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Distinguished ACM Speaker:
Stephen Brewster
Based in United Kingdom


Stephen Brewster is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He got his PhD in auditory interfaces at the University of York. After a period spent working in Finland and Norway, he has worked in Glasgow since 1995. He leads the Multimodal Interaction Group, which is very active and has a very strong international reputation. His research focuses on multimodal HCI, or using multiple sensory modalities and control mechanisms (particularly audio, haptics and gesture) to create a rich, natural interaction between human and computer. His work has a strong experimental focus, applying perceptual research to practical situations. A long term focus has been on mobile interaction and how we can design better user interfaces for users who are on the move. Other areas of interest include accessibility, wearable devices and in-car interaction. He pioneered the study of non-speech audio and haptic interaction for mobile devices with work starting in the 1990's. 

According to Google Scholar, he has 375 publications. He has served as an Associate Chair, Sub-Committee Chair and Papers Chair, and has chaired the Interactivity, Doctoral Consortium and Student Design Competition tracks at ACM CHI.

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  • Designing new user interfaces for cars:

    In-car interactions are undergoing major changes as traditional physical buttons, dials and switchgear are replaced by touchscreens and touch-sensing surfaces.  Drivers are becoming passengers as autonomous vehicl...

  • Haptics and Human-Computer Interaction: Haptics and the use of touch  can provide a rich new ways for people to interact and experience devices.  I have been working in the area of haptics for a long time and am often frustrated by the limitations of the technology when trying to...
  • Multimodal human-computer interfaces: This talk introduces the topic of multimodal interaction and discusses some of the most important work in the area, with a focus on haptics, audio and smell based interaction. Each modality is presented in terms of perception, technology and applicat...
  • Multimodal mobile interaction - making the most of our users' capabilities: Mobile user interfaces are heavily based on small screens and keyboards. These can be hard to operate when on the move which limits the applications and services we can use. This talk will look at the possibility of moving away from these kinds of in...

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