dr. Steven Houben
Lancaster University
School of Computing and Communications
Office B19, Infolab,
South Drive, Campus of Lancaster University
LA1 4WA, United Kingdom
+44 (0)1524594495
s.houben at lancaster.ac.uk
shouben at acm.org


I am Assistant Professor (Lecturer in UK) in Interactive Systems in the School of Computing and Communication at Lancaster University. I am also affiliate faculty at the new Data Science Institute in Lancaster. Previously, I was a Research Associate at University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and Intel Collaborative Research Institute where I worked with Professor Yvonne Rogers. Before that I held a Marie Curie PhD fellowship at the Pervasive Interaction Technology Lab (PIT) where I was advised by Professor Jakob Bardram. I received a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) in March 2015.

Research interest

My research and teaching is directed at human-computer interaction, user experience, ubiquitous multi-device systems, physical and tangible computing, and sensor-based systems. My research goals are to research, design, build and evaluate Interactive Systems and Physical Computing devices for human-data interaction and information handling. I am also one of the main organizers of the Cross-Surface workshop series collocated with ITS and CHI aimed at establishing a new research agenda for opportunities and challenges in cross-device interactions.

Selected publications

» EagleSense: Tracking People and Devices in Interactive Spaces using Real-Time Top-View Depth-Sensing – CHI’17 (pdf)
» CurationSpace: Cross-Device Content Curation Using Instrumental Interaction – ISS’16 (pdf)
» Physikit: Data Engagement Through Physical Ambient Visualizations in the Home – CHI’16 (pdf)
» WatchConnect: A Toolkit for Prototyping Smartwatch-Centric Cross-Device Applications – CHI’15 (pdf)
» Collaborative Affordances of Hybrid Patient Record Technologies in Medical Work – CSCW’15 (pdf)
» ActivitySpace: Managing Device Ecologies in an Activity-Centric Configuration Space – ITS’14 (pdf)

Recent and upcoming activities

» 07/2017 Science and Technology Summer School 
» 07/2017 ISS’17 workshop on the disappearing tabletop accepted
» 07/2017 Best Demo Award at DIS’17
» 04/2017 Invited lecture at Université Lyon 1, France.
» 04/2017 Paper accepted to Journal of CSCW
» 03/2017 Program committee of MobileHCI’17
» 03/2017 STEM Challenge Day at Lancaster University
» 02/2017 Two Late-breaking-work papers accepted to CHI’17
» 02/2017 Program committee of ECCE’17
» 01/2017 Program committee of DIS’17
» 01/2017 Program committee of EICS’17
» 12/2016 Full paper accepted to CHI’17
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