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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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