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Dr Patricia Charlton

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Professional biography

Dr. Patricia Charlton, is a knowledge engineer and a researcher on artificial intelligence, cognitive science, Internet of Things and technology-enhanced learning. She is the author of several papers on artificial intelligence, education, ubiquitous computing and intelligent context-aware designs.  She is researching  human centric AI designs, methods and systems that aims to support diverse communities access and use of these potential solutions.


Currently Institute of Coding (IoC) lead for Computing and Communications (C&C) Department. IoCis a £20M funded UK Government funded initiative ( The IoC is a large national partnership that includes over 38 HEIs and 100 Industrial partners and public organisations to help in addressing the digital skills with key focus on data science, AI and cyber security. The OU leads with industry on IoC competency accreditation and on curriculum development. The initiative has a strong diversity and inclusion ethos to bridge the employability skills gap in the UK in these important areas.



Research interests

Her research interests are the design of human centric solutions, that are community led to support social inclusion when using innovative technologies, such as. AI and Internet of Things. She is particularly interested in the area of education and how to support better access and learning for all through appropriate use of technologies using creative pedagogical approaches. Of further interest in this broad access and learning both through and about AI technologies is diversity and inclusion. Dr Charlton works with a range of communities, running workshops and engagements to help support learning and understanding about these advanced technologies to enable improved decision making.

Teaching interests

Dr Charlton teaches AI, data science and Internet of things. She also has experience in teaching pedagogy, design and technology along with quantitative and qualitative methods.


Impact and engagement


Commissioned by Tate to develop learning experiences and impact evaluation instruments for new online learning platform partnership with Khan Academy. Results were used to design more appropriate learning experiences and inform Tate’s education and learning strategy developing new understanding of engagement and interaction designs.

BBC Micro:Bit project is the largest national project for influencing learning engagement with science and engineering. This project reached over 1 million to year 7 (age 11-12) students, as well as, thousands of STEM teachers. Design of teaching and learning resources and workshop for engaging students, parents and teachers.

Redesigning Education for the Future (HEFCE 2012-2015): Design, development and evaluation of TEL and online communities with Industry, Academics, Researchers, Teachers and Students for collaborative designing, evaluation and buildings applications, learning designs and prototypes for education.

Learning Design project: Led the design and impact study with Professor Diana Laurillard to create international take up of knowledge construction approach to sharing pedagogy. The design and delivery of International Learning Designs Challenge were instrumental to bringing about change in education on an international scale.

External collaborations

Trustee, Geneva Learning Foundation. Non-profit organisation based in Switzerland for global learning leaders who contribute to learning innovation in humanitarian, development, and global health work.

The IoC is a large national partnership that includes over 38 HEIs and 100 Industrial partners and public organisations to help in addressing the digital skills with key focus on data science, AI and cyber security.

IoT2US (IoT towards Ubiquitous Computing and Science by all) Lab at QMUL


How IoT-Driven Citizen Science Coupled with Data Satisficing Can Promote Deep Citizen Science (2022-05-01)
Poslad, Stefan; Irum, Tayyaba; Charlton, Patricia; Mumtaz, Rafia; Azam, Muhammad; Zaidi, Hassan; Herodotou, Christothea; Yu, Guangxia and Toosy, Fesal
Sensors, 22, Article 3196(9)

Using technology to develop teachers as designers of TEL: Evaluating the learning designer (2018-10-15)
Laurillard, Diana; Kennedy, Eileen; Charlton, Patricia; Wild, Joanna and Dimakopoulos, Dionisis
British Journal of Educational Technology, 49(6) (pp. 1044-1058)

Wunderkammers: Powerful Metaphors for ‘Tangible’ Experiential Knowledge Building (2018)
Charlton, Patricia; Koumpis, Adamantios; Kouroupetroglou, Christos and Grenon, Muriel
Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 2(3) (p 34)

Knowledge Construction in Computer Science and Engineering when Learning Through Making (2016-11-10)
Charlton, P. and Avramides, K.
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 9(4) (pp. 379-390)

INSPIRE: Fourth Industrial Revolution Teaching in the Classroom (2022-03-03)
Howson, Oliver; Charlton, Patricia; Iniesto, Francisco and Holmes, Wayne
In : 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (2-5 Mar 2022, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

Developing Students' Written Communication Skills with Jupyter Notebooks (2020-02)
Willis, Alistair; Charlton, Patricia and Hirst, Tony
In : Technical Symposium of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) (11-14 Mar 2020, Portland, OR, USA) (pp. 1089-1095)

Engaging with computer science when solving tangible problems (2019-01-09)
Charlton, Patricia and Poslad, Stefan
In : CEP '19: 3rd Conference on Computing Education Practice (9 Jan 2019, Durham, UK)

A Sharable Wearable Maker Community IoT Application (2016-10-26)
Charlton, Patricia and Poslad, Stefan
In : 2016 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE) (14-16 Sep 2016, London, UK) (pp. 16-23)

Designing a Mediation Vocabulary for Authoring Learning Analytics (2015-11-12)
Charlton, Patricia; Karkalas, Sokratis and Mavrikis, Manolis
In : Proceedings of the 7th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (12-14 Nov 2015, Lisbon, Portugal) (pp. 223-230)

Best Practices in using Technological Infrastructures (2020-07)
Howson, Oliver; Adeliyi, Adeola; Willis, Alistair; Hirst, Tony; Charlton, Patricia; Gooch, Daniel; Rosewell, Jonathan; Richards, Mike; Wermelinger, Michel; Piwek, Paul; Savage, Simon; Lowndes, Charly; Thomas, Elaine and Smith, Andrew
The Institute of Coding