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Prof Stephen Brewster

These pages contain information on research into multimodal human-computer interaction in the Glasgow Multimodal Interaction Group which is part of GIST. We work on audio and haptic (touch-based) interaction and mobile computing devices. These pages contain lots of information about the group and our work. Our main research interests are:
  • Multimodal human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Mobile devices: eyes-free and hands-free interaction, design for use when on the move, evaluation of mobile interaction
  • Audio: Earcons, Musicons, 3D sound, sonification
  • Haptics: force-feedback devices, tactile displays, thermal feedback, pressure input and Tactons (tactile icons)
  • Gestural interaction
  • Novel user interfaces for digital cameras
  • Interaction design for older users and users with visual disabilities, homecare systems
  • Smell-based user interfaces
Members of the Glasgow Multimodal Interaction Group
Research Fellows
PhD Students
Stephen Brewster Julie Williamson Wanda Diaz
Marilyn McGee - Lennon Graham Wilson Euan Freeman
Others working with the group   Topi Kaaresoja
Rod Murray-Smith   Chris McAdam
    Mark McGill
    Ross McLachlan
    Alex Ng
    Ioannis Politis
    Yolanda Vazquez-Alvarez
Ex-members of the group   David Warnock

We are all part of the Glasgow Interactive Systems Group (GIST) here at Glasgow. 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 visualisation to ubiquitous computing.

I lead the Multimodal interaction strand of SICSA. The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance is a collaboration of Scottish Universities whose goal is to develop and extend Scotland's position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research. 

Multimodal Research

A focus of our work is on the design and evaluation of novel interfaces for mobile devices that can be used on the move. The GAIME project is investigating how we use non-hand based gestures (e.g. wrist rotation, head movements) and 3D sound to improve mobile interaction. We are also interested in pedestrian navigation on mobile devices and how we can support the kinds of navigation that people want to do with multimodal interaction in the Haptimap EU project.

We are also interested computer haptics, based on both force-feedback and tactile displays.We are currently interested in the design of Tactons (tactile icons). We also work in the area of design of visualisations for blind people. For full details on our haptics research see the research pages.

A new area of interest is using multimodal interaction for home care. We have just completed the Multimodal Reminders in the Home project with Edinburgh University to study how multimodal interaction can improve home care systems. We are the evaluation partner for the TSB DALLAS project.

The design of non-speech sounds (things like music and sound-effects) and how they can be used to improve human-computer interaction is another area of our research. Earcons are one type of sound that we have studied in great detail. For lots more detail look at the research pages.

We have a new project with Bristol University of the use of ultrasound to create haptic effects. This allows you to feel forces in the air without contact to a physical device.


HAID 2013 was held alongside the IEEE WorldHaptics conference in Daejon, Korea in April.

The group has 1 paper, 6 work in progress papers, 1 interactivity and a workshop at ACM CHI 2013 in Paris.

We have two papers in INTERACT 2013 in Capetown.

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