Dr Sarah Faisal


University College London
Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor)
Gower Street, London

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 0695 (x 30695)

Email: s.faisal (at) cs.ucl.ac.uk


Research Interests

I joined UCLIC as a PhD student in October 2004. I earned my masters degree in Computer Science from Tufts University, which was when I first got interested in HCI. The notion of making technology fit user needs and trying to really understand what users wanted has really appealed to me. Therefore I decided to take my education further and pursue a career in HCI. My supervisors are Dr. Paul Cairns, who has recently moved to the University of York, and Prof. Ann Blandford.

My PhD revolves around the field of Information Visualization (InfoVis). InfoVis are interactive visual externalizations of data. Users interact with them in order to gain insight and knowledge of the represented domain. Users' experiences when interacting with InfoVis tools is analogous to people's experiences in interacting with the grammars in a text, where the correctness of the grammatical syntax does not necessarily reflect the intended meanings. As a result InfoVis tools are more than merely interfaces, they are instruments. Through my PhD research I generated a holistic understanding of what constitutes users' InfoVis  experiences. From this understanding design and evaluation guidelines were extracted. 

The scientific domain which I am interested in is the Literature Knowledge Domain (LKD). Such a domain includes data such as authors and papers within an academic context, where information such as citations, publications is revealed through visual coding. As a result I have developed an InfoVis to reflects such information. This tool was used as the basis of the studies conducted as part of my PhD. 

In addition to InfoVis my general interests revolve around the areas of:  Direct Manipulation, Tangible User Interfaces, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality, all within an HCI context.

Research Publications

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