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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Personal profile


    I joined the Computer Science department at Aston University as a lecturer and designer/director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab in June, 2009.  I am also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.  For almost 7 years prior to moving to Aston University, I worked as a Research Officer with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) where I designed and managed a state-of-the-art mobile human computer interaction evaluation lab within the NRC facility.

    I obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Software Engineering from Glasgow University in 1996, from where I also later graduated with a Ph.D. in HCI in 2001.  Both during and subsequent to my Ph.D. term, I worked as a research assistant within the Department of Computer Science at Glasgow University.


    Research Interests

    My research activities cover many aspects of human computer interaction.  Most recently I have been focussing on trust in e-Commerce and on mobile human computer interaction design and associated evaluation techniques. I have been investigating novel approaches to participatory design involving users who are vulnerable or who have special needs.  I have a keen interest in using mobile technologies in novel capacities (e.g., as assistive devices) and in designing novel interaction techniques for mobile technologies.  I have an ongoing research interest in audio feedback design and how we can use audio feedback to enhance or completely replace visual-based I/O, especially in non-standard contexts of use (e.g., motor racing).  I have an interest in decision support systems.  My research is very practical in nature, and can be applied across a range of domains, including but not limited to motorsport, healthcare, education, smart cities, etc.


    Teaching Activity

    I oversee and coordinate all HCI-related teaching here at Aston, having designed all HCI-related modules across all programmes/levels to integrate and thus provide a cohesive learning experience.  The modules which I lead are:


    • CS3040: Mobile Design & Development (20-credit, final-year module, designed and co-taught with Dr Beaumont)

    • CS4040: Mobile Design & Development (15-credit, MEng module, designed and co-taught with Dr Beaumont)

    • CS3410: Interaction Design (10-credit, final-year module, designed and teach)

    • DC3410: Interaction Design (10-credit, degree apprenticeship distance learning module, designed and teach)
    • CS4650: Interaction Design (15-credit, MSc module, designed and teach)

    • CS4655: Advanced HCI (15-credit, MSc module, designed and teach)

    • CS4665: Human Computer Interaction (15-credit, MSc module, designed and teach for both CS and Product Design programmes)

    • GGE6800: User Centred Design (PhD module, Univeristy of New Brunswick, Canada, designed and teach on demand)


    Modules which I designed but which are now led by colleagues include:


    • CS2260: Human Computer Interaction (10-credit, second-year module, designed the module which I taught and now assist (in a limited capacity) in the teaching of with Dr Lilit Hakobyan) 

    • DC2260: Human Computer Interaction (10-credit, degree apprenticeship, distance learning module, designed the module which I taught but is now taught by Dr Lilit Hakobyan)



    • B.Sc. with First Class Honours in Software Engineering, Glasgow University, Scotland, 1996

    • Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction, Glasgow University, Scotland, 2001

    • Diploma in University Teaching, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 2006


    • 2015 – current: Reader and Director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University
    • 2012 – 2015: Senior Lecturer and Director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University

    • 2009 – 2012: Lecturer and Director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University
    • 2002 – 2009: Research Officer and Mobile HCI Lab Manager, National Research Council of Canada

    • 1996 – 2002: Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Glasgow University

    Professional/editorial offices

    Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mobile HCI (IJMHCI)the only journal dedicated to the design and evaluation of the user interface aspects of mobile technologies

    PhD Supervision

    Current Ph.D Supervision
    • Megan Robertson: Investigation and Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Promoting and Maintaining Students’ Engagement with e-Learning (working title) (associate supervisor, Lilit Hakobyan)
    • Semui Salawu: Detection and Prevention of Cyberbullying on Online Social Networks (co-supervisor, Yulan He (Warwick University))
    • Muhammad Zaman: Supporting Joint Decision Making to Enhance Early Cochlear Implantation in Children with Higher Degrees of Hearing Loss (working title) (co-supervisor Amanda Hall (LHS))
    Graduated Ph.D. Students
    • Nicholas Powell (2018): Performance-Based Audio Feedback for Accelerated Skills Acquisition in Motorsport/Driver Training (associate supervisor, Harry Goldingay)
    • Lilit Hakobyan (2016): Self-Monitoring, Ability-Reactive Technology for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (associate supervisors Dympna O’Sullivan (City University, London) & Rachel Shaw (LHS))
    • Victoria Lush (2014): Visualisation of Quality Information for Geospatial and Remote Sensing Data (associate supervisor, Lucy Bastin)
    • Will Plant (2013): Effective Search for Colour Images (co-supervisor Ian Nabney)
    • Linda Duffett-Leger (2011): Developing a Web-Based Approach for Promoting Cervical Health in Young Women [University of New Brunswick, Canada] (co-supervisor B. Paterson)

    I have also supervised to completion six 2-year, Masters by research students at the University of New Brunswick.

    I am always interested to hear from well-qualified students who are dedicated to pursuing a Ph.D. in a research area aligned with my interests.  Students with strong backgrounds in computer science, human-computer interaction, and/or psychology and who have empathy with users and excellent communication skills are encouraged to contact me.  In particular, I would be very keen to hear from prospective students or post-docs who have an interest in all aspects of research associated with the design, delivery, and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies.


    I assume a number of roles of responsibilty within Aston, some of which are listed below:

    • I have a passion for human subject research ethics and am the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the School of Engineering & Applied Science (July 2019 to present) having previously served in various advisory roles related to ethics.
    • I am the Director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab.
    • I lead the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Group.
    • I am committed to a fair workplace and from Sept 2017 to July 2019 served as Chair/Deputy Chair of the Equality and Diversity Working Group (EDWG) for the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
    • I am a member of the Computer Science Management Team.
    • I am a member of the Computer Science Programme Committee.
    • I am committed to the welfare of students and am honoured to serve as a Senior Tutor for students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
    • I am co-PI and management team member of the ALIVE Lab, a multidisiplinary lab for immersive virtual environments.


    I deliver consultancy related to Human Computer Interaction - including software usability evaluation and bespoke training - to companies within the West Midlands region and beyond. If you are interested in discussing consultancy needs in this area, please contact me.

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Dip, University of New Brunswick

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

    PhD, University of Glasgow

    Award Date: 1 Feb 2001

    BSc, University of Glasgow

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1996

    External positions

    Adjunct Professor (Honorary), University of New Brunswick


    • Q Science (General)
    • Computer Science
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Mobile Devices
    • Innovative Interaction Technologies

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    Research Output

    How to tackle food fussiness. Why Vegetable Maths Masters, a new maths app using vegetables, could increase children’s vegetable intake

    Farrow, C., Haycraft, E., Coulthard, H., Thomas, J. M., Hakobyan, L. & Lumsden, J. M., 2019, Early Years Childcarer: the magazine for the early-years sector, 12, p. 22-23 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Using repeated visual exposure, rewards and modelling in a mobile application to increase vegetable acceptance in children

    Farrow, C., Belcher, E., Coulthard, H., Thomas, J. M., Lumsden, J. M., Hakobyan, L. & Haycraft, E., 1 Oct 2019, In : Appetite. 141, 104327.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access

    VeggieMaths: Exposing children to vegetables using arithmetic in a fun mobile application

    Farrow, C., Hakobyan, L., Coulthard, H., Haycraft, E., Lumsden, J. & Thomas, J., 1 Nov 2018, In : Appetite. 130, p. 304

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference abstract

    Visualisation of trust and quality information for geospatial dataset selection and use: Drawing trust presentation comparisons with B2C e-Commerce

    Lush, V., Lumsden, J. & Bastin, L., 30 Jun 2018, Trust Management XII - 12th IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference, IFIPTM 2018, Proceedings. Springer, p. 75-90 16 p. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 528).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Engaging older adults with age-related macular degeneration in the design and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies

    Author: Hakobyan, L., 1 Mar 2016

    Supervisor: Lumsden, J. M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Exploring the effectiveness of similarity-based visualisations for colour-based image retrieval

    Author: Plant, W., 2013

    Supervisor: Nabney, I. T. (Supervisor) & Lumsden, J. M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Best Paper Award @ 12th International Conference on Trust Management

    Jo Lumsden (Recipient), Victoria Lush (Recipient) & Lucy Bastin (Recipient), Jul 2018

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Activities

    Inclusive Technology & Design Radio Interview

    Jo Lumsden (Interviewee)
    30 Apr 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

    Age Well Workshop, University of Calgary

    Jo Lumsden (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    3 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Invited Seminar Talk: Developing Health Technologies Using Participatory and User-Centred Design Approaches

    Jo Lumsden (Invited speaker)
    Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    International Conference Series on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) series

    Jo Lumsden (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ACM Intelligent User Interfaces Conference Series

    Jo Lumsden (Member of programme committee)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference