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Dr Nick Dalton

Associate Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

While I am new to Northumbria, I have taught computing at UCL (University College London) and at The Open University.  I have taught at all levels from beginners on foundation, to degree courses, to Masters courses and at PhD level.  I also delight in supporting students with a range of disabilities including Dyslexia, Autism spectrum, and Deafness. I have written about Neurodiversity.  I love communicating my joy of all things Digital to students and to the wider public – see my articles on the conversation.

I started programming my first Mac in 1987 and never looked back.  I was drawn to Human Computer interaction  as  a programmer as it’s the most difficult and challenging of all types of software in all of computer science.  

My research exists in the crossover between architecture and human computer interaction. This includes areas such as Space Syntax in theoretical architecture.  My current research area is that of very large-scale user interfaces.  This is any user interface which is larger than a person.  For example this includes public displays, a digital wine shop, information sculptures, Virtual Reality, table sized multitouch group interaction.  I am a founding member of NORSC (Northumbria social computing).  

My current research looks at the use of body movements at standing desks to encourage better user interaction and fight a obesogenic environments in the workplace.

My PhD supervision currently includes looking at reconceptualising device user interfaces for people with diabetes.  I’m always open to suggestions for Phd topics in my research area of large scale user interface

In my spare time I write iPhone and AppleWatch apps and publish Science Fiction on Wattpad. 

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Qualifications

  • Engineering PhD June 30 2010
  • Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) 2003
  • Member British Computer Society (BCS) 2003
  • Member Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2003
  • Member Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) 2002

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Wayfinding Research in Virtual Environments, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Dalton, N., Noble, S., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 25 Feb 2019, Space Syntax Symposium
  • Usage of Landmarks in Virtual Environments for Wayfinding, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Dalton, N., Noble, S., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 25 Feb 2019, Space Syntax Symposium
  • Data, Data Everywhere, and Still Too Hard to Link, Katz, D., Price, B., Holland, S., Dalton, N. 21 Apr 2018, CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM
  • Designing for Diabetes Decision Support Systems with Fluid Contextual Reasoning, Katz, D., Price, B., Holland, S., Dalton, N. 26 Feb 2018, 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • People, Personal Data and the Built Environment, Schnädelbach, H., Jäger, N., Nabil, S., Dalton, N., Kirk, D., Churchill, E. 10 Jun 2017, DIS '17 - 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
  • How to escape a maze – according to maths, Dalton, R., Dalton, N. 26 Jan 2017
  • Questioning the Reflection Paradigm for Diabetes Mobile Apps, Katz, D., Dalton, N., Holland, S., O’Kane, A., Price, B. 1 Dec 2016, eHealth 360°, Springer
  • Designing, developing, and evaluating the future internet of personal health, Katz, D., Arsand, E., Dalton, N., Holland, S., Martin, C., Olsson, C., Price, B. 12 Sep 2016, UbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, ACM
  • Architects of information, Dalton, N., Schnädelbach, H., Varoudis, T., Wiberg, M. Jul 2016, In: Interactions
  • Resistance is Fertile: Design Fictions in Dystopian Worlds, Dalton, N., Moreau, R., Adams, R. 6 May 2016, CHI EA '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, ACM

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

While I am new to Northumbria, I have taught computing at UCL (University College London) and at The Open University.  I have taught at all levels from beginners on foundation, to degree courses, to Masters courses and at PhD level.  I also delight in supporting students with a range of disabilities including Dyslexia, Autism spectrum, and Deafness. I have written about Neurodiversity.  I love communicating my joy of all things Digital to students and to the wider public – see my articles on the conversation.

I started programming my first Mac in 1987 and never looked back.  I was drawn to Human Computer interaction  as  a programmer as it’s the most difficult and challenging of all types of software in all of computer science.   

My research exists in the crossover between architecture and human computer interaction. This includes areas such as Space Syntax in theoretical architecture.  My current research area is that of very large-scale user interfaces. This is any user interface which is larger than a person.  For example this includes public displays, a digital wine shop, information sculptures, Virtual Reality, table sized multitouch group interaction.  I am a founding member of NORSC (Northumbria social computing).  

My current research looks at the use of body movements at standing desks to encourage better user interaction and fight obesogenic environments in the workplace.

My PhD supervision currently includes looking at reconceptualising device user interfaces for people with diabetes.  I’m always open to suggestions for Phd topics in my research area of large scale user interface 

In my spare time, I write iPhone and AppleWatch apps and publish Science Fiction on Wattpad. 

PGR Supervision

  • Joe Cowlyn Start: 01/10/2017
  • Halil Agin Extracting Knowledge from Statistical Models by Brushing in Parameter Space Start: 07/06/2017


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