Human-Computer Interaction Group

The Human-Computer Interaction Group (HCI) carries out research on information visualisation techniques and systems, natural user interfaces, user experience techniques, and mobile education systems.

The group consists of academics and students from a variety of disciplines including human computer interaction, media design and network engineering.

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Meetings for 2017

The HCI Group will meet monthly on the following dates in CO255:

  • 12pm Friday 5 May 2017
  • 2pm Friday 9 June 2017
  • 2pm Friday 7 July 2017
  • 2pm Friday 4 August 2017
  • 2pm Friday 1 September 2017
  • 2pm Friday 6 October 2017

All 400-level, Masters, and PhD students are welcome to attend.

Research Interests

We are currently engaged in projects on:
  • network visualisation
  • security information and event management
  • exoplanets visualisation
  • sports visualisation
  • user experience practice
  • mobile education
  • visualisation of education metrics
  • collaborative visualisation


There are currently three academic staff attached to the group from the School of Engineering and Computer Science:
  • Craig Anslow - Lecturer, interested in visualization, interactive surfaces, CSCW, collaboration, usable security
  • Stuart Marshall - Senior Lecturer and group leader, interested in visualisation, natural user interaction and digital preservation
  • Ian Welch - Associate Professor, interested in networks and computer security
  • Roman Klapaukh - (Alumni) Former Teaching Fellow, interested in visualisation and gesture controls.


The group consists of staff, PhD students, Masters thesis students and students completing final year or honours projects

  • Lili Llimtrairut (PhD)
  • Jayden Nowitz (MSc)
  • Ben Selwyn Smith (MCompSci) - A comparison of Touch based and non Touch based interaction methods for teaching novices programming
  • Kasz Semilla (Hons) - Global Quality Education Visualisation Tool
  • Hannah Craighead (Hons) - StudentVis: Visualising academic pathways through university
  • Divya Patel (Hons) - Visualising United Nations Gender Equality Development Goals
  • Jiaheng Wang (Hons) - Understanding SDAZ - Mouse vs. Touch vs. 3D Gestures
  • Cameron Bryers (Hons) - Simple Game Programming in Grace
  • Aaron Pang (Hons) - Why Do Programmers Do What They Do?

Being Involved

The HCI group meets monthly at 2pm - on Fridays in CO255 on Victoria University's Kelburn campus.

The group also maintains a mailing list for general announcements: or join our Slack channel:

For more information about joining or collaborating with the group, please contact Craig Anslow or Stuart Marshall

Resources and Experimentation

The group maintains a collection of interaction devices for use in projects and experiments. These include multi-touch tables, iPads, visualisation walls, Leap Motions, and both Kinect and Playstation Move systems.

In order to conduct experiments with you humans we need to get human ethics approval and Applying for human ethics approval.