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Principal Investigators (PIs)

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Stephen Brewster

School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow (UK)


Stephen Brewster is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He got his PhD in auditory interface design at the University of York. At Glasgow, he leads the Multimodal Interaction Group, which is very active and has a strong international reputation in HCI (http://mig.dcs.gla.ac.uk). His research focuses on multimodal HCI, or using multiple sensory modalities and control mechanisms (particularly audio, haptics and gesture) to create a rich, natural interaction between human and computer. Stephen Brewster’s work has a strong experimental focus, applying perceptual research to practical situations. Areas of interest include VR/AR, wearable devices and in-car interaction. He pioneered the study of non-speech audio and haptic interaction for mobile devices with work starting in the 1990’s.

Stephen Brewster’s work has had over 19,000 citations. He was a General Chair of CHI 2019 in Glasgow and has previously chaired MobileHCI, EuroHaptics and TEI. He currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant on AR and VR. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is also a member of the ACM CHI Steering Committee, setting the direction for the CHI conference series.

His focus on SONICOM is mainly in WP1 on the use of Audio Augmented Reality, using the 3D sound tools developed by the other partners to create novel interactions and applications.


  • McGill, M., McGookin, D., Wilson, G., Brewster, S.: Acoustic Transparency and the Changing Soundscape of Auditory Mixed Reality.In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ACM, 2020 https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3313831.3376702
  • McGill, M., Kehoe, A., Freeman, E., Brewster, S.: Expanding The Bounds Of Seated Virtual Workspaces.In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), ACM, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1145/3380959
  • Ferguson, J., Brewster, S.: Investigating Perceptual Congruence Between Data and Display Dimensions in Sonification.In Proceedings of the 2018 Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ACM Press, Paper 661, 2018. https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3174185