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
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.
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