Jennifer Pearson BSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer, FIT Lab

I am Jen, I work in the Future Interaction Technology Lab at Swansea University. I am currently a lecturer at the Computational Foundry. My research interests are centered around emergent communities 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). I also have interests in mobile computing, deformable interfaces and digital reading. 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

Grants

  • Current
    • EPSRC Grant EP/R032750/1 (£738,112): PV-Interfaces: Self-Powered Interfaces and Interactions via Photovoltaic Surfaces (Co-Investigator)
    • EPSRC Grant EP/N013948/1 (£822,223): Breaking the Glass (Named collaborator)
    • CHERISH-DE Escalator Fund (£10,000): Smart Speakers in Slum Settings (Co-investigator)
    • EPSRC Grant EP/S017925/1: Capital Award in Support of Early Career Researchers (Co-investigator)
    • IAA Research Impact Fund (£4993): Investigating the long-term potential of public speech systems in resource-constrained slum settings (Primary Investigator)
    • CHERISH-DE Escalator Fund (£9760): Telescopr (Co-investigator)
    • CHERISH-DE Escalator Fund (£10,000): Speech and Breath pattern recognition in COPD (Co-investigator)
  • Previous
    • EPSRC Grant EP/M00421X/1 (£710,784): Reshaping the Expected Future (Researcher co-investigator)
    • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (£14,000): The Better Together Toolkit Launch (Co-investigator)
    • Global Challenges Research Fund Award (£6550): For work in Dharavi, India (Co-investigator)
    • CHERISH-DE International Mobility Grant (£5200): For work with IIT-Bombay (Co-investigator)
    • CHERISH-DE Escalator Fund (£5000): Telescopr - A Virtual Reality Telescope (Co-investigator)
    • Research Enabling Fund (£2620): For continued partnership with Université Joseph Fourier (Co-investigator)
    • Strategic Insight Programme (£2500): With Rowanvale Books (Primary investigator)
    • Bridging the Gaps Grant (£1530): For prospective partnership with Grenoble universities (Co-investigator)

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

28.

C. Steer, S. Robinson, J. Pearson, T. D. Sahoo, I. Mabbett, M. Jones: “A Liquid Tangible Display for Mobile Colour Mixing” Mobile HCI 2018, 2018 : Barcelona, Spain

27.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, T. Reitmaier, S. Ahire, M. Jones: “Make Yourself at Phone: Reimagining Mobile Interaction Architectures With Emergent Users” CHI 2018, 2018 : Montreal, Canada

26.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, S. Ahire, R. Ahirwar, B. Bhikne, N. Maravi, M. Jones: “Tangible Drops: A Visio-Tactile Display Using Actuated Liquid-Metal Droplets” CHI 2018, 2018 : Montreal, Canada

25.

D. Sahoo, T. Neate, Y. Tokuda, J. Pearson, S. Robinson, S. Subramanian, M. Jones: “Revisiting “Hole in the Wall Computing”: Private Smart Speakers and Public Slum Settings” CHI 2018, 2018 : Montreal, Canada

24.

Y. Tokuda, J. Berna, G. Memoli, T. Neate, D. Sahoo, S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones, S. Subramanian: “Programmable Liquid Matter: 2D Shape Deformation of Highly Conductive Liquid Metals in a Dynamic Electric Field” ISS 2017, 2017 : Brighton, UK PDF

23.

S. Robinson,J. Pearson, M. Jones, A. Joshi, S. Ahire: “Better Together: Disaggregating Mobile Services for Emergent Users” MobileHCI 2017, 2017 : Vienna, Austria PDF | BibTeX

22.

J. Pearson, S. Robinson, C. Coutrix, M. Jones: “Evaluating Deformable Devices with Emergent Users” MobileHCI 2017, 2017 : Vienna, Austria PDF | BibTeX

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 | BibTeX

20.

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

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

9.

Y. Tokuda, J. Berna, G. Memoli, T. Neate, D. Sahoo, S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones, S. Subramanian: “Programmable Liquid Matter: 2D Shape Drawing of Liquid Metals by Dynamic Electric Field”” ISS 2017 Demos, 2017 : Brighton, UK.

8.

D. Sahoo, T. Neate, Y. Tokuda, J. Pearson, S. Robinson, S. Subramanian, M. Jones: “JDLED: Towards Visio-Tactile Displays based on Electrochemical Locomotion of Liquid-Metal Janus Droplets”” UIST 2017 Demos, 2017 : Quebec City, Canada.

7.

S. Robinson, J. Pearson, M. Jones, A. Joshi, S. Ahire: “Better Together: Disaggregating Mobile Services for Emergent Users”” MobileHCI 2017 Demos, 2017 : Vienna, Austria.

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

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 10-15 minute presentation on their final year project to an audience consisting of around 8-10 students and two or more lecturers. This presentation is an assessed part of their final year project (30%).

This year's colloquium will be held between Jan 27th -- 31st 2019. To get a flavour of what to expect, you can check out last year's 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: Room 115
  • Address: Computational Foundry, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Fabien Way, Swansea, SA1 8EN, UK