About

I’m a professor in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, UK. My work borrows from philosophy, biology and other disciplines in order to feed into the design and theory of computer systems, especially data visualisation and analytics, data ethics and ethical systems design, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. Within the university, I’m  in the working group on ethical use of student data, and was on the project boards for GDPR for the new enterprise service management system for the university. I recently took up the lead for Athena SWAN in my school.

My background is in Computer Science: a BSc (Hons) at U. Edinburgh, then a PhD at U. East Anglia in ray tracing and object-oriented toolkits for distributed memory multiprocessors. I was an intern at Xerox PARC before starting work as a researcher at Xerox EuroPARC, where I worked on information visualisation and early ubicomp systems, e.g. BirdDog, Xerox’ first Active Badge system. I left Xerox to start up an information visualisation group at UBS Ubilab, in Zurich. I then had a brief fellowship at U. Hokkaido, Japan, before starting at U. Glasgow in 1999.

A number of people have worked with or been supervised by me, and then went on to other things, including: Louise Barkhuus (U. Stockholm), Marek Bell (Dynamically Loaded), Barry Brown (Mobile Life), John Ferguson (independence), Areti Galani (U. Newcastle), Malcolm Hall (Dynamically Loaded), Matthew Higgs (DataLab), Julie Maitland (Populus), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Stuart Reeves (U. Nottingham), John Rooksby (Northumbria), Kerry Rodden (YouTube), Jose Rojas (er… China), Greg Ross (ngmoco), Scott Sherwood (Dynamically Loaded), Paul Tennent (U. Nottingham), and Robert Villa (U. Sheffield). (Got to update/expand this list soon!)

I am or have been associate editor for the journals ACM ToCHI, PACM IMWUT, Information Visualization, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, and BMC Bioinformatics. I was leader of a delegation funded by the British Embassy to represent British HCI to Japan in 2008, and in 2010 organised a JSPS/Embassy–funded return visit by a Japanese delegation. I’ve done keynotes at the British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD 1996); Ubimob, the francophone conference on ubicomp; IHM, the francophone conference on HCI; and two of the Japanese 21COE Symposia on Ubiquitous Knowledge Networks. I think that I might still be on the editorial board for the Information Visualization book series from Springer Verlag, although it’s been a bit quiet recently.

I’ve been Associate Chair for CHI, workshop chair for ECSCW, demo/poster chair for UIST, doctoral colloquium chair for Pervasive, and panels chair for Ubicomp. I’m on, or have been on, the paper committees of ACM UIST, ACM CSCW, the biannual BCS conference, ECSCW, IEEE Information Visualization, Ubicomp, Pervasive, ECIR, CKIM, PerCom, WWW and… others. Along with Tim Kindberg and Eric Paulos, I edited a special issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing. I have also reviewed papers and books for the Journal of Object Technology, ACM OOPSLA, SIGGRAPH, EICS and TOCHI, Ubicomp, IEEE Visualization, Computer Graphics & Applications, Trans. Visualization and Computer Graphics, Trans. Neural Networks and Trans. Man, Systems & Cybernetics, J. CSCW, J. Documentation, the Conference on Spatial Information Theory, the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, the HCI Journal, the European Conf. on Artificial Intelligence, the Intl. Symp. on Wearable Computing, SAICSIT, Spatial Cognition and Computation, Pattern Recognition Letters, Parallel and Distributed Computing, the BCS Computer Journal, Cultural Anthropology, Virtual Reality, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, British HCI… and others.

I was one of the authors of the UK BCS/UKCRC Grand Challenge on ubiquitous computing. I was one of the panelists at the HCI 2020 event, and a VIP Guest at Microsoft TechFest. I’m in the EPSRC Peer Review College, was the external examiner for the MSc course on ubicomp/multimedia at University College Dublin, was a panel member reviewing German (DFG) Graduate School and Cluster of Excellence proposals, and have reviewed research grant proposals for funding bodies in Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and the EU. I was an external referee for the ‘Intuitive Human Interface for Organizing and Accessing Intellectual Assets’ project based at the Meme Media Laboratory of U. Hokkaido in Japan. I was the leader of the SICSA Future Cities theme.

Also, I was a Projektleiter in the Swiss Perform Space project, exploring the theory and practice of performance art, city spaces and new media, and was a judge at VIPER Basel 2003, an international festival for film, video and new media. I’ve done several seminars and panels in the area of contemporary art and new media, for example at Architecture Parallax in Barcelona.