Ulster University General Chairs

Dr Raymond Bond (Ulster University)

Prof. Maurice Mulvenna (Ulster University)

Prof. Jonathan Wallace (Ulster University)

Dr Michaela Black (Ulster University)


Full Paper Chairs

Dr Marc Fabri (Leeds Beckett University)

Dr Gavin Sim (University of Central Lancashire)

Prof. Nadia Berthouze (University College London)


Works-in-Progress Paper Chairs

Dr Daniel Bowen Fitton (University of Central Lancashire)

Prof. Paul McKevitt (Ulster University)


Workshop Chairs

Human Centred Design for Intelligent Environments Workshop Chair: Dr Huseyin Dogan (Bournemouth University)

Affective Computing Workshop Chair: Alfie Keary (Cork Institute of Technology)

Digital Health Workshop Chair: Dr Biao Zeng (University of South Wales)

Digital Technology and Older People Workshop Chair: Dr Mark Springett (Middlesex University London)

Challenges and Opportunities for Qualitative Data Research Methods in HCI Chair: Dr Chris Porter (University of Malta)

Role of HCI and ICT to Innovate Teaching and Learning Workshop Chair: Dr. Soumyadeb Chowdhury (Aston University)

Chairs of Industry Track/Session

Brian Cleland (Ulster University)

Prof. Jonathan Wallace (Ulster University)


Overall Paper and Publications Chair

Prof. Maurice Mulvenna (Ulster University)


Social and Tourism Chair

Lindsey Mairs (Visit Belfast)


Position Paper Chairs

Dr Julie Doyle (Dundalk Institute of Technoogy)

Dr Chris Porter (University of Malta)


Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Dr Kyle Boyd (Ulster University)

Dr. David Coyle (University College Dublin)

Dr Justin Magee (Ulster University)

Dr Gavin Doherty (Trinity College Dublin)

Prof. Alan Dix (University of Birmingham)


Interactions Gallery Paper Chairs

Dr. Michaela Black (Ulster University)

Dr Shane Wilson (Ulster University)


Marketing Chair

Elly Lammers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


Sponsorship Chair

Prof. Jonathan Wallace (Ulster University)

Dr Raymond Bond (Ulster University)


Web Chair

Dr Kyle Boyd (Ulster University)


Committee Members

Dr Emilia Sobolewska, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Jason R C Nurse, University of Oxford

Dr Tom Flint (Edinburgh Napier University)

Dr Gorka Epelde (Vicom Tech)

Prof. Paul Walsh (Cork Institute of Technology)

Alfie Keary (Cork Institute of Technology)

Stephen Giff (Google)

Dr Phillip Strain (Spotify)

Hamid Bouchachia (Bournemouth University)

Prof. Matthias L. Hemmje (Forschungsinstitut für Telekommunikation und Kooperation)

Prof. Alan Dix (University of Birmingham)

Prof. Lynne Hall (University of Sunderland)

Dr Gary McKeown (Queens University Belfast)

Dr Ming Jiang (University of Sunderland)

Dr Fotios Spyridonis (University of Greenwich)

Dr Ralph Barthel (University of Greenwich)

Dr Victoria Bradbury (University of North Carolina Asheville)

Dr Shamal Faily (Bournemouth University)

Dr Jo Lumsden (Aston University)

Dr Ali Farooq (University of Turku)

Dr Nan Jiang (Bournemouth University)

Brian Cleland (Ulster University)

Deborah Rankin (Ulster University)

Dr Alan Hook (Ulster University)

Megan Patterson (Cirdan)

Gillian Cameron (Inspire)

Andrew Cairns (Clinisent)

Dr Alexander Grigorash (Ulster University)

Dr Giuseppe Trombino (Ulster University)

Dr Alan Hook (Ulster University)

Prof. Bryan Scotney (Ulster University)

Prof.  Sally McClean (Ulster University)

Dr Jun Liu (Ulster University)

Dr Haiying Wang (Ulster University)

Dr Matias Garcia-Constantino (Ulster University)

Dr Jonathan Synnott (Ulster University)

Dr Mark Donnelly (Ulster University)

Prof. Huiru Zheng (Ulster University)

Prof. Phillip Morrow (Ulster University)

Dr Neil Vaughan (University of Chester)

Ulster University Chairs

Dr. Raymond Bond

Raymond has research interests within the area of biomedical and health informatics, which is the application of digital technology in healthcare. This has involved the modelling, processing and visualisation of medical data to enhance clinical decision-making. He also has research interests in usability engineering methods to improve medical devices (which include eye tracking and other psychophysiology metrics) and also Internet-based models for healthcare monitoring and interventions. Raymond also coordinates a UX-Lab which is an outlet for transferring usability engineering knowledge to the medical device industry and other industries. Raymond has been a grant holder on research projects funded by ESRC, H2020, FP7, InvestNI, Innovate UK, InterTrade Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy. Raymond obtained his BSc and PhD in the School of Computing and Mathematics (Ulster University). Before his academic appointment, he worked in the IT industry as a Web Programmer and later held Research Associate positions in the subject area of Connected Health.




Prof. Maurice Mulvenna

Maurice Mulvenna is a Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Computer Science Research Institute at Ulster University. His research interests include artificial intelligence, pervasive computing, digital media communication, assistive technologies, innovation and knowledge transfer. He is a senior member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society. In his career he has gained £40M in total research funding, with £7.5M in funding to Ulster University. He has published over 200 papers in his research areas and has served on around 150 program committees, including IEEE Pervasive Computing, IEEE Pervasive Computing and Applications, and Pervasive Systems. Prof Mulvenna is co-founder of the TRAIL Living Lab, encompassing needs-driven and user-participative design. He served for three years on UK Ofcom’s Advisory Committee on Older and Disabled People and serves on the editorial boards for several academic journals including the Journal of Assistive Technology and the Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence. In 2014, he was elected as a Board Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). Maurice is also a past winner of the European IST Grand Prize and the Best Innovation in Practice Award at the Dementia Care Awards.


Prof. Jonathan Wallace

Jonathan Wallace is Professor of Innovation at the Ulster University. He is the Director of Academic Enterprise and Employability for the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. He is currently involved in a number of regional, national and international Connected Health research projects where he is particularly applying his expertise in Usability, Human Computer Interaction and Business Model Development. He has led the development of numerous software systems in diverse market sectors and has attained broad experience of successfully managing research projects at both a local, national and international level. Professor Wallace is a member of several professional bodies including IEEE. He is Chair of the IET Policy Group for Northern Ireland. He is Chair of OPEN-NI, a multi-stakeholder cross-sectoral group who strategically promote awareness, understanding, development and uptake of free and open source software across both the private and public sectors. Jonathan was also until just recently Chair of the European Social Fund Advisory Group for Northern Ireland for the Department of Employment and Learning. Jonathan is a co-founder of the UX Lab at Ulster. He has also led the development and commercialisation of the ‘engage’ service platform for stakeholder engagement and unbiased user requirements gathering coming out of the EU Competitiveness & Innovation Programme FP7 funded PARTERRE project. The ‘engage’ service solution has been widely used by government departments and public-sector organisations including the Health and Social Care Board, for stakeholder engagement in Health Policy Development within Northern Ireland including shaping the eHealth Strategy for Northern Ireland; a UK national ThinkTank Best Practice Workshop on ECRs, Interoperability and Big Data for Shared Care Services; as well as identifying and shaping the need for a Health and Social Care Electronic Record in Northern Ireland. He has a significant track record in the field of Connected Health and is recognised as an innovator in the development of user-centred Connected Health product and service solutions. He is a consultant to and sits on the Technology Advisory and Innovation Groups of a number of Health Trusts. Jonathan is one of the five UK national judges for the annual Telecare Services Association Crystal Awards for Excellence in Telehealth and Telecare, as well as a UK national judge for the eHealth Insider Innovation Awards. He has over 65 peer-reviewed published outputs and secured income to the University in excess of €5M.


Dr. Michaela Black

Michaela has a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science, DPhil in the area of Machine Learning with British Telecom with a Patent posted: Rationalization of data used in model of time varying event behaviour (US 7024426 B2) & Data rationalisation (US 20020183999 A1). Michaela has published around 50 publications including book chapters, journals and conferences. Her research covers Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Big Data, Telecoms, Education, Health, Gamification, Games and User Profiling. She is PI on newly awarded PM18 Big data for Supporting Public Health Policies – MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services) project of €4.5million, and is grant holder of an international consortium who have been awarded €3.6million Horizon 2020 project PH27 PCP project – MAGIC – Mobile Assistance for Groups and Individuals in the Community. Within her research she has supervised and successfully completed PhD studentships including Handling Latency for Online Learning with Concept Drift, and has given several invited talks on Big Data and presented to the range of conferences and workshops. Her consultancy work ranges from Horizon2020 applications, SBRi Gamification of Medicines, to InterTradeIreland FUSION projects. Michaela is involved in a number of regional, national and international Connected Health research projects with particular expertise in Mobile Technology for Health, Gamification and Adaptive AI. As Head of School, Michaela delivers a strong focus on teaching and developing a strong Research-teaching Nexus, Professional skills, Employability and Entrepreneurship. Her excellence in Teaching has been recognised by his being awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2016.