Dr Rowanne Fleck


Location: Room 8.19
University College London
Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor)
Gower Street, London

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 2867 (x32867)

Email: r.fleck (at) ucl.ac.uk


Research Interests

Rowanne is a researcher/lecturer in human computer interaction. Her research involves conducting qualitative studies to understand how people use new and emerging technologies in real world settings in order to reveal and design for the future. Current research interests include considering reflection as a mechanism to promote sustainable behaviour, looking at family interactions around technology and considering people’s sharing behaviours around and through technology. 


2007-2010, Research Fellow, ChaTLab, University of Sussex
Working on the ShareIT project to understand how people collaborate with shareable technologies such as tabletop computers.

2008, DPhil, University of Sussex
Thesis: Exploring the Potential of Passive Image Capture to Support Reflection on Experience. Looking at how images automatically captured by SenseCam could support teachers’ reflection on practice. Conducted as part of the Equator Project

2006 & 2004, Internships, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Projects exploring the emerging uses of cameraphones, and an exploration of how SenseCam could support teachers’ reflective practice.

2001-2002, Project Administrator, University of Edinburgh
Administrator for 2 postgraduate business qualification courses in the Management School at the University of Edinburgh

2001, BSc (hons.) Artificial Intelligence and Psychology, University of Edinburgh


ShareIT  was a cross-site interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding how shareable interfaces (such as tangible interfaces, large screens and interactive surfaces) have the potential to support multiple people working together in the same location. Within this work I looked at how children (aged 7-9) managed their collaboration around a multi-touch tabletop when conducting a design task in groups. I also explored how adults share information and ideas via a combination of personal handheld devices and a large shared multi-touch display when solving a complex problem, and how family groups managed their interactions on the same task.

SenseCam and Reflection

This research looked at how SenseCam, a wearable camera that automatically takes a series of around 3 or 4 images a minute, can support reflective thought in a variety of situations including the reflective practice of teachers, learning from experience and in everyday situations. The camera was a prototype developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge.


The Equator Project was a 6 year, 8 university interdisciplinary research project funded by the EPSRC looking at new ways to integrate the physical and the digital. In addition to my DPhil research, I was involved in the Ambient Wood and the E-Science projects.

Ambient Wood: a field trip with a difference, where the installation of a wireless network in a wood enabled the augmentation and enhancement of a school nature trip through the use of ubiquitous computing devices.

E-Science: an exploration of the potential of remote and portable sensors to enable environmental scientists to conduct their research. I was involved in employing user centred and participatory design techniques to develop devices and representations to allow school children to monitor pollution.

Teaching 2012-2013

HCI-E Tutor

HCI-E Project Supervisor

PSYCG107- Design Practice

COMP3012 - Interaction Design

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