Professor David Benyon


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Professor David Benyon has been working in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI) and interaction design for over 25 years. He has written widely on the subject with over 150 refereed publications covering HCI, interaction design and intelligent user interfaces. He published one of the first textbooks on HCI in 1994 and recently completed the 3rd edition of the textbook Designing Interactive Systems: a comprehensive guide to HCI, UX and interaction design (Pearson, 2013). In 2007 Prof Benyon  introduced ideas of conceptual blending to HCI with his book Designing with Blends (MIT Press, with Manuel Imaz). He published his monograph Spaces of Interaction, Places for Experience with Morgan and Claypool in September 2014.

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  • Interaction Design
    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
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    PhD Project Involvement

    John McGowan (PhD 2015-)
    Augmenting music therapy with sound visualisation techniques.
    Elochukwu Ukwandu (PhD 2014-)
    Enhanced key-sharing algorithms.
    Frances Ryan (PhD 2013-)
    Online reputation management in a digital world.
    Serkan Ayan (PhD 2010-)
    Understanding user experience in blended spaces.
    Michael Quinton (PhD 2015-)
    Sonification of exosolar planetary systems.
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    Aurelien Ammeloot (PhD 2013-)
    Understanding and designing interactive collaborative spaces. The combination of personal and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) technologies with augmented "smart" spaces designed for collaborative work offers new design challenges for the HCI community.
    Thomas Farrenkopf (PhD 2011-)
    Applying semantic technologies to multi-agent models for software simulations.
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    Recent Publications

    Benyon, D., Mival, O. (2016). Designing Blended Spaces for Collaboration. Human Computer Confluence Transforming Human Experience Through Symbiotic Technologies, , (), .

    O'Keefe, B., Benyon, D. (2016). Using the Blended Spaces Framework to design Heritage Stories with Schoolchildren. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, , (), .

    Quinton, M., McGregor, I., Benyon, D. (2016). Sonifying the Solar System. In: (Ed.) The 22nd International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD-2016), , () ( ed.). (pp. ). Canberra, Australia: . .

    Ammeloot, A., Benyon, D., Mival, O. (2015). Design principles for collaborative device ecologies. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . ACM.

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    Supervised dissertations

    Padfield, C. (2015). Issues of IT Governance and Information Security from an SME & Social Enterprise Perspective (MSc Strategic ICT Leadership Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P., Benyon, D.).