Starting November 2016, I will join Lancaster University as Lecturer (assistant professor)
in Interactive Systems at the Department of Computing and communications.

me2dr. Steven Houben

University College London
University College London Interaction Centre
Intel Collaborative Research Institute (ICRI) –  Cities
B01, 66-72 Gower Street, London
WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 3108 7018
s.houben at
shouben at

About me
I am a research associate in physical computing and interaction design at University College London, working at the Intel ICRI-Cities and UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC). I work with Professor Yvonne Rogers and Professor Licia Capra on projects related to multi-device environments, physical computing, urban IoT and sensor-based systems. I received my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the Pervasive Interaction Technology Lab (PIT) at IT University of Copenhagen under supervision of Professor Jakob Bardram.

Research interest
My research and teaching is directed at human-computer interaction, ubiquitous multi-device systems, physical and tangible computing, and sensor-based systems. My research goals are to 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.

Recent publications
» 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
» 03/2017 Program committee of MobileHCI’17
» 11/2016 Invited talk at Aarhus University
» 10/2016 Workshop programme committee for CHI’17
» 10/2016 Released the Cross-Surface 2015 and Cross-Surface 2016 proceedings
» 09/2016 Attending UCLIC Symposium on HCI Grand Challenge
» 08/2016 Paper accepted to ISS’16
» 08/2016 Research visit to M-ITI in Madeira, Portugal
» 08/2016 Program committee of ISS’16
» 07/2016 UCLIC talk on Physical Computing
» 06/2016 Research visit and talk at Lancaster University
» 06/2016 ICRI research retreat in Brighton
» 06/2016 Program BodySenseUx workshop at Ubicomp’16
» 05/2016 Research visit to M-ITI in Madeira, Portugal
» 05/2016 Present paper and organizing workshop at CHI’16 in San Jose, USA.
» 04/2016 Workshop on big data in urban spaces
» 02/2016 Outreach event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP)
» 01/2016 Program committee for CHI’16 LBW
» 11/2015 Organizing cross-surface workshop at ITS’15 in Madeira, Portugal
» 10/2015 Research visit to IoT group at Intel Labs Europe in Dublin, Ireland
» 09/2015 Research visit to UX and hardware groups at Intel Labs US  in Portland and Santa Clara, USA