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Professor Gilbert Cockton

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Research Fellow

I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Interactions magazine and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. I have given keynotes, delivered courses and examined PhDs in 20 countries. I was Research Chair in human-computer interaction from 1997 to 2009 at the University, and then worked in the School of Design and a related department until my retirement in March 2019. I am a visiting professor at universities in the UK and Netherlands.

Teaching and supervision

I work one day a week currently developing the research environment in computing, publishing and developing esteem.

Research interests for potential research students

I act as an additional supervisor for new PhD students.


I have worked in human-computer interaction and interaction design since 1982. I have developed e-learning software for secondary schools, computer games, software development tools and websites. My research has spanned all the major aspects of interaction design: software architecture and design notations; contextual research and its integration within the development process; software product/service strategy using worth as an organising concept; usage-focused evaluation methods such as user testing and inspection methods. I have also developed a range of innovative resources for design and evaluation for interaction, interior and fashion design with my research students. These include resources for project tracking, audit and critical reflection.
  • Creative practices in software development
  • Resources for interaction design work
  • Design research methodologies
  • Critical and reflective practices in software development

Last updated 19 December 2019

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