Dr Mark Dunlop

Senior Lecturer

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

Dr Dunlop is a senior lecturer in computer science. His research focuses on usability of mobile systems including mobile text entry, sensor driven interaction and evaluation of mobiles. He is increasingly interested in digital health applications of mobile HCI research. His teaching is mainly in human computer interaction (HCI) and mobile programming. He leads The Mobiquitous Lab at Strathclyde, which is researching user behaviour in the context of mobile devices, ubiquitous computing, and multimodal interaction, and recently led the OATS EPSRC funded project on text entry for older adults. He has been CHI Sub-Committee Chaira, will be programme co-chair for MobileHCI 2019 and is an associate editor for Personal and Ubiquitous Computing and International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction.

Prior to joining Strathclyde, Mark was a senior researcher at Risø Danish National Laboratory and a lecturer at Glasgow University.

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Design requirements for a digital aid to support adults with mild learning disabilities during clinical consultations : a qualitative study with experts
Gibson Ryan, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Dunlop Mark
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies (2018)
Proceedings of MobileHCI 2018 Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects of Text Entry
Arif Ahmed Sabbir, Stuerzlinger Wolfgang , Dunlop Mark D, Yi Xin, Seim Caitlyn
TEXT2018 - MobileHCI 2018 Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects of Text Entry (2018)
A glimpse of mobile text entry errors and corrective behaviour in the wild
Komninos Andreas, Dunlop Mark, Katsaris Kyriakos, Garofalakis John
MobileHCI '18 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, pp. 221-228 (2018)
Mobile support for adults with mild learning disabilities during clinical consultations
Gibson Ryan Colin, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Dunlop Mark
20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (2018)
Text entry for people with mild cognitive impairments
Gibson Ryan Colin, Dunlop Mark, Khan Al Majed, Imperatore Gennaro
20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, pp. 28-32 (2018)
Text entry tap accuracy and exploration of tilt controlled layered interaction on smartwatches
Dunlop Mark D, Roper Marc, Imperatore Gennaro
MobileHCI '17 MobileHCI 2017 (2017)

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Professional activities

Federal Court of Australia (External organisation)
Communications in Mobile Computing (Journal)
Editorial board member
Advances in Human-Computer Interaction (Journal)
International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (Journal)

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SFC-DHI Highly Skilled Workforce Programme - Digital Health, M.Phil Scholarships (x8), £59,344
Bouamrane, Matt-Mouley (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Schraag, Stefan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Supporting Sit-To-Stand Rehabilitation Using Smartphone Sensors to provide tactile feedback
Kerr, Andy (Principal Investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2016
Researching the impact and sustainability of the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund (Spirit of 2012)
Rogerson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Burns, Henry (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Rowe, David (Co-investigator)
29-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2017
Empirical investigation & user-centred development of touch-screen text entry methods older adults
Dunlop, Mark (Principal Investigator) Komninos, Andreas (Researcher) Nicol, Emma (Researcher)
"Mobile technologies now have a considerable impact on work and social lives, for example it is estimated that over 25% of emails are now opened on mobiles. As the older working population rises, due to both aging population demographics and increasing retirement age, an increasing number of digital economy workers will require to use mobile technologies for work into their mid/late 60s.

The proposed European Accessibility Act aims to require goods and services that are seen as critical for the citizen to participate in society to be accessible to disabled and older people - this is likely to cover information and communication technologies including mobile phones. Age UK encourage the UK Government to support the act and state that the EU must ensure that the scope of the act is broad enough to cover the needs of older people.

Text entry is core to mobile interaction such as email, social networking, instant messaging and interacting with services such as web or map searching and thus it is increasingly important to people's participation in work and society. The majority of smartphones now do not have any physical keyboard but rely on on-screen touch keyboards. These have been shown to be slower and more error-prone than traditional mini-physical keyboards, but are popular as they permit full screen services and larger reading area.

While there have been numerous studies into text entry usage on touchscreens, there has been very little work studying the effects of aging on text entry, and none on modern touchscreen phones where reduced visual acuity, reduced motor control and reduced working memory are all likely to have an impact. Currently industry is focussed on targeting the current main market of younger users with any devices designed for older users being extremely simplified phones rather than powerful smartphones people are becoming accustomed to. Our initial studies have also shown that older users have considerable trouble with modern smartphones but may be willing to adopt new keyboard layouts and technologies to compensate for this.

In this project we will conduct a detailed investigation into text entry for older adults. We will build on our initial results and current prototype keyboards to conduct participatory design sessions with older users to identify key design criteria for older adult text entry. We will quantitatively measure touchscreen tapping times for different age groups and develop accidental tap filters to reduce errors. We will formally evaluate keyboards based on our findings to assess our hypothesis that older people can successfully use appropriately designed touch-screen text entry methods."
01-Jan-2013 - 30-Jan-2015
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Imperatore, Gennaro
Dunlop, Mark (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator) Imperatore, Gennaro (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 03-Jan-2016
Mobile data collection for physical activity research
Hewitt, Allan (Principal Investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator)
This project aims to develop a series of four applications on the iTouch platform that will allow us to collect high-quality, high-frequency data on a range of physical activity measures and related to use of the music playlist. The four applications can be run synchronously, allowing the capture of both physical and auditory activity within the mobile device.
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2011

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