Rose Johnson

Rose Johnson
Research Associate
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+44 (0)20 3108 7083 (x57083)
Room: 3.06
UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

Please note: I am part-time so am not on site everyday. I am usually at UCL on Wednesdays and Thursdays 7am - 4pm.

I am interested in how people and technology interact in the everyday world. In particular how technology can be applied to new and unexplored domains, such as music learning, political engagement or bringing communities together. My preferred methodological approach is to discover through the process of design, by prototyping systems and then seeing how they are used in the real-world through in-the-wild user studies.

I am a part-time post-doc at UCL. I am working on a project called CodeMe with Venus Shum and Nic Marquardt. This is a toolkit for teaching people of all ages about programming and electronics. We want to find out how best to design the toolkit and accompanying tutorials to promote engagement and inspire people to use the toolkit creatively.

I am also working on a project called Physikit with Connie Golsteijn, Sarah Gallacher, Steven Houben and Saskia Bakker. This is a toolkit to explore how data can be represented physically. We plan to build several modules that grow and move in different ways depending on the data that is sent to them. We will then use them in workshops with the public to enable them to experience data in a different way. This research is part of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute.

Brief biography

I passed my PhD in October 2014. My PhD explores how to use real-time feedback to help violinists learn key aspects of technique such as posture and bowing. To investigate this I designed and built a series of prototypes which sense the movement/posture of players using inertial motion sensors and give feedback either using vibrators positioned on the body or through a visual display. Each of these prototypes was tested in a different setting eventually concluding with a study with members of a high school orchestra who used the prototypes both at in school practices and at home. In every evaluation I aim to study the prototypes in real-world settings with participants who are violin players working on relevant tasks so that people are using the feedback under realistic levels of cognitive and perceptual load and have genuine motivation to learn and improve. From the findings of these user studies I am building a framework for designing real-time multimodal feedback.

I have a masters in theoretical physics from Swansea University in which I won the P.M. Davidson prize for best theoretical project. I then moved to the Open University in 2009 to study for my PhD with Janet van der Linden and Yvonne Rogers. I transferred to UCL after two years.

In 2010 I was an intern at Microsoft Research Cambridge for three months under Kenton O'Hara and Abigail Sellen. Together we carried out an ethnographic study of interventional radiology to understand the potential for touchless interaction in this kind of medical setting. We published our findings at CHI 2012.

Research Publications

Authors
Title
Year
Publication
Yvonne Rogers, Venus Shum, Nicolai Marquardt, Susan Lechelt, Rose Johnson, H Baker, M Davies From the BBC Micro to micro: Bit and beyond: A British innovation 2017 Interactions, Journal article
Yvonne Rogers, Venus Shum, Nicolai Marquardt, ZD Lechelt, Rose Johnson, H Baker, M Davies From the BBC micro to micro: bit and beyond: a British innovation 2017 Journal article
Rose Johnson, Venus Shum, Yvonne Rogers, Nicolai Marquardt Make or Shake: An Empirical Study of the Value of Making in Learning about Computing Technology 2016 IDC 2016, Conference proceeding, Manchester UK
Steven Houben, Connie Golsteijn, Sarah Gallacher, Rose Johnson, Saskia Bakker, Nicolai Marquardt, L Capra, Yvonne Rogers Physikit: Data Engagement Through Physical Ambient Visualizations in the Home 2016 CHI 2016, Conference proceeding, San Jose, USA
Sarah Gallacher, Connie Golsteijn, V Kalnikaite, Steven Houben, Rose Johnson, Danny Harrison, Nicolai Marquardt SenCity 2: Visualizing the Hidden Pulse of a City 2015 Adjunct Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Conference proceeding
Rose Johnson Using technology to reveal the politics of the built environment 2013 UbiComp 2013 Adjunct - Adjunct Publication of the 2013 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Journal article
Rose Johnson, N Bianchi-Berthouze, Yvonne Rogers, der Linden J van Embracing Calibration in Body Sensing: Using Self-Tweaking To Enhance Ownership and Performance 2013 He 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013), Conference proceeding, Zurich
Rose Johnson, Yvonne Rogers, der Linden J van, N Bianchi-Berthouze Being in the thick of in-the-wild studies: the challenges and insights or researcher participation. 2012 CHI’12 Proceedings., Conference proceeding
Rose Johnson, Yvonne Rogers, der Linden J van, N Bianchi-Berthouze Being in the thick of in-the-wild studies: The challenges and insights of researcher participation 2012 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'12), Conference proceeding
Duncan Brumby, Anna Cox, Rose Johnson, Yvonne Rogers Embedding the CHI Student Design Competition into Project-Based Learning 2012 CHI 2012 Workshop: A Contextualised Curriculum for HCI, Conference proceeding, CHI 2012 Workshop: A Contextualised Curriculum for HCI
der Lindon J van, Rose Johnson, Jon Bird, Yvonne Rogers, E Schoonderwaldt Buzzing to Play: Lessons learned from an in the wild study of real-time vibrotactile feedback. 2011 Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems., Conference proceeding, ACM CHI 2011
der Linden J van, Rose Johnson, Jon Bird, Yvonne Rogers, E Schoonderwaldt Buzzing to Play: Lessons learned from an in the wild study of real-time vibrotactile feedback. 2011 ACM CHI 2011, Conference proceeding
Rose Johnson, K O'Hara, Abigail Sellen, C Cousins, C Criminisi Exploring the Potential for Touchless Interaction in Image-Guided Interventional Radiology. 2011 ACM CHI 2011, Conference proceeding
der Linden J van, E Schoonderwaldt, Jon Bird, Rose Johnson MusicJacket - combining motion capture and vibrotactile feedback to teach violin bowing. 2011 IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Journal article
Rose Johnson, JVD Linden, Yvonne Rogers Real-time feedback for learning the violin. 2011 BCS HCI, Conference proceeding
Rose Johnson, der Linden J van, Yvonne Rogers MusicJacket: The efficacy of real-time vibrotactile feedback for learning to play the violin. 2010 Extended Abstracts of CHI 2010 (Work in Progress paper)., Journal article
Rose Johnson, der Linden J van, Yvonne Rogers To buzz or not to buzz: Improving awareness of posture through vibrotactile feedback. 2010 Whole Body Interaction Workshop at CHI 2010., Journal article
Rose Johnson In Touch with the Wild: Exploring Real-time for Learning to Play the Violin N/A Thesis / Dissertation