Professor Gilbert Cockton is an internationally renowned researcher with a career spanning over two decades. During that time he has received almost 220 invitations to present in 22 different countries, published over 220 papers, chapters, books, articles and edited proceedings (selection available from academia.edu), with almost 2500 citations (Google Scholar) and secured millions of pounds worth of funding for research and Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects.
Gilbert has been active in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design research since 1983. With an international research reputation and almost 190 invited presentations in 19 countries, including 8 keynote addresses. He has a broad multidisciplinary background, with an MA/PGCE in History and Human Sciences (Education) and a PhD in Computer Science. His research spans from the theoretical foundations of design and evaluation approaches, to applied work with industry on usability, user experience, accessibility and applications of value-focused design and evaluation approaches. From 1997 to 2009, he was Research Chair in HCI at the University of Sunderland, where he secured funding for research and knowledge transfer projects and research infrastructure with a value exceeding £6M. This included a NESTA Fellowship from 2005-2008 on value-centred design. He has served in many roles within the international HCI community, including Vice-Chair of IFIP TC13 (2004 06), Chair of British HCI Group (2001-2004), Chair of ACM CHI 2003 and BCS HCI 2000 Conferences, and Secretary of IFIP WG2.7 on user interface engineering (1993-99). He is Editor Emeritus of the journal Interacting with Computers, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Usability Studies.
Gilbert has published extensively since 1985 on usability, user experience and accessibility, grounded- and worth/value-centred design, and notations and architectures for interactive software. His key focus is on the balance between human-focused practice and creative and technical inventiveness in interaction design and evaluation. His research aims to develop design and evaluation approaches that expose the tacit knowledge underlying the many connections within the design process, e.g., between designs and their beneficiaries, design purpose and evaluation, and more complex connections between multiple aspects of designs and their interconnections.
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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests
My research spans from the theoretical foundations of design and evaluation approaches, to applied work with industry on usability, user experience, accessibility and applications of value-focused design and evaluation approaches.
Focusing mainly on the balance between human-focused practice and creative and technical inventiveness in interaction design and evaluation, my aim is to develop design and evaluation approaches that expose the tacit knowledge underlying the many connections with the design process and to create new resources for design and evaluation that embed this tacit knowledge, allowing more designers to systematically exploit best practices in design innovation.
I teach at all levels throughout the School. At undergraduate level I contribute to Interaction Design teaching on our Interactive Media Design and Design for Industry courses.
I lecture on the theory and practice of human-focused design practice innovation on our MA Design and Multidisciplinary Design Innovation courses.
Sponsors and Collaborators
Scientific Co-ordinator, COST IC0904 Action on Transectoral Integration of software design and evaluation approaches (network of researchers in 25 European countries)
University of Tampere (Finland, TEKES SUXES project, Cultural Differences in Interaction Design and Evaluation)
Microsoft Research (Connecting Design Practices to Human Values)
Universidade do Minho (Portugal) Development of Worth Maps and other Worth-centred Approaches
Indiana University and IUPUI (USA) Critical Theory and Design, Designing for Brand
European Science Foundation
COST IC0904 Scientific Co-ordinator Group leader, travel support for self and Interaction Design colleagues at Northumbria
NESTA Fellowship, Value-Centred Design
ATL Proof of Concept User Testing
Digital Gerontechnology: Opportunities, Approaches and State of the Art (DiGOAS)
European Science Foundation
COST 294 Working Group leader, travel support for self and HCI colleagues at Sunderland University, plus 4,000 euros support for Working Group
Designing as Sketching to Connect
Cockton, G., “Designing Worth: Connecting Preferred Means with Probable Ends, Interactions, 15(4), July + August issue, 54-57
Approaches to Assessing Existing, Emerging and future UIMs and their effective uses
Cockton, G., Woolrych, A. and Lavery, D., “Chapter 59: Inspection-based methods”. The Human-Computer Interaction handbook, eds. A. Sears and J. Jacko, 2nd edition, 1171-1190, CRC Press, USA, 20007, 978-1420088878
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