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Dr John Rooksby

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Dr Rooksby received his degree and PhD in Computer Science from Manchester University, UK. He has held research positions at institutions including the University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews.

His research interests are in Human Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, Games and Digital Health. He has a portfolio of research spanning these disciplines from funders including NIHR, EPSRC and the EU. His work often focuses on the development and evaluation of novel technologies and primarily takes qualitative, person-centered approaches including co-design, ethnography and user-centered engineering. He has published several award winning papers in venues including ACM CHI on topics including personal tracking, digital phenotyping and public health. His teaching centers on Web and Mobile development using languages including JavaScript. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

John Rooksby

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Digital Health. I am particularly interested in the development and evaluation of novel technologies for personal and public health, and in understanding the role and significance of health technologies in the contexts of people's everyday lives. 

Key Publications

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  • Design Opportunities for Digital Men’s Health: An Exploratory Study Focusing on Football Fandom, Rooksby, J., Cecchinato, M., Asadzadeh Birjandi, P., Philpott, M., Bunn, C. 3 Jul 2020, DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, NY, ACM
  • “Why lose control?” A Study of Freelancers’ Experiences with Gig Economy Platforms, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J. 12 Dec 2020, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021
  • An N-of-1 Evaluation Framework for Behaviour Change Applications, McCallum, C., Rooksby, J., Asadzadeh Birjandi, P., Gray, C., Chalmers, M. 2 May 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, ACM
  • Design-for-error for a stand-alone child attachment assessment tool, Rooksby, M., Vo, D., Rooksby, J., Tayarani, M., Huan, R., Vinciarelli, A., Minnis, H., Brewster, S. 2 May 2019, Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, ACM
  • Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research & Practice Agenda, Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J., Hiniker, A., Munson, S., Lukoff, K., Ciolfi, L., Thieme, A., Harrison, D. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Student Perspectives on Digital Phenotyping: The Acceptability of Using Smartphone Data to Assess Mental Health, Rooksby, J., Morrison, A., Murray-Rust, D. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, ACM
  • The effect of a program to improve men’s sedentary time and physical activity: The European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) randomised controlled trial, Wyke, S., Bunn, C., Andersen, E., Silva, M., Van Nassau, F., McSkimming, P., Kolovos, S., Gill, J., Gray, C., Hunt, K., Anderson, A., Bosmans, J., Jelsma, J., Kean, ., Lemyre, N., Loudon, D., Macaulay, L., Maxwell, D., McConnachie, A., Mutrie, N., Nijhuis-van der Sanden, M., Pereira, H., Philpott, M., Roberts, G., Rooksby, J., Røynesdal, Ø., Sattar, N., Sorensen, M., Teixeira, P., Treweek, S., Van Achterberg, T., Van De Glind, I., Van Mechelen, W., Van Der Ploeg, H. 5 Feb 2019, In: PLoS Medicine
  • Evaluating the Impact of Physical Activity Apps and Wearables: Interdisciplinary Review, McCallum, C., Rooksby, J., Gray, C. 23 Mar 2018, In: JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
  • Synchronous Text Messaging: A Field Trial of Curtains Messenger, Podlubny, M., Rooksby, J., Rost, M., Chalmers, M. 6 Dec 2017, In: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
  • Technology for self-management of rosacea: A survey and field trial, Buls, D., Rooksby, J. 6 May 2017, CHI 2017 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM


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