Research Term Cloud - generated from paper abstracts
Research Term Cloud - generated from paper abstracts
Talking on the main stage at CHI2011, picture by Lucy Buykx
Talking on the main stage at CHI2011, picture by Lucy Buykx
Exploring neuro-responsive cinematic experiences
Exploring neuro-responsive cinematic experiences
Using fNIRS to measure mental workload during tasks like information search.
Using fNIRS to measure mental workload during tasks like information search.
Our Google project is focused on confusing search, and search skills.
Our Google project is focused on confusing search, and search skills.
Using Bloom
Using Bloom's taxonomy to develop a new domain-agnostic measure of sensemaking and learning.
Model of Casual-leisure Searching (Award winning book chapter)
Model of Casual-leisure Searching (Award winning book chapter)
We are finding smarter ways of dividing our web history into sessions.
We are finding smarter ways of dividing our web history into sessions.
Mapping Urban Neighbourhoods from Internet Derived Data
Mapping Urban Neighbourhoods from Internet Derived Data
Information vs Interaction - separating and quantifying their benefits
Information vs Interaction - separating and quantifying their benefits
I also play double bass
I also play double bass

Recent News

  • DIR2016 Keynote - I was very happy to give a Keynote talk at DIR2016, on The HCI Perspective on IR [slides].
  • CHI2016 Art Paper Award - Our work on #Scanners, a brain-controlled adaptive movie experience, won best ArtPaper at CHI2016. Read more
  • Google Faculty Research Award - Myself and Prof. Michael Twidale (Illinois) have been awarded a grant from Google in Aug 2015 to study Search Literacy, in Collaboration with Google's Dan Russell.
  • Dearing Award - I'm very pleased to have received a Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching, from the University of Nottingham. I feel like its very generous, given that all I did was give students space to be awesome.
  • Media Coverage - Our recent work on Favouriting behaviour on Twitter has been covered in online news and media: Slate | Washington Post | Buzzfeed | Dailydot | Brafton
  • Search UI Design Book:. With a big thanks to those that helped, my new Book on Search User Interface Design is now available from Morgan & Claypool.
  • JASIST Best Journal Paper 2009. The article I co-authored with mc schraefel and Ryen White (Microsoft) during my PhD was recently announced as Best JASIST Paper 2009. I will be receiving the award, on behalf of the authors, at ASIS&T in Pittsburgh in October.
Max L. Wilson

Work with me

  • Job opportunities - Information about opportunities to work with me, as a PhD, Intern, or PostDoc.

Study with me

PhD Students

  • Matthew Pike - BCI Evaluation
  • Horia Maior - fNIRS Evaluation
  • Kelvin Ye - Search Sessions
  • Boying Li - Twitter Propgation
  • Chris Ellis - Music Recommenders
  • Kate Arnold - Tech 4 Transpeople
  • Richard Ramchurn - BCI Cinema
  • Norah Alsuraykh - fNIRS on Affect

Teaching

  • G51FSE - Software Engineering
  • G53DEV - Developer Experience
  • Past Teaching

  • G51REQ - Requirements Engineering
  • G53CCT - Collaboration and Communication Technologies
  • G54MXR (Mixed Reality), IR, and HCI Methods


Past Students

Travel and Talks

  • Dec 10, Yahoo, CA, USA
  • Dec 11-12, CHI2016 PC, San Jose, CA, USA
  • Mar 13-17, CHIIR2016, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • May 7-12, CHI2016, San Jose, CA, USA
  • Jul 18, CDT Summer School, Newcastle, UK
  • Jul 19-21, SIGIR2016, Pisa, Itality
  • Nov 28-29, NWERC2016, Bath, UK
  • Nov 25, DIR2016, Delft, NL
  • Dec 8-13, CHI2017 PC Mtg, TBC
  • Feb 26-29, SAL Dagstuhl, DE
  • Mar 7-11, CHIIR2017, Oslo, Norway

Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Seeking, in the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham, UK. My research lies in the valley between Human-Computer Interaction and Information Seeking, and is focused on the Human Information Processing Loop: 1) Social Media Data, as an information resource, which is both created and consumed by users. 2) Search User Interfaces, which can be designed to work more effectively with the strategies and tactics of human searches to help people access information, 3) Exploratory Search, as a mode of investigating the tasks and a framework for studying information processing, and 4) Mental Workload Studies, to investigate how information rich tasks affect Mental Workload for users. These aspects represent a loop between data, interfaces, behaviour, and cognition. My doctoral work, which won best article in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2009, focused on evaluating Search User Interfaces using models of Human Information Seeking behaviours. I received my PhD from the University of Southampton, under the supervision of m.c. schraefel and Dame Wendy Hall. Consequently, much of my past work has been grounded in supporting Exploratory Search with the mSpace platform, and within the developing context of Web Science.

I publish broadly in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Science communities, including a book on Search User Interface Design, a monograph with co-authors schraefel, Kules, and Shneiderman on future Search User Interfaces for the web, and a book chapter on Search User Interface Design in a new IIR textbook. I also actively participate in both communities, running workshops, sitting IP&M and IJHCS editorial boards, the ECIR and BCS IRSG committees, and service the ACM SIGCHI Conferences as Social Media Chair