University of Strathclyde

Mark Dunlop


Mark Dunlop is a senior lecturer in computer science at The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His research focuses on usability of mobile systems including mobile text entry, visualisation, sensor driven interaction and evaluation of mobiles. He's increasingly interested in use of mobiles to support wellbeing and health. His teaching is mainly in human computer interaction (HCI) and mobile/internet programming technologies. Prior to joining Strathclyde, Mark was a senior researcher at Risø Danish National Laboratory (now part of DTU) and a lecturer at Glasgow University. He completed his PhD in Multimedia Information Retrieval at Glasgow in 1991.


Mobile and wearable systems, such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, pose new challenges for interactive system design and consequent evaluation: they have limited input/output facilities, are often used outside a standard work/task environment, have the potential to be used by an unusually wide spectrum of the population, are equiped with a wide range of sensors and are inherently mobile and personal - thus creating an exciting design space with signficant evaluation challenges.

Mark's research on mobiles spans the activities of the Data Analytics, Software Systems, and Interaction Research Group (which he leads) and the Digital Health and Wellbeing Group . He is a founding member of the International Steering Committee of MobileHCI and past chair and secretary. He has also been a subcommittee chair for ACM CHI and is on the editorial boards for Personal and Ubiquitous Computing and International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction.

Building on his long research history in mobile interface design, Mark has also conducted consultance with text entry companies and acted as an expert witness in patent litigation cases.



Mark is currently first supervising Revathy Nayar's PhD on apps to support child speech therapy, Majed Al Khan's PhD on wearables to support independent travel for young adults with Down's Syndrome, and Ryan Gibson's PhD on interactive support for people with cognitive impairements in medical consultations. Gennaro Imperatore has just graduated with a PhD on systems to support post-stroke communication.



Mark's teaching focusses on usability/HCI and mobile/internet programming. He is currently teaching the following classes:


Mark's Background

Born in Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland in 1967, Mark has lived all bar one year in Scotland (a fruitful 1999 in very civilised Roskilde, Denmark). He's  married and has had three children, the surviving two are now in high school. Mark's a keen 10k runner and commuting cyclist - he's tried sprint triathalons but the swimming & breathing at the same time thing is challenging to say the least.

Career History

2000-present Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
1999-2000 Senior Researcher at Centre for Human Machine Interaction, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark.
1994-1999 Lecturer in Computing Science at The University of Glasgow, Scotland.
1994 Lecturer in Computing and Information Systems at The University of Paisley, Scotland.
1991-1993 Lecturer in Computing Science at The University of Glasgow, Scotland.
1988-1991 Ph.D. on multimedia information retrieval by use of hypertext links under the supervision of Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen at Computing Science, Glasgow
1984-1988 B.Sc. (with honours of the first class) in Computing Science at The University of Glasgow.

Mark Dunlop
Mark Dunlop demonstrating BeatClearWalker during Engage with Strathclyde 2015