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Dr Paul Cairns MA(Oxon) DPhil (Oxon)

Reader in Human Computer Interaction

Phone:01904 32 5674
email: paul dot cairns -at- york dot ac dot uk
Office: CSE/242

I teach on the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies and the undergraduate computer science degree programmes. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects. To find out more go to my teaching page. I am currently the Training Officer for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence(or just IGGI for short).

I do research on the experience of playing videogames and modelling user interactions. This has led me to a general interest in engaging interactions so I helped Heather O'Brien to edit this:

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O'Brien, Heather and Cairns, P. (2016)Why Engagement Matters: Cross-disciplinary perspectives of user engagement in digital media. Springer.

User Engagement (UE) is a complex concept to investigate. The purpose of this book is not to constrain UE to one perspective, but to offer a well-rounded appreciation for UE across various domains and disciplines.

Research in HCI is made complicated by being a multidisciplinary subject that tries to change the world it studies. So I am also very interested in research methods and with Anna Cox edited:

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Cairns, P. and Cox, A.L. (2008) Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction Cambridge University Press

'Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction is a wonderful resource, for both students and practitioners, who need to take a scientific approach to the design of user interfaces. [....]' Dr Alan Blackwell, Reader in Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

We also offer a Tutorial based on the book