Projects


SPRITE+ works with a diverse set of academic and non-academic stakeholders to build and strengthen the digital TIPS community and identify requirements and promising new directions for research in this area. We have a ‘pump-priming’ budget to fund activities that explore and test new ideas, and that create new collaborations between academic disciplines, and between academic and non-academic partners. These activities seek to explore the SPRITE+ Challenge Themes via Challenge Working Groups (CWGs) and short projects.

Challenge Working Groups


The goal of each CWG is to advance understanding of the SPRITE+ Challenge Themes by considering it from multiple perspectives. CWGs work with the SPRITE+ Project Partners and other stakeholders to gain in depth knowledge of end-user concerns and requirements. They will research the existing evidence base to determine what is already known and what opportunities exist to increase knowledge in each area. CWGs will produce a cross-disciplinary understanding of the core issues and make recommendations for future research priorities.

28th April 2020

Digital Technologies, Power & Control

Led by Dr Lara Frumkin (The Open University), Dr Kovila Coopamootoo (Newcastle University), Dr Sabine Little (University of Sheffield) and Dr Vitor Jesus (Birmingham City University).
17th April 2020

Accountability & Ethics in a Digital Ecosystem

Led by Dr Jonathan Foster (University of Sheffield) and Professor Julie Gore (Birkbeck, University of London).

Short Projects

Sandpit 1: Trust, Identity, Privacy, and Security in the post-Covid Digital Economy

In July 2020, SPRITE+ hosted its first virtual sandpit focused on 'Trust, Identity, Privacy, and Security in the post-Covid Digital Economy'. Over the course of 5 sessions, participants formed teams and created projects, which explore digital technologies from multi-disciplinary and stakeholder perspectives.

20th August 2020

Understanding and mapping shadow infrastructures and TIPS in Covid and post-Covid times

Led by Dr Chris Foster (University of Manchester), Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng (Imperial College London), Dr Stefanie Kuenzel (Royal Holloway University of London), Dr Jessamy Perriam (IT University Copenhagen) and Martin Gallagher (Police Scotland).
20th August 2020

AI-COSA: trustworthiness of data and AI tools in COvid Safe workplace Apps

Led by Dr Jacob Johanssen (St. Mary's University, Twickenham), Dr Lamiece Hassan (University of Manchester), Dr Iman Naja (University of Aberdeen), Dr Mistale Taylor (Trilateral Research) and Dr Carl Adams (Mobi Publishing Ltd).
20th August 2020

God, the Oracle, and the Nightclub Bouncer: Can human dignity be modelled in an AI-based decision support system for post-Covid health certification?

Led by Dr Ozlem Ulgen (University of Nottingham), Dr Kai Xu (Middlesex University), Dr Ghita Berrada (King's College London), Dr Carolina Fuentes (Cardiff University), Dr Okechukwu Okorie (University of Exeter) and Dr Robin Renwick (Trilateral Research).
20th August 2020

Future Payment Systems: Data, Technology and Privacy after Covid

Led by Dr Geoff Goodell (University College London), Dr Andrea Bracciali (University of Stirling), Dr Jiahong Chen (University of Nottingham), Dr Duncan Greaves (CU Scarborough), Dr Chris Hicks (The Alan Turing Institute), Dr Yang Lu (York St John University), Dr Okechukwu Okorie (University of Exeter) and Dr Robin Renwick (Trilateral Research).
20th August 2020

TIPS in blended home-work environments: A socio-technical perspective

Led by Dr Emily Collins (Cardiff University), Dr Jason Nurse (University of Kent), Professor Niki Pantelli (Royal Holloway University of London), Dr Nikki Williams (Cranfield University), Dr John Blythe (Cybsafe) and Ben Koppelman (Cybersmart).

Sandpit 2: Digital Vulnerabilities

In July 2021, SPRITE+ hosted its second virtual sandpit focused on 'digital vulnerabilities', which is one of our four challenge themes. Over the course of 5 sessions, spread over 3 weeks, participants formed teams and created projects, which explore digital vulnerabilities from multi-disciplinary and stakeholder perspectives.

2nd September 2021

FiVu: Using Design Fiction to Identify Future Vulnerabilities in Bio-IOT

Led by Dr Charles Weir (Lancaster University), Dr José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón (Royal Holloway University of London), Professor Lynne Coventry (Northumbria University) and Dr Soteris Demetriou (Imperial College London).
23rd August 2021

Revealing Young Learners’ Mental Models of Online Sludge

Led by Dr Karen Renaud (University of Strathclyde), Dr Bryan Clift (University of Bath), Dr Ben Morrison (Northumbria University), Dr Kovila Coopamootoo (Newcastle University), Dr Cigdem Sengul (Brunel University), Dr Mark Springett (Middlesex University), and Dr Jacqui Taylor (Bournemouth University).
20th August 2021

Footprints to emissions: Exploring near-future digital vulnerabilities with creative methodologies

Led by Dr David Ellis (University of Bath), Dr Iain Reid (University of Portsmouth), Dr Philip Wu (Royal Holloway University of London) and Dr Asad Ali (Ofcom).
20th August 2021

Buy Now Pay Later in the UK: Current and emergent digital vulnerabilities

Led by Dr Lindsey Appleyard (Coventry University), Dr Jo Briggs (Northumbria University), Dr Lucia Cervi (Lancaster University), Dr Deepak Padmanabhan (Queen's University Belfast), Dr Gauri Sinha (Royal Holloway University of London) and Dr Tahir Abbas Syed (University of Manchester)
20th August 2021

First RespondXR: Digital vulnerability of immersive training for first responders

Led by Dr Leonie Tanczer (University College London), Professor David McIlhatton (Coventry University), Professor Jill Marshall (Royal Holloway University of London), Dr Mark McGill (University of Glasgow) and Dr Lena Podoletz (University of Edinburgh).

Call for Events is now open! We're supporting Members and Expert Fellows to lead activities that explore aspects of TIPS in the Digital Economy. We will help to organise the activity with up to £5,000 to cover the associated costs.