​CSAD is home to a range of centres and groups engaged in cutting-edge, world-leading research. Through the use of innovative and participatory research methods and a collaborative approach to working with external partners, our staff use their art and design expertise to respond to global challenges across a range of fields; from healthcare, wellbeing and vision science, to innovations in new technologies, exhibition practice, and the ecological performance of new and heritage buildings.

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  • Participatory Design Research of Vegetable-based Snack Products with Adolescent Participants 

    Gilmour, Alice; Gill, Steve; Loudon, Gareth (The Design Society, 2020-08-26)
    The childhood obesity epidemic is often attributed to the widespread marketing of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) foods. Currently, there is a lack of vegetable-based New Product Development (NPD) targeting adolescent ...
  • Slow Looking at Slow Art: the Work of Pierre Bonnard 

    Chamberlain, Rebecca; Pepperell, Robert (MIT Press, 2020)
    Slow looking is an increasingly prevalent strategy for enhancing visitor engagement in the gallery, yet there is little research to show why looking at artworks for longer should be beneficial. The curator of a recent ...
  • Neuroscience and Posthuman Memory 

    Pepperell, Robert (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
    In the early 1980s a remarkable piece of evidence was uncovered about the importance of the brain in our everyday conscious life, but it has not been widely discussed since. At that time a young man was given one of the ...
  • Improvements in and relating to image making 

    Pepperell, Robert; Burleigh, Alistair (United States Patent Application, 2015-12-17)
    A method of making an image of a scene (including a scene made by the method) generally corresponding to that perceived by the human brain via the human eyes, the method including the steps, in any Suitable order, of ...
  • Compassionate Design: a methodology for advanced dementia 

    Treadaway, Cathy; Fennell, Jac; Taylor, Aidan (Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University, 2020-07-01)
    Predicted increases in the numbers of people living into the advanced stages of dementia pose a significant problem for health and care providers around the world. Finding ways to ameliorate the distressing dementia symptoms ...
  • Design for dementia: Making spaces for uncertainty 

    Fennell, Jac; Treadaway, Cathy; Kenning, Gail (Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology, 2017-12-04)
    This paper presents research undertaken as part of the LAUGH project to explore design processes and design of hand held playful objects for people living with advanced dementia. A series of six co-design ...
  • 01101110 : An Audiovisual Installation Based on the Cellular Automaton Rule 110 

    Kontogeorgakopoulos, Alexandros; Klissouras, Odysseas (SMC - Sound and Music Computing Network, 2020-06-24)
    This paper presents and discusses in depth an interactive audiovisual installation created by the authors. The title of the work, 01101110, corresponds to the number 110 and refers to the Cellular Automaton (CA) Rule ...
  • Making Vegetables Desirable: Improving the Eating Habits of Wales’ Younger Generation 

    Gilmour, Alice (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2020)
    Existing literature exposes poor eating habits and low vegetable consumption as rife amongst adolescents. Increased autonomy in relation to decision-making around food often follows the onset of secondary school education. ...
  • Multisensory instrumental dynamics as an emergent paradigm for digital musical creation 

    Leonard, James; Villeneuve, Jérôme; Kontogeorgakopoulos, Alexandros (Springer, 2020-07-07)
    The nature of human/instrument interaction is a long-standing area of study, drawing interest from fields as diverse as philosophy, cognitive sciences, anthropology, human–computer-interaction, and artistic creation. In ...
  • Young Adolescents' Experiences and Views on Eating and Food 

    Gilmour, Alice; Gill, Steve; Loudon, Gareth (Emerald, 2020-08-31)
    Purpose – Poor eating habits established during adolescence are likely to lead to negative long-term health consequences. The childhood obesity epidemic is a growing public health concern, largely attributed to obesogenic ...
  • Making HUGs: crafting wellbeing benefits through social manufacturing 

    Taylor, Aidan; Treadaway, Cathy; Fennell, Jac; Davies, Menai Sian (Intellect, 2020)
    New approaches to manufacturing that engage groups of individuals in collaborative making have the potential not only to generate economic benefit, but also to enhance the wellbeing of those involved. This article ...
  • Water resource management in the context of a non-potable water reuse case study in arid climate 

    Seguela, Geraldine; Littlewood, John; Karani, George (Springer, 2020-06-01)
    This study evaluates an existing non-potable water system serving outdoor services for a medical facility case study (MFCS) in Abu Dhabi (AD), United Arab Emirates, using mixed methods research to identify water demand ...
  • Capturing Research Value in Commercial Design Outputs 

    Al Batlouni, Dana (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2020)
    Effective university-industry collaboration has become a major focus for governments in recent years. Universities are increasingly expected to play a greater role in the innovation system and evidence their contribution ...
  • An Evaluation of Offsite Timber Frame Manufacturer’s in Wales, UK 

    Zaccaro, Francesco; Littlewood, John; Lancashire, Robin; Newman, Gary; Hedges, D. (Springer, 2019-10-27)
    The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship two (KESS2) doctoral project undertaken by the first author has contributed research towards work package 4 (WP4) of the Home-Grown Homes project (HGHP), focused on disrupting the ...
  • Building Performance Assessment Protocol for Timber Dwellings – Conducting Thermography Tests on Live Construction sites 

    Littlewood, John; Waldron, D.; Newman, Gary; Hedges, D.; Zaccaro, Francesco (Springer, 2019-10-27)
    This paper introduces the pan-Wales (UK) Home-Grown Homes (HGH) project (2018 to 2020) which focusses on three areas of improvement for delivering high performance, affordable and healthy homes. The HGH project is funded ...
  • Developing management guidance for Government funded dwelling retrofit schemes to improve occupant quality of life 

    Jahic, Denis; Littlewood, John; Karani, George; Thomas, Andrew; Atkinson, Joanne; Kirrane, J. (Springer, 2019-10-27)
    This paper discusses a methodology for gathering empirical data on occupant views that live in dwellings retrofitted under the Arbed two scheme in wales, UK, and also the views of stakeholder’s that delivered and managed ...
  • Active Buildings in Practice 

    Clarke, Joanna; Jones, Paul; Littlewood, John; Worsley, Dave (Springer, 2019-10-27)
    This paper discusses the development and validation of a new Code of Practice for the design of Active Buildings, which will be the main output from a Professional Doctorate in the Sustainable Built Environment (D.SBE) ...
  • Holistic Dwelling Energy Assessment Protocol for Mine-water District Heat Network 

    Littlewood, John; Philip, B.; Evans, Nick; Radford, R.; Whyman, Anthony; Jones, P. (Springer, 2019-10-27)
    UK buildings and energy infrastructures are heavily dependent on natural gas, and a large proportion is used for domestic space heating; but 50% is imported. Improving energy security and reducing carbon emissions are major ...
  • Image and indeterminacy in Heidegger's schematism 

    Cazeaux, Clive (University of Michigan, 2020)
    This paper focuses on the work to which the concept of image is put by Heidegger in his retrieval of the schematism in Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics. Whereas the schematic role of the image is never fully developed ...
  • Evaluating additive manufacturing for the production of custom head supports: A comparison against a commercial head support under static loading conditions 

    Howard, Jonathan; Eggbeer, Dominic; Dorrington, Peter; Korkees, Feras; Tasker, Lorna (SAGE, 2020-01-09)
    The provision of wheelchair seating accessories, such as head supports, is often limited to the use of commercial products. Additive manufacturing has the potential to produce custom seating components, but there are very ...

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