Professor Patrick Olivier
Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

I am Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University. I founded and currently lead Open Lab, Newcastle University's centre for cross-disciplinary research in digital technologies (previously called the "Digital Interaction Group" but renamed when we moved out of Culture Lab in May, 2015). My particular research interests include the application of social and ubiquitous computing to education, health and wellbeing, as well as the development of new approaches for interaction (such as novel sensing platforms and interaction techniques) and human-centred design methods. 

I am Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics (55 PhD students over 8 years, from 2014-2022). The CDT is supported by a £4.7m award from the EPSRC and seeks to train the next generation of researchers in the design, deployment and evaluation of digital community and local government services. I am also Principal Investigator and Director of a new £10.4m Digital Economy Research Centre in Digital Civics (25 postdoctoral researchers, 2015-2020) supported in part by a £4m award from the EPSRC. In both these initiatives we are working closely with our local government partners: Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Northumberland County Council

To get a more detailed idea of my research interests, take a look at my Google Scholar page (for papers), Open Lab projects (generally projects that post-docs work on), PhD Projects (research that has is or has been someone's PhD), or Things (stuff Open Lab people have made). For write-ups of Open Lab's completed research see our Publications page. If you are interested in collaborating with Open Lab, or being a visitor, researcher or research student here then please contact me, Pete Wright, or anyone on Open Lab's People page.