CN04 - Mobile Interaction Design Practice

Matt Jones, University of Wales, Swansea
Gary Marsden, University of Cape Town, SA

Audience & Benefits:

  • For developers and designers: These participants will be exposed to tried-and-tested design solutions for key and emerging mobile applications and services.
  • For industrial and academic researchers: The course will present a set of research pointers. Those working on the topics of information access, image access and mobile communities will be given insights into the current and evolving thinking surrounding these application areas.
  • For students: The attraction is a dynamic "literature review" of areas where there is still active, useful research going on.
  • For mobile business and marketing analysts and strategists: They will benefit from insights and inspirations from the research community.

Updated for CHI 2008. Course materials presented previously at CHI 2007, Mobile HCI 2005 and other venues. Material developed over several years in conjunction with the instructors' book (Mobile Interaction Design, John Wiley & Sons, 2006).


  • hands-on exploration of tools and techniques for assessing or developing new mobile services and products.
  • case-studies, worked-examples and guidelines to help participants understand critical issues in the successful design of key emerging mobile application areas.
  • examples of research applied practically.

Interactive lectures involving videos, device demonstrations and case-studies. Break-out (smaller group) sessions throughout will be guided by instructors.

Instructor Background:
Matt Jones is a Reader at the Computer Science Dept, University of Wales Swansea. An active researcher in the field, he is an editor of the International Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing and on the steering committee for the Mobile HCI conference series. He is the co-author (with Gary) of Mobile Interaction Design (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).

Gary Marsden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Besides his academic interests in designing interaction for mobile computers, a large part of his time is spent in examining how mobile computers can be used for upliftment in the developing world. He is the Interactions Magazine 'Developing World' editor and was awarded the ACM SigCHI Social Impact Award in 2007.