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Professor Gilbert Cockton

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Professorial Research Fellow

I am 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. I was awarded the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award in 2020. I was Co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Interactions magazine from October 2016 to January 2020.

Teaching and supervision

I work one day a week currently developing the research environment in computing, publishing and representing the University in international research activities.

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.


Number of items: 37.


Mcdonald, Sharon, Cockton, Gilbert and Irons, Alastair (2020) The impact of Thinking-Aloud on usability inspection. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 4 (88). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2573-0142

Cockton, Gilbert (2020) Usability Diverges, Media Converges, Design Remerges. Journal of Usability Studies (JUS), 15 (2). pp. 63-70. ISSN 1931-3357

Cockton, Gilbert and Barbosa, Simone (2019) So long and thanks for the features, forums, columns, and visuals. Interactions, 27 (1). pp. 6-7. ISSN 1558-3449

Barbosa, Simone and Cockton, Gilbert (2019) Our values and our whole selves amplified, sensing, and sensed. Interactions, 26 (6). p. 5. ISSN 1558-3449

Cockton, Gilbert and Barbosa, Simone (2019) More, more, more: more of you, more for you, more from you. Interactions, 26 (5). p. 5. ISSN 1558-3449

Cockton, Gilbert (2015) A Critical, Creative UX Community: CLUF. Journal of Usability Studies (JUS), 10 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1931-3357

Woolrych, Alan, Hornbaek, Kasper, Frokjaer, Erik and Cockton, Gilbert (2011) Ingredients and meals rather than recipes: a proposal for research that does not treat usability evaluation methods as indivisible wholes. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 27 (10). pp. 940-970. ISSN 1044-7318

Cockton, Gilbert and Woolrych, Alan (2002) Sale must end: Should Discount Methods be Cleared off HCI's Shelves? Interactions, 9 (5). pp. 13-18.

Cockton, Gilbert, Doherty, Eamon, Bloor, Chris, Rizzo, Joann and Blondina, M B (2002) Yes/No or Maybe - Further Evaluation of an Interface for Brain-Injured Individuals. Interacting with Computers, 14 (4). pp. 341-358. ISSN 09535438

Book Section

Cockton, Gilbert (2020) Research for Designing for Emotions. In: Emotions in Technology Design: From Experience to Ethics. Human–Computer Interaction Series . Springer, pp. 43-62. ISBN 9783030534837

Cockton, Gilbert (2018) Way Back to a Design Future: Aristotle’s Intellectual Excellences and their Implications for Designing. In: Critical Theory and Interaction Design. Human Computer Interaction . MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 287-309. ISBN 9780262037983

EL-Qirem, Fuad Ali and Gilbert, Cockton (2017) Designing Culturally Appropriate Responses to Culturally Influenced Computer Usage Behaviors. In: AHFE 2017: Advances in Cross-Cultural Decision Making. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (610). Springer, pp. 227-235. ISBN 9783319607467

Cockton, Gilbert (2017) New Process, New Vocabulary: Axiofact = A_tefact + Memoranda. In: CHI '17: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, pp. 747-757. ISBN 9781450346566

Cockton, Gilbert (2016) Understanding Aesthetics of Interaction: A Repertory Grid Study. In: NordiCHI '16: Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9781450347631

Cockton, Gilbert (2016) Social media resources for participative design research. In: PDC '16: Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops. ACM, 49 -52. ISBN 9781450341363

EL-Qirem, Fuad Ali and Cockton, Gilbert (2015) Dramatic Sketches: A New Interaction Design Resource for Communicating Contextual Factors. In: Cross-Cultural Design Methods, Practice and Impact. Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (9180). Springer, pp. 176-185. ISBN 9783319209067

Cockton, Gilbert (2014) Creative sprints: an unplanned broad agile evaluation and redesign process. In: NordiCHI '14: Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational. NordiCHI (14). ACM, 1125 -1130. ISBN 9781450325424

Cockton, Gilbert, Kujala, Sari, Nurkka, Piia and Hölttä, Taneli (2009) Supporting Worth Mapping with Sentence Completion. In: INTERACT 2009: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (5727). Springer, pp. 566-581. ISBN 9783642036576

Cockton, Gilbert (2009) When and Why Feelings and Impressions Matter in Interaction Design. In: User interface - Kansei in practice. PJWSTK, Warsaw. ISBN 9788389244789

Cockton, Gilbert (2007) Putting Value into E-valu-ation. In: Maturing Usability: Quality in Software, Interaction and Value. Human-Computer Interaction Series (10). Springer, London, pp. 287-317. ISBN 9781846289408

Woolrych, Alan, Cockton, Gilbert and Lavery, Darryn (2007) Inspection-based methods. In: The Human Computer Interaction Handbook. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 1171-1190. ISBN 0805858709

Cockton, Gilbert, Woolrych, Alan and Lavery, Darryn (2002) Inspection-based methods. In: The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 1118-1138. ISBN 0805838384

Conference or Workshop Item

Cockton, Gilbert (2007) Make Evaluation Poverty History. In: CHI 2007, 28 April - 3 May, 2007, San Jose.

Monahan, Kelly, McDonald, Sharon and Cockton, Gilbert (2006) Modified Contextual Design as a Field Evaluation Method. In: Fourth Nordichi conference on human computer interaction.

Cockton, Gilbert (2006) Designing Worth is Worth Designing. In: Proceedings of 4th NordiCHI 2006.

Jones, Susan and Cockton, Gilbert (2005) Adding Culture to Context: Extending the Boundaries in Multimedia Design for senior Management Education. In: 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.

Bloor, Chris, Gnanayutham, Paul and Cockton, Gilbert (2005) Discrete Acceleration and Personalised Tiling as Brain-Body Interface Paradigms for Neurorehabilitation. In: Proceedings of SIGCHI 2005.

Jones, Susan and Cockton, Gilbert (2004) Tightly Coupling Multimedia with Context: Strategies for Exploiting Multimodal Learning in Complex Management Topics. In: 4th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.

Woolrych, Alan, Cockton, Gilbert and Hindmarch, Mark (2004) Reconditioned Merchandise: Extended Structured Report Formats in Usability Inspection. In: CHI 2004 Extended Abstracts.

Bloor, Chris, Cockton, Gilbert and Gnanayutham, Paul (2004) Soft-Keyboard for the disabled. In: International Conference on Computers for Handicapped Persons, 2004, Paris.

Jones, Susan and Cockton, Gilbert (2003) The Design and Evaluation of Multimedia on the Viable Systems Model for Senior Mangers. In: Proceedings of the 7th World Multiconference on Systemics Cybernetics and Informatics.

Woolrych, Alan, Cockton, Gilbert, Hall, Lynne and Hindmarch, Mark (2003) Changing Analysts' Tunes: The Surprising Impact of a New Instrument for Usability Inspection Method Assessment. In: People and Computers XVII: Designing for Society (Proceedings of HCI 2003).

Woolrych, Alan and Cockton, Gilbert (2001) Understanding Inspection Methods: Lessons from an Assessment of Heuristic Evaluation. In: People and Computers XV.

Bloor, Chris, Doherty, Eamon, Cockton, Gilbert and Benigno Snr, Dennis (2001) Improving the Performance of the Cyberlink Mental Interface with the Yes/No Program. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2001.


Cockton, Gilbert (2020) Worth-focused Design: Approaches, Contexts and Case Studies, Volume 2. Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics, 13 (2). Morgan & Claypool, San Rafael, California (USA)., i-203. ISBN 9781681738161

Cockton, Gilbert (2020) Worth-focused Design: Balance, Integration and Generosity, Volume 1. Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics, 13 (2). Morgan & Claypool, San Rafael, California.

Cockton, Gilbert, Lárusdóttir, Marta, Gregory, Peggy and Cajander, Åsa (2016) Integrating User-Centered Design in Agile Development. Human–Computer Interaction Series . Springer International Publishing. ISBN 9783319321639

This list was generated on Sun Jul 25 04:44:55 2021 BST.
  • Creative practices in software development
  • Resources for interaction design work
  • Design research methodologies
  • Critical and reflective practices in software development

Last updated 12 May 2021

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