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

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

Physical Tools

Physical Tools

The Knowledge Exchange conference was conceived as having three distinct phases and each one of these would have a different feel. With the final morning we wanted people to come into a very austere space with no furniture to introduce our eight KE manifesto points and then literally open the space...Read full update

Digital tools used at EPSRC Impact Accelerator event

Digital tools used at EPSRC Impact Accelerator event

The digital tools being developed as part of the New IDEAS project have been seeing increasing use over the past months. Last week saw major test of the system with the first use of the digital tools outside of the Imagination Laboratory and with the largest number of people using the system at one...Read full update

Scenario Comic Tool Available from New IDEAS

Scenario Comic Tool Available from New IDEAS

A simple but effective tool for revealing motivations in knowledge exchange projects.

The Scenario Comic Tool from New IDEAS The New IDEAS project is producing a series of useful knowledge exchange tools and toolkits for dissemination both within and outside Lancaster University.  As part...Read full update

Co-designing a new collaborative forum with the Faculty of Science and Technology

Event5 years, 7 months and 20 days ago
Co-designing a new collaborative forum with the Faculty of Science and Technology

25th of February 2013, Imagination LICA

New Ideas helping 'FST' to collaborate more effectively and provide a more coherent voice for feedback to strategic proposals through the design of a new series of forum events.

One of the key aims of New Ideas is to help participants...Read full update

Digital KE Tools

Digital KE Tools

After six months or so of technical development, we are now creating the first tools that run on our digital KE platform.

By focusing first on creating a stable platform, New IDEAS has opened the door to rapidly creating a wide range of digital tools. Our platform takes care of all the data...Read full update

Physical Tools

Physical Tools

The Knowledge Exchange conference was conceived as having three distinct phases and each one of these would have a different feel. With the final morning we wanted people to come into a very austere space with no furniture to introduce our eight KE manifesto points and then literally open the space...Read full update

Digital tools used at EPSRC Impact Accelerator event

Digital tools used at EPSRC Impact Accelerator event

The digital tools being developed as part of the New IDEAS project have been seeing increasing use over the past months. Last week saw major test of the system with the first use of the digital tools outside of the Imagination Laboratory and with the largest number of people using the system at one...Read full update

Scenario Comic Tool Available from New IDEAS

Scenario Comic Tool Available from New IDEAS

A simple but effective tool for revealing motivations in knowledge exchange projects.

The Scenario Comic Tool from New IDEAS The New IDEAS project is producing a series of useful knowledge exchange tools and toolkits for dissemination both within and outside Lancaster University.  As part...Read full update

Co-designing a new collaborative forum with the Faculty of Science and Technology

Event5 years, 7 months and 20 days ago
Co-designing a new collaborative forum with the Faculty of Science and Technology

25th of February 2013, Imagination LICA

New Ideas helping 'FST' to collaborate more effectively and provide a more coherent voice for feedback to strategic proposals through the design of a new series of forum events.

One of the key aims of New Ideas is to help participants...Read full update

Digital KE Tools

Digital KE Tools

After six months or so of technical development, we are now creating the first tools that run on our digital KE platform.

By focusing first on creating a stable platform, New IDEAS has opened the door to rapidly creating a wide range of digital tools. Our platform takes care of all the data...Read full update

Action Points Tool

Action Points Tool

A simple but effective tool for addressing action points in meetings.

A Proud meeting for partners across Europe took place at the beginning of this week and in order to ensure that this meeting was an engaging experience for all of the participants, the New IDEAS and Proud team came together...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 ...