4/5/16 MIG at CHI ’16

Next week we’re going to swap the dreary Scottish weather for the warmth of San Jose, California, to attend CHI 2016. We’ll be there presenting two full papers, three late-breaking work posters and a workshop paper. Look out for the Glasgow Interactive Systems Group logo and come and say hi! We look forward to seeing you there!

Papers at CHI ’16

  • Do That, There: An Interaction Technique for Addressing In-Air Gesture Systems. Euan Freeman, Stephen Brewster, and Vuokko Lantz. (full paper)
  • Hot Under the Collar: Mapping Thermal Feedback to Dimensional Models of Emotion. Graham Wilson, Dobromir Dobrev, and Stephen Brewster. (full paper)
  • Using Sound to Help Visually Impaired Children Play Independently. Euan Freeman and Stephen Brewster. (late-breaking work)
  • Evaluating Haptic Feedback on a Steering Wheel in a Simulated Driving Scenario. Gozel Shakeri, Stephen Brewster, John Williamson, and Alex Ng. (late-breaking work)
  • Mapping Abstract Visual Feedback to a Dimensional Model of Emotion. Graham Wilson, Pietro Romeo, and Stephen Brewster. (late-breaking work)
  • Towards Mid-Air Haptic Widgets. Euan Freeman, Dong-Bach Vo, Graham Wilson, Gozel Shakeri, and Stephen Brewster. (workshop paper)

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17/2/16 More CHI ’16 News

As well as the two full papers we’ll be presenting at CHI, we have also had three Late-Breaking Work papers accepted:

  • Evaluating Haptic Feedback on a Steering Wheel in a Simulated Driving Scenario, by Gözel Shakeri, Stephen Brewster, John Williamson, and Alexander Ng.
  • Mapping Abstract Visual Feedback to a Dimensional Model of Emotion, by Graham Wilson, Pietro Romeo, and Stephen Brewster.
  • Using Sound to Help Visually Impaired Children Play Independently, by Euan Freeman and Stephen Brewster.

We’ll also be attending the workshop on Mid-Air Haptics and Displays, presenting the following position paper:

  • Towards Mid-Air Haptic Widgets, by Euan Freeman, Dong-Bach Vo, Graham Wilson, Gözel Shakeri, and Stephen Brewster.

17/12/15 CHI 2016 Success

We have had two full papers conditionally accepted to CHI 2016: one on thermal feedback and one on addressing in-air gesture systems. For more information, check back closer to the conference. See you in San Jose!

10/11/15 SAVIE Meeting

On Friday (6/11/15) we were in Edinburgh for the SAVIE (Scottish Association for Visually Impaired Education) meeting. Steve, Graham and Euan spoke about the ABBI project, sharing some research findings and ideas for future work. We had a lot of interesting discussion with the other attendees about how wearable tech could be used to assist blind and visually impaired children. Our presentation slides from the meeting are available here. If you were at the meeting and would like to get in contact, please email stephen.brewster@glasgow.ac.uk

8/9/15 RNIB Techshare Europe

We will be attending the RNIB Techshare conference in Glasgow this week, to demo and talk about the ABBI project. Steve is giving a presentation about the ABBI project, while Graham and Euan will be giving interactive demos of the bracelet during the Tech Try sessions. The demos will showcase the bracelet and its capabilities and will demonstrate how the technology could be used to help blind and visually impaired people. We look forward to seeing you there!

18/8/15 MIG at ASSETS 2015

Our group will be presenting a poster and demonstration at the SIGACCESS ASSETS conference in Lisbon, Portugal in October. Graham’s demo presents research done as part of the ABBI project.

Issues influencing the Uptake of Smartphone Reminder apps for People with Acquired Brain Injury

by Matthew Jamieson, Marilyn McGee-Lennon, Breda Cullen, Stephen Brewster, and Jonathan Evans


Smartphone reminder applications (apps) have the potential to help people with memory impairment after acquired brain injury (ABI) to perform everyday tasks. Issues impacting the uptake of reminder apps for this group are still poorly understood. To address this, three focus groups were held with people with memory impairments after ABI and ABI caregivers (N=12). These involved discussion about perceptions of, and attitudes towards, reminder apps combined with usability reflections after a walkthrough of an existing reminder app – Google Calendar. Framework analysis revealed six key themes that impact uptake of reminder apps; Perceived Need, Social Acceptability, Experience/Expectation, Desired Content and Functions, Cognitive Accessibility and Sensory/Motor Accessibility. Analysis of themes revealed issues that should be considered by designers and researchers when developing and testing reminding software for people with memory impairment following ABI.

Using Dynamic Audio Feedback to Support Peripersonal Reaching in Visually Impaired People

by Graham Wilson and Stephen Brewster


Blind children engage with their immediate environment much less than sighted children, particularly through self-initiated movement or exploration. Research has suggested that providing dynamic feedback about the environment and the child’s actions within/against it may help to encourage reaching activity and support spatial cognitive learning. This paper presents an initial study suggesting the accuracy of peripersonal reaching can be improved by the use of dynamic sound from both the objects to reach for and the reaching hand itself (via a worn speaker) that changes based on the proximity of the hand to the object. The demonstration will let attendees try the interaction and feedback designs.

20/7/15 MIG at AutomotiveUI 2015

We have two full papers at Automotive UI in September, which Ioannis will be attending. He is also on the organising committee of the 3rd Workshop on the UX of Autonomous Driving. See you in Nottingham in a few weeks!

  • I. Politis, S. Brewster and F. Pollick: Language-Based Multimodal Displays for the Handover of Control in Autonomous Cars. To appear in Proceedings of AutomotiveUI ’15, ACM Press, 2015.
  • L. Shim, P. Liu, I. Politis, P. Regener, S. Brewster and F. Pollick: Evaluating Multimodal Driver Displays of Varying Urgency for
    Drivers on the Autistic Spectrum. To appear in Proceedings of AutomotiveUI ’15, ACM Press, 2015.

17/7/15 MIG at MobileHCI 2015

We’ll be attending MobileHCI in Copenhagen this August to present a number of papers and posters (listed below). We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Ng, A., Williamson, J.H., and Brewster, S.: The effects of encumbrance and mobility on touch-based gesture interactions for mobile phones. To appear in Proceedings of MobileHCI ’15, ACM Press, 2015.
  • Mclachlan, R. and Brewster, S.: Bimanual Input for Tablet Devices with Pressure and Multi-Touch Gestures. To appear in Proceedings of MobileHCI ’15, ACM Press, 2015.
  • Boland, D., McLachlan, R. and Murray-Smith, R.: Engaging with Mobile Music Retrieval. To appear in Proceedings of MobileHCI ’15, ACM Press, 2015.
  • Feng, S., Wilson, G., Brewster, S. and Ng, A.: Investigating Pressure-based Interactions with Mobile Phones While Encumbered and Walking. To appear in Proceedings of MobileHCI ’15 Posters, ACM Press, 2015.
  • Magnusson, C., Caltenco, H., Finocchietti, S., Cappagli, G., Wilson, G. and Gori, M.: What Do You Like? Early Design Explorations of Sound and Haptic Preferences. To appear in Proceedings of MobileHCI ’15 Posters, ACM Press, 2015.
  • Stephen Brewster will be co-chairing the Doctoral Consortium again this year.

17/7/15 SAM Project

We are pleased to announce that the SAM (Automated Attachment Analysis Using the School Attachment Monitor) project has been funded by the EPSRC and is due to begin in September. SAM is a multidisciplinary project with the School of Mental Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, the Social Signal Processing group in our department, and ourselves. From our group, Dong-Bach Vo will be working as an RA on the project, alongside Stephen Brewster. For more on the SAM project please see this page.

16/7/15 HAPPINESS Project

We’ve had some exciting news and changes within the past few months! The HAPPINESS (Haptic Printed Patterned Interfaces for Sensitive Surfaces) three-year EU-funded project was accepted and has been under way for a few months now. Alex Ng has submitted his PhD thesis and has started as an RA on that project. We are also pleased to welcome Gosel Shakeri, who has started as a PhD student on HAPPINESS.