I am a senior research associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University and the director of Diwan Software and Reflective Thinking. I am leading the educational technology subgroup at Open Lab and my research focus is in looking at the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of processes and tools to enhance learning and the learning experience. I am also interested in interaction design and interactive surfaces looking at the use of wearable sensors to enhance pen and touch interactions.
I founded ‘Reflective Thinking’ to realize the impact of my PhD by commercializing ‘Digital Mysteries’ (a tool for collaborative learning and thinking skills development). Digital Mysteries is now a platform for releasing topic-specific apps on the Apple store. Currently there are about 30 apps covering different educational topics and different age groups with more than 340,000 downloads from over 60 countries. Diwan Software, on the other hand, has a long history in desktop publishing software, internationalization, advanced fonts development, and more recently with educational software.