University of Strathclyde

Mark Dunlop


Since 2000, Mark Dunlop has been a senior lecturer in computer science at Strathclyde. His research focuses on usability of mobile systems including mobile text entry, visualisation, sensor driven interaction and evaluation of mobiles. 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 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 & 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 but making evaluation difficult.

Mark's research on mobiles spans the activities of the Mobiquitous Lab (which he leads), the Digital Health and Wellbeing Group and the i-Lab. He is secretary to the International Steering Committee of MobileHCI, is a subcommittee chair for ACM CHI and is on the editorial boards for mobile-HCI related journals.



Mark is currently supervising Gennaro Imperator's PhD on designing mobile interaction for users with special needs and co-supervising Azma Malik who is doing a PhD joint with Mechanical Enginerring. Karim El-Batran has just graduated with a PhD on Arabic text entry and mobile interaction users.



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



Mark is currently department Director of Knowledge Exchange and acts as external examiner for BSc courses at Glasgow. His KE role involves championing department industrial activities and chairing the dept KE committee.

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 late primary school and early high school. Mark's a keen 10k runner and commuting cyclist - he's tried sprint triathalons but the swimming & breathing at the same time is challenging to say the least.

Career History


Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Scotland


Senior Researcher at Centre for Human Machine Interaction, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark.


Lecturer in Computing Science at The University of Glasgow, Scotland.


Lecturer in Computing and Information Systems at The University of Paisley, Scotland.


Lecturer in Computing Science at The University of Glasgow (temporary), Scotland.


Ph.D. on multimedia information retrieval by use of hypertext links under the supervision of Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen at Computing Science, Glasgow


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