Ian Oakley


Research Statement

Computation has escaped the desktop and spread into the fabric of everyday life. Underlying technological advances are embedding digital processing in new formats, contexts, scenarios and social situations at an accelerating pace. As things start to think, questions of how users can relate, understand, control and interact with them come to the fore. Ian Oakley's research interests lie in the design, development and evaluation of multi-modal human-computer interfaces to meet this emerging need. By tapping into contextual input modalities, such as location, unexplored sensory modalities, such as haptics, and novel theories of the mind, such as embodied cognition, his work seeks to design for the next generation of mobile, wearable and tangible computing devices. Ultimately, the value this approach lies in its incorporation of new forms of input and output in order to harness the full capacity of the human body to create experiences that are seamless, expressive and well matched to our environments and tasks. Overall, Oakley's work rests at the intersection of psychology and interaction design: a broad perspective fuels concept development, while rigorous scientific observation explains and grounds results.

Currently Funded Projects

Sensing Interaction on Device Edges for Wearable Computing (Project No: 2014R1A1A1002223)
Agency: National Research Foundation of Korea: 신진연구자지원사업
Role: PI (100%), Budget: 151,000,000 Won, Period: 2014-2017

Strategic program of interdisciplinary human & systems engineering for technologically driven human-centered factories of the future.
Agency: National Research Foundation of Korea: BK21 플러스
Role: Co-PI (6.25%), PI: Gwanseob Shin, Budget: 1,612,000,000 Won, Period: 2013-2020

Predicting Human Movement Patterns to Optimise Environmental Control Systems (SFRH/BD/70428/2010)
Portuguese National Science Foundation PhD Scholarship awarded to Christian Koehler.
Role: Co-supervisor with Anind Dey (Carnegie Mellon University), Budget: 100k Euros, Period: 2011-2015.

Guidelines for Tangible User Interface design based on the framework of Embodied Cognition (SFRH/BD/70203/2010)
Portuguese National Science Foundation PhD Scholarship awarded to Augusto Esteves.
Role: Supervisor, Budget: 60k Euros, Period: 2011-2015.

Previously Funded Projects

Agency: New faculty research grant, UNIST
Role: PI (100%), Budget: 30,000,000 Won, Period: 2013-2014

Design of DB and the standard guidelines for NUI elements
Agency: Sponsored by Samsung Electronics
Role: Co-PI (15%), PI: Joonsang Baek, Budget: 45,000,000 Won, Period: March-June 2014

Human-robot interaction with field robots using augmented reality and interactive mapping (PTDC/EIA-CCO/113257/2009)
Funded by the Portuguese National Science Foundation under the framework of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.
Role: Co-PI, PI: Rodrigo Ventura (ISR/IST), Budget: 130k Euros, Period: 2011-2014.

Usability evaluation techniques for situated privacy (SFRH/BD/65908/2009)
Portuguese National Science Foundation PhD Scholarship awarded to Anastasios Spiliotopoulos.
Role: Supervisor (from 2010 onwards), Budget: 60k Euros, Period: 2010-2014.

SINAIS: Sustainable Interaction with social Networks, context Awareness and Innovative Services (CMU-PT/HuMach/0004/2008)
Funded by the Portuguese National Science Foundation under the framework of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.
Role: Co-PI, PI: Nuno Nunes (UMa), 573k Euros, 2009-2012.

WESP: Web Security and Privacy (CMU-PT/SE/0028/2008)
Funded by the Portuguese National Science Foundation under the framework of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.
Role: Co-PI, PI: Vassilis Kostakos (UMa), 382k Euros, 2009-2012.

Madeira Life (MADFDR-01-0190-FEDER-000001)
Funded through support from Zon Multimedia and the Knowledge+ programme (+Conhecimento, part of Intervir+) initated by Regional Government of Madeira.
Role: Co-PI, PI: Jos van Leeuwen (UMa), 648k Euros, 2009-2012.

PhD Students

Research Assistants

  • Jose Corujeira - 2012-2014, "Human-robot Interaction with Field Robots using Augmented Reality and Interactive Mapping" project

Internships and visitors

  • DoYoung Lee Gestural input for offset touch interfaces (spring/summer 2013)
  • Da-yoon Kang Uses and Gratifications of Social Networks (summer 2013)
  • Taeyang Yang Designing Magnetic Appcessories (summer 2013)
  • Sunhee Woo Designing Magnetic Appcessories (summer 2013)
  • Leandro Gouveia - Designing Persusive Avatars - 3 month Internship on SINAIS project.
  • Ana dos Santos Faria - Evaluating Ego-centric Fuel Efficiency Feedback During Driving - 3 month Internship on SINAIS project.
  • Hitee Chandra - MobileCare: Mobile Biofeedback for Physiotherapy (MHCI student, 3 month spring independent study).
2010 2009
  • Marco Silva and Ana Rafaela Menezes - Intrinsic Motivation: Avatar Study Development (UMa MHCI students, two 3 month part time internships, SINAIS project)
  • Yolanda Vazquez-Alvarez - Interaction with audio gardens (3 month visit, PhD student at Unversity of Glasgow studying under Stephen Brewster)
  • Augusto Esteves - Integrating sensing of home resource consumption with a social network (stepgreen) (UMa MSc student, 3 month summer internship, SINAIS project)
  • Bernardo Reynolds - An investigation of microblogging practices (UMa MSc student, 3 month summer internship, Madeira Life project)

Masters Students

  • Doyoung Lee - Thesis TBC
  • Youngeun Song - Thesis TBC
  • Liza Jahan - Thesis TBC
  • Diogo Periera - A Feasability Study for Modeling Tie Strength with the Facebook API (17/20)
  • Paulo Bala - tCAD, a 3D Modeling Application for a Depth Enhanced TableTop Computer (19/20)
  • Augusto Esteves - Momentos - exploring embodied cognition for the design og tangible user interfaces (18/20)
    Winner of 2010 Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge
  • Paulo Coelho - Sense-able Skin (13/20)
  • Catia Sousa - Social Frabics (co-supervised with Valentina Nisi) (17/20)
  • Hildegardo Noronha - (co-supervised with Vassilis Kostakos) - Hovercraft Telemanipulation: Virtual Models and Interface Design (18/20)
  • Jose Corujeira - (co-supervised with Vassilis Kostakos) - A Situation Awareness Interface for a Bi-Wheeled Industrial Hovercraft: Design, Development and Evaluation (17/20)
  • Nuno Santos - w-Contact: Contact Managment in the Cloud (18/20)
  • Diego Rodridges - Social Circles: a 3D interface for a social network (18/20)
  • Roberto Sousa (co-supervised with Valentina Nisi) - Glaze: a visualisation framework for mobile devices (18/20)
  • Victor Abreu - BalanceBot: human performance of a dynamic teleoperation task (14/20)

Undergraduate Students

  • Joao Leao - Visualising Home Resource Consumption (13/20)
  • Luis Filipe Luis - BalanceBot (18/20)