13th Year!

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Venue: Westminster Business School, Marylebone Road, London (opposite Baker Street Station, and Mme Tussauds). Room: TBC. Coffee and biscuits provided. Directions from Security.

Time: 6:15pm - 8:00pm including questions.

Cost: Free. All welcome! Especially PG students.


“Questioning Technology: A panel led discussion”
Panel topics:

1. What is Technology?
This presentation explores whether technology is embedded in devices or whether there are alternative perspectives.
Dr Roy Woodhead, Transformation & Integrated Services, HP
2. What is our relationship with Technology?
This presentation builds on the previous ones and explores the relationship between people and technology and questions some of the assumptions many people hold.
Dr Kamaran Fathulla, International Academy, University of Essex
3. Open discussion: Which comes first, Science or Technology?
Let us question the assumption that scientific knowledge has primacy over technological knowledge and ask whether a different view could offer new approaches to the development of new capabilities. Each presenter will take around 10 minutes to put forward views that will stimulate a rich discussion. The LinkedIn and Facebook pages for IJSKD have already begun this stimulating discussion...
Dr Roy Woodhead, HP

About the speakers

Dr Roy Woodhead, HP
Roy currently works for HP Transformation & Integration Services (TIS) and has a diverse background spanning construction, consulting on some of the world’s largest oil and gas investments, working with IT scientist in HP’s R&D labs and socio-technical approaches to process improvement. He was a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University for over ten years and engaged with Action Research methods to achieve large scale innovation. 

Roy holds a PhD in complex group decision making related to major Capital Investment projects from the University of Leeds, and a First Class BSc (Hons) degree from Sheffield City Polytechnic. He is currently managing a large scale transformation within the Service Transition lifecycle stage on the largest IT infrastructure project in Europe.

Dr Kamaran Fathulla, University of Essex
Kamaran Fathulla is a computing / electronic lecturer at the International Academy, The University of Essex. Kamaran obtained his Master’s degree in User Interface Design from Liverpool John Moore University and his PhD from the University of Salford.

Kamaran’s research work underpinned in the Multi Aspectual philosophical work of the Dutch philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd. Kamaran’s main research work is in diagrams and their uses in everyday life. He also explores ways in which Multi Aspectual thinking can be applied to other domains of interest. Kamaran is also the Editor of a newly established electronic journal called IJMAP, International Journal of Multi Aspectual Practice.

To ensure a place, register as soon as possible with: coakese@westminster.ac.uk or craig.shepherd@nottingham.ac.uk