Lyn Pemberton 
Reader in Human Computer Interaction

Watts Building Room 602
School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences
University of Brighton
Lewes Rd
Brighton BN2 4GJ
East Sussex, UK

Telephone:  44 (0)1273 642476

photo of Lyn on top of a distant peak in the Picos de Europa


July 2008
Interactive Everywhere

Interactive Everywhere is a two year Creativity Development Fund project designed to develop a toolkit for ubiquitous computing
. It aims to support students' work in ubiquitous computing projects by providing a ready-to-use technological infrastructure that students can use with minimal effort. The project will provide a technological infrastructure and example projects to reduce both fear of failure and over concentration on technological problems, to free students’ creativity.

The project also gives us a chance to explore issues in ubiquitous computing for cultural heritage, via a range of case studies. Most recently we have been working with photographer Julia Winckler to give interactive audio support for her lovely exhibition Retracing Heinrich Barth, recently on show at the Bru
nei Gallery of the School of Oriental and African Studies. Our interactive art gallery on the 6th floor of the Watts Building also provides an opportunity to experiment with context aware applications.

European Projects Update

The group is involved in several learning-related research and development projects funded by different European Commission funding programmes.

ARISE (Augmented Reality in Secondary Education) is an exciting project headed by the Fraunhofer Insititute, Sankt Augustin, investigating the potential applications for desktop augmented reality in learning for secondary school students in six countries across Europe.

Vicadis (Virtual Campus for Digital Students) is a two years European Project funded through European Lifelong Learning Programme 2007 - 2013 / Erasmus / Multilateral Projects / Virtual Campuses. The project started on 1st October 2007, with ten partners across six countries.

Our other major focus is the LOGOS project, which aims to exploit existing multimedia archives and databases to provide on-demand cross platform learning objects.  This is a 15 partner IST Project, headed by Hungarian broadcasters Antenna Hungaria. The project runs for 3 years from February 2006 and will allow us to develop work on mobile and iTV based learning.

June 2008

New Media Student Design Competitions  page has just been updated and links tested. New sites have been added, mainly in the Computing area.   Please get in touch if you have any comments or information on additional competitions to include.



I coordinate the activities of the Interactive and Intelligent Systems Subject Group (teaching-related) and the Interactive Technologies Research Group.

My current research interests:

Fallahkhair, S., Pemberton, L., and Griffiths, R. (In Press) Television and Mobile Phone Assisted Language Learning Environment: TAMALLE. Special Issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning: Wireless and Mobile Learning

Pemberton, L., Fallahkhair, S. and Masthoff, J. 2005. Learner Centred Development of Cross Platform Language Learning Support System, Journal of Educational Technology and Society.  8 (4), 52-63

Pemberton, L. and Fallahkhair, S. 2006. Beyond usability: evaluating a cross-platform language learning service for iTV and mobile phone. Proceedings of EuroITV 2006. Athens, Greece. 25-26 May 2006.

Fallahkhair, S., Pemberton, L., and Griffiths, R. 2005. Dual Device User Interface Design for Ubiquitous Language Learning: Mobile Phone and Interactive Television (iTV). Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Technology for Education (WMTE) in Tokushima, Japan. 

Pemberton, L and Fallahkhair, S., 2005. Design Issues for Dual Device Learning: Interactive Television and Mobile Phone. 4th World conference on Mobile Learning, in Cape Town South Africa:

Fallahkhair, S., Masthoff, J. & Pemberton, L. (2004). Learning Languages from Interactive Television: Language Learners Reflect on Techniques and Technologies. In Cantoni, L. & McLoughlin, C. (Eds.) World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications EdMedia 2004. 4336- 4343

Fallahkhair, S., Pemberton, L. & Masthoff, J. (2004). A dual device scenario for informal language learning: interactive television meets the mobile phone. In Kinshuk, Looi, C., Sutinen, E., Sampson, D., Aedo, I., Uden, L., and Kahkonen, E. (Eds.). The 4th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies ICALT 2004. 16-20.

Pemberton, L., Fallahkhair, S., Masthoff, J. (2004). Towards a Theoretical Framework for Informal Language via Interactive Television. In Kinshuk, Sampson, D.G. and Isaias, P. (Eds.) Proceedings of IADIS International Conference of Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA), 27-34.

Masthoff, J. & L. Pemberton, 2003.  Adaptive learning via interactive television: one size fits all?( (doc) presented at PEG 2003, St Petersburg

Pemberton L. & R. N. Griffiths. 2003. Usability Evaluation Techniques for Interactive Television (doc) Presented at HCI International, Crete.

Pemberton L. 2002. The Potential of Interactive Television for Delivering Individualised Language Learning (pdf) Future TV Workshop ITS 2002 conference in San Sebastian/Biarritz, June 2002

Andone, D., Dron, J., Boyne, C. & Pemberton, L. 2006, 'Digital Students Across Europe', ED-MEDIA 2006, vol. 1, ed. AACE, AACE, Florida, USA.

Andone, D., Boyne, C., Dron, J. & Pemberton, L. 2005, 'Digital Students and their Use of eLearning Enviroments', IADIS WWW/Internet 2005, vol. 1, IADIS, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 302-306.

Andone, D., Boyne, C., Dron, J. & Pemberton, L. 2005, 'What is it to be a digital student in a British university?' ICALT 2005 The 5th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, vol. 1, IEEE Computer Science, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, pp. 925-927.

Andone, D., Boyne, C.W., Dron, J. & Pemberton, L. 2005, 'Digital students and their use of eLearning environments', IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2005, IADIS, Lisbon, Portugal.

Andone, D., Boyne, C.W., Dron, J. & Pemberton, L. 2005, 'What is it to be a digital student in a British university?' ICALT 2005, IEEE, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Older interests:
Our first proposal for patterns in HCI design and beyond: The Timeless Way: Making Living Cooperative Buildings with Design Patterns  (pdf).  In Streitz, N., S. Konomi & H-J. Burkhart (eds) Cooperative Buildings - Integrating Information, Organisation and Architecture. Proceedings of First International Workshop, CoBuild '98, Darmstadt, Germany, Feb. 1998, pp. 142 - 153.
A report on the Patterns Workshop we ran with Jan Borchers at InterAct 99 in Edinburgh was published in AI and Society 15/5, Dec 2001, pp 377 - 385. Offprints are available from Jan Borchers - Here's the Web site for the workshop.
We ran a Patterns Workshop at  CHI 2000 in the Hague. The workshop web site is here.
The Promise of Patterns for Interaction Design: Draft of article based on presentation at HF2000. Loughborough.
Don't Write Guidelines, Write Patterns -  draft of a joint paper with Richard Griffiths concentrating on the relationship between patterns and guidelines
Genre as a Structuring Concept for Interaction Design Pattern Languages - a position paper for the HCI-SIG Workshop on patterns, Nov. 2000, London
Teaching Interaction Design with Pattern Language - a draft paper on approaches to using pattern language in interaction design teaching, based on some experiences at the University of Brighton
Edwards, V.K., L. Pemberton, J. Knight & F. Monaghan. 2002. Fabula: a Bilingual Multimedia Authoring Environment for Children Exploring Minority Languages. Language Learning and Technology 6/2, pp. 59 - 69.
B. Cahour and L. Pemberton 2001. Keeping the Peace: a model of conversational positioning in collaborative design dialogues, AI and Society 15/4, pp 317 - 344.
Lyn Pemberton and Simon Shurville (eds). 1999. Words on the Web: Computer Mediated Communication. (Amazon UK link) Intellect: Bristol
John Connolly and Lyn Pemberton (eds) 1996. Linguistic Concepts and Methods in CSWC (Computer Supported Cooperative Work S.) Springer: Berlin.

Research Supervision

I am also involved in the supervision of these research students:

Heloisa Candello Pereira
Heloisa has been studying the behaviour of tourists on guided tours as part of her work on developing audiovisual mobile support for cultural heritage.

Erminia Carillo
Erminia is a research officer on the EPOCH project, developing her PhD on ICT interpretation for a museum on Hadrian's Wall.

Diane Andone

Diana is researching the concept of the new HE student as "digital learner".

Neil Morgan

Neil is working on usability meatrics for visual languages used in the software engineering process.

Recent PhD graduates are:

Ana Vitoria Hulshof Joly
Ana, who graduated from the MSc programme in Digital Television Management and Production, is now halfway through her PhD project on designing digital media interfaces for pre-school children. She's also been closely involved with the Interactive Everywhere project.

Kalthom Husain
Study of CMC in an academic environment - a cross-cultural study of women's use of the Internet in the UK and Malaysia.

Michael O'Regan
Michael is working with CENTOPS, the Centre for Tourism Policy Studies on the impact of computer mediated communication on the experience of the culture of the backpacker.  This involved  field work in South America, for which he's  obtained sponsorship from British Airways.

Sanaz Fallahkhair
Design and development of an interactive TV service for learners. 

Liz Guy
Ethnographic study of an IT department, using Activity Theory as an analytical framework, entitled From rollout to appropriation: changing practices of development and use during a groupware project.  There's lots of information about  the work on Liz's web site. Liz is Senior Lecturer in CMIS.

Vy Rajapillai
Cross-cultural study of computer mediated communication: European and Indian academic collaborations. Vy is currently working at the University of Brighton, dividing her time between CMIS and the School of Languages. She worked as Research Officer on our current project to investiagate technological support for stakeholder participation in SCIE.

Jenny Fry
Empirical study of CMC across academic disciplines. Jenny worked for several years as a post-doc first in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill and then at Nerdi, the Networked Research and Digital Information group at the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services in Amsterdam. She's now back in the UK at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Ruth Crawley
A framework for describing and selecting Computer Supported Co-operative Learning applications. Ruth worked as an educational researcher at the Open University's Institute for Educational Technology and became part of Brighton's e-learning scene with Epic.

Simon Shurville
Simon's thesis developed the concept of Method oriented design environments, with a proof-of-concept system for parametric analysis. His work was supported by Integral Solutions Ltd. Simon moved to work as an educational technology researcher at Oxford University's Teaching and Learning Centre, from there to a post leading developments in digital learning environments at the University of Sussex here in Brighton adn thence to Cranfield Univeristy of Technology. He's now Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where he maintains his always original blog.

Claire Dormann
Claire wrote her thesis on interactive animated icons and has broad interests in semiotics and HCI. After working as a post doc researcher in Denmark and the Netherlands, she's now part of the HOT lab at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.



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