Reflections on the Value of HCI Research Training

Reflections on the Value of HCI Research Training 2020-11-26T10:20:32+00:00

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29th Nov at  1-2pm
MVB room 0.3 (SPHERE).

UCL’s Duncan Brumby will be discussing the interdisciplinary nature of HCI research, and the role in HCI of diverse but complementary methods.
Abstract: In this talk, I will present work from three of my PhD students who completed their studies during the summer of 2018: Judith Borghouts, Melanie Herrmann, and Jacob Rigby. Their research spans a range of topics: from designing effective data visualisations for domestic smart meters (Herrmann et al., 2018), to understanding contemporary TV viewing practices (Rigby et al., 2018), and implementing systems to better manage the constant onslaught of interruptions at work (Borghouts et al., 2018). During the talk, I shall reflect on the value of HCI research training, given its interdisciplinary nature and use of diverse and complementary methods: from conducting situated observational studies and controlled lab experiments to building and evaluating future interfaces.
Bio: Duncan Brumby is a Reader in Human-Computer Interaction at University College London (UCL). He received a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2005, before doing a two year post-doc in Computer Science at Drexel University. He has published more than 60 research articles, including 12 CHI Papers. His research has been supported by competitive research grants from the the EPSRC, EIT, and EC. He directs the HCI MSc programme at UCL, is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and is a Papers Subcommittee Chair for CHI 2019.
  • Judith W. Borghouts, Duncan P. Brumby, and Anna L. Cox. 2018. Looking Up Information in Email: Feedback on Visit Durations Discourages Distractions. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW025, 6 pages. DOI:
  • Melanie R. Herrmann, Duncan P. Brumby, Tadj Oreszczyn & Xavier M. P. Gilbert. 2018. Does data visualization affect users’ understanding of electricity consumption? Building Research & Information, 46:3, 238-250, DOI:
  • Jacob M. Rigby, Duncan P. Brumby, Sandy J. J. Gould, and Anna L. Cox. 2018. “I Can Watch What I Want”: A Diary Study of On-Demand and Cross-Device Viewing. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video (TVX ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 69-80. DOI:

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Susanne Kirchner – 22nd October
This just felt to me like the right thing to do”: Decision-Making Experiences of Parents of Young Children
Ana Javornik – 5th November
Augmented reality mirror and the self
Petr Slovak – 30th January
Smart toys and Alexa-driven parenting
Prof Markus Löchtefeld – 9th January
Prototyping Transparent and Flexible Electrochromic Displays
Emilie Giles – 14th February
Weaving Lighthouses and Stitching Stories
Michael Proulx – 28th February
The role of visual experience for spatial cognition
Alan Dix – 17th January
Sufficient Reason: Machine Learning Bias and the Artificial Intelligence Explainability Toolkit
Marc Teyssier – 3rd December at 2-3pm
Robotics-augmented Smartphones
Duncan Brumby – 29th November at 1-2pm
Reflections on the Value of HCI Research Training
Audrey Girouard – 25th October at 1-2pm
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Joel Eaton – 6th September 1-2pm
Building creative systems for users with severe motor disabilities
Marcos Serrano and Sandra Bardot – 10th July, 11-12pm
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