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Matthew Pointon

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

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Matthew is a senior lecturer within the Department of Computer Information Sciences and currently delivers a range of modules in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The themes to these modules delivered are:

  • Mobile and ubiquitous computing
  • User Experience Design (UCD)
  • User testing
  • Information Retrieval (IR)
  • Eye-tracking (desktop and mobile)
  • Cognitive behaviours

Prior to this Matthew has been a programme leader for a number of degree programmes within in the areas of Information Science and Creative Media. Matthew has also worked as a consultant teaching and liaising within instructional designers developing online materials. This required implementing sound pedagogy with a focus on web standards and accessibility conformance supporting the University’s equality and inclusion polices. He has also worked as a web/multimedia developer designing flexible learning materials for distance learning programmes at Northumbria.

As the lead academic Matthew worked with the University Enterprise department and this work formed the basis of a UX laboratory. Using his professional knowledge and practice within HCI this lab supports enterprise and consultancy within the department and University. This lab has been used as a base to support regional industries evaluating and testing a range of digital products.   

In 2017 Matthew completed his Professional Doctorate which has supported his research profile, engagement with industry and created new collaborative research opportunities within the HCI and IR field.


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Understanding in-context interaction, Harvey, M., Pointon, M. 1 Nov 2019, In: Information Processing & Management
  • Understanding Mobile Search Task Relevance and User Behaviour in Context, Aliannejadi, M., Harvey, M., Costa, L., Pointon, M., Crestani, F. 8 Mar 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, New York, NY, ACM
  • Measuring the Psychophysiology of Information Literacy, Walton, G., Barker, J., Pointon, M., Turner, M., Wilkinson, A. 24 Sep 2018, The Sixth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) - Abstracts, University of Oulo
  • Noisy Signals: Understanding the Impact of Auditory Distraction on Web Search Tasks, Harvey, M., Pointon, M. 11 Mar 2018
  • Using deception to measure the psychophysiology of information literacy, Walton, G., Barker, J., Pointon, M., Turner, M., Wilkinson, A. 4 Apr 2018
  • Perceptions of the effect of fragmented attention on mobile web search tasks, Harvey, M., Pointon, M. Mar 2017
  • Searching on the Go, Harvey, M., Pointon, M. 7 Aug 2017
  • Investigating context: Synthesizing user behaviour and HCI models to support mobile user testing within a natural setting, Pointon, M. 22 Jul 2014
  • Searching for an agile approach to methods and methodology in the mobile arena., Pointon, M. 10 Mar 2014


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