Professor Yvonne Rogers

UCLIC Director

Professor of Interaction Design

Office: Room 2.13, 66-72 Gower Street

Postal address:
Computer Science Department
University College London
66-72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT, UK

Work phone: +44 (0)20 31087073 (internal 57073)

email: y.rogers at ucl.ac.uk

Blog: interactiveingredients.com

Website for Intel Cities Institute (ICRI)

4th Edition of Interaction Design


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 participant's reflections on dining, design and novel techology.  She is a visiting professor in the Psychology Department at Sussex University and an honorary professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Cape Town.

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 Open University, 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 heading up the former Interact Lab. She has spent sabbaticals at Stanford, Apple, Queensland University, University of Cape Town, University of Melbourne, QUT and UC San Diego.

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 (4th edition just out), 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 was about rethinking ageing, ICT and creativity. The video below sets out the vision.  For an overview 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.

• Creating and coding

We are developing a new interactive toolkit for people of all ages to be creative and think differently about how to design for the Internet of Things.

• Community Engagement

We have been designing and deploying a number of community technologies in the wild including:


An innovative way to gather opinions and feedback using a tangibel questionnaire

Visualising Mill Road

A coomunity based project that collected and visualised community data all the wat along a  high street to trigger debate and discussion

The Mood Building Project

The aim is to increase social connectedness by bringing people together through physical and playful installations.


Developing spatially-aware mobile devices that can be combined for ad hoc meetings and collaboration

• Behavioural Change

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.

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

Research Publications

Retrieving data...

I teach the Masters HCI-E course Design Practice with Nic Marquardt.

MSc projects

Information about MSc projects is available from Moodle.

Current Research Associates and Visitors

Dr Ben Bengler

Dr Rose Johnson

Dr Steven Houben

Dr Venus Shum

Dr Johannes Schoening (Visitor, Hasselt University)

Current PhD Students

Susan Lechelt (first supervisor)

Jessi Baker (first supervisor)

Geraint Jones (first supervisor)

Lisa Koeman (first supervisor)

Frederik Brudy (second supervisor)

Aisling O'Kaine (second supervisor)

Mara Balestrini (second supervisor)

Martin Dittus (second supervisor)

Ana Javornik (visiting PhD student, Switzerland)

Former Research Associates and Visitors
Post doc research associates

Dr Sarah Gallacher

Dr Connie Golsteijn

Dr Lorna Wall

Dr Christian Jetter 

Dr Vaiva Kalnikaitė

Dr Paul Marshall

Dr Rowanne Fleck

Dr Jon Bird

Dr Jeff Rick

Dr Clara Mancini

Dr Khaled Bachour

Dr Eva Hornecker

Dr Keerthi Thomas


Prof. Robert Jacob

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)

• Stefan Kreitmayer (Open University, 2015)

• Rose Johnson (UCL, 2014)

• Ricky Morris (Open University, 2014)

• Anijo Mathew (Open University, 2013)

• Nadia Pantidi (Open University, 2013)

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

• T. Toscos (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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