Lynne Murray – Director Digital Anthropology Lab
Lynne has recently formed the Digital Anthropology Lab at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. An ambitious new research facility to explore emerging horizons of Digital Anthropology – making better with technology. She is also a co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Holition Augmented Retail and a jewellery designer.
Jane Harris (Phd RCA) – Professor of Digital Design & Innovation / Associate Dean of Research, London College of Fashion
Jane has over 20 years experience in Design and Transdisciplinary Research within higher education and industry sectors. A recipient of multiple awards for her unique practice in 3D CGI animation and real-time textile modelling, Jane examines the application of tacit material knowledge as a means of advancing emerging CGI contexts.
DALab affiliated researchers
Douglas Atkinson – Innovation Research Fellow
Douglas’ research can broadly be categorised as exploring the ways in which the digital can be used to infer and represent the most intangible, sensory and emotional aspects of human experience, those which are crucial to our relationship with fashion items and identity and our experience as fashion makers.
Dr. Veronika Kapsali – Reader Materials Technology and Design
Originally a trained fashion and textile designer working in London Fashion Week, Veronika migrated to R&D. With an undergraduate qualification in Fashion and Textile Design, Veronika was offered a scholarship to study for a PhD in Engineering Design by the University of Bath. Her specialist area is design of programmable materials, structures and systems.
Cher Potter – London College of Fashion/Victoria & Albert Museum Senior Research Fellow in Design Futures
Cher investigates 21st century design cultures. A member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Futures Studies, she previously led the Creative Direction at WGSN Forecasting Bureau and curated the 23rd Impakt Arts Festival exploring a ‘postwestern turn’ in arts and design practice.
Simon Thorogood – Senior Research Fellow
A research-led fashion designer and academic whose work finds novel ways of conceiving and communicating design. Simon was one of the earliest designers to integrate digital technology into fashion practice. His pioneering ‘Digital Runway’ installation in 1999, was arguably the world’s first digitally interactive catwalk presentation.
Maria Dada – Physical Computing & Web Development Research Fellow
Maria is a researcher and creative technologist who investigates the possibilities of digital materials in reconfiguring socio-political and economic structures. A PhD candidate in science and technology studies at Durham University she holds an MA from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy and a BSc in Computing and Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She also has ~10-years of experience as an interaction designer for Google, Abbey Road and Warp.net.
Katherine Rees – Performance wearables and landscapes at DALab
Examining the use of wearable technology and interactive environments within the choreographic practice and performance of Wayne McGregor’s work
Supervisor: Dr.Veronika Kapsali, Douglas Atkinson, Prof. Jane Harris
Stefan Vidler – Coded clothing
How computational design can affect the future of the design process from a fashion perspective.
Supervisor: Dr. Veronika Kapsali, Simon Thorogood and Catherine Fuller
Shaza Sabbagh – Beyond traditional jewellery
How can digital methods inform design of novel forms of female body adornment?
Supervisors: Prof. Jane Harris, Prof. Sandy Black, Lynne Murray
PhD researcher in residence programme
The Digital Anthropology Lab hosts practical PhD research programmes and works with selected candidates in their research area of interest. Please check the UAL Research Degrees information and application pages for more information and to submit your candidacy.
Lab technology capability areas
3D print for rapid prototyping
Wearable sensor enabled system design
Interactive garment design and production (embedded interactions)
Virtual and augmented reality experience design and development
Algorithm and application development (i.e. Java, Processing, Python)
Human–centred digital service design