Welcome to the 15th Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Symposium

The annual Irish Human Computer Interaction conference will take place on Friday 18th of November 2022 at the Conor lecture theatre, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, Northern Ireland (York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED).

We invite you to a one day ‘face to face’ event that will bring together leading voices from the field of HCI and provide an overview of HCI research in Ireland, Northern Ireland and further afield.

We will have keynotes, a paper presentation track for showcasing a selection of publications by researchers at leading international venues of HCI research, a rapid fire or poster session, industry talks and a lot of opportunities to network in Belfast.

The event is supported by the ACM SIGCHI Chapter Ireland and Ulster University (Belfast School of Art and the School of Computing).

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Harold Thimblebey

    Harold Thimblebey

    Keynote Talk: How HCI can see and solve problems of healthcare

    Prof Harold Thimbleby is See Change Fellow in Digital Health, based at Swansea University, Wales. He is Expert Advisor on IT to the Royal College of Physicians, a member of the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Network, and an advisor to the Clinical Human Factors Group, and to the UK Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

    Despite being a computer scientist, he has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Edinburgh Royal College of Physicians, and of the Royal Society of Arts; he’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has been a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder and a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, and he is 28th Gresham Professor of Geometry.

    Harold's most recent book is Fix IT: See and Solve The Problems of Digital Healthcare was published by OUP in 2021: "This is an extraordinary book: a potent and engaging compendium of revelatory stories, bold insights, wise advice, and fresh thinking.” — Daniel Jackson, Professor of Computer Science, MIT.

    Harold thinks HCI remains the biggest fixable hole in healthcare.

  • Prof Luigina Ciolfi

    Luigina Coffi

    Keynote Talk (Working Title): “Digitally Entangled Worklives Beyond the Pandemic”

    Luigina Ciolfi is Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork, Ireland. An experienced scholar in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), she researches the understanding, practicing and designing of digital interactive systems from a socio-technical perspective, with particular interest in collaborative and participatory practices.

    She was previously Professor of Human-Centred Computing at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the University of Limerick (Ireland). She has authored over 100 refereed publications and has been an invited speaker in fifteen countries. She has held numerous scientific expert roles for research agencies and funding bodies nationally and internationally.

    Service highlights include: General Co-Chair, ACM CSCW 2021; General Chair, ECSCW 2017; CHI Subcommittee Chair, 2018-2019; Papers Co-Chair, CSCW 2015; Associate Editor, The CSCW Journal.  Professor Ciolfi is an ACM Senior Member and ACM Distinguished Speaker, Steering Committee member of EUSSET – The European Society for Socially-Embedded Technologies, and Member of the British Psychological Society.

  • Dr Ben Cowan

    Ben Cowan

    Hey Google- why am I speaking like this? The need for theory in understanding our interactions with speech interfaces.

    Dr Benjamin R Cowan is Associate Professor at University College Dublin’s School of Information & Communication Studies in Ireland. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology & Business Studies (2006) as well as his PhD in Usability Engineering (2011) at the University of Edinburgh.

    His research lies at the juncture between psychology, human-computer interaction and communication systems in investigating how design impacts aspects of user behaviour in social, collaborative and communicative technology interactions. Dr Cowan is the co-founder and co-director of the HCI@UCD group, one of the largest Human-Computer Interaction groups in Europe.

    He is also Co-Principal investigator in the SFI funded ADAPT Centre, a world leading €90+ million Research Centre on AI driven content technologies, where he leads the Interaction and Control research strand. Dr Cowan is also the co-founder of ACM SIGCHI International Conferences Series on Conversational User Interfaces (ACM CUI). He has also been involved in the ACM CHI conference, having acted as Associate Chair (AC-2017-2018; 2021) and Subcommittee Chair (SC- 2022; 2023) of theUnderstanding People: Theory, Concepts, Methods Subcommittee.



Registration for the Irish HCI Conference is now open and can be accessed using the link below:

Registration cost: £50.00

This covers: Coffee/tea, lunch and a buffet style dinner in the evening of the conference.

As space is limited, we do ask that people register only if they are sure to attend the conference.

HSC staff can attend the conference for free (buffet dinner not included).  To register please contact ka.boyd@ulster.ac.uk

Free Pre-Conference Event Can we measure the 'quality' of health apps?

On the evening before the main iHCI event, we will have a keynote lecture at 6pm on the 17th November 2022 at the School of Art (Conor Lecture theatre), Ulster University, Belfast. Whilst associated with iHCI, this keynote is free and open to all. Hence, please register separately for this lecture.

The lecture will be by Dr Simon Leigh:  Can we measure the 'quality' of health apps?

Register for the Free Pre-Conference Event


Conor lecture theatre

Ulster University (Belfast campus)
Belfast school of Art
York Street,
BT15 1ED




The iHCI 2022 conference is hosted by the Belfast School of Art and School of Computing, Ulster University.


  • Dr. Kyle Boyd
  • Prof. Raymond Bond

Local Organising Committee

  • Dr. Jorge Martinez Carracedo, School of Computing
  • Dr. Joe Rafferty, School of Computing
  • Prof. Maurice Mulvenna, AI Research Centre, School of Computing
  • Louise O’Boyle, Faculty of AHSS, Ulster University
  • Dr Brain Dixon, Belfast School of Art
  • Prof. Johnny Wallace, School of Computing
  • Dr. Lu Bai, School of Computing
  • Ozelle Kimalel, Belfast School of Art
  • Alice Tennant, Belfast School of Art
  • Prof. Justin Magee, Belfast School of Art
  • Maciej Hyzy, School of Computing
  • Prof. Chris Nugent, School of Computing
  • Dr. Jun Liu, School of Computing
  • Prof. Dewar Finlay, School of Engineering
  • Prof. Jim Mclaughlin, School of Engineering
  • Dr. Ian McChesney , School of Computing
  • Mr Paul McCormack, Belfast School of Art
  • Mr  Daniel Philpott, Belfast School of Art