Course Leader - MSc User Experience Design
Dr Tychonas Michailidis is Course Leader for MSc User Experience Design at the School of Computing and Digital Technology. He is part of BIFCA, teaching both students in Birmingham and in Wuhan, China. He joined BCU in February 2020 from Solent University in Southampton.
He received his PhD degree in music technology and composition from Birmingham Conservatoire and a Master’s degree in Digital Arts in Performance. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research interests focus on human-computer interaction, gesture interaction, interactive systems, user experience, sensor technologies, electronic music performance and new media compositions. In particular, his research examines how vibrotactile and haptic feedback experience can advance interactive systems as well as how it can be used as a communication tool in the arts and real-world applications.
Before joining BCU, he was a Research Fellow at Solent University. He worked as the leading researcher for the IMAGINE project (2016-2018), a Virtual Reality diagnostics tool for marine engineers, as well as developing his research. He created a bespoke system Vibrotactile Armband (VARM) system for haptic communication and interaction between dances and stage performers. He also examined how ultrasound technology can provide haptic sensations to support audio spatialization in a VR environment.
As a music technologist, he often develops interactive systems and works as sound-engineer for composers and ensembles including Hilda Paredes (Mexico/UK), Yuval Avital (Italy), Grup Instrumental de Valencia (Spain), Court-Circuit (France), Meitar Ensemble (Israel).