BEng, MEng, PhD
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Computer Science Department
Swansea, SA2 8PP
[Office in room 509, 5th floor, Faraday Building]
|| Short Bio:
I graduated from University of Amirkabir (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran, as a Computer Engineer (B.Eng. in Hardware) in 1998. In 2002 I was awarded the M.Eng. degree in electrical engineering (Robotics and Machine Intelligence) for the results of the examinations and the final research project undertaken at University of Tehran, Iran. My thesis related to the design and implementation of a human-machine interface for people with spinal cord injury. After a rigorous process, I was selected as a team member for RoboFesta 2001, Partner Robot Games competition in Yokohama, Japan. My team (Virtual Wheelchair Trainer) won the second place among 7 teams from 6 countries.
I held a position as a PhD/research student at the Hamilton Institute from April 2003 to September 2006 and completed the PhD in Continuous Gestural Interaction with Mobile Devices in October 2006. The title of my thesis is "Making Sense of Interaction Using a Model-Based Approach".
Since March 2007, I have been employed as a lecturer at Computer Science Department, Swansea University of Wales, and I am collaborating with the Future Interaction Technology lab in this department. I am also collaborating with School of Engineering (Swansea), Welsh Department (Swansea), Psychology Department (Swansea), School of Social Science (Cardiff), Bristol University (Robotics Lab), Kingston University (Faculty of Law & Business), UCLIC and Dynamics and Interaction group in Hamilton Institute and Glasgow University.
I have a keen interest in human behaviour in interaction with ubiquitous technologies and during my PhD research I fell in love with Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). I am interested in applying control engineering to sensor-based interaction with mobile and medical devices and multimodal interaction in document and pedestrian navigation and changing unhealthy behaviour through ubiquitous technologies. I have several successful research grants from EPSRC, Welsh Crucible, Welsh Assembly and Bridging the Gaps. I actively seek interdisciplinary collaboration and research funding.
I am the director of MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Specialising in HCI and MRes in Computing and Future Interaction Technologies. Moreover, as the head of level four (MEng) in the department I have strong connections with industry. Some of my MEng students have been absorbed to the industry for example, Thales and Awen ID.
I actively engage with public through media (interviews with BBC and Wester Mail) and publishing in magazines such as Computer Science for Fun (CS4Fun). For more information please see here.
Conference organising committees
Workshop organising committees
Best paper award: T. Owen, G. Buchanan, P. Eslambolchilar, F. Loizides, Supporting Early Document Navigation with Semantic Zooming, In proceedings of ICADL'10, Gold Coast, Australia, June 2010, ACM
Best paper award: P. Eslambolchilar, G. Buchanan, F. Loizides, Here it is: Enhancing rapid document browsing with sound cues, In proceedings of ECDL 2009, Corfu, Greece, September 2009.
Best paper award: S. Robinson, P.
Eslambolchilar, M. Jones, Sweep-Shake: Finding Digital
Resources in Physical Environments. In proceedings of MobileHCI 2009,
Bonn, Sept. 2009.
Nominated for Best paper award: S. Robinson, M. Jones, P. Eslambolchilar,
R. Murray-Smith, M. Lindborg, “I Did It My Way”: Moving Away from the
Tyranny of Turn-by-Turn Pedestrian Navigation. In Proceedings of
MobileHCI 2010 (pages 341–344), Lisbon, Sept. 2010. In proceedings of
Mobile HCI 2010, Lisboa, Portugal.DOI, PDF, Video (MP4) (YouTube)
Current funded research projects
CHI+MED: Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices EPSRC ref EP/G059063/1 (October 2009 - September 2015), Prof Blandford (PI), Prof Thimbleby, Prof Jones and Dr Eslambolchilar (CoIs)
CHARM: Digital technology: shaping consumer behaviour by informing conceptions of normal practice EPSRC ref EP/H006966/1(September 2009-August 2012). Rettie (PI), Studley and Eslambolchilar (CoIs)
FIT Lab/UCLIC PLATFORM: Healthy interactive systems: Resilient, Usable and Appropriate Systems in Healthcare EPSRC ref EP/G003971 (February 2009-January 2014): Thimbleby (PI), Buchanan, Eslambolchilar and Jones (CoIs)
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