Data Exploration on Smart Watches

This week I visited the St Andrews HCI Research Group (@sachi) to talk about the potential of smart watches as a vehicle for data visualisation.  For some time I’ve been thinking about the expansion of data visualisation into larger and larger screens and how this seems incongruous with the latest mobile wearables.

The discussions after the talk were very useful. In particular the blurred boundary being tablet to mobile and mobile to wearable. This division of labour is a personal preference and in many cases is situational and context specific. If we can somehow understand the motivation behind device switching, we can go some way towards understanding the need for visualisation. This is turn will help to focus research on the types of visualisation and the uses that users might have for it. There’s no need in designing without context, after all.

Fellows Scheme for Early Career Researchers

The University of Dundee has just announced a Fellows Scheme for early career researchers,  There is specific interest is several research themes, including social inclusion:

Informatics for Social Inclusion encompasses diverse themes in Computing, all of which are united by the common thread that being human provides everyone with a special bond – a bond that technology can facilitate. We take social inclusion seriously, emphasizing that technology design should consider not just those who are early adopters of technology, but also those who through age or disability may have difficulty using technology. In addition, we consider the important role that technology can play in enabling enhanced quality of life through the use of technology supports.  For more information, see

If you have additional questions, you can write either to Vicki Hanson,, or Annalu Waller,

Post-doc funding approved

Relief of the highest order: post-doc funding accepted and approved.

So from January 2013 until July 2014 I will be investigating ways in which technology can be used to alleviate anxiety and improve dental care for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This will be a joint project with the School of Computing, the School of Dentistry, NHS and industry partners.

More news to follow …