Karen Cham is Professor of Digital Transformation Design and Academic Lead of Connected Futures research at the University of Brighton. She lead the Digital Catapults £1.2m 5G Brighton project, the UKs first Testbed off a research site aimed at supporting businesses in 5G product and service innovation, and a named part of the Govts 5G Strategy.
Karen is an industrail designer whose expertise is in human centred design for VUCA technical scenarios, and her research concerns the digital transformation of human factors and human/machine convergence. Over 25 years she has worked in e-commerce, games, e-health, e-learning, heritage & the arts, FinTech and military & defence with iOS, Android, Windows, Cloud, Xbox, Playstation & Drones; digital audio and video, MIDI, haptics, holography, stereoscopy and AR/VR; sensor tech, biometrics (inc. eye tracking, facial recognition, EEG, EMG, GSR), computer vision, machine learning, predictive analytics, big data, automatic signal recognition and she designs A.I.s.
Clients have included Which?, Top Shop & EY. She is a Women In Games Ambassador, a part of Google Women Tech Makers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a NED for Nest, the UK Govts £10bn pension fund with 12m users, where she advises on CX and PPP FinTech as part of the digital transformation of public sector.