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Research interests


I graduated from the Heriot Watt University in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) in 2009 with a first class honors degree in Information Systems.  I was awarded the Cooper Walker Engineering prize for outstanding computing work, the Andrew Stewart prize for most deserving student and I was a finalist for the young software engineer of Scotland award in 2010 .In 2010, I was awarded an internal MACS scholarship for PhD research to further my work on ‘collaborative picturing for system understanding’.  I graduated in 2013 with my PhD on Rich Picture Interpretation. During my PhD research work I was awarded the ‘problem structuring’ steam prize for outstanding contribution to the Operational Research Conference in 2012. I lectured in Information Systems in Edinburgh Napier University in 20I4 and presently teach in Computing Science as an Assistant Professor in MACS at Heriot Watt University.  I won the University's 'Learning and Teaching Oscar' for being a ‘guiding hand’ (most helpful and encouraging lecturer) in 2016.

I am a Fellow of HEA (Higher Educational Academy) and member of AIS (Association of Information Systems) and BCS (British Computer Society).  I regularly review and write articles for system and educational journals. I have most recently published a co-authored book on my research; Rich Pictures: encouraging resilient communities. I am actively involved in encouraging women into computer science and have coordinated many ‘girls into computing’ events in the Department of Computer Sciences at Heriot Watt.

I have published in international research journals and many pre-print versions of these papers are available for download on my Research Gate page at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tessa_Berg/publications.

 My research video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ttBqOFF2HEE.

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Current research interests

  • Problem structuring for information Systems
  • System design using visual methods of enquiry
  • Online privacy and security for autistic young people.
  • Developing a computing badge for girl guides Scotland
  • Collaborative pictures to aid understanding of  international student transition

Research students

I currently supervise 1 PhD student and 3 BSc students. I am happy to consider applications for self-funding or funded/sponsored students wishing to undertake PhD, MPhil or Masters by research projects in my area of research. Potential students interested in undertaking such research should email me in the first instance. 


I have undertaken a range of consultancy projects including delivery of rich picture training to industry, and system requirement evaluation. 


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Research Output 2011 2018

Females in computing: Understanding stereotypes through collaborative picturing

Berg, T., Sharpe, A. & Aitkin, E., Nov 2018, In : Computers and Education. 126, 1, p. 105-114 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

role model
study attitude

Keeping Children Safe Online: Understanding the Concerns of Carers of Children with Autism

Just, M. & Berg, T., 21 Sep 2017, Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2017: 16th IFIP TC 13 International Conference Mumbai, India, September 25–29, 2017 Proceedings, Part III. Springer, p. 34-53 20 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10515)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
group discussion
effectiveness of teaching
academic career

Visualizing the Future: Surfacing student perspectives on post-graduation prospects using Rich Pictures

Berg, T., Bowen, T., Smith, C. & Smith, S., 16 May 2017, In : Higher Education Research and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Flipping the IS Classroom: Technology Exclusion in a Digital Age

Coady, J. & Berg, T., 2 Aug 2016, (Accepted/In press) 2016 International Conference of Information Systems.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
teaching style
information system


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Tessa Berg (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Teaching and Learning Award

Tessa Berg (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Participation in conference

Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference

Berg, T. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference