UXLabs research and development program focuses on human-information interaction; in particular the challenges involved in understanding and modelling the context in which people interact with information and in developing novel interaction designs and technologies to apply that understanding. Our approach combines theory with experimentation, in analyzing existing practices, building novel interactive technologies and systems, and studying their impact on real users in naturalistic settings.

Much of our recent work has focused on the challenges involved in searching, navigating and sense-making within complex information spaces. This has three primary facets:

  • investigation of novel text analytics techniques for extracting structure and meaning from unstructured information sources
  • development of new interaction and visualisation techniques for exploring complex information spaces
  • empirical studies of human information-seeking behaviour, in particular the user experience of exploratory search and knowledge discovery applications.

We have ongoing research collaborations with a variety of organisations, including Sheffield University’s iSchool, City University’s Centre for Interactive Systems Research, Essex University’s Language and Computation Group, and Glasgow University’s Information Retrieval group.

Recent Publications

  1. Tony Russell-Rose, Paul Clough and Elaine Toms, “Categorizing Search Sessions: Some Insights from Human Judgments”. Proceedings of IIiX 2014: Information Interaction in Context, Regensburg, Germany, August 2014.
  2. L. Azzopardi, C. Wilkie and T. Russell-Rose, “Towards Measures and Models of Findability“. SIGIR 2013 Workshop on Modeling User Behavior for Information Retrieval Evaluation (MUBE 2013).
  3. Tony Russell-Rose and Tyler Tate, “Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery“. Morgan Kaufmann, December 2012
  4. Tony Russell-Rose, Joe Lamantia and Stephann Makri, “Defining and Applying a Language for Discovery“. Springer LNCS Post-Proceedings of AMR 2012, Copenhagen.
  5. Tony Russell-Rose and Stephann Makri, “Designing for Consumer Search Behaviour”. Proceedings of HCIR 2012, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 2012

For a complete list, see the Publications at Information Interaction.