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Dr Duncan Brumby
Location: Room 8.23, Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor), University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, U.K
Telephone: +44 20 7679 0689 (x 30689)
Email: brumby (at) cs.ucl.ac.uk
My research is concerned with understanding how people interact with computing devices. I work within interdisciplinary teams, using methods and approaches from psychology, computer science, and design. A particular focus of my work is demonstrating, through quantitative experiments, how the time costs of interaction influence our behaviour.
There are two major themes in my research: (1) Multitasking and (2) Interactive Search. In collaboration with colleagues at UCL and beyond, I have published a sustained body of internationally recognised research (see my UCL Publications profile and my Google Scholar profile). This work has been supported by numerous grants from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (see my Grants on the Web portfolio).
The overarching ambition of my research agenda is to improve the design and usability of computing systems. For example, consider how current generation smartphones allow incoming call notifications to forcibly interrupt the user, even if they are busy using an app. Our CHI 2014 paper remedied this situation by redesigning the call handling interface to support multiplexing. Watch the video demonstrating how Google incorporated this idea into their Android L mobile operating system.
I have been invited to serve as a Program Committee member at prestigious international conferences (CHI 2012, CHI 2013, CHI 2014, CHI 2015, MobileHCI 2012, MobileHCI 2013). I am Associate Editor at the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and I am a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.
- EPSRC Standard Grant EP/M006093/1, Computational Platform for Assessment of Cognition in Dementia. Co-Investigator. £1.4M.
- EPSRC Programme Grant EP/G059063/1, CHI+MED: Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices. Co-Investigator. £5.8M.
- EPSRC First Grant EP/G043507/1, Interactions on the Move: Understanding Strategy Adaptation in Dynamic Multitask Environments. Principal Investigator. £200K.
- EPSRC Platform Grant EP/G004560/1, Healthy interactive systems: Resilient, Usable and Appropriate Systems in Healthcare. Co-Investigator. £400K.
Prizes and Awards
- Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2014 (top 5% submissions): Model of visual search and selection time in linear menus.
- Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2014 (top 5% submissions): Interrupted by a phone call: exploring designs for lowering the impact of call notifications for smartphone users.
- Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2014 (top 5% submissions): How does knowing what you are looking for change visual search behavior?
- 2014 Briggs Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Applied Experimental / Engineering Psychology, APA Division 21. Awarded to Christian Janssen for his thesis: Understanding Strategic Adaptation in Dual-Task Situations as Cognitively Bounded Rational Behavior.
- 2012 Human Factors Prize, runner-up: Designing devices with the task in mind: Which numbers are really used in hospitals?
- Best Note at CHI 2012 (top 1% submissions): Choosing to interleave: Human error and information access cost.
- Allan Newell Best Paper at ICCM 2010: A cognitively bounded rational analysis model of dual-task performance trade-offs.
- Most-Cited Articles in Human-Computer Interaction, 2008 - 2010: Strategies for guiding interactive search: An empirical investigation into the consequences of label relevance for assessment and selection.
- Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2007 (top 5% submissions): A cognitive constraint model of dual-task trade-offs in a highly dynamic driving task.
- Best Poster Award at ICCM 2006: Towards a constraint analysis of human multitasking.
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