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Satinder P. Gill

Satinder P. Gill

CMS Research Affiliate



PhD(Cantab) Experimental Psychology

Research Interests

Social Interaction, Social Correlates of Embodiment, Entrainment, Gesture, Tacit Knowing.

Summary of Research

Investigating the processes underlying knowledge transfer and emergence in human interaction
The role of the body in sense-making
The function of rhythm in facilitating human communication and presence
Exploration of the dynamics of technologically-mediated interaction                         Ethics and aesthetics of engagement


I have a range of projects in train, including:
(i) exploration of the pragmatics of rhythm in speech and music (with Tommi Himberg and Marc Thompson);
(ii) touching sound, GISMO (Generic Interfaces for Socio-Musical Orientation), with Richard Hoadley and Helen Odell-Miller of Anglia Ruskin University, Adam Ockleford of Roehampton University, and Ian Cross in the design of a shared musical interface, requiring collaborative interaction, for therapeutic use;
(iii) investigating the rhythmic body movements that occur when people greet each other, i.e. during ‘phatic’ interaction, or ‘small talk’.

(iv) Haydn and the Art of Conversation: A Performance Workshop. Project with Tom Beghin, Maggie Faultless, Sheila Guymer, Rachel  Stroud, Elisabeth LeGuin, Ellie Nimeroski, and Mary Hunter. Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium.

 Associate Editor, AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Communication. London: Springer


Organiser of forthcoming Conference "Tacit Enagement in the Digital Age, June 26-28", a collaborative joint conference of the CRASSH 'Re-' Interdisciplinary Network and the AI & Society Journal, hosted by CRASSH and the Music Faculty.

Invited Speaker at Michael Polanyi and The Post Critical TurnPolanyi Society, Nashota House, Milwaukee, 6-9 June 2018.

Invited Speaker, Mozart & Science: Music for Medicine and Therapy, IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria, 11-12 November 2017. 

Keynote speaker at Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music,  Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast, 24-28 November 2016.

Keynote Speaker at Performing Knowledge, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, 25-26 April 2016.


Key Publications


Gill, S. P. (2015). Tacit Engagement: Beyond Interaction. London: Springer.

Gill, S.P. (2007) (Ed.) Cognition, Communication, and Interaction: Transdiciplinary Perspectives of Interactive Technology. Human Computer Interaction Series, London: Springer.

Forthcoming Book

Gill, S.P. (2019) (Ed.) The Relational Interface: Where Art, Science, and Technology Meet. London: Springer


Gill, S. P., Kawamori, M., Katagiri, Y., et al. (2000) ‘Role of Body Moves in dialogue’. International Journal of Language and Communication 12, 89-114.

Gill, S. P. and Borchers, J. (2004) Knowledge in co-action: social intelligence in collaborative design activity. AI and Society, 17 (3-4), 322-33.

Gill, S. P. (2004) Body moves and tacit knowing. Cognition and technology: co-existence, convergence, and co-evolution (241-266) Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Gill, S. P. (2007) Entrainment and musicality in the human system interface. AI and Society, 21 (4), 567-60.

Gill, S. P. (2008) Knowledge as embodied performance. Cognition, Communication and Interaction: Human-Computer Interaction Series, Pt I, 3-30.

Gill, S.P. (2011) Rhythmic Synchrony and Mediated Interaction: Towards a Framework of Rhythm in Mediated Interaction. In Special Issue on Witnessed Presence, AI & Society, 27 (1),

Nevejan, C. and Gill, S.P. (2011) Guest Editors. Witnessed Presence. AI & Society, 27 (1).

Gill, S.P. and Tamburrini, G. (2008) Guest Editors. Socio and Techno Ethics of Human Interaction with Communication, Bionic, and Robotic Systems. AI & Society.

Himberg, T., Thompson, M., Gill, S.P. (2013) Rhythmic Entrainment in Communicative Dyadic Improvisation. In Proceedings of International Symposium of Performance Science 2013, Vienna.

Aaron, S., Barnard, P., Cross, I., Gill, S.P., Himberg, T., Hoadley, R., Odell-Miller, H., Toulson, R. (2013) Touching Sound: Vulnerability and Synchronicity. In Proceedings of the CHI2013 Workshop in Designing for and with Vulnerable People.