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.
A Fitbit for the Brain - brain data as personal data.
A Fitbit for the Brain - brain data as personal data.
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

Max L. Wilson

Media Appearances

In 2017, I appeared on BBC Radio 4 discussing social media data and online social influances. My work has also been covered in written news (inc Buzzfeed), and our Computerphile Youtube Channel now has over 1M subscribers.

 

Consulting

I have consulted for sevaral large organisations, including on internal software design for Rolls Royce, and delivering social media training to the European Commission.

 

Work with me

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

Study with me

PhD Students

  • Chris Ellis - Music Recommenders
  • Kate Arnold - Tech 4 Transpeople
  • Richard Ramchurn - BCI Movies
  • Norah Alsuraykh - fNIRS on Stress
  • Abi Fowler - MWL in Rail
  • Serena Midha - Fitbit for the Brain
  • Ian Knight - Systematic Reviews

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

  • Nov 2017, NWERC2017, Bath, UK
  • Mar 2018, CHIIR2018, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • Apr 12, Sheffield iSchool, UK
  • Apr 20-26, CHI2018, Montreal, CA
  • June 12, Strathclyde Uni, Scotland
  • June 13, Uni Glasgow, Scotland
  • TBA Sept 2018, Copenhagen, DK
  • TBA Oct 2018, UCL, London, UK
  • Nov 23-25, NWERC2018, Eindhoven, NL
  • 10-14 Mar, CHIIR2019, Glasgow, UK
  • 4-10 May, CHI2019, Glasgow, UK

Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, in the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham, UK. My research continues to sit between Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, including InteractiveIR and Information Seeking. While my PhD examined Search User Interfaces and evaluated search behaviour, we created more powerful and equally 'more complicated' user interfaces. Since 2011, I have focused on evaluating the cognitive efforts involved in user interaction. Working with Prof. Sarah Sharples (Human Factors), I have began to examine Mental Workload as a measurable concept, and started working with functional Near Infrard Spectroscopy as a means to estimate it in 'near natural' contexts. My recent focus, therefore, has been on evaluating Mental Workload changes created during tasks, and by user interfaces, whilst maintaining an interest in search user interface design. 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 then 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 CHIIR steering committee, and have contributed to the CHI conference committee each year (except 2012) since CHI2010.