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Pub. period:1994-2014
Pub. count:11
Number of co-authors:11


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Alistair Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of York. His research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), specifically the use of novel modes in interaction (speech and non-speech sounds, haptics) and interfaces for people with particular needs (e.g. those with visual impairments, older people). Author or co-author of over 70 refereed papers, 5 books and around 40 other publications and editor or co-editor of 3 other books. He teaches modules related to HCI and to programming. Outside work he likes flying, sailing and walking.


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Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2014). Commentary on 'Tactile Interaction' by Ben Challis

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Malik, Sofianiza Abd and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2010): Investigation of cultural dependency in mobile technology and older adults. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2010. pp. 3835-3840.

Studies using different methods have been carried out of older adults' use of mobile technology in Malaysia and the UK. Preliminary results suggest that there are significant differences in the results which are culturally dependent.

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Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2008): Keeping Up with Technology: Commentary on "Computers and People with Disabilities. In ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 1 (2) p. 8.

This is a personal response to rereading the Glinert and York [1992] article Computers and People with Disabilities. Comparing the world of assistive technology as it was in 1992 and as it now appears is instructive in terms of the things which have changed -- and those which have not. The technology has certainly developed. This applies both to the mainstream and to the assistive technology which aims to make the mainstream accessible. So, in 1992, the GUI was a threat to visually impaired computer users; now there are powerful screen readers available. Yet what does not appear to have changed much is the fact that assistive technologies continue to lag behind the mainstream, constantly having to catch up. Also, while there has been some increase in awareness of the need for accessibility, there is still scope for that awareness to be translated into action.

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Hisham, Syariffanor and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2007): Incorporating culture in user-interface: a case study of older adults in malaysia. In: Proceedings of the Eighteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia 2007. pp. 145-146.

As people age they will hold the same pattern of thinking, acting, communication style and behaviours which they learn from living in a specific social environment. Regardless of demographics and geographic differences, older adults share similar age-related changes in perception, cognition and mobility that profoundly affect their daily activities including computer tasks. The problem is more apparent for Malaysian older adults who are not only struggling with their age-related difficulties but at the same time need to use a user-interface which has been designed out of their culture. As localization is not well-practised in Malaysia, the English user-interface is one of the biggest barriers for older adults who could not read the language. Thus, this paper reports the current trend of computer usage among Malaysian older adults and the roles of culture in user-interface design for this fast-growing user group in Malaysia.

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Holland, Simon, Day, Robert, Lepltre, Grgory and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2004): Mobile HCI and Sound. In: Brewster, Stephen A. and Dunlop, Mark D. (eds.) Mobile Human-Computer Interaction - Mobile HCI 2004 - 6th International Symposium September 13-16, 2004, Glasgow, UK. pp. 527-528.

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Challis, Ben and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2000): Weasel: A System for the Non-Visual Presentation of Music Notation. In: Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2000 2000. .

A computer-based approach to the delivery of music notation for blind people is described. Existing non-visual alternatives present musical information in a serial fashion which places a high cognitive demand upon the reader who, in effect, must read all the information regardless of its significance to any particular learning task. The Weasel notation system has been designed to address this problem using interactive high-level tactile representations, synthetic speech and audio playback.

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Fricke, J. and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2000): Tactile Displays Based on Modulated Electromagnetic Radiation. In: Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2000 2000. .

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Challis, Ben and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (2000): Design Principles for Tactile Interaction. In: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Haptic Human-Computer Interaction 2000. pp. 17-24.

Although the integration of tactile feedback within the human-computer interface could have considerable benefits this channel of communication is often overlooked or, at most, employed on an ad hoc basis. One contributing factor to the reluctance of interface designers to consider using tactual feedback is the lack of established design principles for doing so. A preliminary set of principles for tactile interface design are described. These have been constructed using the findings of a study into the presentation of music notation to blind people.

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Edwards, Alistair D. N., Evreinov, Grigori E. and Agranovski, A. V. (1999): Isomorphic Sonification of Spatial Relations. In: Bullinger, Hans-Jorg (ed.) HCI International 1999 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction August 22-26, 1999, Munich, Germany. pp. 526-530.

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Pitt, Ian J. and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (1997): An Improved Auditory Interface for the Exploration of Lists. In: ACM Multimedia 1997 1997. pp. 51-61.

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Stevens, Robert D. and Edwards, Alistair D. N. (1994): Mathtalk: The Design of an Interface for Reading Algebra Using Speech. In: Zagler, Wolfgang L., Bushy, Geoff and Wagner, Roland (eds.) ICCHP94 - Computers for Handicapped Persons - 4th International Conference September 14-16, 1994, Vienna, Austria. pp. 313-320.

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