Ian is currently involved in the following projects:
1. The Empathy Agent (AI)
This involves designing and developing a digital app utilising artificial intelligence to provide peer-to-peer support for mental health communities and patients. The project is funded by EPSRC NewMind Network+, and involves working with colleagues from the University of Sheffield, a service user co-researcher and a UEL Student Research Intern (Hounsell).
2. Digital Community Assets in Mental Health
This project focuses on the role of digital media in the development and maintenance of community assets for mental health recovery and resilience. The project is part of a newly formed Special Interest Group I lead as part of the £1.4m ESRC Social, Cultural and Community Assets for Mental Health (MARCH) Network+ (PI is Dr Daisy Fancourt at University College London).
3. Emotion in a Digital Age
This is focused on the role of emotion in key areas that are taken as central to life in an increasingly digital age. Currently, this involves undertaking systematic reviews of the role and uses of emotion in the areas of artificial intelligence, social media, and digital surveillance. This work will form the basis of a co-authored Emotion in a Digital Age monograph contracted to Palgrave's Science and Technology Series.