I am Professor of Social Computing in the School of Computing Science here at Newcastle University, and I am part of the Digital Interaction Group, based in Culture Lab.
Prior to joining the Digital Interaction Group in 2010, I was Professor of Human-Centred Design in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and prior to that I was reader in Human-Computer Interaction in the Computer Science Department at York University.
My background is in psychology and computing and my research area is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Over the years I have contributed to a range of HCI topics, beginning with the development of practical usability evaluation methods. This led onto research about the development of theories and methods for the design and analysis of human interaction in safety critical settings such as aircraft cockpits and air traffic control systems. But I am perhaps best known for my current research concerned with the human-centred design of ubiquitous technologies. This has involved both theoretical and practical research with a focus on the experience-based and participatory design of products, services and platforms for individuals, families, communities and for organisations such as the health service.
To get an idea of the range of HCI research in the Digital Interaction Group, take a look at our website-http://di.ncl.ac.uk, where you will find a description of the funded research projects that we have currently going on as well as some information about people's PhD projects, and some of the things we make. You can also find information about our publications.
If you are interested in collaborating with our group, or being a visitor, researcher or research student here at Culture Lab then please contact me, Patrick Olivier, or anyone from the group.
For more information about my research and publications and contact details check me out on the Digital Interaction Group website.