I joined the Computer Science department at Aston University as a lecturer and designer/director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab in June, 2009. I am also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. For almost 7 years prior to moving to Aston University, I worked as a Research Officer with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) where I designed and managed a state-of-the-art mobile human computer interaction evaluation lab within the NRC facility.
I obtained a B.Sc. (1st Class Hons) in Software Engineering from Glasgow University in 1996, from where I also later graduated with a Ph.D. in HCI in 2001. Both during and subsequent to my Ph.D. term, I worked as a research assistant within the Department of Computer Science at Glasgow University.
I oversee and coordinate all HCI-related teaching here at Aston, having designed all HCI-related modules across all programmes/levels to integrate and thus provide a cohesive learning experience. Modules include:
CS2260: Human Computer Interaction (10-credit, second-year module, designed the module which I taught and now assist in the teaching of with Dr Lilit Hakobyan)
CS3040: Mobile Design & Development (20-credit, final-year module, designed and co-taught with Dr Beaumont)
CS4040: Mobile Design & Development (15-credit, MSc module, designed and co-taught with Dr Beaumont)
CS3410: Interaction Design (10-credit, final-year module, designed and teach)
CS4650: Interaction Design (15-credit, MSc module, designed and teach)
CS4655: Advanced HCI (15-credit, MSc module, designed and teach)
CS4665: Human Computer Interaction (15-credit, MSc module, designed and teach for both CS and Product Design programmes)
GGE6800: User Centred Design (PhD module, Univeristy of New Brunswick, Canada, designed and teach on demand)
My research activities cover many aspects of human computer interaction. Most recently I have been focussing on trust in e-Commerce and on mobile human computer interaction design and associated evaluation techniques. I have been investigating novel approaches to participatory design involving users who are vulnerable or who have special needs. I have a keen interest in using mobile technologies in novel capacities (e.g., as assistive devices) and in designing novel interaction techniques for mobile technologies. I have an ongoing research interest in audio feedback design and how we can use audio feedback to enhance or completely replace visual-based I/O, especially in non-standard contexts of use (e.g., motor racing). I have an interest in decision support systems. My research is very practical in nature, and can be applied across a range of domains, including but not limited to motorsport, healthcare, education, smart cities, etc.
I am actively involved with ARCHA (Aston Research Centre in Health Ageing). I am also on the steering committee for ARCHY (Aston Research Centre for Children's & Young People's Health).
I am always interested to hear from well-qualified students who are dedicated to pursuing a Ph.D. or Masters by Research in a research area aligned with my interests. Students with strong backgrounds in computer science, human-computer interaction, and/or psychology and who have empathy with users and excellent communication skills are encouraged to contact me. In particular, I would be very keen to hear from prospective students or post-docs who have an interest in all aspects of research associated with the design, delivery, and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies.
Aside from foundational-level research and that which is funded via PhD studentships (see above), I am currently engaged in a number of externally-funded projects.
I established and lead the AIM Team - a team of enthusiastic, skilled researchers based in the AIM Lab working in the field of human computer interaction. Current team members include Lilit Hakobyan (Teaching Fellow), Victoria Lush (post doc research associate), Nicholas Powell (PhD student), and Semiu Sawalu (part-time PhD student).
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