Jeannette’s PhD investigated the development of end-user programming for digital home environments. The work addressed the challenge of how ordinary non-technical people would be able to make use the ever-increasing range of services available from network and networked devices. She developed a novel model which allows non-technical users to “customising” their digital environments by simply demonstrating an example to the system. In addition she introduced the concept of “Virtual Appliances”, an approach to enabling end-users to “manufacture” their own bespoke Internet aware personlised “applications”.
Jeannette lives in United Kingdom. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Prior to joining ARU, she was a member of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, at Essex University, working on projects for the Understanding Society. Before that, Jeannette was a Senior Research Officer working on a project called PHEN, funded by the UK government, for the Computer Science Department, Essex University.
Jeannette’s earlier work involved (then) newly emerging embedded Internet and its applications in which she developed a (then) new type of “Web Appliance” (which is now known as the Internet of Things) that she felt very fortunate and had the privilege of being demonstrated to Her Majesty The Queen, as part of the Essex University’s 40th anniversary celebrations (see more information ). Currently Jeannette’s projects concern innovative applications for future smart cities and environments.