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Mark Apperley

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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) technologies.

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

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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 physically disabled.

Lyn Hunt

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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

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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 Masoodian

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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 Nichols

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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 Rogers

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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.


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