UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Duncan Brumby

Dr Duncan Brumby

Reader in Human-Computer Interaction

UCL Interaction Centre

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

Dr. Brumby’s research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction and cognitive science. He has investigated problems associated with in-car multitasking, how people manage and recover from interruptions, and how people search for information on the web. This work has been published in leading journals and conference proceedings, including Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Human Factors, and the Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI conference. His work on multitasking has received best paper awards at the ACM SIGCHI conference (2007, 2012), and his work on interactive search is one of the most-cited articles from the Human-Computer Interaction journal 2008-2010.   

Teaching summary

I enjoy teaching material that spans topics within human-computer science and cognitive science. I use a wide variety of teaching methods, from traditional lectures and small-group seminars to more hands-on problem-based learning activities. Student appraisals of my teaching are consistently rated at the highest level, and I was nominated for the UCL Provost’s Teaching Award in 2010, and again in 2012. Below is a brief summary of the modules that I am currently involved with at UCL. 

PSYCGI07: Design Practice 

Course leader. Part of the MSc in HCI-E, the course introduces a variety of methods for approaching interactive design problems and provides students with practical experience in their application.  

PSYC3111: Human-Computer Interaction

Course leader. Part of the BSc in Psychology, the course examines what psychology has to contribute to the field of Human-Computer Interaction.  

PSYCGI08: Applied Cognitive Science

Contributing lecturer. Part of the MSc in HCI-E, the course covers both theoretical and applied aspects of psychology as they relate to the design of interactive systems. 

Psychology Seminar Leader

Part of the BSc in Psychology. I facilitate small group seminars, with 8-10 students, which focus on course material and hone students’ presentation and writing skills. 


Cardiff University
PhD, Psychology | 2005
Cardiff University
BSc Hons, Psychology | 2002


Duncan Brumby is a senior lecturer at University College London in the UCL Interaction Centre. Prior to joining UCL in 2007, he was an associate research scientist at Drexel University in the Department of Computer Science. He received his PhD in experimental psychology from Cardiff University in 2005. During his PhD studies, Dr Brumby spent time as a research intern at Microsoft Research (summer 2005) and at the Palo Alto Research Center (summer 2004).