Professor Richard Harper

Professor

Research Overview

Originally trained as a sociologist but now a computer scientist, I am concerned with how new technologies shape us and how we in turn shape our technologies - in the space that is often known as Human Computer Interaction or HCI. I have written 13 books, including the IEEE award winning "The Myth of the Paperless Office"; “Texture”, (the A.o.I.R. book of the year 2011); and “Choice” (2016). The latter examines everyday choice-making activities and considers these in light of scientific theories about the mechanics of the ‘mind’. I have also published over 160 scientific articles on topics covering a wide range of topics, from the social impact and design of mobile phones, to the future of search engines, to the latest incarnation of artificial intelligence.

Prior to becoming Co-Director of the Institute for Social Futures at the University, I am also a Professor of Computer Science and Communication. I became the UK’s first professor of Socio-Digital Systems at the University of Surrey in 2002.

Previously, I have led research groups at Xerox (Euro) Parc and Microsoft, and was the director and founder of The Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey. I have founded and jointly led start-up companies with clients that have included Hewlett Packard, Vodafone, and Stora Enso, and continue to consult for many of the world’s most ambitious companies through Social Shaping Research (Cambridge). I am a Fellow of the IET and of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2014, the ACM elected me a Fellow of its Academy in honour of leadership in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. I am currently a Visiting Professor in the College of Science at the University of Swansea, Wales.

My personal website is here.

Beyond “yesterday’s tomorrow”: future-focused mobile interaction design by and for emergent users
Jones, M., Robinson, S., Pearson, J., Joshi, M., Raju, D., Mbogo, C., Wangari, S., Joshi, A., Cutrell, E., Harper, R. 02/2017 In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 21, 1, p. 157-171. 15 p.
Journal article

From I-Awareness to We-Awareness in CSCW: a Review Essay
Harper, R. 10/2016 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work: CSCW: An International Journal. 25, 4-5, p. 295-301. 7 p.
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Making the case for an existential perspective on HCI research on death and mortality: Commentary
Harper, R. 7/05/2016 In: CHI EA '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 363. 1 p. ISBN: 9781450340823.
Conference contribution

The tyranny of the everyday in mobile video messaging
Rintel, S., Harper, R., O'Hara, K. 7/05/2016 In: CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 4781-4792. 12 p. ISBN: 9781450333627.
Conference contribution

Tying in comment sections: The production of meaning and sense on Facebook: The self-explicative organization of communication acts on and through Facebook
Frobenius, M., Harper, R. 1/04/2015 In: Semiotica. 2015, 204, p. 121-143. 23 p.
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Sociomateriality and design
Østerlund, C., Bjørn, P., Dourish, P., Harper, R., Rosner, D. 14/03/2015 In: CSCW'15 Companion Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing. New York : ACM p. 126-130. 5 p. ISBN: 9781450329460.
Conference contribution

Scientists and software - surveying the species distribution modelling community
Ahmed, S., Mcinerny, G., O'Hara, K., Harper, R., Salido, L., Emmott, S., Joppa, L. 03/2015 In: Diversity and Distributions. 21, 3, p. 258-267. 10 p.
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Life through the lens: A qualitative investigation of human behaviour with an urban photography service
Hosio, S., Harper, R., O'Hara, K., Goncalves, J., Kostakos, V. 2015 In: British HCI '15 Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference. New York : ACM p. 157-164. 8 p. ISBN: 9781450336437.
Conference contribution

"Real, but glossy" - Technology and the practical pursuit of magic in modern weddings: 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2014
Massimi, M., Harper, R., Sellen, A., Foundation, A.S.e.a.F.G.N.M.R.N.S. 2014 In: CSCW '14 Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing. New York : ACM p. 854-865. 12 p. ISBN: 9781450325400.
Conference contribution

Everyday dwelling with WhatsApp
O'Hara, K., Massimi, M., Harper, R., Rubens, S., Morris, J. 2014 In: CSCW '14 Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing. New York : ACM p. 1131-1143. 13 p. ISBN: 9781450325400.
Conference contribution

Social NUI: Social perspective in Natural User Interfaces
Vetere, F., O'Hara, K., Paay, J., Ploderer, B., Harper, R., Sellen, A. 2014 In: DIS Companion '14 Proceedings of the 2014 companion publication on Designing interactive systems. New York : ACM p. 215-218. 4 p. ISBN: 9781450329033.
Conference contribution

The metaphysics of communications overload
Harper, R. 2014 In: Mobile Social Signal Processing. MSSP 2010.. Berlin : Springer p. 42-50. 9 p. ISBN: 9783642543241 . Electronic ISBN: 9783642543258.
Conference contribution

Trust, computing, and society
Harper, R.H. 2014 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 362 p. ISBN: 9781107038479. Electronic ISBN: 9781139828567.
Book

Troubling trends in scientific software use
Joppa, L., McInerny, G., Harper, R., Salido, L., Takeda, K., O'Hara, K., Gavaghan, D., Emmott, S. 17/05/2013 In: Science. 340, 6134, p. 814-815. 2 p.
Journal article

On the naturalness of touchless: Putting the "interaction" back into NUI
O'Hara, K., Harper, R., Mentis, H., Sellen, A., Taylor, A. 03/2013 In: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 20, 1
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The texture of our business
Harper, R. 1/01/2013 In: Mobile Media and Communication. 1, 1, p. 141-146. 6 p.
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Response
Joppa, L., Gavaghan, D., Harper, R., Takeda, K., Emmott, S. 2013 In: Science. 341, 6143, p. 237. 1 p.
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Food for talk: Phototalk in the context of sharing a meal
O'Hara, K., Helmes, J., Sellen, A., Harper, R., Ten Bhömer, M., Van Den Hoven, E. 13/04/2012 In: Human-Computer Interaction. 27, 1-2, p. 124-150. 27 p.
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Development of a ubiquitous clinical monitoring solution to improve patient safety and outcomes
Donnelly, N., Harper, R., McCanderson, J., Branagh, D., Kennedy, A., Caulfield, M., McLaughlin, J. 2012 In: 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE p. 6068-6073. 6 p. ISBN: 9781424441198. Electronic ISBN: 9781457717871.
Conference contribution

Making the link - Providing mobile media for novice communities in the developing world
Maunder, A., Marsden, G., Harper, R. 09/2011 In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 69, 10, p. 647-657. 11 p.
Journal article

Oh and how things just dont change, the more things stay the same: Reflections on SenseCam images 18 months after capture
Lindley, S., Glancy, M., Harper, R., Randall, D., Smyth, N. 05/2011 In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 69, 5, p. 311-323. 13 p.
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Celebratory health technology
Parker, A., Harper, R., Grinter, R. 1/03/2011 In: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 5, 2, p. 319-324. 6 p.
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Turning the tables: An interactive surface for vjing
Taylor, S., Izadi, S., Kirk, D., Harper, R., Garcia-Mendoza, A. 4/04/2009 In: CHI '09 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 1251-1254. 4 p. ISBN: 9781605582467.
Conference contribution

Desiring to be in touch in a changing communications landscape: Attitudes of older adults
Lindley, S., Harper, R., Sellen, A. 2009 In: CHI '09 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 1693-1702. 10 p. ISBN: 9781605582467.
Conference contribution

Exploring the potential of audio-tactile messaging for remote interpersonal communication
Brown, L., Sellen, A., Krishna, R., Harper, R. 2009 In: CHI '09 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 1527-1530. 4 p. ISBN: 9781605582467.
Conference contribution

Fixed in time and "Time in Motion": Mobility of vision through a SenseCam lens
Lindley, S., Harper, R., Randall, D., Glancy, M., Smyth, N. 2009 In: MobileHCI '09 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. New York : ACM ISBN: 9781605582818.
Conference contribution

Making place for clutter and other ideas of home
Swan, L., Taylor, A., Harper, R. 07/2008 In: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 15, 2
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Instant places: Using bluetooth for situated interaction in public displays
José, R., Otero, N., Izadi, S., Harper, R. 2008 In: IEEE Pervasive Computing. 7, 4, p. 52-57. 6 p.
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Homes that make us smart
Taylor, A., Harper, R., Swan, L., Izadi, S., Sellen, A., Perry, M. 06/2007 In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 11, 5, p. 383-393. 11 p.
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HomeNote: Supporting situated messaging in the home
Sellen, A., Harper, R., Eardley, R., Izadi, S., Regan, T., Taylor, A., Wood, K., SIGCHI, A.S.I.G.o.C.I. 2006 In: CSCW '06 Proceedings of the 2006 20th anniversary conference on Computer supported cooperative work. New York : ACM p. 383-392. 10 p. ISBN: 1595932496.
Conference contribution

The gift of the gab?: A design oriented sociology of young people's use of mobiles
Taylor, A., Harper, R. 09/2003 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work: CSCW: An International Journal. 12, 3, p. 267-296. 30 p.
Journal article

People versus information: The evolution of mobile technology
Harper, R. 2003 In: Mobile HCI 2003: Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. Berlin : Springer p. 1-14. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Configuring the mobile user: Sociological and industry views
Green, N., Harper, R., Murtagh, G., Cooper, G. 07/2001 In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 5, 2, p. 146-156. 11 p.
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p-mail
Harper, R., Watson, D., Evergeti, V., Hamill, L., Moray, N. 2001 In: Print and Paper Europe. 13, 1, p. 20. 1 p.
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Organisation in ethnography - a discussion of ethnographic fieldwork programs in CSCW
Harper, R. 05/2000 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work: CSCW: An International Journal. 9, 2, p. 239-264. 26 p.
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Domestic design: An introduction to the research issues surrounding the devetopment and design of interactive technotogies for the home
Harper, R. 03/2000 In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 4, 1, p. 1-5. 5 p.
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Getting to grips with information: Using sociological case materials to aid the design of document technologies
Harper, R. 1998 In: Information Design Journal. 9, 2-3, p. 195-206. 12 p.
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Toward the paperless hospital?
Harper, R., O'Hara, K., Sellen, A., Duthie, D. 1997 In: British Journal of Anaesthesia. 78, 6, p. 762-767. 6 p.
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The relevance of 'work-practice' for design
Button, G., Harper, R. 12/1995 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 4, 4, p. 263-280. 18 p.
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Why people do and don't wear active badges: A case study
Harper, R. 12/1995 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 4, 4, p. 297-318. 22 p.
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Radicalism, beliefs and hidden agendas
Harper, R. 03/1994 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). 3, 1, p. 43-46. 4 p.
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Keeping people apart - A research note
Harper, R., Carter, K. 09/1993 In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). 2, 3, p. 199-207. 9 p.
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Locating systems at work: Implications for the development of active badge applications
Harper, R., Lamming, M., Newman, W. 1/12/1992 In: Interacting with Computers. 4, 3, p. 343-363. 21 p.
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