Sam Birchall

Birchall
Past Staff Member
Multi-user Environment Programmer, January 1970 to January 1970
AI, Programming, Philosophy, Knowledge Exchange, Pedagogy

Sam came to Imagination Lancaster after studying Intelligent Systems and Philosophy, with an independent study specialising in modelling empathy as a function. He has a wide and varied background in many academic disciplines with unions on the theme of mind and intelligence, especially agent-based and emergent systems.

He is currently working as part of the New IDEAs team realising creative toolkits for use in digital knowledge exchange. Sam's likes to indulge his mind-bits in activities such as reading sci-fi, writing and performing poetry, singing sea shanties and old chain-gang blues songs, balancing chairs on his chin and drawing famous people as otters.

Updates and Outcomes

Conference Toolbox Overview

Conference Toolbox Overview

Much of our research in Imagination involves the creation of approaches, methods, processes, scaffolding, courses, modules and other forms that support innovation and KE. We are moving towards a meta-description of these. We tend to describe them as tools or elements of a toolbox. It’s worth...Read full update

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Many photographs were taken during The Knowledge Exchange Conference.  The best photographs are now available to view on Flickr. ...Read full update

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

As part of The Knowledge Exchange conference a New IDEAS digital tool was created to capture a starting point for the conference.

In the first 30 minutes of the conference the tool, deployed on Apple iPads, captured responses from all 80 attendees at the conference. The tool then facilitated...Read full update

Paper Exchange and Discussions

Paper Exchange and Discussions

Dee Hennessey reflects on the way in which she developed and facilitated a unique and interactive way for the authors to present their conference papers.

My conference session was designed to focus on the academic papers that had been submitted, generate the drivers of the afternoon...Read full update

Coffee House Discussions

Coffee House Discussions

Using coffee houses in The Knowledge Exchange Conference as a comfortable location for group discussion around selected themes.

Throughout the Paper Exchange Session the delegates were encouraged to record what they believed that the conference should be focusing on based on their...Read full update

Evening Panel Event at The Knowledge Exchange

Evening Panel Event at The Knowledge Exchange

The final event on the Thursday of The Knowledge Exhange conference was a panel session held at the Storey Institute in Lancaster.

After enjoying some tasty cheese and a glass of fizz, the participants were invited to hear the four heads of the AHRC KE Hubs give provocations emerging from...Read full update

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Many photographs were taken during The Knowledge Exchange Conference.  The best photographs are now available to view on Flickr. ...Read full update

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

As part of The Knowledge Exchange conference a New IDEAS digital tool was created to capture a starting point for the conference.

In the first 30 minutes of the conference the tool, deployed on Apple iPads, captured responses from all 80 attendees at the conference. The tool then facilitated...Read full update

Paper Exchange and Discussions

Paper Exchange and Discussions

Dee Hennessey reflects on the way in which she developed and facilitated a unique and interactive way for the authors to present their conference papers.

My conference session was designed to focus on the academic papers that had been submitted, generate the drivers of the afternoon...Read full update

Coffee House Discussions

Coffee House Discussions

Using coffee houses in The Knowledge Exchange Conference as a comfortable location for group discussion around selected themes.

Throughout the Paper Exchange Session the delegates were encouraged to record what they believed that the conference should be focusing on based on their...Read full update

Evening Panel Event at The Knowledge Exchange

Evening Panel Event at The Knowledge Exchange

The final event on the Thursday of The Knowledge Exhange conference was a panel session held at the Storey Institute in Lancaster.

After enjoying some tasty cheese and a glass of fizz, the participants were invited to hear the four heads of the AHRC KE Hubs give provocations emerging from...Read full update

Singing – you’re crazy right?

Singing – you’re crazy right?

We spent around 6 hours just discussing what we should do to kick off the morning of the second day. We knew people would be a little tired (hungover?), and it needed to be fun and still challenging. We also did not have a great deal of time. This activity had to do some heavy lifting in...Read full update

You can find a list of Sam Birchall's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

New IDEASNew IDEAS New IDEAS The aim of New IDEAS is to develop, refine and disseminate highly innovative knowledge exchange approaches ...