Jo Lumsden

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I joined the Computer Science department at Aston University as a lecturer and designer/manager 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 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.  


Teaching Activity

  • CS2260: Human Computer Interaction (10-credit, second-year module)

  • DC2260: Human Computer Interaction (10-credit, degree apprenticeship, distance learning module)
  • CS3040: Mobile Design & Development (20-credit, final-year module, co-taught with Dr Beaumont)

  • CS4040: Mobile Design & Development (15-credit, MSc module, co-taught with Dr Beaumont, commencing 2014/15)

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

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

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

  • GGE6800: User Centred Design (PhD module, Univeristy of New Brunswick, Canada) 


  • 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 Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab Manager, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University

  • 2009 – 2012: Lecturer and Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab Manager, 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/MPhil Supervision
  • Nicholas Powell: Performance-Based Audio Feedback for Accelerated Skills Acquisition in Motorsport/Driver Training (associate supervisor, Harry Goldingay)
  • Semui Salawu: Detection and Prevention of Cyberbullying on Online Social Networks (co-supervisor, Yulan He)
  • Maria Dolores Arteaga Revert: Big Data Analytics (supervisory committee member, University of New Brunswick)
  • Kimrendeep Basi: Self-Monitoring Mobile Technology for Medication Adherence in Elderly People with Dementia (co-supervisor, Ian Maidment (LHS))
Graduated Ph.D. Students
  • Lilit Hakobyan: Self-Monitoring, Ability-Reactive Technology for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (associate supervisors Dympna O’Sullivan & Rachel Shaw (LHS))
  • Victoria Lush: Visualisation of Quality Information for Geospatial and Remote Sensing Data (associate supervisor, Lucy Bastin)
  • Anon (2013): Effective Search for Colour Images [Aston University, UK]
  • Linda Duffett-Leger (2011): Developing a Web-Based Approach for Promoting Cervical Health in Young Women [University of New Brunswick, Canada]

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.

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Engineering & Applied Science

Organisational unit: School

  1. 11th international conference on Mobile Web Information Systems

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. 16th international conference on Human-Computer Interaction

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  3. Expert Reviewer for Funding Applications to NIHR

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