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Mark has been involved in HCI research for the past 30 years, with the
design of the MINNIE system for interactive system design, the
development of tools and techniques for information visualisation,
including the bifocal display, and the Lean Cuisine notation for
the description and analysis of hierarchical menu systems. Over the
last five years, Mark has become involved with CSCW research, in
particular shared document creation. This interest in shareable
computing has led to the creation of the "whiteboard
paradigm" for interaction. The main feature of this interaction
style is What You Do Is What You See (WYDIWYS) interaction - that
is, the interaction is transparent to all members of a group. This
interest has been a driving force in the development of the Large Interactive Display Surface (LIDS)
Mark is also interested in how to represent and interact with
information stored on a computer, in particular digital libraries of
heritage materials. This interest has been a force in the
development of the Niupepa
Collection of Maori Newspapers in the New Zealand Digital Library .
Sally Jo Cunningham
Sally Jo comes from a computing and library science background, and
has a wide variety of research interests. These interests include
computer use in textiles, computers in education, women in
computing, digital libraries, machine learning, data mining and HCI.
Sally Jo's HCI interests are primarily in how people actually use
technologies, and how technologies can best be fit to the needs of
the individual user. This interest has led in many directions,
including transaction log analysis, ethnography, and development of
specialist interfaces for the reading impaired and severly
Lyn's background is in statistics. Her research interests
include clustering of observations using a mixed models approach,
three way datasets and, more recently, the application of statistics
in HCI research.
Lyn became interested in HCI statistics in 2001 when she was
asked to assist in an evaluation of an interface for a severely
physically disabled user. It was vital that this interface minimise
the average number of keypresses required to access both parts of
the interface and letters on an on-screen keyboard; Lyn provided the
necessary statistical knowledge. Lyn's involvement in this
evaluation has led to a deeper interest.
Steve Jones has always been interested in HCI and CSCW. While
his earlier work centred around collaborative authoring, in more
recent years his focus has shifted to novel interfaces for digital
libraries. This interest has led to close examination of the issues
surrounding querying, including the deveoplment of graphical query
languages, collaborative querying, implicit querying and
relevance feedback. Steve has also looked into visualisation of
information spaces, in particular collections of information and
query result sets.
Most recently Steve's work has been centred around document
evaluation; that is determining how useful a document is in meeting
an information need. Techniques investigated include interactive
document summarisation and document skimming aids.
Masood is interested in all aspects of collaborative computing,
whether the collaboration be co-located or remote, synchronous or
asynchronous. He has been involved in the "Magic Lounge"
project, developing computer-facilitated meeting spaces, in
particular looking at meeting content management, such as
linking audio recordings of meetings to documents produced in those
meetings. Masood is also interested in evaluation of both hardware
and software in both lab and real-life situations.
Masood is very involved with both the Large
Interactive Display Surfaces (LIDS) and Collaborative Information Gathering projects.
Dave's work has centred around interfaces to digital libraries, particularly those that concern social and collaborative activities. He has been involved in research projects funded by the EU and the British Library at Lancaster University in the UK.
Recently he has has been working with the New Zealand Digital Library project and also on how open source development models influence usability.
Bill has a wide variety of research interests including
programming languages, graphics, and HCI.
In recent years Bill has
been very interested in the Collaborative
Information Gathering project, in particular developing
alternative visualisations of a travel itinerary on a computer.
Bill is also heavily involved with the Large
Interactive Display Surfaces (LIDS) project, both hardware and
software. Bill has built LIDS screens, and investigated meeting and
lecture support with PowerPoint and "shadow"
technologies. He is currently working on handwriting recognition of
mathematical expressions for the LIDS screen.