Jennifer Pearson BSc, MSc, PhD

Researcher, FIT Lab

I am Jen, I work in the Future Interaction Technology Lab at Swansea University. I currently work on the EPSRC funded Reshaping the Expected Future project with Matt Jones and Simon Robinson. The focus of my research on this project is centered around rural contexts where a certain set of challenges inhibit users from accessing technology (e.g., lack of internet connectivity, limited power, low literacy, little access to smart phones etc). Prior to this, my Microsoft funded PhD research focused on creating lightweight tools to support active reading within digital documents. Check out my publications for more info! Further information is also available from ACM, DBLP and Google Scholar. I currently teach the second year module CS-200 - Intrduction to Human Computer Interaction. For more information on this see Blackboard.

Research

Research Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Emergent Users
  • Deformable Devices
  • Internet of Things
  • Digital Reading
  • Document Navigation

Research Projects

  • Current
    • EPSRC Grant: Reshaping the Expected Future (Research Co-Investigator)
    • EPSRC Grant: Breaking the Glass (Collaborator)
    • Impact Acceleration Award to fund multi-device mobile work (Co-applicant)
    • Global Challenges Research Fund Award: Empowering Base of Pyramid Users through the Physical Web (Co-applicant)
    • CHERISH-DE International Mobility grant for continued work with IIT-Bombay, Mumbai (Co-applicant)
  • 2016
    • Research Enabling Fund grant for continued partnership with Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (Co-applicant)
  • 2015
    • Strategic Impact Partnership with Rowanvale Books (Co-applicant)
  • 2014
    • Bridging the Gaps grant for prospective partnership with Grenoble universities (Co-applicant)
  • 2011

Press

Awards and Nominations

  • Winner of Best Case Study at CHI 2017
  • Honorable Mention at CHI 2017
  • Honorable Mention at CHI 2016
  • Winner (with Matt Jones and Simon Robinson) of The BBC Research and Development Award for Outstanding Impact on Professions, Practices and Services at the Swansea Impact Awards
  • Honorable Mention at MobileHCI 2013
  • Honorable Mention at MobileHCI 2012
  • Nominated for Best Paper at JCDL 2012
  • Winner of Best Paper at ECDL 2008

Publications

Books

1.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby: “Designing for Digital Reading” Morgan and Claypool Publishers, 2013, Buy on Amazon | BibTeX

Conference Papers

21.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones, A. Joshi, S. Ahire, D. Sahoo, S. Subramaniam: “Chameleon Devices: Investigating More Secure and Discreet Mobile Interactions via Active Camouflaging” CHI 2017, 2017 : Denver, Colorado, USA - Honorable Mention PDF

20.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones: “PosterPointing: Making Paper Displays Interactive Using Mobile Devices” AfriCHI 2016, 2016 : Nairobi, Kenya - PDF

19.

S. Robinson, C. Coutrix, J. Pearson, J. Rosso, M. Torquato, L. Nigay, M. Jones: “Emergeables: Deformable Displays for Continuous Eyes-Free Mobile Interaction” CHI 2016, 2016 : San Jose, CA, USA - Honorable Mention PDF | BibTeX

18.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones: “Q-arrgh! — Commandeering Everyday Digital Codes” Mobile HCI 2015, 2015 : Copenhagen, Denmark PDF | BibTeX

17.

Tom Owen, J. Pearson, H. Thimbleby, G. Buchanan: “ConCap: Designing to Empower Individual Reflection on Chronic Conditions using Mobile Apps” Mobile HCI 2015, 2015 : Copenhagen, Denmark PDF | BibTeX

16.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones: “It's About Time: Smartwatches as Public Displays” CHI 2015, 2015 : Seoul, South Korea PDF | BibTeX

15.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones: “PaperChains: Dynamic Sketch+Voice Annotations” CSCW 2015, 2015 : Vancouver, Canada PDF | BibTeX

14.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones: “AudioCanvas: Interactive Audio Photos” IARIGAI 2014, 2014 : Swansea, UK

13.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones: “A Billion Signposts: Repurposing Barcodes for Indoor Navigation” CHI 2014, 2014 : Toronto, Canada - PDF | BibTeX

12.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones: “AudioCanvas: Internet-Free Interactive Audio Photos” CHI 2014, 2014 : Toronto, Canada - PDF | BibTeX

11.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones, A. Nanavati, N. Rajput: “ACQR: Acoustic Quick Response Codes for Content Sharing on Low End Phones with No Internet Connectivity” MobileHCI 2013, 2013 : Munich, Germany - Honorable Mention PDF | BibTeX

10.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, G. Buchanan, M. Jones: “TicQR: Flexible, Lightweight Linking of Paper and Digital Content using Mobile Phones” INTERACT 2013, 2013 : Cape Town, South Africa PDF | BibTeX

9.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby: “Investigating Collaborative Annotation on Slate PCs” MobileHCI 2012, 2012 : San Francisco, CA, USA - Honorable Mention PDF | BibTeX

8.

J. Pearson, T. Owen, H. Thimbleby, G. Buchanan: “Co-Reading: Investigating Collaborative Group Reading” JCDL 2012, 2012 : Washington DC, USA - Nominated for Best Paper PDF | BibTeX

7.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby: “The Reading Desk: Supporting Lightweight Note-taking in Digital Documents” TPDL 2011, 2011 : Berlin, Germany PDF | BibTeX

6.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan: “CloudBooks: An Infrastructure for Reading on Multiple Devices” TPDL 2011, 2011 : Berlin, Germany PDF | BibTeX

5.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby: “The Reading Desk: Applying Physical Interactions to Digital Documents” CHI 2011, 2011 : Vancouver, BC, Canada PDF | BibTeX

4.

G. Buchanan, J. Pearson: “An Architecture for Supporting RFID-Enhanced Interactions in Digital Libraries” ECDL 2010, 2010 : Glasgow, Scotland, UK PDF | BibTeX

3.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, Harold Thimbleby: “Improving Annotations In Digital Documents” ECDL 2009, 2009 : Corfu, Greece PDF | BibTeX

2.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, Harold Thimbleby: “Creating Visualisations for Digital Document Indexing” ECDL 2009, 2009 : Corfu, Greece PDF | BibTeX

1.

G. Buchanan, J. Pearson: “Improving Placeholders in Digital Documents” ECDL 2008, 2008 : Aarhus, Denmark - Winner of Best Paper PDF | BibTeX

Journal Articles

4.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones: “BookMark: Appropriating Existing Infrastructure to Facilitate Scalable Indoor Navigation” IJHCS 2017 PDF

3.

M. Jones, S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Joshi, D. Raju, C. Mbogo, S. Wangari, A. Joshi, E. Cutrell, R. Harper: “Beyond `Yesterday's' Tomorrow'" Future-Focused Mobile Interaction Design By and For Emergent Users"'” Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2016 PDF

2.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones: “Exploring Low-Cost, Internet-Free Information Access for Resource-Constrained Communities” TOCHI 2016 PDF

1.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby, M. Jones: “The Digital Reading Desk: A Lightweight Approach to Digital Note-Taking” Interacting With Computers, 2012 PDF | BibTeX

Workshop Articles, Works-in-progress and Demos

6.

C. Steer, J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones: “Deformable Paint Palette: Actuated Force Controls for Digital Painting” CHI 2017 Late-Breaking Work, 2017 : Denver, Co, USA.

5.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, N. Rajput, M. Jones, A. Nanavati: “Audio QR Codes for Voice Service Position Sharing” SiMPE 2013: Workshop on Speech (and Sound) in Mobile and Pervasive Environments, 2013 : Munich, Germany.

4.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, M. Jones, A. Nanavati: “Sharing Voice Sites on the Spoken Web” MWB 2012: Workshop on Mobility and Web Behaviors, 2012 : San Francisco, CA, USA.

3.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby: “HCI Design Principles for eReaders” Books Online 2010, 2010 : Totonto, ON, Canada PDF | BibTeX

2.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan: “Real-Time Document Collaboration Using iPads” Books Online 2010, 2010 : Totonto, ON, Canada PDF | BibTeX

1.

J. Pearson, G. Buchanan: “Improving User Interaction in Digtial Books” Books Online 2009, 2009 : Corfu, Greece PDF | BibTeX

Other Articles

5.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, T. Reitmaier, M. Jones, C. Parab, F. Mogoi: “Exploring the use of the Physical Web with Resource-Constrained Communities” CHI 2017 Case Studies, 2017 : Denver, CO, USA, Winner of Best Case StudyPDF

4.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson: “Interaction Design for Reading Devices and Apps” CHI 2015 Courses, 2015 : Seoul, South Korea PDF | BibTeX

3.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson: “Developing our World Views” Interactions, 20(2):68-71, 2013

2.

J. Pearson: “Supporting Effective User Navigation in Digital Documents” CHI 2010 Doctoral Consortium, 2010 : Atlanta, GA, USA PDF | BibTeX

1.

J. Pearson: “Supporting Effective User Navigation in Digital Documents” Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries, Volume 6 Issue 1, 2010

Theses

3.

J. Pearson: “Investigating Lightweight Interaction for Active Reading in Digital Documents” PhD Thesis: Swansea University, 2012

2.

J. Pearson: “Medi-Tag: A Context-Aware Mobile Information System” Masters Thesis: Swansea University 2007

1.

J. Pearson: “3D Medical Data Editor” Batchelors Dissertation: University of Wales, Swansea, 2006

Teaching

Modules 2014-Present

  • CS-200 - Introduction to Human Computer Interaction

Gregynog

Since 1985, the Department of Computer Science has held an undergraduate colloquium at the University of Wales Conference Centre at Gregynog in Powys. During this event, all third year students will be expected to give a fifteen minute presentation on their final year project to an audience consisting of around 6–8 students and two or more lecturers. This presentation is an assessed part of their final year project (25%).

This year's colloquium was held between November 28 - 30th 2016. To get a flavour of what to expect, you can check out the agenda.

Project Students

I am happy to chat to any student who wants help or advice on their third year project. Students assigned to me can either contct me via email or come to my office to discuss their project work. Unless you specifically request it, I do not tend to schedule regular weekly meetings, but will always respond to emails and, depending on my travel schedule, will aim to meet when needed.

Contact

  • E-mail:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 602693 (Internal extension: 2693)
  • Office: Future Interaction Technology Lab, Faraday Tower (room 503)
  • Address: Computer Science Department, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK