I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Physical Computing at the University College London. I received my PhD from the University of Calgary (Canada) working with Saul Greenberg at the Interactions Lab and GroupLab. Previously I worked as intern with Microsoft Research in Cambridge and Redmond together with Abigail Sellen, Richard Banks, Alex Taylor, and Ken Hinckley.

At the UCL Interaction Centre I work on projects in the research areas of ubiquitous computing, interactive surfaces, sensor-based systems, prototyping toolkits, and physical user interfaces. With Proxemic Interactions I explore the design of devices that have fine-grained knowledge of people's and devices' proxemic relationships, and how this can be exploited in ubicomp interaction design.

News and updates

January 2015 | New MSR PhD Student and Research Associate

Frederik Brudy is joining our group in January to begin his PhD studies co-funded by Microsoft Research Cambridge and UCL. Also in January, Steven Houben is starting as a Research Associate at Intel ICRI Cities to work with us. Welcome to London and UCL!

December 2014 | Two papers and one course at CHI 2015

Two of our research publications are conditionally accepted at CHI '15 in Seoul/South-Korea. The first paper is about WatchConnect, a toolkit for cross-device smartwatch applications and is work done in collaboration with Steven Houben from ITU Copenhagen. The second submission is called "As Light as your Footsteps", and is investigating altering walking sounds to change perceived body weight, emotional state and gait, research conducted by Ana Tajadura-Jiménez and collaborators at UCL. You can find out more about this project in the New Scientist article. Our Sketching User Experiences course is also accepted to the CHI program, which I will co-organize together with Saul Greenberg.

November 2014 | Spatially-aware Displays Research at ITS 2014

At the ITS conference in Dresden, Roman Raedle presented our work on HuddleLamp - spatially-aware displays facilitating ad-hoc federations of devices. We also won the Best Demo award at the conference. Find out all about the project at huddlelamp.org.

June 2014 | Slow-Motion Feedback paper at DIS 2014

Jo Vermeulen will present our collaborative work on the design of Slow-Motion Feedback at the ACM DIS '14 conference in Vancouver. At the conference, we'll also participate in the Social NUI workshop.

September 2013 | Lecturer in Physical Computing at UCL

On September 1st I started my new faculty position as Lecturer in Physical Computing at the University College London. I look forward to work on exciting ubicomp projects with my new colleagues at the UCL Interaction Centre and Computer Science.

July 2013 | PhD defence

On July 2nd I successfully defended my PhD research about Proxemic Interactions! Thank you to my advisor Saul Greenberg and all members of the Interactions Lab: I had an amazing time in the past five years here in Calgary.

June 2013 | Two tutorials accepted at ITS 2013

Our tutorials about Proxemic Interactions and Sketching the User Experience are accepted at the ACM ITS conference 2013 in St. Andrews. This conference will be co-located with ACM UIST, where I help organizing the Student Innovation Contest (this year with exciting new technology from Microsoft - we'll update more information on the UIST website soon).

May 2013 | Co-authored publications at GRAND and MobileHCI

Two papers of our co-supervised intern Martin Weigel at the iLab got accepted at ACM MobileHCI (projector toolkit, PDF) and GRAND (focus + context interactions, PDF). Martin explored the application of proxemic interaction concepts to people's use of small mobile projectors.

April 2013 | Committee member for UIST, MobileHCI, TEI

I will help with the organization of a few upcoming conferences as part of the following committees: UIST '13 Associate Chair and Student Innovation Contest co-chair, MobileHCI '13 Publication co-chair, and TEI '14 Studio co-chair. I hope to meet you at these events.

September 2012 | Paper and tutorial accepted at ITS 2012

Our publication about the Gradual Engagement Design Pattern got accepted at the ACM ITS conference 2012 in Boston. At this conference I will also present the Sketching User Experiences tutorial (find material for this tutorial on our sketching user experiences website).

June 2012 | Paper accepted at UIST 2012

The GroupTogether paper (exploring cross-device interaction via micro-mobility and F-formations) that I co-authored with Ken Hinckley and Saul Greenberg about my research project at Microsoft Research just got accepted at UIST 2012. It will be an exciting conference in Boston later this year.

May 2012 | Two research papers at MobileHCI 2012

Two of our research papers have been accepted at MobileHCI and will be presented September 2012 in San Francisco: Extending a Mobile Device's Interaction Space through Body-Centric Interaction. (PDF) and The Fat Thumb: Using the Thumb's Contact Size for Single-Handed Mobile Interaction. (PDF)

January 2012 | Sample chapter from Sketching Workbook

A sample chapter of our "Sketching User Experiences Workbook" appeared in the ACM interactions magazine: The Narrative Storyboard: telling a story about use and context over time (PDF).

December 2011 | Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook

The book "Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook" (Morgan-Kaufmann) that I co-authored with Saul Greenberg, Sheelagh Carpendale, and Bill Buxton, just became available on Amazon and Elsevier.

October 2011 | Proximity Toolkit at UIST 2011

Our paper about the Proximity Toolkit (prototyping proxemic interactions) has been conditionally accepted to UIST 2011. The conference is in Santa Barbara, California - and right after fly to Seattle to work at Microsoft Research. It's an exciting year!

September 2011 | Paper accepted at INTERACT 2011

At INTERACT 2011 in Portugal we will present our work about the Continuous Interaction Space - interaction techniques above and around interactive surfaces.

May 2011 | Doctoral consortium at CHI 2011

At CHI 2011 in Vancouver I will participate in the doctoral consortium and present my PhD research in Proxemic Interactions in Ubicomp Ecologies. I look forward to having fantastic discussions with fellow students and the panelists.

November 2010 | Two papers and doctoral symposium at ITS 2010

I'm travelling to ITS 2010 conference in November to present our proxemics and tabletop research. I also participate at the Doctoral Symposium, and really look forward to the discussions with other PhD students.

January 2010 | Paper and demo accepted for CHI 2010 in Atlanta

My work at Microsoft Research Cambridge about RFID awareness and control has been accepted as a paper and demonstration (media showcase) for CHI 2010 in Atlanta. This is a project I did in collaboration with Alex Taylor and Nic Villar (from MSR), as well as Saul Greenberg.

January 2010 | Traveling to Boston/Cambridge for TEI 2010

At TEI 2010 conference in Cambridge/MA I will present our work on visualizing physical devices and event flow for ubicomp environments. The conference is at the MIT, and just by looking through the conference program I'm sure this will be a great conference.