Software Engineering Research Group

Human Computer Interaction


HCI is a multi-disciplinary research field. It considers all aspects of the human-computer experience, from the ergonomics of hardware to intelligent support for interpreting the user’s input. This includes how and why people use computers and how we can make the experience less frustrating and more enjoyable.

Beryl Plimmer has a specific interest in pen-based interaction such as digital whiteboards, tablet PCs and PDAs. This includes the development of digital ink recognition engines, ink-based sketch and annotation tools and evaluation of the affect of the differences between pen and keyboard-mouse interaction. Additionally she has a general interest in usability testing practice and methodologies and universal accessibility. See more details.

Gerald Weber is interested in HCI and enterprise computing. He is currently researching novel XML-based GUI frameworks, Wiki technologies, and experimental input devices. He is also researching service oriented architectures, such as Enterprise Service Bus, and model-driven semantic approaches, including his form-oriented analysis methodology. Generally, Gerald is interested in a human-centric approach to information systems and how this changes our theory and practice of computing. More information can be found at

Robert Sheehan is interested in the development of programming environments for children. His research focuses on allowing children to create their own games, simulations, and animations in order to tell their stories. He is currently working on combining 2D physics simulations within programming environments. He is associated with the ChiCI group at the UniversityofCentral Lancashire ( Robert’s webpage is at

Christof Lutteroth is interested in novel user interface design and interaction techniques. He is developing ideas that make it easier to create and customize a user interface, to the degree that also end-users can use them to make their everyday work more efficient. Please have a look at his homepage:



The Auckland Interface Model (AIM) is a set of technologies that facilitate the development, customization and usage of graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It includes the Auckland Layout Model (ALM), which is a novel way of specifying GUI layout using constraints. Have a look at the project website , which contains examples in Flash.

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