About Us


Julie R. Williamson (JRW) (Principal Investigator)

JRW is an independent research fellow in multimodal interaction at the University of Glasgow. She is a member of the internationally recognised Glasgow Interactive Systems Group (GIST), focusing
her research on public interaction with novel display technologies. She has a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude, equivalent to first class, in Informatics (2008) from the University of California, Irvine,
and a PhD in Computing Science (2012) from the University of Glasgow. JRW received the prestigious and competitive National Science Foundation (USA) Graduate Research Fellowship to
support her PhD research.

Her current research concerns interaction design for public spaces, focusing on large touch sensitive surfaces and novel display technologies. She currently works to bridge the gap between sociological evaluation methodologies and the development and fabrication interactive electronics. Her expertise is in evaluation and analysis of user experience and acceptance of technology in public spaces [1]. However, she has also established and manages an electronics and fabrication workshop in order to support the development and construction of novel interfaces at the University of Glasgow. Her aim is to bring together cutting edge technologies and hardware development with sociological perspectives to create systems with high impact in public spaces.

Her approach draws from performance theories and dramaturgy to analyse how people interact with technology in front of others [3]. This “performative” perspective considers users, spectators, and the context in which interaction unfolds to better understand real world usage leading to clear implications for the design of public technologies. Williamson’s approach leverages performance and sociological theories to develop qualitative and quantitative measures of public interactions. Williamson is an early career researcher with a track record of publications in international conferences and journals. She is an active member of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) community as a reviewer and committee member for internationally excellent HCI conferences. She is the Interactivity Track Co-Chair at ACM CHI 2014 and 2015, the top tier conference for HCI. She is a leader in the area of public and performative interaction as the organizer of a series of conference workshops on performative interaction at Ubicomp 2010 [2], ACM CHI 2011, and DIS 2012. She is also the lead editor in a special issue on performative interaction in the journal Personal Ubiquitous Computing due for publication in early 2014.


Daniel Sundén (DS) (Named Researcher)

DS is a designer working in convergence between product and user experience and has produced internationally awarded work for major international clients as well as academic research. He has expertise producing physical and digital prototypes as well as experience working with spherical displays for public spaces. His experience with managing creative processes and developing meaningful applications for new exploratory technologies will be crucial to this research project.