Professor Richard HarperProfessor
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.
PhD Supervision Interests
I supervise students in all areas of human computer interaction, from the most technical concerns with systems' abstractions through to more general ones related o cultural change. My students have researched the specifics of interface design, the language and grammars of interaction, the philosophy of AI and the design of mobile applications and devices. My students have submited their theses in computer science, in the humanities (philosophy for example), in social science and in design. Any interested student should contact me before developing their PhD research proposals if they seek funding and support.
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