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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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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. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • HabiTech: Inhabiting buildings, data & technology, Dalton, R., Dalton, N., Hoelscher, C., Veddeler, C., Krukar, J., Wiberg, M. 25 Apr 2020, CHI EA 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
  • Redefining Global and Local Landmarks: When Does a Landmark Stop Being Local and Become a Global One?, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Torun, A., Noble, S., Dalton, N., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 1 Jan 2020, Spatial Cognition - 12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020, Proceedings, Springer
  • A Wayfinding Research in Virtual Environments: The effect of spatial structure and different conditions on movement, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Dalton, N., Noble, S., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 8 Jul 2019, 12th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2019
  • Usage of Landmarks in Virtual Environments for Wayfinding: Research on the influence of global landmarks, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Dalton, N., Noble, S., Hornberger, M., Coutrot, A., Spiers, H. 8 Jul 2019, 12th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2019
  • Data, Data Everywhere, and Still Too Hard to Link: Insights from User Interactions with Diabetes Apps, 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. 20 Apr 2018, 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • The architecture of society: Stochastic simulation of urban movement, Penn, A., Dalton, S. 2018, Simulating Societies, London, Routledge
  • How to escape a maze – according to maths, Dalton, R., Dalton, N. 26 Jan 2017
  • 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
  • Architects of information, Dalton, N., Schnädelbach, H., Varoudis, T., Wiberg, M. Jul 2016, In: Interactions

PGR Supervision

  • Simran Chopra Developing digital tools to support local, grassroots communities in transitioning towards sustainable urban food systems Start Date: 18/12/2020
  • Joe Cowlyn Spatial Augmented Reality: Design of AR for Spatial Productivity Applications Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Halil Agin A Visual Analytics Approach: Brushing in Parameter Space of a Data-set’s Statistical Model for Extracting Knowledge Start Date: 07/06/2017 End Date: 16/09/2019

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


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