We’re researchers from the Royal College of Art, London, working on a range of projects around design, interaction and behaviour.

Claudia Dutson is completing a PhD at the Royal College of Art in the department of Architecture, on thermal control in architecture. Using performative practice and artificial intelligence, her project restages the interactions of an artificially intelligent thermostat with occupants as a video performance. The script is formed from a large database of idioms and metaphors for heat, with underlying narratives of productivity, economics, desire, ecological crisis and war. Her work investigates the convergence of computing and architecture, with a feminist critique of techno-solutionism through language games.

She holds a BSc and MA in Architecture, and has written a book on artificial light. Before architecture she trained in media production, and worked in new media consultancy during the dotcom bubble (and burst).

Delfina Fantini van Ditmar is working in the area of ‘The Age of Calm Technology’. In this context, her interest is in exploring the subject of ubiquitous computing, which can be defined as information processing embedded in the objects and surfaces of everyday life (Weiser, 1991). Her research is focused on the IoT and the interconnected physical-digital relations that are influencing the way we dwell. By analyzing the ecology of future housing she explores new technologies by addressing the design as a spatial and socio-cultural system, rather than by focusing on product design or the technology.

Delfina is a PhD candidate in Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) at the Royal College of Art. Delfina holds a BA in Biology and completed one year of an MFA at Konstfack University, Stockholm. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum. In 2011 she was awarded the Heinz von Foerster Award by the American Society for Cybernetics.

Dan Lockton is interested in relationships between design and people’s behaviour, understanding of everyday systems, and consequences for society and sustainability, weaving ideas from ethnography, cybernetics and decision science. He is a research tutor in Innovation Design Engineering at the RCA, supervising PhDs in areas including the IoT, synaesthesia, and design for repair. From 2013-15 he worked at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, on projects from sonification of home energy use to public engagement with driverless cars. For his PhD, at Brunel University, Dan developed Design with Intent, a multidisciplinary design pattern toolkit for behaviour change. He also has an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Industrial Design Engineering from Brunel.