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Aston academic's work named 'most influential' at international conference

Dr Jo Lumsden

11 February 2014

A prestigious ‘Most Influential Paper Award’ was presented to an Aston University academic by the IBM-run CASCON Conference for her visionary report on the future of mobile technologies. 

The report, by Dr Joanna Lumsden and her colleague Dr Stephen Brewster of the University of Glasgow, was awarded the accolade at CASCON 2013, an international technology conference, run by computer giant, IBM,  which seeks to provide a forum for innovative ideas in software engineering and computing.

Published in 2003, the paper, entitled ‘A Paradigm Shift: Alternative Interaction Techniques for Use with Mobile Wearable Devices’, called for a revolutionary change in interaction with mobile technology in order to fully realise the potential of such devices. 

In addition to looking at how mobile technologies could be made easier, faster and more intuitive to use, the paper highlighted the potential of ‘assistive technologies’ in having a significant positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities – including developing easy-to-use mobile navigational tools and touchscreen devices for the visually impaired. 

Dr Lumsden, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Manager of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab, said: “It is very much appreciated when one’s work receives recognition of this order - especially a decade after the work was first published. It is affirmation of the value of the work and the standing with which it is viewed by one’s peers over time. 

"The way people perceive mobile technology has completely changed since 2003. There is still lots to explore, however, and considerable scope for ongoing innovation. We look forward to seeing what the next decade has to bring.” 

The way people perceive mobile technology has completely changed since 2003. There is still lots to explore, however, and considerable scope for ongoing innovation

When published as a peer-reviewed article in the CASCON 2003 Conference, the paper was awarded ‘Best Paper’ and has since been recognised as having been influential in encouraging the development of alternative interaction techniques for mobile technologies, and influencing a move away from replication of PC interfaces for such technologies. 

A spokesperson for the CASCON 2013 Award committee, which unanimously voted for Dr Lumsden’s paper, said: “This is a farsighted and highly influential paper that has set the scene for more user centred design techniques for modern mobile devices. The paper has received the most citations of all CASCON 2003 papers to date and its impact can be felt today in the design of mobile applications for phones and tablets.” 

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