Simon Harper

About Simon Harper:

I am an experimental Computer Scientist working in Human Computer Interaction and Information Systems as well as being a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Research Lead for the Web Ergonomics Laboratory here at the University of Manchester. My particular interest is in Web Accessibility with specific regard to profound blindness and visual disability. My work is centred around building computational models of human behaviour and includes understanding, predicting, and influencing a user’s interactions and flow through interfaces and information, while taking into account neurophysiological, cognitive, behavioural, perceptual, and technological factors. In this case, my contributions lay along two paths. The first investigates ‘facilitating access and enhancing interactive Web behaviours’, while the second focuses on ‘understanding, evaluating, and modifying the Web experience’.

I am Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and the Web (2011–present); Chair of the ACM SGB Task Force on Full Inclusion; Chair — World Wide Web Consortium (International Standards Body for the Web), Research and Development Working Group (2010–Present); and Member of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative — responsible for all Web accessible standards — (2010–Present); Invited Expert — RCUK EPSRC Digital Economy Inclusion Cluster (2009-2011); Invited Expert — European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate-General ICT for Inclusion, eAccessibility and Assistive Technology, (2011); Invited Expert — EU Challenge 7 ICT 2009 Coordination Action in R&D in Accessible and Assistive ICT (Inclusive Human-Machine Interaction), External Examiner for all Computer Science Programmes at the University of Abertay; Consultant — Fujitsu Labs Europe (2006-2010); Reviewer for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, to review for grants in Computer Science (2007-Present); Responsive Mode Panel Member for the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), 2012 — Reviewer since 2008; Reviewer for the NWO, the Dutch National Research Council, to review for grants in Computer Science (2006-Present); Editorial Board Member of Journal of Interaction Science (Springer); Editorial Board Member of ACM Transactions in Accessible Computing (ACM); Editorial Board Member of PLoS One; Research Lead, Eclipse ACTF Project.

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