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Chris Roast

Dr Christopher R Roast PhD

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Chris has worked in a variety of areas oriented to practical and applied research within computing and interaction design. He enjoys in the inherently cross-disciplinary nature of digital device and service design, and how digital technology can mediate the transition from users who are unfamiliar with a technology to users who effectively benefit from it. He has worked with a variety of other disciplines including: Product Design, English Literature, Cultural Studies, Robotics, Nursing, Education, etc..  His applied research focuses upon the usability of notations and tools for defining and controlling information artefacts; and the principles by which information artefact design can be characterised; and the design and development of visualisations;

He has an active interest in a number of areas including: VR and AR; Design for others; Sentiment Analysis; Non-trivial online form design, knowledge transfer and innovation.

  • About

    Chris has worked in a variety of areas oriented to practical issues within interaction design. He is interested in the inherently cross-disciplinary nature of digital service and product design, and how digital technology mediates its effective use. Having completed a Masters in Design Research at the RCA, he went to work on an early interactive video training project at Imperial College of Science and Technology. This experience demonstrated a 'intelligent tutoring system' failing to co-ordinate user interaction with educational video content. This led to Chris's interest in HCI. He completed a PhD and The University of York attempting to capture concepts about good interaction design that could be applied generally and reasoned about formally. During that time he encountered the idea of Cognitive Dimensions of Notations, as a similar research thread motivated by psychology.

    Chris started teaching towards the end of his PhD and has continued to teach undergraduates and post-graduates since.

    While remaining research active, he has became more interested in applying his expertise and experience. Over the last ten years has been more involved in applied inter-disciplinary research. This has involved numerous collaborations and has resulted in an interest in knowledge transfer and innovation. He has worked on industry based projects of various sorts for the last six years. Chris has also been a knowledge transfer lead, encouraging and facilitating others in engaging in collaborative practiced based work.

    External Examiner, Principal Lecturer

    Human-Computer Interaction; Interaction Design; Programming; Programming Environments; Visualisation; Notations; Health Technology; Educational Technology; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Knowledge Exchange and Innovation. 

  • Teaching

    Department of Computing

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Software Engineering

    Professional Practice

  • Research

    • Communication and Computing Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    • Communication and Computing Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    KTP academic lead: Bloor and Co. (2018-20); Infraglo Ltd. (2018-20); Balmoral Tanks (2018-19).

    Academic lead: "SQLView" (Innovate UK. Learning Light Ltd., 2017-2018) "EQUS - Enhancing the Quality and Usability of Spreadsheets" (I and II) (SBRI, 2014-16); "KITE - The evaluation of RAPTOR" (JISC, 2012); "Early Bird IP" (Intellectual Property Office, 2012); "CoDeX " (JISC eContent, 2011); "Interactive Energy Awareness Tool, Concept Design" (Ask4, 2011); "Collaborative Systems for Digital Media Production" (ZOO Digital, 2008-10).

    Regional Development: Sheffield Innovation Programme; Innovation Futures (II); Innovation Futures.

    Understanding Queries using Visualisation - SQLview supported by Innovate UK in collaboration with Learning Light.

    EQUS Enhancing the Quality and Usability of Spreadsheets supported by SBRI in collaboration with Learning Light

    Under the auspices of regional development, we have collaborated with numerous SME's mainly within the Sheffield City Region. Noteworthy cases include: 3Squared, Openwave, M3, Fuel Trading, Learning Light, Very Viz, Ask 4, Zoo Digital, WANDisco.

    Understanding Queries using Visualisation - SQLview supported by Innovate UK in collaboration with Learning Light.

    EQUS Enhancing the Quality and Usability of Spreadsheets supported by SBRI in collaboration with Learning Light.

    Under the auspices of regional development, we have collaborated with numerous SME's mainly within the Sheffield City Region. Noteworthy cases include: 3Squared, Openwave, M3, Fuel Trading, Learning Light, Very Viz, Ask 4, Zoo Digital, WANDisco.







  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Hawley, M.S., O'Neill, P., Webb, L.H., & Roast, C.R. (2002). A provision framework and data logging tool to aid the prescription of electronic assistive technology. Technology and Disability, 14 (2), 43-52

    Ritchie, I., & Roast, C. (2001). Waiting for the web. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 127. http://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2001.926530

    Siddiqi, J.I., Morrey, I.C., Roast, C.R., & Ozcan, M.B. (1997). Towards quality requirements via animated formal specifications. Annals of Software Engineering, 3, 131-155

    Conference papers

    Uruchurtu, E., Roast, C., & Maswera, T. (2018). Menage a trois! Innovation, digital and knowledge transfer. In 13th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2018, Aveiro; Portugal, 20 September 2018. Academic Conferences and Publishing International: https://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/ecie/ecie-future-and-past/

    Uruchurtu, E., Lockley, E., Roast, C., Keefe, T., & Williams, N. (2010). Understanding user requirements and expectations of digital learning resources. In Workshop Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2010, 158-166.

    Uruchurtu, E., Lockley, E., Roast, C., & De Bleecker, I. (2009). Usability evaluation of OpenWeb transcoding. In 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Bonn, Germany, 31 December 2009. http://mobilehci.uni-siegen.de/proceedings2009/ic318-uruchurtu.pdf

    Fish, A., Khazaei, B., & Roast, C. (2008). Exploring human factors in formal diagram usage. Berlin: Springer

    Graham, T.C.N., Curzon, P., Doherty, G., Palanque, P., Potter, R., Roast, C., & Smith, S.P. (2007). Usability and computer games: Working group report. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 4323 LNCS, 265-268.

    Dearden, A., Lauener, A.M., Slack, F., Roast, C.R., & Cassidy, S. (2006). Make it so! Jean-Luc Picard, Bart Simpson and the design of e-public services. In Proceedings of the Ninth Conference on Participatory design: Expanding boundaries in design, Trento, Italy, 1 August 2006(pp. 67-76). New York: ACM Press: http://doi.org/10.1145/1147261.1147272

    Blackwell, A., Robinson, P., Roast, C., & Green, T. (2002). Cognitive models of programming-like activity. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, 910-911.

    Roast, C., Patterson, D., & Hardman, V. (n.d.). Visualisation - it is not the data, it is what you do with it. IADIS: http://www.iadisportal.org/digital-library/visualisation-%EF%BF%BD-it-is-not-the-data-it-is-what-you-do-with-it

  • Other activities

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Sha Liang: "ESTABLISHING DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR AUGMENTED REALITY FOR AGEING POPULATION"

    Aathira Majnu: "Enhancing usability of non-trivial online forms using models"

    Maher Itani: "SENTIMENT ANALYSIS AND TEXT CATEGORIAZTION OF DIALECTAL ARABIC TEXT IN SOCIAL NETWORKS"

    Simon Bowen: (2006-2009) ‘The instrumental use of Critical Design: A new human - centered design methodology’.

    Michael Hohl: (2002-2006) ‘This is not here : connectedness, remote experiences and immersive telematic art’.

    Xiaohui Zhang: (2009-2014) 'A User Perspective of Design for Context-Aware Adaption'

    Peter O'Neil “An investigation into the enhancement of service prescription of integrated computerised systems for people with disabilities” CRC Studentship (1999). 

    Zhang, Xiaohui "Users' Perspectives of Design for Context-Aware Adaption" (2014).

    Sha Liang “A Human Factors approach for Augmented Reality” (2018).

    Maher M. Itani “Sentiment analysis of Arabic text in social networks” (2018).

  • Media

    Chris is interested how our interaction with technology offers great opportunities and how they are often thwarted by misconceptions and complexities. Good design can make technology more accessible but often the actual complexity is badly hidden!

    Chris has worked extensively with industry linking research activity with industry needs and innovation.

    Computing, Research

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