STEVEN HOUBEN

Assistant Professor* in Interactive Systems
Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Office D36, Infolab, Lancaster University Campus.

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About me

I am Assistant Professor (*Lecturership in UK) in Interactive Systems in the School of Computing and Communication at Lancaster University. I am affiliate faculty at the Data Science Institute in Lancaster.  I am part of the Interactive Systems (technical HCI) group.


My research is in the field of Computer Science, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction and Interactive System. Together with my research team, I work on topics around cross-device computing, augmented reality, physical computing, and IoT systems. My work combines human-centred design and interaction concepts with new interactive systems, machine learning, toolkits and interaction techniques. 


I teach Human-Computer Interaction, Design Engineering and Physical Computing in the Computer Science undergraduate and graduate programs at Lancaster University, and currently serve as the Director of Outeach for the Computer Science department. 
other activities or more on teaching.


News: Full papers on CollabAR and Change of Perspective accepted to CHI'20. Paper on Econundrum accepted to DIS'20AC for TEI'20, ISS'20, CHI'21.

RESEARCH TEAM

Christopher Clarke (Postdoc)

Kim Sauvé (PhD Student)

Dominic Potts (PhD Student)

Thomas Wells (PhD Student)

Edward Thompson (Visitor)

Other students/projects.

CURRENT ROLES

Director of Outreach SCC

AC for ISS 2020 - CHI 2021

activities and teaching

Publications

These are a selection of my most relevant publications. Since 2012, I've published about 60 papers, demos, workshop abstract, book chapters, magazine articles, etc... Please find the full updated list on Google Scholardblp and ACM DL.

Econundrum: Visualizing the Climate Impact of Dietary Choice through a Shared Data Sculpture
K. Sauvé, S. Bakker and S. Houben

In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS'20)
🏆 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award – top 5% 
pdf — video — demo


CollabAR - Investigating the Mediating Role of Mobile AR Interfaces on Co-Located Group Collaboration

T. Wells and S. Houben

In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20).
🏆 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award – top 5% 

pdfvideoteaser video


A Change of Perspective: How User Orientation Influences the Perception of Physicalizations

K. Sauvé, D. Potts, J. Alexander and S. Houben

In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20).

pdf videoteaser video


Activity-Centric Computing Systems

J. E. Bardram, S. Jeuris, P. Tell, S. Houben and S. Voida

In Communications of the ACM, August 2019, Vol. 62 No. 8, Pages 72-81 (CACM'19)

Online article video


Roam-IO: Engaging with People Tracking Data through an Interactive Physical Data Installation

S. Houben , B. Bengler, D. Gavrilov, S. Gallacher, V. Nisi , N. J. Nunes, L. Capra and Y. Rogers

In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS'19)

pdf


Cross-Device Taxonomy Survey, Opportunities and Challenges of Interactions Across Multiple Devices

F. Brudy, C. Holz, R. Rädle, C. Wu, S. Houben , C. Klokmose and N. Marquardt
In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’19).
pdfdata (released after publication)


EagleView: A Video Analysis Tool for Visualising and Querying Spatial Interactions of People and Devices
F. Brudy, S. Suwanwatcharachat, W. Zhang, S. Houben and N. Marquardt
In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS’18)

🏆 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award – top 5% 

pdf — talk video — video — source code


Collaborative Affordances of Medical Records
J.E. Bardram and S. Houben (* joined first author)
In the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2018 (JSCSW'18).

online open access link 


Evaluation Strategies for HCI Toolkit Research
D. Ledo, S. Houben*, J. Vermeulen, N. Marquardt, L. Oelberg and S. Greenberg  (* shared first author)
In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’18).
pdfdata — talk video — teaser video


Investigating the Role of an Overview Device in Multi-Device Collaboration
F. Brudy, J. Budiman, S. Houben and N. Marquardt
In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’18).
pdf — talk video


EagleSense: Tracking People and Devices in Interactive Spaces using Real-Time Top-View Depth-Sensing
C. Wu, S. Houben and N. Marquardt
In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’17).
pdf — source — video


CurationSpace: Cross-Device Content Curation Using Instrumental Interaction
F. Brudy, S. Houben, N. Marquardt and Y. Rogers
In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS’16).

pdf — video


Physikit: Data Engagement Through Physical Ambient Visualizations in the Home
S. Houben, C. Golsteijn, S. Gallacher, R. Johnson, S. Bakker, N. Marquardt, L. Capra and Y. Rogers
In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’16).
🏆 Best Paper Honorable Mention Awardtop 4% 

pdf — teaser video — full video

WatchConnect: A Toolkit for Prototyping Smartwatch-Centric Cross-Device Applications
S. Houben, N. Marquardt
In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’15).
pdf — source — talk video — teaser video — full video


Collaborative Affordances of Hybrid Patient Record Technologies in Medical Work
S. Houben, M. Frost, J.E. Bardram
In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. (CSCW’15)

pdf


ActivitySpace: Managing Device Ecologies in an Activity-Centric Configuration Space
S. Houben, P. Tell, J.E. Bardram
In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS’14
🏆 Best Paper Honorable Mention Awardtop 5% 

pdf — video


HyPR Device: Mobile Support for Hybrid Patient Records
S. Houben, M. Frost, J.E. Bardram
In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS’14)

pdf

 

Laevo: A Temporal Desktop Interface for Integrated Knowledge Work
S. Jeuris, S. Houben, J.E. Bardram
In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST’14)

pdf — teaser video — video


Activity-Centric Support for Ad Hoc Knowledge Work – A Case Study of co-Activity Manager
S. Houben, J.E. Bardram, J. Vermeulen, K. Luyten and K. Coninx.
In Proceedings of the 2013 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’13). 

pdf — teaser video


ReticularSpaces: Activity-Based Computing Support for Distributed and Collaborative Smart Spaces
J.E. Bardram, S. Gueddana, S. Houben and S. Nielsen. (* alphabetic author order)
In Proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (CHI’12)

pdf — video