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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Ontology-driven, adaptive, medical questionnaires for patients with mild learning disabilities
Gibson Ryan Colin, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Dunlop Mark D
Artifical Intelligence XXXVI, pp. 107-121 (2019)
Experts views on the use of mobile devices to support patients with mild learning disabilities during clinical consultations
Gibson Ryan Colin, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Dunlop Mark
The 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
Health and wellbeing e-networks for all (2019)
Haemodialysis electronic patient portal : a design requirements analysis and feasibility study with domain experts
Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Meiklem Ramsay, Dunlop Mark, Kingsmore David, Thomson Peter, Stevenson Karen, Greenwood Sharon
IEEE 32nd International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, pp. 212-216 (2019)
WiseType : a tablet keyboard with color-coded visualization and various editing options for error correction
Alharbi Ohoud, Arif Ahmed Sabbir, Stuerzlinger Wolfgang, Dunlop Mark D, Komninos Andreas
Graphics Interface 2019 (2019)
Design requirements for a digital aid to support adults with mild learning disabilities during clinical consultations : a qualitative study with experts
Gibson Ryan Colin, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Dunlop Mark
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Vol 6 (2019)
Designing interactions for the ageing populations – addressing global challenges
Sarcar Sayan, Munteanu Cosmin, Jokinen Jussi PP, Charness Neil, Dunlop Mark, Ren Xiangshi, Waycott Jenny
CHI '20 : CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2019)

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Professional activities

Federal Court of Australia (External organisation)
Communications in Mobile Computing (Journal)
Editorial board member
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Journal)
Editorial board member
MobileHCI (External organisation)

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Evaluation of the 6 minute walk app with participants at Macmillan MoveMore
Lewis, Liane (Principal Investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2019
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

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Computer and Information Sciences
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