Dr Duncan Brumby

Senior Lecturer

Location: 8.23 Malet Place Engineering Building 
University College London
Gower Street, London

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 7068

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. There are two major themes in my research: multitasking and interactive search. A particular focus is demonstrating, through quantitative experiments, how the time costs of interaction influence our behaviour. 

In collaboration with colleagues at UCL and beyond, I have published 50+ papers (see UCL Publications or Google Scholar). This work has received peer-awarded prizes (1 Best Note & 4 Honorable Mentions at the prestigious ACM CHI conference). Support has come from grants provided by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (see Grants on the Web). 

My research has improved 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 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 a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. I am External Examiner for the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex

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For details, please see my EPSRC Grants on the Web portfolio.

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