Tim Merritt

Hi!  This is the website used to share the research and design work of Tim Merritt. I’m dedicated to the design and research of technology that helps people to do more whether the context is a corporate workplace, or physical interactions in spaces of play and creative design work. I am an associate professor of computer science in the Human-Centered Computing group at Aalborg University, which is in the sunny/windy kingdom of Denmark.

My research focuses on supporting people in physical experiences such as kitesurfing or navigating a 3D environment through a shape-changing controller. My interests are at the intersection of computer science, mechanical engineering, and industrial design. Much of my work involves supporting creativity through technology. This includes research activities on augmented fabrication workshops and toys that stage creative play experiences for children.

Collaboration with Roel Vertegaal and the Human Media Lab has led to research and public demonstrations of programmable matter, which are flying shapes made up of swarms of drones that can be commanded to move and form ensembles of any configuration. This is a new form of a computer display which can render objects and explore complex dynamic models such as the solar system and the movement of planets.

My PhD work focused on understanding the differences in response to human and computer team-mates. This was conducted under the supervision of Kevin McGee, and in collaboration with the other Partner Technologies Research Group students and staff researchers. The research involved the development of computational partners and team-mates for games. We studied human reactions and behaviors when engaged in real-time interactions such as games or urgent tasks of movement and decision-making. Kevin made me appreciate constructivist perspectives of learning and cognition, which were pioneered by his PhD supervisors Seymour Papert and Marvin Minsky. It is also through Kevin’s influence that I gained a passion for tools that support creativity and expression.

At the National University of Singapore, I studied first under Adrian Cheok and worked at the MixedRealityLab in 2006-7 then later joined to conduct the early portion of my PhD studies 2008-2009. There, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing talented people with a shared vision of designing multimodal interfaces to communicate feelings and for sharing the sensorial richness of experiences, including stimuli such as smells, sounds, touch, etc. We demonstrated new display materials and techniques including biological living media interfaces, such as transgenic glowing bacteria and color changing plants. I gained an appreciation and outlook as an interaction designer for looking beyond the touchscreen and embracing the physical world.

My professional profile can be reviewed here: dk.linkedin.com/in/trmerritt

Or call me within Denmark at +45 4244 2899 or if you are somewhere else, then call using skype or your mobile to my USA telephone# +1-888-222-0191 (no sms, voice only)

email: tim@ixd.net

Aside from research on the design of technology, my experiences and interests include product design, project management and business consulting.

Certified project management (PMP) and information security (CISSP & ITIL).

“IXD.cc” is an industrial design and product design company registered in Denmark. CVR no.: 34976961

Current Affiliations:

Aalborg University – Dept. of Computer Science, Reseach Center for Socio+Interactive Design

Previous Affiliations:

Aarhus University Design Research – Department of Engineering

Aarhus University – World renowned university in Aarhus.

IT Product Development – MSc program at Aarhus University

REform – Research and Teaching Platform at the Aarhus School of Architecture.

Aarhus School of Architecture – grants degrees from Bachelor to PhD in Architecture, Design, and related disciplines