I joined the Computer Science department at Aston University as a lecturer and designer/director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab in June, 2009. I am also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. For almost 7 years prior to moving to Aston University, I worked as a Research Officer with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) where I designed and managed a state-of-the-art mobile human computer interaction evaluation lab within the NRC facility.
I obtained a B.Sc. (1st Class Hons) in Software Engineering from Glasgow University in 1996, from where I also later graduated with a Ph.D. in HCI in 2001. Both during and subsequent to my Ph.D. term, I worked as a research assistant within the Department of Computer Science at Glasgow University.
Aside from supervision of final year undergrad and Masters-level individual projects, I am responsible for all HCI teaching at Aston:
My research activities cover a number of aspects of human computer interaction. Most recently I have been focusing on: design and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies for individuals with special needs and disabilities; audio feedback design and how we can use audio feedback to enhance or completely replace visual-based I/O, especially in non-standard contexts of use (e.g., motor racing); mobile human computer interaction design and associated evaluation techniques; and on trust in e-Commerce/m-Commerce. I also have an interest in decision support systems. The majority of my research is multi-disciplinary in nature, representing collaborations across many different domains including pharmacy, ophthalmology, GIS, and geodesy and geomatics. I am actively involved with ARCHA (Aston Research Centre in Health Ageing). I am also on the steering committee for ARCHY (Aston Research Centre for Children's & Young People's Health).
I am always interested to hear from well-qualified students who are dedicated to pursuing a Ph.D. or Masters by Research in a research area aligned with my interests. Students with strong backgrounds in computer science, human-computer interaction, and/or psychology and who have empathy with users and excellent communication skills are encouraged to contact me. In particular, I would be very keen to hear from prospective students or post-docs who have an interest in all aspects of research associated with the design, delivery, and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies.
Aside from foundational-level research and that which is funded via PhD studentships (see above), I am currently engaged in a number of externally-funded projects.
I established and lead the AIM Team - a team of enthusiastic, skilled researchers based in the AIM Lab working in the field of human computer interaction. Current team members include Kimrendeep Basi (MPhil student), Lilit Hakobyan (post doc researcher/teaching fellow), Victoria Lush (post doc research associate), Nicholas Powell (PhD student), and Semiu Sawalu (part-time PhD student).