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Dec 2010 - Two Journal Papers: Visualisation and Usability

Along with Julie Doyle and Brian O'Mullane we have had our paper on "Usability by Proxy – Killing 2-N Birds with One Stone?" accepted to the Journal of Usability Studies. A controversial paper we look forward to its publication stimulating follow on research and debate.

Usability testing is a critical part of the design process for applications, which can require many iterations of testing with, often-times, many different groups of users. As such, the cost of testing is typically significantly high. In this article we propose a new UEM to address this problem, which we call Usability by Proxy. Usability by Proxy involves studying usability measures with a cohort at one level of expertise or ability to identify the expected values at the next level of expertise or ability. In this article, we begin the process of evaluating the effectiveness of this method through a usability study of the BioMOBIUS™ biomedical research platform, an application with intended usag…

Nov 2010 - Ambient Displays and Changing Behaviours - (Yvonne Rogers - Dec 8)

Last week Umer Rashid, one of my graduates students presented at the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010. Umer recently moved to St. Andrews after completing an internship with Nokia Research. Thanks to his very pro-active nature we were able to arrange for Yvonne Rogers to come and visit us in St. Andrews for a day in December. Along with meeting researchers and graduate students working in HCI she will be presenting a very interesting and timely seminar. 
Ambient Displays and Changing Behaviours  "Choice Moments: Can Ubiquitous Technology Change People's Everyday Behaviour?"
Date/Time: December 8th 2010 (Postponed due to weather)  Location: School of Computer Science, University of St. Andrews
Abstract It is well known that when making a decision – be it buying food, choosing what to wear or even selecting a partner – people often ignore most of the available information in the environment and rely instead on a few important cues. At the …

Sept 2010 - HCI 2010 Dundee, UK

In Sept I attended HCI 2010 24th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction.

Ben Shneiderman kicked off the conference with a keynote on Getting Serious About Social Media: 
Strategies for Increasing Civic Participation

. He also spent sometime covering some of his past research which you will be familiar with if you know his work. He demonstrated a number of points drawing examples from his recent book "Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World" [1]. The following day his co-author Marc Smith tweeted a link to a NodeXL layout he produced overnight showing "Connections among the Twitter users who recently mentioned #HCI2010 when queried on September 8, 2010 scaled by numbers of followers".  
1. Hansen, M., Shneiderman, B, and Smith, M. A., Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (2010).

He is clearly now impassioned about social participation [2] and specifically ge…

Sept 2010 - iHCI 2010 Dublin, Ireland

I recently attended the fourth Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference iHCI 2010, which took place at Dublin City University on September 2nd & 3rd 2010. Along with serving on the program committee for iHCI, I also chaired a session during the conference. Usefully, the proceedings are available for you to download in pdf. Of the student papers presented on the first day, I enjoyed hearing about the work of Ingi Helgason from the University of Edinburgh Napier on "Interaction design: learning from new-media art". I will be tracking this work based on my own interest in Public and Private display systems (see for example our latest PPD10 workshop).  

On the afternoon of the first day we had an industry session co-organised by the IxDA Dublin and Limerick. Ben Arent from the IxDA Dublin will be uploading some videos (to their IxDA Dublin YouTube channel I suspect or here) from this day. If you want to know when these videos are online, follow Ben on twitter. In this s…

Aug 2010 BCS Interaction Specialist Group

"Founded in 1984, Interaction (or the BCS Interaction Specialist Group) is a specialist HCI group of the British Computer Society (BCS). It provides an organisation for all those working on human-computer interaction - the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technologies for human use."

In moving to my new role in St. Andrews I've joined the executive of the BCS Interaction Specialist Group. I'm looking forward to taking an active role in both this group and more broadly in promoting interest in next generation HCI challenges across the UK.

My own focus in Human Computer Interaction is on bridging the digital-physical divide. We live our lives in a physical world. I contend the current generation of human computer interfaces are very limited in their support for heads up, face to face or face to world interaction as apposed to the heads down interfaces as we currently have. The range of mobile (handheld or tablet/pad), laptop/netbook and desktop interf…

July 2010 - International Workshop on Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality

I'm been invited to serve on the program committee for a very interesting workshop on mobile collaborative augmented reality which is part of ISMAR 2010. I've been interested in AR for a number of years as a means to bridge the digital physical divide. While we have many methods for bring digital information down into our physical world currently our means of bringing information into the digital is limited to mobile, desktop, gaming interfaces and sensor systems. While we look at new means of bringing the digital into our physical day to day life (such as MobileAR, which can overload us) we do need to explore methods to ease the movement of information from our physical world (without burdening people in the provision of input or obtrusive sensing).

"Augmented reality is a direct or indirect view of real world scenes in which physical objects are annotated with, or overlaid by computer generated graphics. The past two decades have seen a fast growing body of research and …

July 2010 - First week as a Professor - From Golf to New Jobs and EU funding

So today is the end of the first week in my new role as Professor in the Chair of Human Computer Interaction at the School of Computer Science in St. Andrews University Scotland. While it's been a relatively quiet week within the University it's been a hectic time outside as the Golf Open Championship started here on Thursday. On Tuesday I was invited to attend an Open Golf Graduation where Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Padraig Harrington  were awarded Honorary Degrees by the University in a public ceremony. In the past I've not been a great fan of such degrees but having seen the event myself, the caliber of the recipients and the nature of the honorary degree I think I was wrong about such awards.  Thankfully the campus closes down for two days to help facilitate the tournament. Given the traffic and numbers in town I think this is the wise (and financially opportune) thing to do. 
As for the University, it's well and true enmeshed within St. Andrews itself. It's …

June 2010 - MUM2010 and AutomotiveUI 2010

I have been invited to serve on the Program Committee for MUM 2010This is "a leading annual international conference, which provides a forum for presenting the latest research results on mobile and ubiquitous multimedia. The conference brings together experts from both academia and industry for a fruitful exchange of ideas and discussion on future challenges".

The 9th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2010) will be in Limassol, Cyprus, 1st - 3rd December, 2010. It is organized by Cyprus University of Technology and Frederick University, Cyprus. (website

I've also been invited to serve on the Program Committee for Automotive UI 2010 which will be held in Pittsburgh, 11-12 November 2010.

"In-car electronic devices are becoming ubiquitous. Drivers and passengers use these devices because they perceive them as providing a valuable service. Some of these devices, such as collision warning systems, assist drivers i…

May 2010 - Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces

PPD’10 our workshop on coupled display visual interfaces has been accepted as a workshop of the 10th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2010). This workshop will be on May 25th, immediately preceding the main conference on May 26-28th. The website for this workshop can be found here PPD10. A Media Release from the HITLab Australia on this workshop can be found here - January 31 International Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces.

May 2010 - Keynote Talk - IDEs for Pervasive Computing

I have been invited to give a keynote talk at the First International Workshop on Programming Methods for Mobile and Pervasive Systems (PMMPS 10) which will be held in Helsinki, Finland on May 17, 2010 and is co-located with Pervasive 2010. The topic I have choosen for this talk is the Challenges in Producing Integrated Development Environments for Pervasive Computing. It's a topic I've been worrying about for a number of years and with my move to St. Andrews where there are world class Software Engineering and Pervasive Computing academics, it's something I hope to help address.
Integrated Development Environments or IDEs are single software applications that provide a comprehensive range of features to aid in the software development process. Features include the ability to author, edit, compile, test, debug and deploy software onto a range of target platforms. Moderns IDEs support developers creating software applications for desktop platforms, mobile phones, set-top bo…

Apr 2010 - Professor in the Chair of Human Computer Interaction

I will be moving to Scotland in July of 2010 to start my new appointment as Professor in the Chair of Human Computer Interaction at the School of Computer Science in St. Andrews University Scotland.

"St Andrews (founded in 1411) is the oldest university in Scotland. It has won international renown for both research and education and consistently features among the highest ranking British universities in league tables compiled, for example, by the Times Higher Education Supplement".

"The School of Computer Science organises its research by working within small but highly motivated teams. These teams are often fluid, acquiring and losing researchers as the focus of interest shifts. To stimulate such a dynamic high-quality environment, the School’s research is organised into a three overlapping themes that cover four areas of theoretical and practical Computer Science:
Networked and distributed systems including computer networking, distributed systems engineering and syst…

Jan 2010 - Six PhD scholarships at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory Australia

The Human Interface Technology Laboratory Australia (HITLab AU) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for 6 fully funded PhD scholarships within the lab starting in 2010. 
The deadline for applications is Mar 1st 2010. 
The topics of these projects include:
- Interactive Surface User Interfaces - Tangible User interfaces - Hybrid AR Tracking - Mixed Reality for Digital Museums  - Digital Physical Gaming 
We are looking for exceptionally well-qualified, motivated candidates who want to be part of the first phase of our development into a leading international research laboratory in interface technology research.
For more details please visit: