My research focuses on improving the usability of mobile systems (smartphones, tablets and smartwatches) through new interaction techniques and their evalaution - in particular, I have investigated text entry methods, sensor driven interaction and visualisation methods for mobiles.
Recently I have been involved in the following projects:
- Mountain bike trail application: Andreas Komninos and I have started working with Steven Owens and Christopher Lowe on their funded project for mobile support for mountain bikers.
- Predictive Analytics for Tourism: Working with John Wilson, Andreas Komninos and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. on this DataLab funded project we investigated use of various data sources to predict busyness of Glasgow hotels.
- Spirit Evaluation of the Legacy of the Games 2014: a research project with Future Cities Insititue, Public Health Institute and Psychology & Health investigating how to evluate community legacy activities from the Glasgow Commenwealth Games.
- Supporting Sit to Stand for Stroke Recovery: working with Andy Kerr in Biomechanical Engineering we received funding from Stroke and Heart Scotland to investigate use of Lillipad Arduino feedback units to assist stroke rehabilitation.
- Crowdsourcing Dangerous Junctions: Working with Marc Roper, Mark Elliot (Psychology & Health) and Neil Ferguson (Civil Engineering) we won Strathclyde's Dragon Den award to investigate use of standard smartphone accelerometers to crowdsource dangerous junctions and alert drivers appropriately.
- OATS: Empirical investigation and user-centred development of touch-screen text entry methods for older adults: A two-year EPSRC project starting in September 2013 employing Emma Nicol and Andreas Komninos.
- Remote Mobile Evaluation: Funded by an Innovation Voucher this short project with Sotirios Terzis and Marc Roper developed a novel remote mobile web evaluation platform.
- Adaptxt: Through on-going collaboration, I support KeyPoint Technology's development of complex new text entry methods for Symbian and Windows Mobile phones.
- Scottish Ballet: A Encompass funded awarded for Ian Ruthven, Iain Hamilton and me to work with Scottish Ballet to investigate the provision of Scotland's first purely electronic programme for a major production.
- Vessel Roll: A short Maritime and Coastguard Agency funded project investigating use of smartphones to alert captains to dangerous sway motions on small vessels.
- Supporting School Children with Mobiles: Building on relationships with Alastair Wilson in Education, James Irvine in EEE and Eva Hornecker we are looking into use of participatory design, social networks and mobile support for teenagers in high schools - initially funded by Bridging the Gap and working with Springburn Academy in Glasgow
- Question-Response Text Entry Testing: A short Nuffield Foundation summer internship project conducted a set of usability studies to assess the worth of a new testing approach for text entry based on question answering.
- TactileEntry: A short EPSRC funded summer internship project investigating the use of tactile feedback to help text entry on mobiles. Demo Video
- Taeneb: A Scottish Enterprise project investigation provision of tourist information on handheld devices, on which I was joint principle investigator.
- GLOSS: an EU funded project investigating global smart spaces for mobile computing on which I was an investigator with Strathclyde (the prime contractor)
- Cogito: EU-FP5-IST project on e-commerce with guiding agents based on personalized interaction tools, on which I was the main contact and researcher at Risø until my departure;
- Collate: EU-FP5-IST project on collaboratory for annotation, indexing and retrieval of digitised historical archive material;
- Gris: Royal Society Exchange project on information seeking behaviours in structured document retrieval between Risø and QMUL;
- Diceman: EU-FP4-ACTS project on Distributed internet content exchange with mpeg-7 and agent negotiations, I led Risø's involvement as subcontracted through Teltec Ireland DCU.
Together with Stephen Brewster of Glasgow University, we have co-organised four meetings of the International Conference Series in Mobile HCI: MobileHCI 04 at Strathclyde, Mobile HCI 01 at IHM-HCI 2001 in Lille, Mobile HCI 99 at INTERACT '99 in Edinburgh, and MobileHCI 98 in Glasgow (with Chris Johnson). I am secretary to the international steering committee overseeing MobileHCI, a founding associate editor of the journals International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction and Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, an associate editor of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, an associate chair for CHI 2008 & 2012 and a founding member of the editorial board for Springer's new open journal of Communications in Mobile Computing (ComC). In 2015 I was appointed as sub-committee co-chair for Usability and User Experience at CHI 2016