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Guest Speaker: Duncan Brumby

Mixed Reality Lab Meeting Space
Thursday 29th June 2017 (12:00-13:00)

Duncan Brumby from UCL will give a guest talk to the lab.

Multitasking in Human-Computer Interaction

In this talk, I'll focus on three contexts in which people regularly multitask while using computers: driving a car, sat on the sofa at home, and doing work tasks. Across these contexts, I shall describe how we have used different research methods and approaches to understand how people multitask: from cognitive modelling, to control lab experiments, to situated observational studies, and online studies with crowdsourcing platforms. This research helps us understand why some people are better at multitasking than others, and how systems can be designed to help us focus our attention when we need to.

About Duncan

Duncan Brumby is a Reader at University College London (UCL), where he directs the MSc HCI programme. He received a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2005, before doing a two year post-doc in Computer Science at Drexel University. He has published 17 journal articles and more than 40 peer-reviewed conference papers (incl. 12 CHI Papers/Notes). This research has been supported by grants from the the EPSRC, EIT, and EC. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and will be a Subcommittee Chair for “Understand People” at CHI 2018. Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=C5eTGe8AAAAJ&hl=en.

Papers associated with talk

  • Brumby, D.P., Salvucci, D.D., & Howes, A. (2009). Focus on driving: How cognitive constraints shape the adaptation of strategy when dialing while driving. Proc. CHI ’09. ACM. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1518701.1518950 
  • Gould, S.J.J., Cox, A.L., & Brumby, D.P. (2016). Diminished control in crowdsourcing: An investigation of crowdworker multitasking behavior. ACM ToCHI, 23(3), Article 19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2928269
  • Rigby, J.M., Brumby, D.P., Gould, S.J.J., & Cox, A.L. (2017). Media multitasking at home: A video observation study of concurrent TV and mobile device usage. Proc. TVX ’17. ACM. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3077548.3077560

Mixed Reality Laboratory

University of Nottingham
School of Computer Science
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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