Introduction

Mission Statement

We at INCITE believe that significant scientific accomplishment requires the random injection of intellectual and social catalysts external to the domain of research and practice of the researcher. To this end, we are studying the effects and uses of various technologies and human interaction techniques on the research process.

Philosophy

Our logo and our motto originates from the following story

For best results, it should be told by a wacky professor with a Welsh accent. But we make do with what we can. (Joe Bayes - who told me this story)

Let's say you're a duck, and you're wandering around on a plateau in the middle of a thunderstorm. Now, a duck cannot see very well, and certainly not well enough to simply see the highest peak and walk to it, so instead it simply figures out which way is uphill, and walks in that direction. Now, every now and then someone comes along and gives the duck a kick, and that's simulated annealing.
-Rhys Price Jones


Researchers in any field have to maintain a balance between the high and low level views of their work. Naturally the nitty gritty effort is usually done at the low levels where one's focus and mental concentration has to be honed to a razor sharp edge. In the best and grimmest of cases, a researcher goes home dreaming about various solutions and problems. Every now and then, it's important to walk away and let the problem percolate on the subconscious level. We believe in two basic things. First, that everyone needs a kick every now and then to get out of their rut and to help them to become more productive. Secondly, that good research problems and their solutions often develop out of play. INCITE's mission is to provide both the environment and context by which both kicking and play can happen.

Research Areas