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.

🎓 I am recruiting new PhD students!

Research interest

My research and teaching are 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

» Cross-Device Taxonomy: Survey of Interactions Spanning Across Multiple Devices – CHI’19 (pdf)
» EagleView: A Video Analysis Tool for Visualising and Querying Spatial Interactions of People and Devices – ISS’18 (pdf)
» Evaluation Strategies for HCI Toolkit Research – CHI’18 (pdf)
» Voyageur: Investigating the Role of an Overview Device in Multi-Device Collaboration – CHI’18 (pdf)
» 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)


» 05/2018 Program committee for ISS’18
» 04/2018 Lancaster HCI group at CHI’18
» 03/2018 Invited to the ESPRC UbiComp workshop
» 12/2017 2 full papers accepted to CHI’18
» 10/2017 Tech Notes chair for EICS’18
» 09/2017 Program committee of CHI’18