web (Level 4) (2019); Computing for society (Level 4) (2018).


PhD and Higher Research Degree Supervision

Fiona’s supervision includes:

1) Director of Study (DoS) for two PhD programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University
i. Sophie Meace: Enhancing techno-pedagogy in secondary education: Investigating teacher perceptions and attitudes towards using technology in the classroom, and their implementation of the Digital Competence Framework (2019 - 2023) 
ii. Joel Pinney: Developing aesthetic heuristics to leverage more ‘insightful’ data visualizations for better business decisions with YARD Ltd. (KESS II research programme) (2019 - 2022)


2) Second Supervisor for two PhD programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University
i. Sarah Dashti: Building a Novel of Physical Visualisation of Sound on Ceramics Using Creative Technologies: Augmented Reality and Rapid Prototyping (2019 – 2022).
ii. Tegan Pyke: Creative Writing and Technology (2019 – 2022).
iii. Sarah-May Mcvey: Dyslexia and Robotics (2020 - 2023).


3) External Supervisor for two PhD programmes at the University of South Wales (USW)
i. Shalini Chellara: A self-paced and collaborative CSCL approach facilitating Elearning (2016 - 2021). 
ii. Nick Jones: Desired Digital Customer Experience: Using neuroaesthetics to inform the design of online services that will shape and influence user behaviour (KESS II research programme) (2016 – 2021).

Research

Fiona is a research leader in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on aesthetic and ethical computing, human dimensions of cyber security, and educational technologies.

She is co-leader the Creative Computing Research Centre (CCRC) at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Her past and present research projects include:

1) Aesthetic and Ethical Computing


I. Building towards an online visual warning standard: Understanding the human aesthetic response for the design of visual warnings to counter misinformation.
Funded by Global Academies Santander Fellowship. (2021).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll

II. Exploring a multidisciplinary aesthetic programming approach to engage more girls in IT.
Funded by Cardiff Met University Impact Builder application fund. £2458.50 (2021).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll.

III. The Button Friends Idea Lab Activity.
Funded by Creative Clwstwr (https://clwstwr.org.uk) (AHRC). £500 (December 2020).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll. 

IV. From data to business value: Developing a data physicalisation framework to transform data into value for Welsh business (http://daptec.org/)
Funded by Smart Expertise (Welsh Government/European Commission under European Regional Development Funds regulations). £217,291 (2020-2022).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Simon Thorne and Dr Jon Pigott, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies; Paul Newbury, Yard Digital Ltd; Natalie Taylor, Cardiff City Council; and Luke Maggs, Natural Resource Wales.

V. Developing aesthetic heuristics to leverage more ‘insightful’ data visualizations for better business decisions
Funded by KESS II – European Social Fund Convergence Program. £53,324, (Sept 2019 - Sept 2022).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Esyin Chew and Paul Newbury, Yard Digital Ltd. 

VI. Desired Digital Customer Experience: Using neuroaesthetics to inform the design of online services that will shape and influence user behaviour.
Funded by KESS II – European Social Fund Convergence Program. £50,000 (Sept 2016 - present).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll (stood down when I left USW); Co-In: Dr Daniel Cunliffe and CGI, Bridgend. 

VII. To grow new facilities to promote ethically aligned technology at the Creative Technology Research Group at CST.
Funded by Cardiff Met Research & Innovation Services (RIS) R&B ‘Get Started Quick’ Fund. £2500 (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll 

VIII. So Much Depends’ Digital Text/Art Project in partnership with Cardiff Council.
Funded by University of South Wales, Impact Investment Scheme. £3,000 (2013).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Alice Entwistle & Dr Inga Burrows, University of South Wales.


2) Human Factors of Cyber Security


I. Using Brain Computer Technology (BCI) to identify the neural signature of perceived threat in an online environment
Funded by Welsh Crucible Seedcorn Funding Scheme. £5773 (Jan 2020 to Sep 2020)
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr James Kolasinski, Cubric, Cardiff University 

II. Optimising End Users Online Safety from Wireless Network infrastructure to User interface.
Funded by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Global Academies Research and Innovation Development Fund. £2000 (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Liqaa Nawaf, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies. 

III. The Human factors of Cybercrime: Understanding how matters of transnational and international cybercrime can impact Welsh African business links.
Funded by Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) placement (funded by HEFW). £2500 (2020).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Liqaa Nawaf, Dr Chaminda Hewage & Dr Thanuja Mallikarachchi, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies. 

IV. Understanding How the Latest ISO Standards Can Enhance the Security Of Local Welsh Industries
Funded by Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) placement (funded by HEFW). £2500 (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Liqaa Nawaf, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies. 

V. Understanding the Potential Of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Technology To Create Better Online Security Experiences.
Funded by Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) placement (funded by HEFW). £2500 (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr James Kolasinski, Cubric, Cardiff University. 

VI. Cyber Security workshop.
Funded by Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) placement (funded by HEFW). £500 (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Chaminda Hewage, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies. 


3) Educational Technologies


I. Global Wales - Vietnam / Wales Partnership Project.
Funded by: British Council Vietnam HEP programme. £8000 (2021).
PI: Dr Rob Meyers; Co-Ins: Prof Jeff Lewis and Dr Debbie Clayton, Dr. Chaminda Hewage and Dr. Fiona Carroll (Cardiff Met University), Dung Le Hoang, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City 

II. Jam the mess - A get-together to create educational digital games for untangling the messy mechanics of cancer
Funded by ISSF3 Public Engagement Proof-of-Concept Award. £3,467 (2020)
PI: Dr Giusy Tornillo, Cardiff University; Co-In: Dr Fiona Carroll and Dr Glenn Jenkins, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies. 

III. Exploring formal and informal learning methods to support gender diversity at Cardiff Met: A Cardiff Met School of Technologies (CST) project to design for female friendly curriculums.
Funded by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Expand: Student Engagement Fund. £954.40 (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll. 

IV. Unlocking the potential of ‘Welsh’ for FE and HE computer science academics: Welsh medium primary school children to teach the latest cutting-edge robots how to speak the Welsh Language.
Funded by Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) placement (funded by HEFW). £500 (2020).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll. 

V. Cyber Girls workshop.
Funded by Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) placement (funded by HEFW). £500, (2019).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll & Dr Tas Begum, Cardiff Metropolitan University - School of Technologies. 

VI. CADA DIA Welsh – an eight-week pilot online language-learning program.
Funded by Welsh Government. £5000 (Summer 2016).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Michael Henry, University of Missouri Kansas City. 

VII. Novel learning: Developing an etextbook course on computer architecture.
Funded by University of South Wales, Centre for Learning and Teaching. £5000 (2013).
PI: Dr Fiona Carroll; Co-In: Dr Nathan Thomas, University of South Wales.


Key Publications

Fiona’s key publications include: 

Carroll, F., Legg, P. & Bonkel, B. (2020). The Visual Design of Network Data to Enhance Cyber Security Awareness of the Everyday Internet Use. In: IEEE Int. Conf. on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA), Virtual conference, 15-17 June 2020. 

Carroll, F., Webb, M. & Cropper, S. (2018). Our senses are lost online: investigating how aesthetics might be used to ground people in cyberspace. In IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. 

Carroll, F., Jenkins, A., Woodward, C., Kop, R. & Jenkins, E. (2012). ‘Exploring how social media can enhance the teaching of action research’, Action Research Journal, 10 (2), pp. 170-188. (DOI: 10.1177/1476750311424945). 

For full list of updated publications: http://fionacarroll.eu/publication.html


Other Projects and activities

Fiona is passionate about getting more girls into computing sectors and supporting women in IT.

Recent outreach work with Cardiff Metropolitan University:

  • 2021 to present: Working with three Cardiff Met female students to set up the first Welsh/UK student chapter with WICYS. The aim is to encourage more girls into Cyber.
  • 2021: Supporting (with project management) a group of secondary girls for a F1 SCHOOLS STEM CHALLENGE. They are through to the world platform.
  • 2020 to present: Working as an ambassador with the CYBERFIRST to engage more children into Cyber.
  • 2020 to present: Working with FIRST CAMPUS to develop a project to engage children into programming.
  • 2020 to present: Working with colleges in the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai on an ENGINEERING EDUCATION SCHEME WALES (EESW) Project on Green Computing.

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