Computing is no longer restricted to desktop computers or graphical user interfaces. The Mobiquitous Lab investigates user behaviour on mobile devices and ubiquitous computing (computing on any type of device) along with new, emerging mobile and touch technologies.
Our research helps us to understand how computing can improve people's lives and how it can be used every day. We carry out research investigating these new options. For example:
- how visitors to a museum interact with an interactive table
- how to support a wider range of users on smartphone interactions
- how game engines can support interactive systems
It also allows us to face challenges in interface design eg mobile devices require design for small screens.
Our research spans a variety of user-centred design methods, including quantitative user studies in controlled experiments, participant observation and field studies of technology use. We have experience in conducting system evaluations as well as in contributing to requirements analysis.
The Mobiquitous Lab is led by a key group of experts:
Current research projects
OATS: Older Adults Text Studies
This is a two-year EPSRC funded research project conducting an empirical investigation and user-centred development of touch-screen text entry methods for older adults.
The project started in September 2013. The project is working with the University's Centre for Lifelong Learning to help us work with groups of older adults. We're also working with Keypoint Technologies to help develop smart text solutions.
meSch: Material Encounters with Digital Cultural Heritage
meSch is a four-year EU funded project with the goal of co-designing novel platforms for the creation of tangible exhibits at heritage sites. Curators will be able to offer visitors new interactive experiences by means of material interaction with smart objects. Our involvement started in January 2014.
Completed research projects
Scottish Ballet Digital Programme
Scottish Ballet was keen to test audience reaction to a digital souvenir programme. They took the opportunity as part of a larger Autumn Season 2012 green campaign (reducing print material by 80%) to launch the first digital programme of its kind. We worked with Scottish Ballet to develop a bespoke digital programme that could be managed in-house with content changes once built.
Kirsten Cockburn of Scottish Ballet commented:
The research was invaluable in our adoption of our chosen technology. Creating the digital programme was highly effective and instantly measurable – allowing us to monitor volumes of downloads and giving us the confidence to develop the Scottish Ballet app which has in turn highlighted further commercial opportunities for the future.
Wi' gleesome touch!
We conducted an evaluation study of touchscreen installation prototypes for the new Robert Burns Birthplace museum in Ayrshire. Our research informed the design of the final systems. It was funded by the National Trust Scotland. We returned to the museum in spring 2011 to study the final systems in use by visitors.