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Research Interests

User studies; Interface design; Energy informatics; Energy behaviour change; Human-computer interaction

Vision Statement

My research is dedicated to creating new technology that empowers people, informed by close understandings of their activities, needs and motivations. My current work is in sustainable living. While global warming can be offset through smarter buildings, we also need smart occupants who know about energy use and its effects. Thus, my focus is on occupant behaviour change to reduce energy consumption, conceived as an empowerment problem where the issue is to put in place means of raising awareness and enhancing personal efficacy, to reduce costs and increase comfort. I am working with a range of stakeholders to develop effective energy informatics to support this.


Dr John Halloran is a Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at Coventry University, and a member of the Low Impact Buildings group, as well as Cogent Lab. Drawing on an interdisciplinary background in human-computer interaction, computer science, psychology and the arts, his work is about creating innovative systems that work for people. This involves designing, deploying and evaluating technologies and interfaces based on working with users over time in real-world contexts using a battery of qualitative and quantitative techniques.

John has brought this approach to a range of domains including collaborative product planning, computer games and social networks, assisted living for older people, and (currently) occupant energy behaviour. His research has attracted significant funding through ESRC and EPSRC (including its innovative EQUATOR programme), TSB, InnovateUK, and EU; as well as direct industrial sources including BT, Orbit (a large UK housing provider) and Jaguar Land Rover.

Dr Halloran holds a DPhil in CSAI (HCI), awarded by Sussex University in 2000, as well an MSc in Knowledge-based Systems (1996) from the same university. He has a BSc in Psychology from the Open University (1995), as well as earlier degree-level qualifications in the arts. He has a portfolio of consultancy experience, several PhD completions, and has published widely in internationally recognised journals and conferences.

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Research Output 2009 2017

  • 16 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 6 Conference proceeding
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Paper
1 Citations

Design implications for task-specific search utilities for retrieval and re-engineering of code

Iqbal, R., Grzywaczewski, A., Halloran, J., Doctor, F. & Iqbal, K. 2017 In : Enterprise Information Systems. 11, 5, p. 738-757 19 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Information retrieval systems
Recommender systems
Search engines

The Human Element: Social Leveraging of User Engagement with Assisted Living Technology

Halloran, J. May 2017 In : Interacting with Computers. 29, 3, p. 438-454 16 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Assisted living

Cool to Warm Up? Understanding Student Energy Behaviour In Indonesian University Buildings.

Halloran, J., Yazid, S., Goldsmith, D., Wilkins, R. & Gaura, E. 2015 Proceedings of 2015 TAU Conferencerence : Mitigating and Adapting Built Environments for Climate Change in the Tropics.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

energy saving
student body
2 Citations

Diagnosis of heart disease by using a radial basis function network classification technique on patients' medical records

Alsalamah, M., Amin, S. & Halloran, J. 2014 Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on: RF and Wireless Technologies for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications, IMWS-Bio 2014. IEEE, Vol. Article number 7032401

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

Radial basis function networks
Expert systems

Supporting information exchange among software developers through the development of Collaborative Information Retrieval utilities

Grzywaczewski, A., Iqbal, R., James, A. & Halloran, J. 19 Sep 2013 2013 IEEE 17th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD). IEEE, p. 78-83 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

Recommender systems
Information retrieval
Software engineering

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Participation in conference

ComSE 2016

Halloran, J. (Speaker)
15 Feb 201619 Feb 2016

Activity: Participation in conference