Cockburn, Andrew

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Andrew Cockburn


Andrew Cockburn is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and currently head of the HCI and Multi-Media research group.

He has worked there since completing his PhD on Computing Science in 1993 at he University of Stirling in Scotland. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from the University of York, England. He is a member of the ACM too.
His research interests cover a broad range of empirical human-computer interaction (HCI) areas, particularly interfaces for information navigation. Visualizing techniques he evaluated were Cone Trees together with McKenzie, Bruce.

He is an avid rock-climber and windsurfer too.



Current Projects[edit]

  • He currently employs with navigation in the WWW,
  • argues with the pro and cons of 3-dimensional user interfaces as well as
  • multimodal feedback for the acquisition of small targets to improve them.



Past Projects[edit]

After graduation of his studies he concerned intensively with HCI. He analysed the behavior of web users – he did an empirical characterisation and analysis of user actions at the web browser. Furthermore he did some studys concerning the web browser's Back-Button, web page improving as well as experiments aimed at determining whether three-dimensional user interfaces better support spatial memory than their more traditional two-dimensional counterparts. Most of his studys and all of the projects above-mentioned were in joint with Bruce McKenzie.


Publications[edit]

A list of publications of Andrew Cockburn can be found here:


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