(A list of publications)
My research work in general......
I completed a Ph.D. (2002) in the Department
of Computing Science at the University
of Glasgow. I graduated in the summer of 1998 here at Glasgow University
with a B.Sc.(hons) in psychology. Now that I am in the computing Science
department I am working mostly with Phil
Gray and Stephen Brewster
in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). We all belong to GIST
(Glasgow Interactive Systems Group). GIST is one of the largest HCI
research groups in the UK. It is an inter-disciplinary group investigating
all aspects of interactive systems from graphics, to sounds, from User
Interface Management Systems to the psychology of interaction and formal
specifications of user interfaces. Within GIST I belong to MIG
(Multimodal Interfaces Group). We are investigating the use of multiple
senses for human-computer interaction. In particular, we are looking at
the relatively unexplored use of hearing and touch in computing.
My key role in the Multimodal Interaction Group is to look at the perceptual and cognitive effects of multimodal interaction on human performance. That is, how do we process information flowing between oursleves and a computer when it is in a form containing information to several of our senses? I investigate how we can best design and evaluate interfaces which involve such use of multiple senses to convey information.
Much of my work so far has been in the study of the human
haptic channel in particular. I have looked at how the haptic
sense (loosely our sense of touch) can be used to communicate information
and in particular how feedback we receive at an interface can be of a haptic
form as well as visual or audio. Some work has been done at Glasgow University
(1999) by myself and a colleague on the integration
of haptic effects to the standard graphical user interface for example.
We overlaid buttons and scroll bars with haptic
to evaluate the effect of force-feedback on
users' performance on a standard desktop task. To
view this paper click here.
Doctoral Thesis Work......
I looked at how haptic and audio information can be used to convey information about virtual textures.
You can look at my doctoral thesis on this work here
The MATCH Project Mobilising Advanced Technologies for Care at Home.
Design and Evaluation of Handheld Health Information Systems
Recent British Computer Society Talk: "What's Happening in Haptics?"