Professor Yvonne Rogers

UCLIC Director

Professor of Interaction Design

Office: Room 8.14, 8th floor, Malet Place Engineering Building (MPEB)

Postal address:
Computer Science Department
Malet Place Engineering Building
University College London
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK

Work landline: +44 (0)20 7679 7843 (x37843)

email: y.rogers at ucl.ac.uk

Blog: interactiveingredients.com

Website for Intel Cities Institute (ICRI)

Yvonne Larger Portrait

Yvonne Rogers is a Professor of Interaction Design, the director of UCLIC and a deputy head of the Computer Science department at UCL. Her 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. 

Yvonne is 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. She was awarded a prestigious EPSRC dream fellowship rethinking the relationship between ageing, computing and creativity. Food for Thought:Thought for Food is the result of a workshop arising from it, comprising a number of resources, incuding a short documentary and the particiapant's reflections on dining, design and novel techology. 

She is a visiting professor at the Open University and Indiana University. She has spent sabbaticals at Stanford, Apple, Queensland University, University of Cape Town, University of Melbourne, QUT and UC San Diego. 

Central to her work is a critical stance towards how visions, theories and frameworks shape the fields of HCI, cognitive science and Ubicomp. She has 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). She has also published a monograph (2012) called "HCI Theory: Classical, Modern and Contemporary."

Brief biography

From 2006-2011, Yvonne was professor of HCI in the Computing Department at the OU, where she set up the Pervasive Interaction Lab. From 2003-2006, she was a professor in Informatics at Indiana University. Prior to this, she spent 11 years at the former School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at Sussex University.

Yvonne was one of the principal investigators on the UK Equator Project (2000-2007) where she pioneered ubiquitous learning. She has published widely, beginning with her PhD work on graphical interfaces to her recent work on public visualisations and behavioural change. She is one of the 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. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and 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."

Currently funded projects

- I am the UCL PI for the Intel Collaborative Institute of Sustainable and Connected Cities. A key theme is how to enhance city living and engagement with new technologies.

- My EPSRC dream fellowship is about rethinking ageing, ICT and creativity. The video below sets out the vision.  For an update see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lUajNibKK4

- I am also the PI for a MARIE CURIE network (2012-2016) called UBIHEALTH - that connects researchers from Europe, USA, China and Latin America.

For more about my research see projects.

Current Projects

Behavioural Change and Urban Computing

Tidy Street

We are exploring how ubiquitous technology interventions can facilitate behavioural change in a variety of urban contexts. We investigate how new kinds of salient information can be delivered in innovative ways, using affordable pervasive, ambient and wearable technologies, to help people make better-informed decisions in situ. Examples of behaviours that ahave been targeted include those that have been identified as problematic (e.g., healthy living, well-being) or resistant to change (e.g., laziness, concentration) but have the potential to be 'nudged' in a desired direction. This work is funded by the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable and Connected Cities.

Previous projects include:

Rethinking Ageing, ICT and Creativity (dream fellowship)


Ubiquitous computing should be engaging and exciting. Not calming but provocative and playful, where people - not computers - are proactive. This requires thinking about designing technologies differently; not always to be acting on our behalf or reducing the need for human effort - but that empowers people to be more creative, imaginative and solve increasingly complex problems. It involves thinking about how emergent technologies can profoundly change how we live – not only to monitor, guide or aid us but to empower, galvanize and augment.

Past Funded Projects

  • CHANGE - Exploring the feasibility of using ubiquitous technologies to engender change in people's everyday habits
  • OTIH - Out there and in here - Exploring how new technologies can support distributed, synchronous collaborations between students in the field and others based in a stationary location
  • ShareIT - a theoretical and empirical investigation of co-located collaboration for shareable interfaces
  • PRIMMA - An investigation into privacy issues surrounding location-based services, mobile devices, tracking and monitoring devices.
  • MusicJacket  - A multi-modal real-time feedback system for augmenting learning to play musical inatruments
  • The Question - An immersive theatre project that explores haptic technology in relation to navigation, perception and knowledge
  • E-sense - Investigating the extended mind theory through designing novel technologies
  • Lillypad - designing mobile learning technologies for supporting indoors and outdoors collaborative learning
  • Co-space - enhancing collaboration and interaction with digital information and physical artifacts
  • Dynamo - promoting access to and sharing of information in public spaces across heterogeneous display devices
  • Equator - exploring the relationship between the physical and the digital
  • Espace - designing novel interactional workspaces
  • In-Touch - developing new forms of connectivity and broadband services for social groups, e.g. networks of friends, family and others
  • E-science - exploring how we can help people understand complex dynamic systems, from an Antarctic lake to a polluted city
  • COTCOS - theories and methodolgies for analysing cooperative technologies
  • PUPPET - a virtual theatre for children to be creative and reflective
  • ECOi - multimedia learning environment for teaching ecology

Pdfs of my publications can be found both here or here.

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I teach the Masters HCI-E course Design Practice with Duncan Brumby.

MSc projects

Information about MSc projects is available from Moodle.

Current Research Associates and Visitors

Dr Lorna Wall

Dr Rowanne Fleck

Dr Vaiva Kalnikaitė (Intel Cities)

Dr Sarah Gallacher (intel Cities)

Dr Christian Jetter  (Intel Cities)

Dr Johannes Schoening (Hasselt University)

Current PhD Students

Jessi Baker (UCL, first supervisor)

Geraint Jones (UCL,  first supervisor)

Lisa Koeman (UCL,  first supervisor)

Rose Johnson (UCL,  first supervisor)

Aisling O'Kaine (UCL, second supervisor)

Mara Balestrini (UCL, second supervisor)

Tomas Diez (UCL, second supervisor)

Stefan Kreitmayer (Open University, 2010-)

Ricky Morris (Open University, 2007-)

Former Research Associates and Visitors (while at OU)

Dr Paul Marshall

Dr Rowanne Fleck

Dr Jon Bird

Dr Jeff Rick

Dr Clara Mancini

Dr Vaiva Kalnikaitė

Dr Khaled Bachour

Dr Eva Hornecker

Dr Keerthi Thomas


Dr Estefanía Martín

Dr Pablo A. Haya

Dr Ashraf Khalil

Susanna Hertrich

Dr Danielle Wilde

Dr Dagmar Kern

Dr Richie Hazlewood

Dr Kay Connelly

Maria Luz

Former PhD Students (Graduated)

• Anijo Mathew (PhD, Open University, 2013)

• Nadia Pantidi (PhD, Open University, 2013)

• W. Hazlewood (PhD, Informatics, Indiana University, 2011)

• T. Toscos (PhD, Informatics, Indiana University, 2011)

• R. Fleck (DPhil, Sussex University, 2008) “Exploring the Potential of Passive Image Capture to Support Reflection on Experience.” 

• P. Marshall (DPhil, Sussex University, 2007) “Learning and tangibles.”

• H. Brignull (DPhil, Sussex University, 2005) “Understanding and Designing for the Voluntary Adoption of Community Displays.”

• L. Guy (PhD., Brighton University, 2005) “Ethnographic studies of changing organizations.”

• S. Woolf (DPhil, Sussex University, 2005) “Expanded Media: Interactive and Generative Processes in New Media Art.”

• A. Lloyd (DPhil, Sussex University, 2004) “A Metacognitively-Oriented Guide for Novice Web Searchers in Educational Settings.”

• N. Otero (DPhil, Sussex University, 2003) “Learning with Interactivity and external representations.”

• M. Garcia (DPhil, Sussex University, 2003) “A tutoring system using Virtual Reality for teaching inorganic chemistry.”

• A. Light (DPhil, Sussex University, 2001) “The transition to Interactivity: Publishing, broadcasting and multimedia.”

• J. Halloran (DPhil, Sussex University, 2000) “The Activity Space: Analyzing Intentionality in Open Cooperative Work.”

• J. Wilson (PhD, London Institute, p/t, 2000) “Developing Support for Artist Software Designers.”

• E. Beck (DPhil, Sussex University, 1994) “Practices of Collaboration in Writing and Their Support.”

• G. Cooper (PhD, Open University, 1991) “Representing the User: a Sociological study of the Discourse of Human-Computer Interaction.”

US Ph.D completed - thesis committees

• S.Harris (Philosophy, Indiana University, 2012)

• W. Ryan (Informatics, Indiana University, 2011)

• E. Callahan (Library and Information Science, Indiana University, 2007)

• K. Siek (Computer Science, Indiana University, 2006)

• A Khali (Computer Science, Indiana University, 2006)

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