Jo and Gordon
Jo Hyde is an experienced researcher in the fields of knowledge modelling and representation, usability analysis, requirements elicitation, and multi-modal systems. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Middlesex University, England; a Master of Science in Information Processing (University of York, England); and a Bachelor of Arts, honours, in History (University of York). In addition, she holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Education awarded by the University of Bath, England.
She has previously worked both as a secondary school teacher of ICT and as a researcher at the University of Bath in collaborative virtual environments.
Jo co-developed the Verifier method for detecting errors in expert reasoning about difficult problems. Her current interests are effective methods for requirements elicitation, and knowledge modelling and representation.
Gordon is multidisciplinary, an academic, a researcher, and a software developer, among other things. He likes tackling hard problems from new angles.
He has a first degree in French and Linguistics and a PhD in Psychology, both from Reading University, UK. He's now a senior lecturer in computing at Keele University. He’s had a varied career, including working in a timberyard, English lecturing, field archaeology, and human factors.
Gordon is particularly interested in designing products that human beings can use easily. He has a broad range of other interests, ranging from archaeology to software design. He co-developed the Verifier method for detecting errors in expert reasoning about difficult problems.
He used a "light" version of the Verifier method to find a solution to a problem that the world's best codebreakers had been unable to crack, the Voynich Manuscript
. This work has featured in Scientific American
and various documentaries.