Abd Alsattar Ardati
  • KY16 9SS

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research interests

Human-computer interaction, Software Engineering, Caring Practices in Software Development, Design Research, Socio-Technical Solutions, Participatory Design (PD) Methods & Tools, Distributed PD, Cross-cultural PD, Community-Centric Design, Digital Communities, Online Ethnography, Marginalised Groups, Digital Inclusion, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Collaborative Writing, Open Knowledge Gaps, and platforms like Wikipedia.

Research overview

My primary research focus is developing frameworks for socio-technical systems design to address pressing societal issues such as digital poverty and open knowledge gaps, emphasising democratic participation and mutual learning.

I specialise in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Software Engineering, primarily focusing on advancing Participatory Design (PD) methodologies and tools. This includes exploring various PD approaches, such as distributed, hybrid, and cross-cultural methods, while advocating for community-centric design practices. My research also explores developing socio-technical solutions to promote digital inclusion, particularly among marginalised groups. Additionally, I investigate Computer Supported Cooperative Work practices, specifically in Collaborative Writing, to address knowledge gaps on platforms like Wikipedia.

In continuation of these efforts, I strive to contribute with solutions that bridge the gap between technology and society, enabling a more inclusive and equitable digital landscape.

Profile Keywords

Human-computer interaction, Software Engineering, Caring Practices in Software Development, Design Research, Socio-Technical Solutions, Participatory Design (PD) Methods & Tools, Distributed PD, Cross-cultural PD, Community-Centric Design, Digital Communities, Online Ethnography, Marginalised Groups, Digital Inclusion, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Collaborative Writing, Open Knowledge Gaps, and platforms like Wikipedia.

Biography

I'm a Lecturer in Computer Science at St Andrews. I earned my first degree in Computer Engineering, and after two years as a teaching assistant, I pursued an MSc in Management and IT at the University of St Andrews through the Chevening Scholarship. Following a brief stint in social entrepreneurship, I completed a PhD in Computer Science, also at St Andrews. Alongside my academic journey, I've accumulated diverse industry experience, initially as a Business Analyst and later as the lead of a requirements engineering team. Additionally, I've worked as a Research Assistant and recently held positions as the Digital Strategy Officer at Research and Innovation Services and as a User Researcher at the Business Transformation Portfolio Office, both at the University of St Andrews.

Currently, I serve as the Seminar Speaker Representative at the St Andrews HCI Research Group (SACHI), where I'm responsible for organising seminars and inviting speakers with the support of the SACHI lead.

Teaching activity

Along with other colleagues, I currently teach one IT Evening Degree module and 2 Masters level modules:

  • IS1901 - Information Technology 1
  • CS5030 - Software Engineering Principles
  • CS5044 - Data Visualisation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science - Thesis title: “Context-driven Distributed Participatory Design CDPD Framework for Sociotechnical Change: Co-Designing a Collaborative Training Tool to Support Real-time Collaborative Writing”.

1 May 201923 Mar 2023

Award Date: 28 Sept 2023

Master in Science, Management and Information Technology - Dissertation title: “System Analysis for an Online Volunteering Collaborative Translation Platform that Supports Translating Wikipedia Articles”.

10 Sept 201726 Aug 2018

Award Date: 6 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering - Graduation project: “Syrian Electronic Government Portal Simulation”., Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

10 Sept 20091 Jul 2014

Award Date: 1 Oct 2018

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