Research excellence demonstrated at leading computing conference

A strong contingent of Lancaster University researchers have been demonstrating their work at one of the world’s most prestigious computing conferences.

The annual ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – which is the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) – brings together researchers and practitioners from across the world to showcase and discuss the latest interactive technology.

This year’s conference, which was due to be held in Yokohama in Japan, was held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic between May 8th-13th.

A cohort of 28 Lancaster researchers have presented their work at CHI2021, including eight full papers, two of which being awarded Honourable mentions, which recognise the top 5% of submissions. Other Lancaster researchers’ work accepted at the conference included one TOCHI journal presentation, two alt.chi papers, five workshops, one panel, one course, and one special interest group.

The achievements of this year’s cohort, which are drawn from Lancaster’s School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster Environment Centre, and the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, continues to build on Lancaster’s strong track-record at CHI over multiple years.

Professor Corina Sas, Assistant Dean for Research Enhancement at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, said: “We are delighted to see once again such a strong presence at CHI 2021, despite the challenges of the last year and their impact on research activities. Such work strengthens Lancaster’s leadership position in HCI research on wearable technologies, fintech technologies and novel interactions applied to health, philanthropy and sustainability.”

Professor Adrian Friday, Head of Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications, said: “It makes me proud once again to see such excellent work and another strong contribution to global HCI from my colleagues in the school. To me this demonstrates the incredible talent in HCI we have at Lancaster, and superb to see despite what can only be described as a very challenging year to complete research!”

Lancaster University’s successes at CHI2021 (Lancaster researchers in bold):


‘Rethinking the Runway: Using Avant-Garde Fashion To Design a System for Wearables’ – Teddy Seyed, James Devine, Joe Finney, Michal Moskal, Peli de Halleux, Steve Hodges, Thomas Ball, Asta Roseway. (Honourable Mention)

‘Articulating Soma Experiences using Trajectories’- Paul Tennent, Kristina Höök, Steve Benford, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Anna Ståhl, Claudia Dauden Roquet, Charles Windlin, Pedro Sanches, Joe Marshall, Christine Li, Juan Pablo Martinez Avila, Miquel Alfaras, Muhammad Umair, and Feng Zhou. (Honourable mention)

‘Interoceptive Interaction: An Embodied Metaphor Inspired Approach to Designing for Meditation’ – Claudia Dauden Roquet, Corina Sas.

‘A Right Time to Give: Beyond Saving Time in Automated Conditional Donations’ – Nicola J Bidwell, Chris Elsden, Ludwig Trotter, Joshua Hallwright, Mike Harding, Kate Jeite-Delbridge, Sadie Moore, Peter Shaw, Nigel Davies, Chris Speed, John Vines.

‘Reconfiguration Strategies with Composite Data Physicalizations’ – Kim Sauvé, David Verweij, Jason Alexander, Steven Houben.

‘EarRumble: Discreet Hands and Eyes-Free Input by Voluntary Tensor Tympani Muscle Contraction’ – Tobias Roddiger, Christopher Clarke, Daniel Wolffram, Matthias Budde, Michael Beigl.

‘Radi-Eye: Hands-free Radial Interfaces for 3D Interaction using Gaze-activated Head-crossing’ – Ludwig Sidenmark, Dominic Potts, Bill Bapisch, Hans Gellersen.

‘We Can Send a Man To The Moon But We Can’t Control the Temperature In Our office; A Considerate Approach To Workplace Thermal Comfort by Older Women’ – Kathy New, Alexandra Gormally, Adrian Friday, Mike Hazas.

Journal paper presentation

‘A Longitudinal Study of Pervasive Display Personalisation’ – Mateusz Mikusz, Peter Shaw, Nigel Davies, Petteri Nurmi, Sarah Clinch, Ludwig Trotter, Ivan Elhart, Marc Langheinrich, Adrian Friday.

Alt.chi papers

‘Context-Aware Wearables’ – Kim Olivia Snooks, Joseph Lindley, Daniel Richards, Roger Whitham.

‘This is not a paper’ – Joseph Lindley, Miriam Sturdee, David Philip Green, Hayley Alter.


‘Anticipatory Governance in the Technology Sector: Processes, Critiques and Principles for Addressing Grand Challenges in Computing’ – Kelly Widdicks, Bran Knowles, Gordon Blair, Carolyn Ten Holter, Marina Jirotka, Federica Lucivero, Gabrielle Samuel, Helena Webb.

‘Consequences, Schmonsequences! Considering the Future as Part of Publication and Peer Review in Computing Research’ – Miriam Sturdee, Joseph Lindley, Conor Linehan, Chris Elsden, Neha Kumar, Tawanna R Dillahunt, Regan L Mandryk, John Vines.

‘Cycling@CHI: Towards a Research Agenda for HCI in the Bike Lane’ – Gian-Luca Savino, Tamara von Sawitzky, Andrii Matviienko, Miriam Sturdee, Pawel W Wozniak, Markus Lochtefeld, Andrew L Kun, Andreas Riener, Jonna Hakkila.

‘Human-Data Interaction through Design’ – Neelima Sailaja, Joseph Lindley, Lachlan D Urquhart, Derek McAuley, Ian Forrester

‘2VT: Visions, Technologies, and Visions of Technologies for understanding Human Scale Spaces’ – Ville Paananen, Pila Markkanen, Jonas Oppenlaender, Lik Hang Lee, Haider Ali Akmal, Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, John Dunham, Konstantinos Papangelis, Nicholas James LaLone, Niels van Berkel, Jorge Goncalves, Simo Hosio.


HCI 2020: Looking Back to the Future – Jofish Kaye, Abigail Sellen, Yvonne Rogers, Richard Harper, Matt Jones.


‘Let’s Sketch! A Hands-on Introductory Course on Sketching in HCI’ – Makayla Lewis, Miriam Sturdee.

Special Interest Group

‘SketCHI 4.0: Hands-On Special Interest Group on Remote Sketching in HCI’ – Miriam Sturdee, Mikayla Lewis, Katta Spiel, Ernesto Priego, Marina Fernandez Camporro, Thuong Hoang.

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