Florian Mathis

  • Research PhD (Computing Science)

Florian Mathis is doing a Research PhD in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Glasgow Interactive SysTems (GIST) research section and the Edinburgh Technology Usablity Lab in Privacy and Security (TULiPS). Florian is supervised by Dr. Mohamed Khamis (University of Glasgow) and Dr. Kami Vaniea (University of Edinburgh). He received his bachelor's (first class, top 10%) and master's degree (first class, top 10%) in Human-computer Interaction (HCI) from the LMU Munich, Germany in 2017 and 2019, respectively. His supervisors were Dr. Tobias Seitz (now at Google) and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Hußmann (LMU Munich), and Dr. Mohamed Khamis (University of Glasgow), Sarah Aragon Bartsch (LMU Munich), and Prof. Dr. Florian Alt (Bundeswehr University Munich).


office: School of Computing Science, Room G132, 18 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RZ, United Kingdom

telephone: +44 (0) 7402698437



Research title

VirSec – Using Virtual Reality as Cost-Effective Test Bed for Usability and Security Evaluation of Security Systems.

Research summary

Florian's research interests are at the intersection of Human-computer Interaction (HCI), Usable Security, and Virtual Reality. Emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR) raise a number of interesting questions within the realm of human-centred security. The objective of Florian's PhD is to investigate the suitability of VR as a testbed for usability, security, and privacy evaluations


Florian Mathis, Mohamed Khamis
Privacy, Security and Safety Concerns of using HMDs in Public and Semi-Public Spaces
In Proceedings of the CHI 2019 Workshop on Challenges Using Head-Mounted Displays in Shared and Social Spaces, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, May 2019 (CHI 2019) [paper]

Passant ElAgroudy, Mohamed Khamis, Florian Mathis, Diana Irmscher, Andreas Bulling, Albrecht Schmidt
Can Privacy-Aware Lifelogs Alter Our Memories?
In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Extended Abstracts Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, May 2019 (CHI 2019) [paper]

Tobias Seitz, Florian Mathis, Heinrich Hussmann
The Bird is the Word: A Usability Evaluation of Emojis inside Text Passwords
In Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, November 2017 (OzCHI 2017) [paper]


External supervisors

Dr. Kami Vaniea (University of Edinburgh)


If you are interested in one of those areas: 

  • Usable Security
  • Human-centred Security
  • Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)

please do not hesitate to get in touch with me: f.mathis.1@research.gla.ac.uk.

Additional information

I am part of the University of Edinburgh-University of Glasgow Joint PGR Studentship (Future Cities, 4 years, acceptance rate: 1.6%).

More about me on my website: http://www.fmathis.com/