Malet Place Engineering Building
Chair of Interaction Design
Dept of Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering Science
My research interests are in the areas of ubiquitous computing, interaction design and human-computer interaction. A central theme is how to design interactive technologies that can enhance life by augmenting and extending everyday, learning and work activities. This involves informing, building and evaluating novel user experiences through creating and assembling a diversity of pervasive technologies.
I have been awarded a prestigious EPSRC dream fellowship (until Dec'13) rethinking the relationship between ageing, computing and creativity. As part of the fellowship I ran a workshop Food for Thought:Thought for Food, where much thinking, a short documentary and ideas about dining, design and novel techology can now be found.
I am the PI at UCL for the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities which was launched in October 2012 as a joint collaboration with Imperial College.
Central to my work is a critical stance towards how visions, theories and frameworks shape the fields of HCI, cognitive science and Ubicomp. I have been instrumental in promulgating new theories (e.g., external cognition), alternative methodologies (e.g., in the wild studies) and far-reaching research agendas (e.g., “Being Human: HCI in 2020” manifesto). I have also published a monograph (2012) called "HCI Theory: Classical, Modern and Contemporary."
I was one of the principal investigators on the UK Equator Project (2000-2007) where I pioneered ubiquitous learning. I have published widely, beginning with my PhD work on graphical interfaces to my recent work on public visualisations and behavioural change. I am one of the co-authors of the definitive textbook on Interaction Design and HCI now in its 3rd edition, that has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into 6 languages. I am a senior member of the ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a fellow of the ACM's CHI Academy: "an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction."
I am a Professor of Interaction Design and director of UCLIC at UCL. I am also a visiting professor at the Open University, Indiana University, and Sussex University, and have spent sabbaticals at Stanford, Apple, Queensland University, University of Cape Town, University of Melbourne and UC San Diego.
From 2006-2011, I was professor of HCI in the Computing Department at the OU, where she set up the Pervasive Interaction Lab. From 2003-2006, I was a professor in Informatics at Indiana University. Prior to this, I spent 11 years at the former School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at Sussex University.