Dr Duncan Brumby

Senior Lecturer

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 2015MobileHCI 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


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