Prof. Gilbert Cockton, Northumbria University, UK


Gilbert Cockton is Professor of Design Theory at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  From 1997-2009, he was Research Chair in HCI at the University of Sunderland. He was awarded a UK NESTA Fellowship on Value-Centred Design (2005-2008), which moved his research from the design end of computing to the computing end of design, adding to the variety of a career that has blended education, academic research, childcare, design, consultancy, work for and within business and public sectors, directing large regional economic development projects, and professional service. A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, he has published extensively since 1985 on usability, user-experience and accessibility, theoretical and empirical inputs to design and evaluation, the nature of design methods, and notations and architectures for interactive software (over 200 papers, chapters, books, articles and edited proceedings; over 1600 citations on Google scholar; over 200 invited presentations in 21 countries). He has supervised 29 research students and examined 30 in 7 countries. He is currently scientific co-ordinator for the COST IC0940 TwinTide, a 26 country European network on inter-sector transferability of software design and evaluation approaches, and has advised national projects in Japan, Finland and Poland. He has secured funding for research and knowledge transfer projects and infrastructure with a value of over EUR7M. He has served in many roles within the international HCI community, including Vice-Chair of IFIP TC13 (2004 06), Chair of British HCI Group (2001-2004), Chair of ACM CHI 2003 and BCS HCI 2000 Conferences, Editor Emeritus of the journal Interacting with Computers, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Usability Studies.

Dr. Duncan Brumby, University College London,  UK

DuncanDuncan Brumby is a Senior Lecturer at University College London working in the UCL Interaction Centre. He received his doctorate in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2005, after which he was a post-doc in Computer Science at Drexel University until joining UCL in 2007. Dr. Brumby’s research has been published in leading HCI and Cognitive Science outlets, including Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Human Factors, and the Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI conference. His work on multitasking received best paper awards at CHI (2007, 2012), and his work on interactive search is one of the most-cited articles from the Human-Computer Interaction journal 2008-2010. To support his work, Dr. Brumby has attracted significant amounts of external funding from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). He is on the technical programme committee for the ACM SIGCHI conference, ACM MobileHCI conference and the ACM Auto-UI conference, and he is a member of the EPSRC College.

Dr. Jettie Hoonhout, Philips Research, the Netherlands


Jettie Hoonhout is a senior scientist at Philips Research in Eindhoven. One of her research interests is on user interaction technologies and user centered research methodologies. With regard to the latter interest, she is particularly interested in methodologies that address the ‘affectability’ of products, i.e., methods and tools that support the development process of products and product concepts that are not only functional and usable, but also emotionally appealing and engaging, and thus can increase the motivation to use the product. Another research interest is around food, nutrition, and how to guide people towards smart choices in these matters. She graduated in cognitive and human factors psychology at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), and after graduation, started working at the Experimental Psychology Department of that University as assistant professor. She was involved in various contract research projects in e.g. the field of process control, HCI, and design of instructions. Next, she worked at the University of Maastricht, at the Psychology Department as assistant professor. Her work involved among other things developing parts of the psychology curriculum, in particular for the cognitive ergonomics program.

Dr. Alex Tuch, University of Basel, Switzerland

Alex TuchAlexandre Tuch is a Lecturer (Oberassistent) and Leader of the HCI Research Group at the Psychology Department (Division of Cognitive Psychology & Methodology) of the University of Basel in Switzerland. He spent the last year as a visiting researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, conducting research in the field of User Experience (UX). Alex holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Basel.  His primary research interest is the interplay between instrumental and non-instrumental qualities of interactive technologies. Thereby he investigates how users form first impressions of websites and how the visual appearance of an interface affects users’ perception of system qualities such as usability. With regard to teaching, Alex is interested in showing students how to use research methods from Experimental Psychology in a Human-Computer Interaction context. At the Psychology Department in Basel he taught courses on Human-Computer Interaction and Research Methods at graduate and undergraduate level.

Dr. Marianna Obrist, University of Sussex, UK

Marianna Obrist Mariannais a Marie Curie post-doc Fellow at the Culture Lab at Newcastle University, UK. The focal point of her research is on user experience (UX), its methodological and theoretical foundations. She was involved in several research projects concerned with the evaluation of user experience in a variety of application and usage contexts. Marianna has a vast experience in qualitative research methods, mixed method and interdisciplinary approaches. Before joining Newcastle University, Marianna was Assistant Professor in the HCI & Usability Unit of the ICT&S Center at the University of Salzburg, Austria. With October 2013, Marianna will start as a Lecturer for Interaction Design at the University of Sussex exploiting further her user experience research. More information can be found on her website http://obrist.info/

Dr. Aaron Houssian, TU Delft, the Netherlands

AaronI study people to make the world a better place. I'm a qualitative researcher specialized in ethnographic and other contextual methods that I've been putting into practice for the past 6 years as part of my consulting work, and my PhD research into understanding how to get research results implemented (the so-called research/practice gap). You can read all about me and connect with me and my work at www.aaronh.info.

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