Welcome to CHI 2019 from University of Glasgow

CHI, the world's leading academic conference in the field of human-computer interaction, will be held in the UK for the first time from 4-9 May 2019 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

The official conference web site can be found at https://chi2019.acm.org/

The  theme of this year's conference is ‘Weaving the Threads of CHI’, reflected in our celtic knot symbol of strength and friendship. The threads of CHI are people from different disciplines, cultures, communities, backgrounds – designers, researchers, practitioners – weaving together around the common purpose of technology that works for people and society.

Glasgow University is a proud Contributing Sponsor to CHI. Professor Stephen Brewster from the School of Computing Science is one of the CHI 2019 General Chairs and lots of our staff and students are involved in the organisation. The School of Computing Science and the GIST research section have a strong history in human-computer interaction research.

We hope that you will find some time to visit the University and the School of Computing Science when not participating in the technical programmes at CHI to find out about our research and teaching. Should you wish you book a scheduled tour or undertake a self-guided tour of the University's landmark buildings, you can find out more at https://www.gla.ac.uk/explore/visit/attractions/tour/

You may also find our SoCS Talent Pipeline and SoCS work with our researchers leaflets of interest.

Short biographies of our staff chairing different apsects of CHI 2019 can be found below.

General co-Chair - Stephen Brewster

Professor Stephen BrewsterStephen Brewster is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He leads the Multimodal Interaction Group. His research focuses on multimodal HCI, or using multiple sensory modalities and control mechanisms (particularly audio, haptics and gesture) to create a rich, natural interaction between human and computer. His work has a strong experimental focus, applying perceptual research to practical situations. A long-term focus has been on mobile interaction and how we can design better user interfaces for users who are on the move. Other areas of interest include accessibility, wearable devices and in-car interaction. He pioneered the study of non-speech audio and haptic interaction for mobile devices with work starting in the 1990's. He is a Member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

More recently, he has been award a prestigious European Resaerch Council Advanced Grant to work on virtual reality and augmented reality for passengers.


Interactivity Chair - Julie Williamson

Dr Julie WiliamsonDr Julie Williamson is a lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction.   Her research focuses on how people use technology in public spaces and how interactive technologies can be designed given the “performative” aspects of using technology in public. Her current research looks at playful interfaces for public spaces the use embedded interaction, large format displays, and whole body input.


Web Chair - Euan Freeman

Dr Euan FreemanEuan Freeman is a Research Associate in the Glasgow Interactive Systems Section and works on the Levitate project, which is using acoustic techniques to create new human-computer interfaces that people can see, hear and feel in mid-air.

After completing his PhD at the University of Glasgow, supervised by Stephen Brewster and Vuokko Lantz from Nokia, Finland, Euan worked on the ABBI (Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction) project, which developed an audio bracelet for the rehabilitation of visually impaired children.  His PhD thesis was about interaction techniques for addressing in-air gesture systems.


Certificates Chair - Helen Purchase

‌Dr Helen Purchase is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing Science.    She  works on information visualisation - how to display complex information to best enable human understanding. Her book "Experimental Human Computer Interaction" is a guide for empirical research in HCI. Dr Purchase has Teaching Excellence Awards from the University of Glasgow and the University of Queensland.


Livestreaming chair - Dong Bach Vo

Dr Dong-Bach VoDong Bach Vo is a Research Associate in the Multimodal Interaction Group at the University of Glasgow. His research aims to improve our understanding about how to effectively facilitate interaction with computer systems using gestures. His research interests include multimodal human computer interaction, novel interaction techniques and understanding human behaviour. His work has explored how to improve the expressiveness of interactive devices through gestural interaction, has investigated multimodal feedback for improving gestural interaction performance and increasing awareness of system gesture recognition capabilities. His work has also contributed to the understanding of human behaviour through interaction with computers using tangible artefact manipulation.

He currently works on PRESTIGE, a European Horizon 2020 project that combines design-thinking innovation strategies with the development of advanced printed functional materials. In this project, he explores how electroactive printed materials can support users in interacting with in-car computers, wearable technologies and product packaging.