Stephen Brewster is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He got his PhD in auditory interface design at the University of York. After a period spent working in Finland and Norway, he has worked in Glasgow since 1995. He leads the Multimodal Interaction Group, which is very active and has a strong international reputation in HCI (http://mig.dcs.gla.ac.uk). His research focuses on multimodal HCI, or using multiple sensory modalities and control mechanisms (particularly audio, haptics and gesture) to create a rich, natural interaction between human and computer. His work has a strong experimental focus, applying perceptual research to practical situations. A long-term focus has been on mobile interaction and how we can design better user interfaces for users who are on the move. Other areas of interest include VR/AR, wearable devices and in-car interaction. He pioneered the study of non-speech audio and haptic interaction for mobile devices with work starting in the 1990's.
Brewster’s work has had over 18,000 citations. He was a General Chair of CHI 2019 in Glasgow, CHI papers chair in 2013 and 2014, and has previously chaired MobileHCI, EuroHaptics and TEI. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is also a member of the ACM CHI Steering Committee, setting the direction for the CHI conference series.
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Designing new user interfaces for cars
In-car interactions are undergoing major changes as traditional physical buttons, dials and switchgear are replaced by touchscreens and touch-sensing surfaces. Drivers...
Haptics and Human-Computer Interaction
Haptics and the use of touch can provide rich new ways for people to interact and experience devices. I have been working in the area of haptics for a long time and am often frustrated by...
Multimodal human-computer interfaces
This talk introduces the topic of multimodal interaction, what it is and discusses some of the most important work in the area, with a focus on haptics, audio and smell based interfaces. Each...
Multimodal mobile interaction - making the most of our users' capabilities
Mobile user interfaces are heavily based on small screens and keyboards. These can be hard to operate when on the move which limits the applications and services we can use. This talk will look at...
Ultrasound haptics and levitation: the future of human-computer interaction
Ultrasound provides some brand new opportunities for interaction in user interfaces. In this talk, I will describe this new modality and what it offers to HCI. By using standard loudspeakers, we...
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