Dr Graham Wilson
- Research Associate (School of Computing Science)
I gained a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde in 2005, writing my dissertation on patterns of positive and negative self-focused attention and their effects on cognition. I gained an MSc IT with Distinction at the University of Glasgow in 2008, completing my dissertation in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), investigating the use of vibrotactile feedback to communicate location-based information. I then proceeded to a PhD in HCI under Prof. Stephen Brewster, expanding the input (i.e. control) and output (i.e. feedback) capabilities of digital communication devices using two fundamental aspects of human touch: force-based input (such as pressing and squeezing) and thermal feedback (warming and cooling changes).
Following my PhD, I progressed to a research associate position, investigating the design of novel interaction technologies in both consumer (mid-air tactile feedback for gestural interfaces) and medical/rehabilitation realms (audio feedback for visually impaired children). I am now investigating the positive and negative impacts of immersive Virtual Reality (VR), including the design of a VR testbed for assessing and training executive function impairment.
My personal website is available here: www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~gawilson.
I am a research associate in Human-Computer Interaction in the Multimodal Interaction Group at the University of Glasgow, researching the areas of multimodal feedback, perception and mobile interaction. My interests are predominantly the perceptual, cognitive and psychophysical aspects of interaction with computing devices, and designing interfaces to suit the range and limits of human ability in terms of both input and output. I recently worked on the Virtual Errands Test (VET) project, which is creating a virtual reality (VR) version of the Multiple Errands Test to allow people with Acquired Brain Injury to be assessed and rehabilitated at a lower cost and in greater comfort and safety.
Before that worked on the ABBI project (Audio Bracelet for Blind Interactions) in collaboration with IIT, Lund University, University of Hamburg and Instituto David Chiossone Onlus. The project aims at improving spatial cognition, mobility and social skills in blind children, through motion-sensitive "bracelets" on the wrists/ankles and the use of the auditory modality to convey spatial information (movement, position). My research looked at encouraging environmental engagement in blind children through audio feedback.
I also previously worked on the UltraTouch research project in collaboration with the Bristol Interaction and Graphics group at Bristol University (now at UltraHaptics). We investigated the use of contact-free, mid-air tactile feedback for HCI using ultrasonic sound waves.
My PhD research under Prof Stephen Brewster looked at different aspects of haptic interaction with mobile devices, including pressure-based input and the design of thermal feedback for HCI
Nokia Research Grant (co-author with Prof Stephen Brewster): Thermal Feedback for Novel Forms of Interaction (£13,000)
MSc (2013 – Present): 4 students co-supervised
BSc (2013 – Present): 4 students supervised (1 in conjunction with Herriot-Watt University)
2015-16: Assistant Lecturer – Human-Computer Interaction Level 4: haptics, experimental design and media space & privacy
2014-15: Assistant Lecturer – MobileHCI Level 4: Understanding users & requirements, evaluation & usability and location-based systems
2013-14: Assistant Lecturer – Human-Computer Interaction Level 4: haptics, experimental design and media space & privacy