Sustainabot – a mini robot that draws using everyday materials
Simon Robinson

Dr Simon Robinson

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Office - 116
First Floor
Computational Foundry
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


My research focuses on devices and interactions designed with and for emergent users – people in rural or developing regions where connectivity and technology availability are often low. I lead the department's HCI research group, and am also Director of the MSc year of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems.

My current work is funded by the EPSRC grants UnMute, PV interfaces and Breaking the glass. I've previously been part of the Reshaping the expected future, Scaling the rural enterprise, Community-generated media for the next billion and Multimodal, negotiated interaction in mobile scenarios projects. You can find out more about these projects and other work at my personal website – see

Areas Of Expertise

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Participatory Design and Co-creation
  • Conversational User Interfaces
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Deformable Devices
  • Internet of Things
  • Emergent Users
  • Low-attention and Mobile Interaction Design