John A. Waterworth

Author: John A. Waterworth

John A Waterworth, PhD, is a Professor of Informatics at the Department of Informatics at Umeå University in Northern Sweden. His main research interest is in the design of interactive technology and its impact on user experiences and wellbeing.

Before coming to Sweden John worked in the Research Division of the Institute for Systems Science (now part of the Institute for Infocomm Research) in Singapore for 6 years (88-94). He originated and led their HCI research on VR, hypermedia and multimedia, and also ran courses for industry on Psychology and HCI design. Between 1980 and 1988 he focused on speech and natural language interaction, as a researcher and then research group leader in the Human Factors division of what was then called BT Research Labs in Suffolk, England.

John has a PhD (1984) in Experimental Psychology from what is now the University of Hertfordshire, on the topic of duration perception in relation to mental activity. He is a registered Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.


Publication period start: 1995
Number of co-authors: 19


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Bernd Nordhausen
Eva Lindh Waterworth
Mark Chignell

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Mark Chignell
Norbert A. Streitz
Shumin Zhai


Waterworth, E. L., Hiaggkvist, M., Jalkanen, K., Olsson, S., Waterworth, John A., Wimelius, H. (2003): The Exploratorium: An Environment To Explore Your Feelings. In Psychnology, 1 (3) pp. 189-201.

Waterworth, John A. (2003): Virtual Realisation: Supporting Creative Outcomes in Medicine and Music. In Psychnology, 1 (4) pp. 410-427.

Waterworth, John A., Waterworth, Eva Lindh (2003): Being and Time: Judged Presence and Duration as a Function of Media Form. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 12 (5) pp. 495-511.

Waterworth, John A. (1994): \"Things That Make Us Smart,\" by Donald A. Norman. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 26 (4) pp. 78-79.

Waterworth, John A., Chignell, Mark, Zhai, Shumin (1993): From Icons to Interface Models: Designing Hypermedia from the Bottom Up. In International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 39 (3) pp. 453-472.

Waterworth, John A., Motiwalla, Juzar (1991): HCI Research at the Institute of Systems Science. In: Robertson, Scott P., Olson, Gary M., Olson, Judith S. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 91 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 28 - June 5, 1991, New Orleans, Louisiana. pp. 483-484.

Waterworth, John A., Chignell, Mark (1991): A Model of Information Exploration. In Hypermedia, 3 (1) pp. 35-58.

Chignell, Mark, Nordhausen, Bernd, Valdez, J. Felix, Waterworth, John A. (1991): The HEFTI Model of Text to Hypertext Conversion. In Hypermedia, 3 (1991) pp. 187-205.

Chignell, Mark, Waterworth, John A. (1991): WIMPs and NERDs: An Extended View of the User Interface. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 23 (2) pp. 15-21.

Streitz, Norbert A., Walker, Janet H., Waterworth, John A., Wright, Patricia, Trigg, Randall H. (1990): What's Specific about User-Interfaces for Hypertext Systems?. In: Rizk, Antoine, Streitz, Norbert A., Andre, Jacques (eds.) ECHT 90 - European Conference on Hypertext November 27-30, 1990, Versailles, France. pp. 354-361.

Waterworth, John A., Chignell, Mark (1989): A Manifesto for Hypermedia Usability Research. In Hypermedia, 1 (3) pp. 205-234.

Waterworth, John A., Thomas, Cathy M. (1985): Why is Synthetic Speech Harder to Remember than Natural Speech?. In: Borman, Lorraine, Curtis, Bill (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 85 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1985, San Francisco, California. pp. 201-206.

Waterworth, John A. (1984): Interaction with Machines by Voice: A Telecommunications Perspective. In Behaviour and Information Technology, 3 (2) pp. 163-177.

Nordhausen, Bernd, Chignell, Mark, Waterworth, John A. (1991): The Missing Link? Comparison of Manual and Automated Linking in Hypertext Engineering. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting , 1991, . pp. 310-314.

Waterworth, Eva Lindh, Waterworth, John A. (2001): Perceptually-Seductive Technology in special needs education. In: Stephanidis, Constantine (eds.) HCI International 2001 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction August 5-10, 2001, New Orleans, USA. pp. 868-872.

Modjeska, David, Waterworth, John A. (2000): Effects of Desktop 3D World Design on User Navigation and Search Performance. In: IV 2000 , 2000, . pp. 215-220.

Smoliar, Stephen W., Waterworth, John A., Kellock, Peter R. (1995): pianoFORTE: A System for Piano Education Beyond Notation Literacy. In: ACM Multimedia 1995 , 1995, . pp. 457-465.