Hi, I’m Andy Garbett ūüôā

Andy GarbettI’m a PhD researcher¬†at Open Lab, Newcastle University with experience in Software Engineering and Social Computing. My research¬†aims to empower communities through the development of platforms to support grassroots commissioning technologies. Currently I’m working on App Movement, a platform that allows communities to commission their own mobile apps around the real world issues that they face. I’ve also developed¬†FeedFinder, a mobile app that allows breastfeeding mothers to rate and review suitable breastfeeding locations and a key example of community driven information systems.

I took a short break in my studies to work with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and Microsoft Research Cambridge to develop a novel discovery interface for online heritage collections. The Past Paths Project is a new immersive interface that uses scroll speed as an indicator of preference in the recommendation algorithm to enhance the discovery of large online museum collections.

I previously worked as a researcher at the University of Lincoln Social Computing Research Centre (LiSC) and worked on a project named ENACT ‚Äď Exploiting Social Networks to Augment Cognitive Behavioural Therapy¬†in which I developed a Sleep Social Network called Sleeful.me. In short the project investigated¬†the use of social networks and mobile technology to deliver group based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, using a sleep social network, to¬†patients living with insomnia as well as developing a novel method for sleep recording using a¬†mobile application.

I have a keen interest in software development particularly in the web and mobile side of things and enjoy generally getting stuck in with code.

Outside of all that I enjoy playing guitar, skiing and being around nice company.


Email: a.garbett@newcastle.ac.uk
Twitter: @garbit
GitHub: garbit