Wendy's research and design practice has set the compass for CARIAD as a centre driven by applied social innovation, co-creation and inclusion.  Wendy's key areas of research are in participatory design methods, interactive performing arts and affective computing.  Her ideas take form through designing with people, synthesised in the development of technologies that position interaction as dynamic, socially constructed and experienced.

Her industry background is in graphic design and animation, and she has long been inspired by the work of animators who have discovered powerful forms of mediating experience through the expressive use of abstract imagery. Her most recent research activities in this area have been applied research projects undertaken with children and adults with autism, many of whom experience profound anxiety and do not communicate using speech.

Informed by philosophical perspectives on phenomenology and perception, her research projects have a distinctly practical output through open source software applications that encourage creative and critical exchanges between designers and end-users. The outcome is to provoke discussion and ideas, rather than to seek a solution to a problem. As such, she adopts a minimalist approach to design, placing the user/player at the heart of a playful interface. Wendy is a Director of Cariad Interactive with partners Joel Gethin Lewis, Marek Bereza and Pete Hellicar. (

Darrell Cobner has over seven years extensive Performance Analysis experience in the field at International level, which included support for the Rugby World Cup Winning team of 2003. His direct employment by National Governing Bodies took him all round the globe to assist world- class coaches and athletes in Olympic preparation/European Cups with English Hockey, and Commonwealth Games/World Cups with England Rugby. Since 2006, he has been employed as a lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he translates his experiences to educate the next generation of analysts and coaches. Darrell enriches the CARIAD community with experience and innovation in visual performance analysis.

His expertise provides vital strategic direction as well as bespoke tools for capturing the essence of experience throughout project life cycles. Darrell's work at the Centre for Performance Analysis has provided an exemplar model for establishing CARIAD as an overarching, lively and sustainable community of practice that crossed disciplinary boundaries.  Darrell's long-term vision for CARIAD is that the Centre should enhance graduate employment opportunities in Performance Analysis, opening up new market opportunities for capable analysts in the arts and health. (

Darren is a cognitive psychologist with an interest in applying theoretical insights from memory, attention and perception to practical applications. His main research expertise is prospective memory (remembering to do things) and executive functioning in young, old and brain-damaged adults. He is currently developing novel methods (e.g. video observation and eye-tracking) to understand behaviour in real-world tasks.

Darren's role in CARIAD is to bring theoretical knowledge of human behaviour and extensive practical research tools for understanding communication and emotion.  The broad theoretical base of psychology acts as a hub around which insights from art, design and sport can be assimilated and interpreted via a common language (cf. sport psychology, ergonomics, cognitive and social psychology, emotional processing). Darren is very familiar with interdisciplinary teams, having collaborated with researchers in biomedicine and product design. His work has been disseminated in journals, along with national and international conferences. During this period in CARIAD he has written an extended abstract which has been accepted at the Measuring Behaviour 2012 conference in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This work is also going to be submitted to the journal Behaviour Research Methods.  Through CARIAD, Darren has also drawn links between developmental disorders in children and older adults (e.g. frontal lobe brain deficits) and has had a paper accepted at the 45th Australian Association of Gerontology conference in Brisbane and has fostered research links with researchers in Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities. Moreover, his psychological knowledge of creativity and aging complement the work of team member Dr Cathy Treadwell.

He is the joint module leader for the research methods components of the Health and Forensic MSc Psychology programmes in CSHS. As a result of Darren's engagement in CARIAD, he is expanding his portfolio of postgraduate activities to include projects with an arts and performance element. He currently has two MSc students working on these. (

Andy's research focuses on the effective application of design, recognising it as a mechanism to stimulate innovation and a route to achieve improved competitiveness. This research has been reliant on interaction with industry, working on numerous short-term and long-term projects with both small and large industrial collaborators centred on improving their design capabilities.

During this period, Andy has engaged with the shifting design dialogue from consideration of products at a functional level to a reflection of the overall experience of product and service interaction. In response to this evolution, Andy was one of the founding members of PDRʼs User-Centric Design Group (UCD), a team that seeks to capture user needs and values early in the development process. In 2008, Andrew led a feasibility study into the creation of user-centric design services for industry, leading to the creation of a user-centric design observation laboratory. This laboratory is a physical space for the observation and analysis of user-product interaction.
The basis for such analysis is the use of observational analysis software to explore how participants engage with a product or system by reducing potential interaction into discrete sets of mutually exclusive behaviours. In combination with other techniques for generating data on user needs and the experience of product interaction, Andrew has assisted numerous organisations, including medical device producers, a multi-national retail establishment, a global pharmaceutical company, and, many SME manufacturers in planning and implementing user-centric design research.

CARIAD presents Andy with an opportunity to explore new tools and techniques for designing with people, and investigate the impact of such methodologies in the commercial domain, specifically though the development of rehabilitation products.(

Cathy's research interests concern creativity and how digital technology can support this. As both artist and researcher, she takes a phenomenological approach to investigating cognition and practice. By coming alongside and working collaboratively with participants in her research, Cathy uses a method of disciplined noticing and studio as laboratory techniques in which empathy and collaborative making play a key role. These qualitative observational research methods have provided her with skills and experience that enhance the CARIAD research team.

Her recent work has focused on physicality and how sensory experience and memory inform cognition. She is particularly interested in the hand/brain nexus and how hand-use, making processes and touch, influence creative thought. Findings from her recent studies concern the role and importance of emotion and decision-making strategies in creativity and how psychological wellbeing is affected by creative practice. She has presented this research at three international arts /health conferences in the last three years.

Cathy also brings CARIAD a wealth of experience in writing and reviewing. She has over twenty published research papers in journals and conference proceedings and is frequently asked to write about the work of practicing artists for publications and catalogues. She reviews for many academic journals and is a member of the Arts and Humanities National Peer Review College. (