UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Yvonne Rogers

Prof Yvonne Rogers

Chair of Interaction Design

Dept of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2011

Research summary

My 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. 

I was awarded a prestigious EPSRC dream fellowship rethinking the relationship between ageing, computing and creativity. I was the PI at UCL for the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities which ran from  2012-2018 as a joint collaboration with Imperial College.

Central to my work is a critical stance towards how visions, theories and frameworks shape the fields of HCI, cognitive science and Ubicomp. I  have 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). I have also published two monographs: "Research in The Wild" (with Paul Marshall, 2017) "HCI Theory: Classical, Modern and Contemporary." (2012).

I was one of the principal investigators on the UK Equator Project (2000-2007) where I pioneered ubiquitous learning. I have published widely, beginning with my PhD work on graphical interfaces to my recent work on public visualisations and behavioural change. I am one of the co-authors of the definitive textbook on Interaction Design and HCI coming out in its 5th edition in 2019, that has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into 6 languages. I am a fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a fellow of 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."

Teaching summary

I team on the Masters HCI courses Interaction Design (IxD) and Future Interfaces

My current PhD students are:

First Supervisor

Susan Lechelt

Tudinh Duong

Second Supervisor

Frederik Brudy


I am a Professor of Interaction Design and director of UCLIC at UCL. I am also a visiting professor at Sussex University, and have spent sabbaticals at Stanford, Apple, Queensland University, University of Cape Town, University of Melbourne, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego. 

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