Mel has developed and explored interaction between people to support discovery, foster creativity and affect. Throughout her academic career she has sustained a critical enquiry in art and design, creating digital artifacts, prototypes and exhibits using novel methods and evaluation techniques. She presents and publishes nationally and internationally and recently won the Imperica Prize 2013 for Installation using data from the British Library ‘Booksight’ at British Computer Society, EVA Conference, London
Mel has extensive experience leading interdisciplinary teams across art, design, computer science (Artificial Intelligence, Open Data and Semantic Web) HCI and ethnography, and regularly works with external agencies, businesses and communities. She has worked with NESTA and The Cultural Enterprise Office as a mentor for entrepreneurs in the creative industries.In this sense she aims to position her interdisciplinary approach to questions with direct application to benefit business, culture and society.