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Dr Jennifer Pearson

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

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+44 (0) 1792 518622

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

I am Jen, I work in the Future Interaction Technology Lab in the Computational Foundry. My primary research interest is centred around so-called emergent communities where a certain set of challenges inhibit users from accessing technology (e.g., lack of internet connectivity, limited power, low literacy, little access to smart phones etc). As part of this work, I spend a significant amount of time working in-situ with community end-users learning from them and working with them to create digital interactive systems that suit their contexts.

The majority of my work is in collaboration with some very close colleagues in Swansea, but also across the world including strong links with collaborators in IIT Bombay, Université Joseph Fourier, University of Edinburgh, The University of Cape Town, IBM, Microsoft and Google. This work which involves significant travel to, and engagement with, local communities in India, South Africa and Kenya, has won several awards (including 7 best-paper/honourable mention awards as well as one for long-term impact) and generated much media attention (For example one project, which explores the use of conversational speech interfaces in public slum environments via long-term in-situ deployments, was recently featured in the EPSRC's report on “A decade of success in the Digital Economy” and covered by BBC Digital Planet.). Further information on my publications can be found below and is also available from ACMDBLP and Google Scholar.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Emergent Users
  • Deformable Devices
  • Sustainable Interfaces
  • Internet of Things
  • Participatory Design
  • Conversational User Interfaces
  • Digital Reading

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

In general, my teaching interests are centred around my research. I tend to supervise student projects that involve creating apps and services, building hardware, conducting user evaluations and identifying new and exciting interaction methods.

Research

My background is in Computer Science, specifically, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). The main goal of my work is to put people at the heart of technological innovation – to create platforms, devices and services that are not just functional, but usable, efficient and enjoyable. Much of my research involves working directly with end-users to study, plan, design and create new interactions appropriate for their contexts. As mentioned in my About section, my main research area is in emergent user contexts, but I have also got interests in deformable displays, Sustainable Interfaces, the Internet of Things, participatory design and co-creation, conversational user interfaces and digital reading.

Award Highlights

⦁ Honourable Mention at CHI 2019
⦁ Winner of Best Case Study at CHI 2017
⦁ Honourable Mention at CHI 2017
⦁ Honourable Mention at CHI 2016
⦁ Winner (with Matt Jones and Simon Robinson) of The BBC Research and Development Award for Outstanding Impact on Professions, Practices and Services at the ⦁ Swansea Impact Awards
⦁ Honourable Mention at MobileHCI 2013
⦁ Honourable Mention at MobileHCI 2012
⦁ Nominated for Best Paper at JCDL 2012
⦁ Winner of Best Paper at ECDL 2008

Collaborations

⦁ IIT Bombay
⦁ Université Joseph Fourier
⦁ The University of Cape Town
⦁ Aalto University
⦁ University of Edinburgh
⦁ University of Bristol
⦁ University of Sussex
⦁ City University
⦁ IBM
⦁ Microsoft
⦁ Google