Phil Turner


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Phil Turner is Director of Forest Products Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University. He got Ph.D in Gas phase physics at Imperial College London, 1991. Also dr. Turner was Post doctoral researcher at Imperial College London. As professor in Biophysics he has a particular focus on quantum mechanics and how it can help to better understand cell wall formation. This work extends to the development of new, "bio-inspired" materials. His research sits within the Centre for Plant Science and Biopolymer Research (a research centre within FPRI which he lead).

One of his main occupation is the development of this area of research within the Forest Based Industry sector. This is focussed through his role as Chairman of COST Action FP 1105: Understanding wood cell wall structure, biopolymer interaction and composition: Implications for current products and new material innovation. From 2000-2005 he established the Forestry and Forest Products Research Centre as a partnership between the CSIR and the University of Natal. The centre had a diverse range of research activities supporting the Forest Based Sector, with a particular focus on fast growing plantation species including pines and eucalypts.

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Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2009): Triangulation in practice. In Virtual Reality, 13 (3) pp. 171-181.

Turner, Phil (2008): Being-with: A study of familiarity. In Interacting with Computers, 20 (4) pp. 447-454.

Turner, Phil (2008): Towards an account of intuitiveness. In Behaviour and Information Technology, 27 (6) pp. 475-482.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2006): Place, Sense of Place, and Presence. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 15 (2) pp. 204-217.

Turner, Phil (2005): Affordance as context. In Interacting with Computers, 17 (6) pp. 787-800.

Turner, Phil, Milne, Garry, Kubitscheck, Manfred, Penman, Ian, Turner, Susan (2005): Implementing a wireless network of PDAs in a hospital setting. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 9 (4) pp. 209-217.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2002): Embedding Context of Use in CVE Design. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 11 (6) pp. 665-676.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2002): A web of contradictions. In Interacting with Computers, 14 (1) pp. 1-14.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2002): End-User Perspectives on the Uptake of Computer Supported Cooperative Working. In JOEUC, 14 (2) pp. 3-15.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan, Horton, Julie (1999): From Description to Requirements: An Activity Theoretic Perspective. In: Proceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work 1999 November 14-17, 1999, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. pp. 286-295.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (1997): Supporting cooperative working using shared notebooks. In: Hughes, John F., Prinz, Wolfgang, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 7-11 September, 1997, Lancaster, UK. pp. 281-296.

Turner, Phil, Rogers, Alex R., Turner, Susan, Ellman, Jeremy (1997): Seeing the Wood for the Trees. In: Stephanidis, Constantine, Carbonell, Noelle (eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd ERCIM Workshop on User Interfaces for All November 3-4, 1994, Obernai, France. pp. 6.

Turner, Phil, Milne, Garry, Turner, Susan, Kubitscheck, Manfred, Penman, Ian (2004): Towards the Wireless Ward: Evaluating a Trial of Networked PDAs in the National Health Ser. In: Crestani, Fabio, Dunlop, Mark D., Mizzaro, Stefano (eds.) Mobile and Ubiquitous Information Access - Mobile HCI 2003 International Workshop September 8, 2004, Udine, Italy. pp. 202-214.

Walle, Guy Van de, Turner, Phil, Davenport, Elisabeth (2003): A Study of Familiarity. In: Proceedings of IFIP INTERACT03: Human-Computer Interaction , 2003, Zurich, Switzerland. pp. 463.

Benyon, David, Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2005): Designing interactive systems : people, activities, contexts, technologies, Addison-Wesley,

Hetherington, Richard, Crerar, Alison, Turner, Phil (2004): A Question of Realism. In: Proceedings of the 8th ERCIM Workshop on User Interfaces for All , 2004, . pp. 68.

Turner, Phil (2010): The anatomy of engagement. In: Proceedings of the 2010 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics , 2010, . pp. 59-66.

Burrows, Luke, Turner, Susan, Turner, Phil (2010): Re-creating Edinburgh: adopting the tourist gaze. In: Proceedings of the 2010 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics , 2010, . pp. 183-186.

McGregor, Iain, Larsson, Pontus, Turner, Phil (2011): Evaluating a vehicle auditory display: comparing a designer's expectations with listeners'. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics , 2011, . pp. 89-92.

Turner, Phil (2011): Everyday coping: the appropriation of technology. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics , 2011, . pp. 127-133.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan (2011): My grandfather's iPod: an investigation of emotional attachment to digital and non-digital. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics , 2011, . pp. 149-156.