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Steve Jones (Associate Professor)

BSc(Hons) PhD Stirling


  • Room No: G.2.24
  • Telephone: +64 7 838 4490
  • Extension: 4490
  • Facsimile: +64 7 858 5095
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Further information can be found at my personal web site:

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Personal Description
I recieved my BSc degree in Computer Science in 1988 from the University of Stirling, Scotland, gaining first class honours. I specialised in software tools to support teaching of introductory programming for my final year project.

I remained at Stirling to undertake my PhD, beginning in 1988, under the supervision of Professor Harold Thimbleby. I browsed around several topics in the general area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) for a little while. These included adaptable interfaces, User Interface Management Systems (UIMS), document annotation and the emerging field of CSCW. Eventually I focussed on an investigation into the design of software to support authors engaged in collaborative writing activities.

During my doctoral studies I undertook tutoring and lecturing duties, and became Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Continuing Education Degree Programme in Computing Science.

In 1992 I took up a post as Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland. I lectured on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering topics such as Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), data structures, databases and Graphical User Interface (GUI) development. I was also a member of the departmental research committee, concerned with the administration of research funds within the department, and development of the departments' research profile. In 1995 I was awarded my PhD and I also spent 4 months on sabbatical at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

I joined the department here at Waikato in July 1996, and am involved in the teaching of Human Computer Interaction, core Computer Science papers and supervision of graduate students.

Research Interests
I’m interested in user interfaces for information access in a variety of contexts.

In particular, I’ve been researching novel interfaces for digital libraries. This interest has led to examination of the issues surrounding querying, including the deveoplment of graphical query languages, collaborative querying, implicit querying and relevance feedback. I’ve also investigated visualisation of information spaces, in particular document collections and query result sets.

Recently I’ve been considering the particular challenges of information access on small-screen portable devices.

You can access a selection of my papers here

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