Tom Owen

PhD Researcher, FIT Lab

About Me

Tom Owen

I am currently a PhD researcher in the Future Interaction Technology research group under the supervision of Professor Harold Thimbleby. My PhD commenced in January 2010 working on the EPSRC funded research project CHI-MED, which aims to improve the usability and safety of interactive medical devices.

My research focuses on the devices used by patients to monitor their own medical conditions. Specifically I have been investigating the tools available to diabetic patients such as glucose monitors.

Previously I worked on techniques to aid the location of information within digital documents and navigation techniques for digital documents with Dr. George Buchanan.

Research Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Safety Critical HCI
  • Contextual Use of Devices
  • Document Navigation and Document Triage (but very part-time recently)


Conference papers

  1. T. Owen, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby, Understanding User Requirements in Take-Home Diabetes Management Technologies. In Proceedings of HCI 2012, The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, HCI 2012 (pages 268-273), Birmingham UK, September 2012.
  2. J. Pearson, T. Owen, H. Thimbleby, G. Buchanan, Co-Reading: Investigating Collaborative Group Reading. In Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2012 (pages 325-334), Washington DC, June 2012. Nominated for Best Paper.
  3. T. Owen, G. Buchanan, P. Eslambolchilar, F. Loizides, Supporting Early Document Navigation with Semantic Zooming. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2010 (pages 168-178), Gold Coast, Australia, June 2010. Awarded Best Paper.
  4. G. Buchanan, T. Owen, Improving Skim Reading for Document Triage. In Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Information Interaction in Context, IIiX 2008 (pages 83-88), London, October 2008.
  5. G. Buchanan, T. Owen, Improving Navigation Interaction in Digital Documents. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, JCDL 2008 (pages 389-392), Pittsburgh, June 2008.

Doctoral Consortium

  1. T. Owen Don’t Let Me Down: Using Contextual Information to Aid Diabetics. In Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Ubiquitous computing, UbiComp 2011, Beijing, September 2011. Awarded Student Travel Grant from IGRS (闪联) to attend.


  1. T. Owen, G. Buchanan, H. Thimbleby, Using Contextual Factors to Assist Diabetes Management. At Balancing Creativity & Evidence for Patient Safety, 2012, Bradford, November 2012.
  2. T. Owen, P. Eslambolchilar, G. Buchanan, R. Bracken, Anticipating Error: Analysing Blood Glucose Monitors for Potential Patient Use Errors. At Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes, ATTD 2011, London, February 2011.


  1. T. Owen, Improving Image Navigation in Digital Documents. M.Sc. Thesis, Computer Science Department, University of Wales, Swansea, July. 2008.

Other Work


  • Summer University
    • Year 12 Summer University Involved with Swansea Summer University which offered 16 - 17 year olds the opportunity to experience university life. Prepared and delivered course material introducing fundamental Computer Science concepts to the summer students. 2011 & 2012.
  • Teaching Assistant Duties
    • CS-150 (Concepts of Computer Science I) - 2011/2012.
    • CS-368/CS-M88 (Embedded Systems) - 2011/2012.
    • CS-M79 (Hardware and Devices) - 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2011/2012.
    • CS-M41 (Programming in Java) - 2010/2011.
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 602693 (Internal extension: 2693)
  • Office: Future Interaction Technology Lab, Faraday Tower room 503
  • Address: Future Interaction Technology Lab, Computer Science Department, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK