Lancaster research excellence recognised by prestigious international conference

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Lancaster University’s excellence in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research features strongly once again at the world’s most prestigious HCI conference.

This year researchers from across Lancaster University, including the School of Computing and Communications, LICA, and the Department of Psychology, have had a total of 11 papers accepted at CHI2020.

Three of the seven papers from the School of Computing and Communications have been awarded Honourable Mentions, given to the top five per cent of submissions. Lancaster is ranked 23rd of more than 600 institutions worldwide for the number of papers accepted at CHI.

The annual ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - which is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction - brings together researchers and practitioners from across the world to showcase and discuss the latest interactive technology. Because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic the conference, which this year was due to take place in Hawaii, has regrettably been cancelled.

However, all of the accepted academic papers will still be published in the ACM Proceedings. This year’s achievements builds on a strong Lancaster University track-record at CHI over multiple years by HCI researchers at Lancaster’s School of Computing and Communications.

Professor Corina Sas, Assistant Dean for Research Enhancement at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology and who has also had work accepted at CHI 2020, said: “It is wonderful to see a significant range of the excellent work undertaken in departments across the University and the School of Computing and Communications again being recognised by CHI, adding to the many years of Lancaster successes at this important conference.

Lancaster University’s successes at CHI 2020:


  1. ‘CollabAR - Investigating the Mediating Role of Mobile AR Interfaces on Co-Located Group Collaboration’, Thomas Wells and Steven Houben (Honourable Mention)
  2. ‘Supporting Stimulation Needs in Dementia Care through Wall-Sized Displays’, Corina Sas, Nigel Davies, Sarah Clinch, Peter Shaw, Mateusz Mikusz, Madeleine Steeds, Lukas Nohrer (Honourable Mention)
  3. ‘Get a Grip: Designing Pen Grip Gestures for VR Input’, Nianlong Li, Teng Han, Feng Tian, Jin Huang, Minghui Sun, Pourang Irani and Jason Alexander (Honourable Mention)
  4. ‘A Change of Perspective: How User Orientation Influences the Perception of Physicalizations’, Kim Sauvé, Dominic Potts, Jason Alexander and Steven Houben
  5. ‘From Biodata to Somadata’, Miquel Alfaras, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Pedro Sanches, Charles Windlin, Muhammad Umair, Corina Sas, Kristina Höök
  6. ‘Outline Pursuits: Gaze-assisted Selection of Occluded Objects in Virtual Reality’, Ludwig Sidenmark, Christopher Clarke, Xuesong Zhang, Jenny Phu, Hans Gellersen
  7. ‘Foundations for Designing Public Interactive Displays that Protoe Value to Users’, Callum Parker, Martin Tomitsch, Judy Kay, Nigel Davies, Nina Valkanova
  8.  ‘Exploring the Future of Data-Driven Product Design’, Katerina Gorkovenko, Daniel Burnett, James Thorp, Daniel Richards, Dave Murray-Rust
  9. ‘Future Opportunities for IoT to Support People with Parkinson's’, Roisin McNaney, Emmanuel Tsekleves, Jonathan Synnott
  10. ‘Researching AI Legibility Through Design’, Joseph Lindley, Haider Akmal, Franziska Pilling, Paul Coulton
  11. Peer-to-Peer Energy Markets: Understanding the Values of Collective and Community Trading’, Denise Wilkins, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Mark Levine (Honourable Mention)


ToCHI Papers

  1. ‘Ambiguity as a Resource to Inform Proto-practices: The Case of Skin Conductanc’e, Pedro Sanches, Kristina Hook, Corina Sas, Anna Stahl
  2. ‘Eye, Head and Torso Coordination During Gaze Shifts in Virtual Reality’, Ludwig Sidenmark, Hans Gellersen



  1. ‘HCI at End of Life & Beyond’, Wallace, J., Odom, W., Montague, K., Koulidou, N., Sas, C., Morrissey, K. and Olivier, P.
  2. ‘Where Art Meets Technology: Integrating Tangible and Intelligent Tools in Creative Processes’, Koch, J., Pearson, J., Lucero, A., Sturdee, M., Mackay, W., Lewis, M., Robinson, S.


Short paper:

       1. ‘Adopting an African Standpoint in HCI4D: A Provocation’, Muhammad Sadi Adamu.


Altchi paper

  1. ‘The Seven Year Glitch: Unpacking Beauty and Despair in Malfunction’, Sturdee, M., Lindley, J., Harrison, R., Kluth, T.
  2. ‘The Divination of Things by Things’, Haider Akmal, Paul Coulton
  3. ‘The Process of Gaining an AI Legibility Mark’, Franziska Pilling, Haider Akmal, Paul Coulton, Joseph Lindley



  1. ‘So You Think You Can't Draw? A Hands-on Introductory Course on Sketching in HCI Techniques’, Lewis, M. and Sturdee, M.
  2. ‘Sketching in HCI: Research Practice & Publication (Advanced)’, Sturdee, M and Lewis, M. 


Special Interest Group

  1. ‘SketCHI 3.0: Hands-On Special Interest Group on Sketching Education in HCI’, Sturdee, M., Lewis, M., Mendez, G.G., Phoa, J., Hoang, T., Carpendale, S.
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