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Laura Herman

DPhil Student

Laura Herman

DPhil Student


Laura is a DPhil student on the Information, Communication, & the Social Sciences course, funded by a UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship. Laura previously completed an MSc in the Social Science of the Internet. Her MSc thesis research took a mixed-methods approach to produce a viewer-defined conceptualization of online digital creativity, while her DPhil examines the curatorial role of algorithmic systems in the art world. Her research takes an inclusive and international approach with a particular focus on the Global South.

A common thread runs through Laura’s research: an investigation of how emerging technology influences human creativity. Her understanding of the creation process has been deepened by her own artistic practice, through which she has exhibited projects at the Tate and Ars Electronica. Laura has also collaborated with the Serpentine Galleries on their Future Art Ecosystems report, and she has been a “researcher-in-residence” at Studio Olafur Eliasson.

As part of Laura’s DPhil at the OII, she produced The Algorithmic Pedestal, a London exhibit which questioned the increasingly curatorial role of algorithmic systems by comparing curation by an AI with curation by a human artist. This project was conducted using Instagram’s algorithmic system and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. The exhibit was covered by the BBC, Forbes, Artnet, Wallpaper*, and New Scientist, drawing a large public audience that was invited to co-create community notions of curation through grassroots exhibit participation.

Alongside her academic pursuits, Laura is the Head of AI Research at Adobe, where she leads a team of UX researchers focussed on Generative AI across Creative Cloud. Previous creative applications that she’s worked on have been acknowledged as Apple’s “App of the Day” and as a Webby People’s Choice Award winner.

Previously, Laura has held research roles at Intel, Harvard University, and Princeton University, from which she graduated with honors in Neuroscience & Psychology. Laura also sits on the Boards of Trustees for two UK-based arts organizations: Eastside, which provides creative education for historically marginalized youths, and Oxford’s Old Fire Station, which serves as an artistic hub for people experiencing homelessness.

Research Interests

Creativity; design research; digital art; algorithms; Global South; accessibility; inclusive research

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, September 2021 -
  • MSc Student, October 2020 - September 2021




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